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How to Add an Office Building to Your Garden

Work From Home with a Timber Home Office

It is becoming more common across the westernised world for people to transition to working from home. This continues to grow as people choose to leave the office life to work from the comfort of their own homes. Within this article, we would like to discuss the value of turning a space in your garden into an office. You may want to build it yourself or hire an expert to build a garden office for you. We will discuss the various features and things you need to look into when building a garden office and how to get the very most from it.

The ultimate size of your garden office will be entirely up to you and we suggest that you only use half of your garden space at a maximum. If you build without planning consent you will be restricted to an eaves height of 2.5 meters and an overall height of 3 meters or 2.5 meters within a 2 meters boundary. If you build your garden office within 5 meters of your house it will be treated as an extension to your home. It will be counted as your permissible development space. You also cannot have the principle elevation sit forward as part of your property.

A gravel path acts as a security deterrent to would be thieves. Image credit: Houzz

When designing your garden office building we recommend you create a solid path leading to its entrance. You should also install trees and shrubs to beautify the building and to maintain privacy from your neighbours. Another thing we suggest is that you include roof windows for natural lighting and if you have the space you can also include a sink, toilet and working areas. Be sure that you follow building regulations and speak with your neighbours about building your office so your new office does not upset them or block their yards from natural sunlight.

When it comes to securing your garden office you will have a variety of methods available at your disposal. Home intruders will typically break into a garden room rather then a house. We suggest you use a motion detection exterior light as well as a motion detection alarm system. Also secure your computer to the wall with security casings, always use strong passwords on your computers, a strong encrypted WiFi password, and secure your windows and doors with high quality locks. You can also create a gravel path to the building which creates sound which could deter would-be intruders as well.

When you are choosing a garden building you will have a variety of materials to use to build it with. Timber clad buildings are popular however for a lower maintenance choice we suggest thermally modified timber. It costs more, but you end up saving money on it having to treat it with preservative every two or three years. Brick buildings are very low maintenance but they do cost quite a bit more and will require glazing. You can always use unconventional ideas such as a shepherds hut, caravans, or you can always convert a garden shed into an office. With either choice you choose you will have to meet the regulations of your local area for building and what is permitted.

Use high quality locks to make your garden office fully secure. Image credit: YouTube

The actual price tag associated with building a garden office will completely depend on whether you build it yourself or if you have professionals build and design it for you. We will list the over all estimated prices and costs associated with building in a variety of styles below.

Cabin style garden office buildings can utilise softwood that interlocks the corners of the walls and ceilings to form the cabin. You will only need a small amount of metal fixings to lock together all the pieces. When you are using this method it may take you only a few days to accomplish building it.

Another option is using a modular building for your garden office. Modular buildings are built with softwood walls and plasterboard interiors. These styles of buildings can be put together quickly. You can typically find whole units complete with windows and doors, complete with insulation, electronic outputs and phone connections.

The last idea is building your garden office using a timber framed building. It is much more expensive but will create an elegant look and feel you can’t find anywhere else. You can choose from weatherboard panels or rendered panels. You can choose from an oak frame you can utilise roof tiles or even use something as complex as a thatch roof.

Lastly you will need a method to heat and insulate your garden office. You will need to add insulation which is mandatory. Also you will want to choose double glazed and insulated doors and windows. Electric heaters, oil radiators and electric underfloor heating are options you can use to keep your building warm.

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How to give your kitchen a complete makeover with new doors, countertops & backsplashes

The Best Way to a Total Kitchen Transformation

The kitchen is often described as being the heart of the home, and it definitely merits this description. The family spends a considerable amount of time in the kitchen, and so it makes sense that the kitchen should be well maintained and decorated so as to offer a pleasurable ambiance and environment for all the family. Unfortunately the kitchen, like the bathroom, is a room which is subjected to most wear and tear. Spills, stains, moisture and grease from cooking, plus dirt and grime all have an effect on the look and condition of the cupboards, drawers, and countertops of the kitchen. Therefore after a certain number of years it is a good idea to do something about these kitchen elements so as to give your kitchen a much needed makeover.

If you install new doors, countertops and backsplashes you will be amazed at the complete transformation your kitchen will get. Besides, replacing these will result in lower costs and less effort when compared to replacing the kitchen from scratch.

Before & After Kitchen Transformation. Image credit: Pinterest

New doors can be ordered from a professional cabinet maker or carpenter. Ordering new kitchen doors has become very popular as it is an environmentally friendly and affordable way to make your kitchen get a new and more updated look. You will be able to choose from a variety of materials and colours. It is important to check whether the current knobs, handles and hardware should be replaced for new ones while you are installing new doors and drawers. In most cases this is best.

New kitchen countertops can also help to make a big difference in the way your kitchen looks. Even if you tried to clean and care for your countertops as best as you could, after some years you will need to upgrade due to certain defects and stains which may have emerged. Quartz countertop overlays have become very popular as they are a coast effective way of giving a facelift to any kitchen. Quartz has various advantages, including the fact that it has a timeless look, it is easy to clean and maintain, durable and stain resistant. There are also other materials that you could choose such as granite and marble. With overlays you will be able to avoid messy installation too.

A Typical Quartz Overlay. Image credit: Free Index

Finally the backsplashes will also need to be replaced when you change the kitchen countertop. The professional installer who will be installing the countertops will see to the backsplashes. Most backsplashes are easy to remove and replace depending on their material. Tile backsplashes may be a bit more tricky but as long as the whole countertop is being changed the job will be handled by an experienced person.

Once all of these changes are made, your kitchen will have acquired a much needed new look. From an outdated or rather grimy looking kitchen, you will now be able to enjoy clean, contemporary kitchen makeovers simply by updating the basics rather than a total replacement.

Running & Fitness: What Causes Over-Pronation?

During walking our feet have what is called ‘pronation’. This is how much the foot rolls inwards, and how much the arch flattens. Excessive pronation can cause a higher probability for one to sustain injuries since it causes more stress on the plantar fascia. Over-pronation can also lead to more discomfort and various other foot problems as well. Some of these include bunions, heel spurs and post-tib tendonitis.

Over-pronation can cause neuroma. Image credit: Running Shoes for Overpronation

Those who have what are often referred to as ‘flat feet’ generally have over-pronation, as their feet pronate more than normal. Basically, as the framework of the foot collapses, the foot flattens and ends up adding more stress to other parts. Having flat feet does not necessarily mean that you also have over-pronation, but if you have a flexible flat foot, over-pronation is highly likely. Pronated feet are caused by various factors. Some of these include obesity and pregnancy, and it could also be a genetic predisposition. Repetitive pounding onto hard surfaces without having proper foot support could also lead to a weakening of the foot’s arch, and this could in turn lead to over-pronation.

Considering all this, it is important to be aware how over-pronation can be prevented. First of all, it is highly recommended to undergo a gait analysis. During such an analysis one’s feet can be studied in detail so as to ascertain their level of pronation and the presence of any biomechanical abnormality. Based on such an analysis, the right type of shoes for that individual can be selected.

Overpronators need shoes that offer the best support. Structured cushioning shoes are highly beneficial for such people as while the foot lands on the outside of the heel and pronates excessively, the weight of the person will be transferred to the inner edge of the feet, instead of on the ball of the feet. This can lead to considerable pain and discomfort, along with a higher incidence of developing injuries and conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, shin splints and heel spurs. Therefore a gait analysis and informed shopping for running shoes are imperative for people who either have flat feet or low arches.

The Soles of Your Shoes Will Reveal Your Foot Pronation. Image credit: Amphibops

There are also some things that one could do in order to reduce over-pronation and its problems. There are some exercises, for instance, that one can perform so as to improve over time. Some of these include calf raises, inversions, rolling a ball beneath oneís feet, and curling a towel using the toes only. Improved conditioning and muscle strength could lead to a decrease in oneís excess pronation. It is also highly recommended to try to lose weight especially if one is overweight.

This is because the more weight one has, the harder the feetís arches will need to work. Moreover, the more overweight a person is, the more serious the over-pronation can get since he/she would be carrying excess weight, leading to an imbalance in weight distribution, and resulting in more stress on the feet. This will thus contribute to flat feet, and related over-pronation problems. Therefore it is important to try to put off weight to avoid this and the negative effects attributed to it.