After confinement, the desires of office in the garden are stronger

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The health crisis has sparked a new craze for homes. Those who already have one wanted to take advantage of these workspaces ready to pose in a garden.

Few French people have escaped the urge for greenery and outdoor spaces created by two months of confinement. Some of those cramped in an apartment have chosen to look for a more spacious home. But those who already had a home were not necessarily comfortable when it came to full telework. The opportunity to arouse new desires to acquire these fully equipped modules, ready to pose in the garden.

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In recent years, offers have multiplied. Most companies (Boximby, Natura, Studio Nature or Greenkub) offer models with various finishes and equipment, most of which measure less than 20 m². A surface limit allowing to dispense with a building permit. It only remains to have access to the networks and sometimes to install piles or plates to install the module. The assembly is thus ready to be installed in a few days.

Around 30,000 euros

At Greenkub, a Montpellier company that presents itself as the French leader in modular wooden constructions of less than 20m² turnkey, it therefore takes just 5 days to install. Since 2013, the company has been promoting these spaces, in particular to accommodate a student for example and to earn rent or have an additional room. But currently, professional use is on the rise. While Greenkub sold around 30 modules for telework before confinement, this figure increased by 50% in April and doubled in May.

A glimpse of an interior. Greenkub photo credits

Since last year, the company had developed a range specially adapted for work with obviously an essential Ethernet socket for teleworking but these studios can also act as a craftsman’s workshop, even a practitioner’s office or even a micro- crèche for home childcare. These studios are offered at a price of around 30,000 euros with different levels of finish and can be completed with a shower room, toilet and kitchenette or even be delivered fully furnished.

Beyond the success of working at a distance, Greenkub is recording an increasing number of requests from individuals wishing to accommodate a parent who is losing his autonomy. The company is working on a specific model, with a home automation system to make life easier for people with reduced mobility.


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