The answer is: almost anything! How you use your garden studio will very much depend on your own interests and the kind of work you do.
Keeping in Shape
If you like to keep in shape, garden studios are great places to install home gyms, particularly those bulky pieces of equipment that take up too much floorspace in the main house. You may not want the entire family to see your attempts at using the running machine, and a garden gym is a great way to exercise with a bit of privacy.
On a related theme, a tranquil setting such as the garden combined with one of the studio designs that has floor-to-ceiling windows can be ideal for more contemplative activities, such as meditation or yoga. Sheds are definitely not men-only retreats any more, as the Sunday Times has reported.
Writers, in particular, need a quiet environment and a space where the flow of ideas is not interrupted. It can be a great advantage to get into a working routine that involves leaving the house and going to “the office”, even if it’s only across the garden. It helps to separate daily life from work.
Of course, for musicians the opposite applies. They are the ones making the noise, so soundproofed garden studios are ideal places for musicians to get together and rehearse, even late at night, without annoying the neighbours.
For artists, light is extremely important and they’ll tend to choose a studio design that maximises light at the right time of day. The same is true for people running businesses such as dressmaking or upholstery, where good light is essential to avoid eyestrain.
One of the great advantages of garden studios is that you can configure the interior exactly as you wish, so that supplies and materials can be kept to hand and an adequate working space included as part of the design. You can also bring clients and customers to the office rather than setting aside office space in the house.
Of course, one of the most popular uses for a garden studio, especially in cities where accommodation is expensive, is to provide a guestroom. If you live in a one-bedroom flat, you can effectively turn it into a two-bedroom flat without all the expense of moving, stamp duty and so on.