According to former English teacher Guy Henderson, most people have a corner of the garden that is likely to remain "forever unloved". And When Henderson left teaching and set up his own business designing educational software, it was towards the unloved corner ("full of rusty old bikes and slimy breezeblocks") that he looked to solve the problem of a dedicated home office space. Determined to cut overheads, Henderson was resolved to work from home but, with four teenagers creating a never-ending whirl of activity around him, the question was: 'Where?' Henderson says he considered a loft conversion but the expense and the upheaval associated with builders taking up residence for several months, meant he became one of a growing number of people who started looking into garden offices. He eventually engaged a specialist company to construct the peaceful workspace he needed. In just under two weeks they had installed a lined, insulated garden room in that 'unloved corner'. His office, which Henderson says has "changed life," also boasts a shower room, enabling it to double as a guest bedroom. These modern timber garden buildings are a far cry from the draughty old sheds of yore. A genuinely year-round solution to the desire to create extra space it is said they can add up to 20% on to the price of your home. Another plus if your office is intended for serious work, is that they are away from the noise and chaos of the main house. Coming in off-the-peg versions or bespoke designs customised to your needs, your plans are not constrained by the size of your roof space like in a loft conversion. Besides work areas, the rooms may become therapy rooms, gyms, kids play rooms, home cinemas, games rooms or simply a luxury summer house cum dining room where you can entertain guests in a natural setting. Henderson has acquired a light, tranquil area which he calls the "perfect working space" and has also improved the look of the whole garden. The company, Bakers' Timber, also did a complete landscaping job, creating a patio/barbecue area helping transform "dead space" into what is now the "most used part of the property".