This all-white garden room is a striking backyard feature.
It’s also Amanda’s work from home studio.
“It’s been very beneficial for us.”
“It’s lovely to have a separate space for the clients I have.”
That sentiment is even more resounding now as NSW endures an extended lockdown.
“I love working from home. If I didn’t have the cabana, it would be very difficult to have clients here when my kids are here being homeschooled. It’s invaluable,” Amanda explained.
As a Counsellor, Amanda needed a dedicated space for her work.
“Working in a peaceful environment and doing counselling sessions makes a huge difference to how vulnerable people want to be.”
Her clients also love the outdoor space.
“I see a lot of people in traumatic situations. People generally come to counselling quite stressed out.”
“It’s high-level anxiety when they arrive. But, by the time they walk up to the cabana, everyone immediately says, ‘I feel so much more relaxed.’”
“‘It’s so peaceful’. That’s a comment I get a lot.”
Amanda says the impact of lockdowns on families is significant.
“If there is any pre-existing stress within a marriage, it exacerbates it because you no longer have that day-to-day separation.”
She says having an outdoor office gives her and her family much-needed time apart.
“It’s like a time out room. When I’m in here, I feel like I’ve gone to work because I’ll be up there for hours. Then, I re-enter the house like I’ve driven to work.”
The garden room has since inspired a backyard makeover.
As a result, the family now enjoys their outdoor area like never before.
“We now maximise every square metre of our property as opposed to having a big back garden that we never went into before.”
Amanda added a decking area and steps, making outdoor entertaining even more inviting.
“We also landscaped the backyard at the same time. It’s not like we had a lovely back garden, and then we put the garden room in there.”
The customisable design allowed her to choose the size and orientation of windows.
“I was impressed by the flexibility of the design.”
“In Summer, I have the whole cabana open if we are having drinks or entertaining, and even when I work.”
And what does she love most?
“It’s beautiful. We get an ocean breeze, and you feel like you’re outside.”
But that comes with a dilemma.
“The problem I have is when the hour is up and getting people to leave. So I always say, ‘come on, up you get!’”
“It’s a testament to the space.”
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