SPACED OUT Fed up with com­mut­ing, a cou­ple built an of­fice in the gar­den of their Berk­shire semi so they could work from home

With a new gar­den of­fice and out­door en­ter­tain­ing zone, Suzanne and Jamie Jarvis have max­imised the work­ing and re­lax­ing po­ten­tial of their home


Creep­ing for­ward in heavy traf­fic, Suzanne Jarvis de­cided enough was enough. ‘I was driv­ing from our home in Berk­shire to my cen­tral Lon­don of­fice ev­ery day and be­com­ing in­creas­ingly fed up with the com­mute,’ she says. ‘It was time for change.’

So she and hus­band, Jamie, who to­gether run an in­te­rior de­sign prac­tice, Jarvis Rayes, and mov­ing concierge busi­ness, Move In Style, de­cided to ex­plore the op­tion of work­ing from home. ‘With so much of our work done on site, on the phone and by email, we de­cided we could prob­a­bly make a suc­cess of it,’ says Suzanne. ‘If only we had enough space.’

The cou­ple had bought their house about 13 years ago, mov­ing from south Lon­don to be closer to Jamie’s chil­dren. Although they had re­fur­bished it from top to bot­tom, in­clud­ing re-build­ing the kitchen ex­ten­sion and knock­ing into the garage to cre­ate a util­ity area and a room for their beloved dogs, Mylo and Stella, there was lit­tle room to carve out a work area. The so­lu­tion was to build an of­fice in the gar­den, com­plete with electrics, in­su­la­tion and heat­ing. ‘Jamie did a fan­tas­tic job, cre­at­ing a space that’s com­fort­able all year round,’ says Suzanne. ‘It’s filled with light, very peace­ful and an ideal place to work. He also cre­ated an out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, where we love to bar­be­cue with friends or en­joy some prosecco to­gether in sum­mer.’

In­side the house, a tran­quil pal­ette fea­tures through­out. ‘Our work life is very busy, so we wanted our home to feel like a sanc­tu­ary,’ ex­plains Suzanne. ‘ We’ve cho­sen a calm, neu­tral back­drop for each room, which I’ve lay­ered with colour­ful soft fur­nish­ings and in­ter­est­ing finds. I didn’t pick a theme and stick rigidly to it, in­stead I like to in­tro­duce new pieces when­ever I come across things I love.

‘Whether we have friends and fam­ily over, or its just Jamie and I watch­ing TV with the dogs on our laps, un­wind­ing from a hard day, the house feels so invit­ing and homely,’ says Suzanne. ‘Best of all, I don’t have to do that long com­mute any more.’


1 MAS­TER BED­ROOM A wall mir­ror boosts the sense of space in this cosy re­treat. Livia bisque con­tem­po­rary flo­ral wall­cov­er­ing, £61.50 per roll, romo. Cohen wall lamps in white, £29 each, 1



GUEST BED­ROOM ‘I use this area as my dress­ing room,’ says Suzanne. woods wall­pa­per, £76 per roll, Cole & Son. Large bal­loon light bulb cage, from £ 43, ur­ban Cot­tage In­dus­tries, is a match



BATH­ROOM Rich mar­ble adds warmth to this crisp, white scheme. Mar­rron mar­ble coun­ter­top, cut and priced to or­der, Mar­ble City. the Du­ravit ba­cino round basin, £274, CP hart, is sim­i­lar

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