The tiny house movement came onto the scene a few years ago and shook the world to its core. This movement may forever be changing the way we view housing.
COVID-19 came onto the scene in February of 2020 and shook the world to its core. This virus may forever be changing the way we view a working environment.
So how do we adapt to the changing times without compromising the efficiency and effectiveness of our work? Insert tiny offices
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It has become very apparent in today’s COVID-19 world that businesses must adapt to the ‘work from home’ mentality. Businesses may need to adjust the way in which they have always done business to one that is significantly more mobile and flexible.
“States of Play, a joint CNBC/Change Research survey of swing states, finds 42% of respondents nationwide saying they are working from home – a huge jump from only 9% who say they worked completely from home before the pandemic.” (Burke. 04.2020)
Max Kalnitz from Insider stated in an article about Tiny Offices; “Jason Koperniak, co-owner of B&B Micro Manufacturing, told Insider his company’s sales have risen 50% since the pandemic shut down much of the US in mid-March, largely due to an increased demand for tiny structures, including backyard offices. B&B started selling the Brodie model four years ago but has experienced a spike in interest due to the pandemic.” (10.2020)
With any major nationwide disruption comes problems in need of solutions. One of which is the productivity and mental health behind working from home. Staying in one space all day long and having to balance work and life within it, is a challenge for anyone.
A completely customized backyard office can alleviate a number of these issues. We’ve seen our clients especially appreciate our models for the separation of detached space it provides from the home. The work-life balance becomes easier when you can physically walk out of your home and into an office and vice versa. By providing an environment that directly fosters positive mental well being, our clients are able to work more effectively all from their own property.
Apart from the number of mental and physical benefits of owning a tiny office, there is also a significant environmental factor. Just like any tiny structure, tiny offices offer a smaller carbon footprint. Giving you the flexibility to be fully connected to the grid or as self-sustaining as you would like.
A backyard tiny office has the additional benefit of significantly reducing the commuter’s carbon footprint. As stated by Lister from the Global Workplace Analytics in 2020, “The annual environmental impact of half-time remote work (for those who both want to work remotely and have a compatible job) would be the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking the entire NY State workforce off the road.
The fact is, there is no easier, quicker, and cheaper way to reduce your carbon footprint than by reducing commuter travel.”
Designing Office Spaces
Architecture and design encompasses a significant portion of our day to day lives. As stated by Walden from USA Today in 2018, “Previous research has found that around 90 percent of people spend close to 22 hours inside every day. One in six respondents to the YouGov survey, too, admitted that they practically never go outside, spending up to 24 hours a day indoors.” If we are spending the majority of our lives indoors, then the spaces that encompass us have a direct impact on our productivity and overall mood. The average individual spends 8-9 hours at work, almost half of the average time spent indoors. This means where we choose to conduct our business has a direct influence on employee and client satisfaction. Simple factors like sunlight, outdoor views, and airflow can have a huge impact on your business productivity.
The benefit of tiny offices is that you can make all these design decisions yourself. You can have that seamless indoor to outdoor relationship and functional design tailored to your unique needs. Our offices can be fitted to anything from an architectural office to an art studio, woodshop, retail, and everything in between.
Tiny offices are a stand-alone structure that can be directly tailored to the needs of your business. With this comes a budget that, like its design, is flexible. Ranging in price affordability giving clients the option to either pay full cash upfront or finance. Purchasing the tiny office in full will give you the freedom to have zero monthly payments on your office space. Allowing you to have greater financial freedom within your business. Financing, like anything, comes with its positives and negatives. For some, the monthly payments of financing a tiny office could be lower than that of renting a traditional office space.
However, at the end of the day, every business is different and it is up to you to decide if purchasing a tiny office will benefit you both, financially and mentally.
Our Message to You
The driving force behind all of the tiny structures here at B&B is to provide an architecturally innovative product that offers mobility, sustainability, and flexibility while maintaining an affordable price point. Our clients find that our products offer a unique and beneficial work-life balance which commercial office space environments may not be able to provide. We cater to those who are looking for creative solutions to common problems. Our industry expertise in zoning, design, and quality craftsmanship allows our customers to be happy before, during, and after their purchase. If these are qualities that you desire for your office space then B&B can tailor a design specific to your needs.
Burke, Jackson. 04.24.20. CNBC
Eisenberg, Richard. 04.10.20. Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2020/04/10/is-working-from-home-the-future-of-work/#2561979646b1
Kalnitz, Max. 10.20.20. Insider
Lister, Kate. 2020. Global Workplace Analytics
Walden, Stephanie. 05.15.18. USA Today