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10×10 Log Cabin in Your Garden – Your Home Office?
With the need to get employees to work more flexibly smaller businesses are encouraging the purchase of home offices and log cabins can fill this role. Never more so than at the moment with the cuts which were implemented by the Conservative – Lib Dems coalition government early last decade. Whether firms or individuals can afford these buildings and follow this outlook is another question. NtlTelewest Business was the organisation suggesting that small firms are embracing this idea of home working because the cost has become cheaper and easier that before. Senior product manager, Alistair McKininon, at NtlTelewest said that ‘with a network – based service then even smaller companies could enjoy the practice of multi media and flexibility in costings’
It may seem difficult for people to work from home who lack the space to have a dedicated workspace but the answer to this could be a dedicated log cabin with 10 x 10 being a good size to consider in the garden, maybe alongside your shed or in place of your existing garden sheds, and thus could be an ideal solution.
A Kellogs survey a while ago discovered that many employees like the idea of flexible working hours or possibly time off for celebrations such as birthdays or anniversaries in preference to a pay rise or bonus. It’s also believed that employees who have flexible working hours, in general, were more likely to be 20% happier in their work and more productive in comparison with other employees working the more rigid hours.
Whether that ring trues today is debatable as the cost of living keeps rising over and above the rise in salary. However, it is still believed to be a good option for many business in their efforts to be leaner and greener.
By working at home there is saving on transport costs and also the saving in the hours spent travelling along with the stress of the daily commute. A dedicated office would give you a space to work away from the daily chores in the house but still able to concentrate on the important issues. There is no rent to pay and the cost for a dedicated garden home office is often tax deductible as an capital expense. Also if you are VAT registered then the VAT payable can be reclaimed. A 10×10 log cabin by its nature is relaxing and stress free which encourage productive and inspirational output. So many reasons for considering this work life style.
Is this someone something you would like to? Do you think your employer should pay for your garden home office? Would you take a pay cut to work from home?
Beware Your Garden Cabin is at Risk From Thieves
The garden log cabin is often seen as an open door to thieves, and in many cases it is, but this is not always so. You will find that many thieves can feel a little uneasy about being caught in the garden without any obvious escape or being seen in action. Never the less the garden building should still be treated as a weak spot. After all you do have quite a lot of items in there, many of which are not worth very much to the thieves when they sell your gardening items on, but the cost for you to replace them can be quite a lot.1st Choice Leisure Buildings, garden and log cabin suppliers, recommends that this means using a little common sense and keeping your cabin locked when not being used. Ensure that the lock on the shed door is a good strong one so this would be hard for a thief to break. You can also make the building more secure by the addition of an alarm or, if possible, a garden security light. These are the lights which come on then anyone approaches your building.
The upside to this, besides helping to draw attention to thieves, is that it makes is easier for you when you go down the garden during the darker evenings. The downside is that you need a power source for the light and also the nuisance factor when nocturnal animals in your garden activate the light. The happens in my garden and you sometimes ignore the light as you think it is only a fox. Very bad practice on my behalf as I should know better.
I always advise using a fold over hasp and staple on your door for the lock because these will enable the screws in the staple to be covered and will stop a thief just unscrewing the hasp. You can reinforce the strength of these hasps and staples by ensuring that at least one of the screws in the hasp and staple is secured using a nut and bolt which goes through the garden shed wall. This means that the lock can not just be forced off with a crowbar.
This advice about garden shed thefts is reiterated by Greater Manchester Police who again say thefts are rare but you should still take actions to make sure thefts are stopped totally. PC Phil buck, the Crime Prevention Officer told his local paper that as the evenings get lighter and the weather less cold then this is the time thieves start looking for unprotected sheds, garages and other outdoor garden buildings.
The crime figures for garden related incidents are low in the Pendle and Bury area but home owners have been asked to protect their homes and gardens even more. PC Buck said that shed theft is low and that most of these garden crimes could be prevented. He recommends that all your property is security marked as well as keeping all garden sheds and out buildings locked and secure. By doing that you are reducing the chances down to slim that thieves will target your valuables. A number of 10×10 cabins had been attacked in recent months so the need to be aware is very important.
He also suggests putting strong padlocks on your garden sheds or even adding a shed alarm. He further suggests that windows should be covered to remove the visible temptation and that garden tools should be put away. This is because the tools can be used to aid breaking into property. Besides this you can mark your property with a UV pen, or even better by engraving your garden items. This is best as it makes it harder for the thieve to sell your items on. Ensuring your shed is covered by exterior lighting is also good advice, backing up what I say above.