Finding your perfect contemporary garden office - ideas and insights

Working from home has become much more achievable since the onset of the pandemic. People are finding that saving money on commuting, and designing their own workspace has had huge positive effects on wellbeing. The ability to control our environment and work where and when we want has been shown to improve productivity, encourage creative thinking, and reduce burnout and stress. Overall working from home has had hugely positive effects on employees.

Though the difficulty comes when sharing your home with your partner or children. It can be challenging to separate work-life from family-life with constant interruptions, loud noises, and an overall sense of chaos that can be identified on the other side of the door.

This is where Pod Space comes in. We’re here to create a space for you that is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the house for you to focus, but close enough to walk straight into your kitchen for your lunch break. Not only that, but we’ll give you this space wrapped up in a personalised, eco-friendly, timeless design that will motivate and inspire you.

We’ll go over some essential considerations that should be discussed before you jumping in head-first to your new contemporary garden office.

1. Design a contemporary garden office that fits your needs

Having a contemporary garden office is all well and good, but having an office that perfectly fits your style and needs is priceless. Do some research to determine what kind of essentials you want in your new garden pod. Electricity? Floor to ceiling windows? Plumbing? Maybe you’d like to invest in a garden office that has a sedum roof to provide a habitat for your backyard birds? There are all kinds of styles and designs that you can choose from, and Pod Space can help you decide.

Here at Pod Space, we have a range of different base styles to choose from – so that you can feel the most at home (or work)  in your new pod. Each style can be customised for the space available and can be altered to suit your specific needs.

Neo Pod

A compact, but spacious garden pod that has everything you need to keep focused. The Neo pod is perfect for anyone who needs a little bit of extra (private) space to focus on their work.

Neo Pod by Pod Space

Lite Pod

A pod that makes an entrance. The Lite pod comes with decking that offers a great space to step outside of your pod and breathe in the fresh air every few hours. Aluminium cladding not only provides protection against the harsh british elements, but also adds style to your new pod.

Lite Pod by Pod Space

Glide Pod

A pod with the possibility for partitioning zones and creating multiple spaces. Why just have one room, when you can have multiple zones in your new pod? The Glide Pod is perfect if you want to use your new contemporary garden office for work and play.

Glide Pod by Pod Space

2. Choose features that will make your contemporary garden office enjoyable to be in

A garden office is nothing unless you really enjoy your time there! We aim to make your new contemporary garden office practical, eco-friendly, and an enjoyable place to be. From hardwood floors to skylights to sedum roofing, there are all kinds of ways to make your new garden office feel more like a garden home.

Floor to Ceiling Glass Walls and Doors

All of our pods come with floor to ceiling glass doors. This allows your pod to feel open, bright, and airy regardless of the size. You can decide between two or three panel sliding doors,  depending on the pod and the space available. This feature allows you to turn your small garden room into a space that is open to your back garden – perfect for those tranquil British summer mornings.


Skylights are another fantastic way to allow light into your new contemporary garden office. Additional natural lighting can be the difference between what looks like a cellar room and an open bright space that connects you to nature. This can have hugely positive effects on wellbeing and productivity during the work day.

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Having decking on your new garden office offers up the opportunity to take a step outside for a short break every few hours. They can add a sleek elegance to the outside of the pod and create a smooth transition between pod and garden. If this is something that you’re interested in, our Lite Pods may be the right fit for you.

Sedum Roof

Not only does a sedum roof look great, but it will help to insulate your office in the winter. It’s a great way to give back to the environment and keep the bees and birds in your garden happy. Sedum roofing requires some maintenance and so doing your research before committing is recommended. But we can guarantee that this Nordic style will bring another level of eco-style to your home.

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3. Choose a space that makes sense for your garden

Choosing the right placing for your pod is just as important as deciding what goes in/on it. Depending on the space you have available, you may find that certain placements work better than others. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ideas our clients have had.

Plan a garden pod in the corner of your garden - maximise unused garden space

Maximising your garden space is essential to keep in mind when adding a garden office to your property. If you have an odd-shaped garden or an unused corner, then it’s worth considering placing your garden pod there. This will keep the maximum amount of garden space usable, while still allowing you to have your new contemporary garden office


At the end of the garden

If you have a narrow garden, usually found with a classic British terrace house, then utilising the back of this garden for your pod will make the best use of space. Our pods come with floor to ceiling glass walls, which create an aura of elegance in a small narrow garden. This placement is ideal if you plan to use your pod for a play-area for your children, or want to keep an eye on your pod from inside the house.

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Next to the house

If you don’t fancy a stroll across the garden, then placing your contemporary garden office next to your house can be a great way to save time and garden space! With this placement, you can have the views of your garden from the comfort of your office pod, and avoid any chilly morning walks through the garden in the winter.

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Contemporary Garden Office FAQs

If you’re in the market for a garden office, then you most likely have all kinds of questions. Luckily, we’re experts in garden pods and are here to help. Take a look at some of the most-asked questions about garden pods.

How much does a garden office cost?

The price of a garden office can vary depending on your needs and preferences. For example, if you just need a building shell, that will come at a much lower cost to a building with electricity and plumbing added in.

For your convenience, we have the average pricing of each of our pods on their corresponding pages. Thinking of indulging in your own contemporary garden office? Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and ideas!

How much does a garden office add to value of house?

A garden room can increase the value of your home by 5-15% depending on the quality. If you’re thinking of selling your house in the future, then investing in a garden pod is a great choice. New families may want to use it as a play area for their children, or a relaxing yoga or art studio. The addition of a garden pod to a house creates endless opportunities.

Why should you create an outdoor office space?

There are all kinds of benefits to having an office space that is disconnected from the home. It creates a sense of separation between your work and home life. This can lead to a higher sense of well-being and can help you focus during your work day.

If others in your family work from home, then having a separate working space can keep you from getting in each other’s way – or allow you to have your work meetings without the fear of interruption.

Do I need planning permission to build a garden office?

We’ve written an in-depth article on planning permission for garden pods where you can find more information.

How can I keep my garden office warm in the winter?

There are all kinds of ways to make sure your contemporary garden pod is winter-ready. At Pod Space we have a range of features that will keep you cosy when winter comes around. From underfloor heating, to double glazed windows, to sedum roofing for that extra insulation, we make sure that your pods can be used year-round.

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