It’s good to have a hobby, activity or passion you can dive into and get away from the stresses of the modern world. People are hobbyists for just about everything nowadays. From mountaineering to salsa dancing, there’s something out there for everyone.
The old theory goes that it takes around 10,000 hours of practice to make you an expert in your chosen hobby. That’s a lot of time, and if you’re going to dedicate such an elongated timespan to a specific craft, you’re going to want to do it in a space where you can fully concentrate.
A private workshop could be just the ticket. Essentially this is a step up on your traditional garden shed set up, but with a little bit more prestige and finishing to make it a desirable place to come spend those hours honing your craft.
Here are a few features that are essential for you to include in your dream workshop at home.
Give yourself space
Feeling cramped is a sure-fire way of killing any creative buzz. Space is one of the most important aspects of a workshop, so make sure when you’re plotting the location of your workshop that you maximize the area you can take up, whether this is in your backyard or elsewhere.
Luckily there are several prefabricated structures you can purchase, which have the dimensions clearly stated, meaning you can buy your desired measurements and ensure your workshop will fit nicely within the space allocated.
Focus and concentration are what you will be striving for when entering your workshop and one of the best ways to help aid these states of consciousness is with natural light. Studies have shown that students who are taught in classrooms with high levels of natural light achieve test scores up to 18% higher than those who were taught with minimal levels.
Large scale windows will not only benefit your concentration levels, but also help with the atmosphere and design of the workshop as well. Stylish windows are a great statement piece to add to an exterior of a building and will give your workshop an aura of prestige.
A chill out area
As Jack Torrance famously typed out to infinity in The Shining, “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy”. Whilst the purpose of the building is in the name, a workshop is best when it also allows you to take a break from your activities, put the foot on the brake and enjoy a breather from time to time.
By setting aside a small chill out area, you can avoid associating your workshop as purely a place for hard work and help alleviate any feelings of tension towards entering the space. This area will also open the workshops capabilities and mean that it can now be used for multiple purposes.
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