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As the demand for flexible working hours increases, Managing Director, Nick Stonley discusses the importance of pairing flexible working with homes for flexible living.

For many, the incentive to work from home is about prioritising a healthy work-life balance and today we are seeing a rise in employers offering flexible working to staff. In the UK, currently 40% of employees enjoy flexible working hours and the option to work from home, with an increasing number of people wanting to adopt this more balanced approach to allow them more time at home with friends and family.

Flexible working has many benefits for both an employer and employee, including being able to arrange working hours to suit modern family life, which can often be fast-paced and extremely busy. With no commuting to contend with, those that work from home often experience less stress and therefore increased productivity, compared to large offices with more disruptions. With almost three quarters of employees getting distracted from their work in an office environment, a quiet private study provides the perfect place to focus, uninterrupted.

Recognising this growing trend, many housebuilders are designing properties to offer studies for professionals who work from home. In both of our remaining homes at Lavender Fields in East Sussex for example, a study room comes as standard. Perfect for those with a desire to escape the busy city life and move to the country for a quieter lifestyle, working professionals can enjoy the best of both worlds.

There is also a growing trend for entrepreneurs starting up new businesses in their homes. Many of these budding business owners seek large garages or additional space to provide a service at their home, such as tech support, car servicing, fitness classes and personal training, and health and beauty treatments. Smithers Barn at Lavender Fields features a completely self-serving practical home office, adjacent to the detached double garage, which is ideal for establish a new home-based business and comes complete with a built-in kitchenette and cloakroom.

After all, some of largest and most successful businesses of our era all started in a garage including, Google, Disney, Apple and Amazon to name a few. For more information on the types of properties available to suit your work and home life.