Friday, May 21, 2021

Garden office hair & beauty salon: case study


It's always nice to report on shedworkers in action and here's a fine example of an increasingly popular way of using a garden office in a contemporary log garden office from Norwegian Log. It's owned by Diane Cox, a Reading-based hairdresser who wanted to change the way she ran her business and indeed way of life. After years of renting premises on a busy main road with a lack of parking for her customers she decided to opt for a stylish hair salon in her back garden and add an asset which will be more cost effective than being tied into a long-term rental agreement.

Diane’s garden room office salon includes three cutting chairs plus mirrored workstations, a washing basin, a lavatory for customers, manicure table and a small waiting area with lots of storage, all just yards from her back door. This enabled Diane to cut costs on a salon premises and still have plenty of storage space for her stock and customers. 

“Our customers walk around the corner and say ‘wow’," says Diane. "They like the quietness of its location and how calm it is. We also have so much natural light which is perfect for colouring hair. My salon was on the main road before, so there was a lot of noise and cars."

The interior walls of the contemporary garden office have been treated with a pale tinted natural oil to ensure Diane was able to see the natural wood to achieve a shabby chic look and feel. Log’s natural insulation also means that outdoor log offices are airtight, avoiding leaks and condensation which can increase the costs associated with heating up and cooling down brick and mortar buildings. An air conditioning unit has been installed in Diane’s log cabin garden office to ensure customers are cool and comfortable due to the constant heat from hairdryers in hair salons. Measuring 30m2 and measuring under 2.5m high, the garden office needed no planning permission. 

“It’s so relaxing here and the ladies love it," says Diane. "It’s a completely different, calming environment.”
Norwegian Log have a Garden Room calculator that you can use for free to experiment with which garden building might be good for you. 


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