A modern and connected thinking space - the ultimate home office
Four teenage children needing a quiet space for school work and revision in their handsome and busy Victorian family home in West London was the challenge for Aizad and Sobia Hussain. Being 21st century teenagers, the garden room also had to look and feel sophisticated, and boast the latest IT connectivity – in short, the ultimate home office.
“We wanted an area for them to study, a thinking space, away from interruptions. We needed an urgent solution and we couldn’t wait to apply for planning for something like a basement. It also needed to fit with the style of the house,” explains Aizad.
Their three children and niece would soon all be sitting exams at various stages of their education and they needed an answer – fast.
During a visit to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Aizad came across Norwegian Log’s contemporary display building. The quality of the solid log building material impressed him and he knew it would be easy to equip it with the office tech required. “It was spontaneous, I knew one of their buildings was the solution,” he says.
With no need for building regulations or planning permission, Aizad could make an instant decision and, within months, the Hussain’s new contemporary log building had been erected at the side of their stunning urban garden. “We were really impressed with the Norwegian Log team who built it, they are good guys,” comments Aizad.
Now kitted out with smart fitted furniture and desks, the building is the perfect home office for both teenagers and adults alike. Computers and printer are wifi connected to the home hub, a large flat screen TV and Playstation PS4 take pride of place on one of the walls and bi-fold doors open on to a small decking area with views across the extensive lawn and shrubs. To complete the mod cons, an air conditioning unit has been fitted to cool the room in the summer and Aizad has even added a remote-control heater that can be switched on by his children on their iPhones.
“It just focuses the mind, you don’t want to goof around in here,” laughs Aizad. “Time somehow seems very slow as there are no disruptions. There’s a sense you are in a library. When I was at University I used to always go to the library to study and I wanted something similar.”
“Our eldest daughter loves it,” explains Sobia “and our son will soon be needing it too. It is high quality, has a lot of capacity and is just a really flexible space.”