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According to David Wilson Homes, high interest rates and the cost of living crisis are fuelling demand for garden buildings.

With upsizing off the table for many, investing in garden offices as a long-term solution to working from home is becoming more popular.

James Nash from WOHOBO Garden Studios, said: “We are continuing to see a surge in demand for garden studios. In the past 12 months, online searches for garden offices and garden studios have increased by 40 percent and 140 percent respectively.

“Most of our customers have a desperate need to create extra space to enable them to work from home, whether that’s full-time or as a part-time hybrid routine.

“A garden building creates a natural divide between family life and work. Even if it’s just a few steps along your garden path, being able to have a separate space for work can make a massive difference to your mindset.

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“You don’t need tons of space either. Our most compact studio is just 2m x 2m and they can be installed in underused parts of the garden or in awkward spaces that couldn’t be used for much else.

“In most cases, you won’t need planning permission for a garden studio, so once you’ve made the decision to have one, you can be up and running in a matter of weeks.”

When getting quotes, ensure all costs are included, such as lighting, electrics and insulation to avoid additional expenses.

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Grant Letts, managing partner of Curchods in Weybridge, explained how a garden building can increase a home’s value by thousands.

Grant, who has over two decades of experience as an estate agent, said: “As an example, we recently had two virtually identical period houses within 50 year of each other on the same street.

“One of the properties had a small garden studio and sold for £30,000 more than the other home despite being the same size, condition and location.

“Similarly, a garden building may help your property sell faster. We recently marketed four comparative properties for sale and the only one featuring a garden room sold first.”

Garden buildings don’t just have to be used as an office though, they could also be used as a gym, a games room, a hobby space or even a home spa.

They are also much more affordable than loft conversions or extensions which make them great options for those on a budget.

Grant added: “Added to this, you avoid the chaos that comes with living in a home while having building work carried out.”

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