His­tory rein­vented as the Nis­sen Hut lives again

His­tory is rein­vented as the WWI Nis­sen Hut lives again as a gar­den of­fice

Cotswold Life - - INSIDE -

As com­pa­nies try to min­imise their of­fice space, many peo­ple are start­ing to work from home, and the sta­tis­tics of home work­ers in the UK are on the rise. Peo­ple like the idea of wak­ing up on a Mon­day and not hav­ing to rush to catch the seven o’clock train. They en­joy be­ing able to re­lax for longer over a leisurely break­fast and a nice cup of tea in the com­pany of fam­ily be­fore work be­gins. Not to men­tion get­ting a head start in the of­fice to their com­mut­ing col­leagues. They can feel sat­is­fied know­ing that the house will be empty for the rest of the day and they will be able to work in bliss­ful peace un­til at least 3pm and the kids re­turn home from school.

From sav­ing money and time on a com­mute, be­ing flex­i­ble with hours, or en­joy­ing the lux­ury of a nice cuppa sur­rounded by home com­forts, there are many rea­sons why peo­ple are opt­ing for this vir­tual work place and the realm of the in­ter­net has made that pos­si­ble.

While the tra­di­tional study within the house is still used by some, of­ten peo­ple don’t have this op­tion and the kitchen ta­ble is taken over by pa­per work. There­fore, many peo­ple wish to sep­a­rate their home from work by build­ing an out­build­ing in the gar­den. Not only does this solve the is­sue of work doc­u­ments cov­er­ing the house, it also cre­ates a phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion be­tween home and work.

Gar­den stu­dios are in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity as peo­ple im­prove rather than move. These stu­dio spa­ces come in a va­ri­ety of shapes and sizes and the com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pand­ing as those re­quir­ing one not only want prac­ti­cal­ity but aes­thet­ics too, mak­ing Ge­orge Nis­sen’s Nis­sen Hut de­sign highly com­pet­i­tive in to­day’s market.

Not only do these huts pro­vide a means of sep­a­rat­ing work and home life while still hav­ing the lux­u­ri­ous tran­quil­lity of be­ing at home, they can be adapted for your work­ing needs. Nis­sen Huts are retro, eco friendly and easy to build tick­ing all of the boxes both prac­ti­cally and aes­thet­i­cally. A gar­den of­fice also adds value to your prop­erty if mar­keted prop­erly high­light­ing its uses and ben­e­fits.

The his­tory of the Nis­sen Hut isn’t only be­ing rein­vented as a gar­den of­fice in the present day, artist Rachel Whiteread has been com­mis­sioned to pro­duce a piece of work based on the orig­i­nal hut from World War 1. Whiteread’s sculp­ture will stand in York­shire’s Dalby For­est to mark the cen­te­nary of For­est Com­mis­sion from au­tumn 2018.

In 1917 there was a prob­lem hous­ing troops on the western front. Ma­jor Nis­sen, an en­gi­neer and in­ven­tor had joined the Bri­tish Army when he looked at the prob­lem and in­vented the Nis­sen Hut made of cor­ru­gated Iron. The orig­i­nal Nis­sen huts took a few hours to put up, needed no spe­cial foun­da­tions, and were the per­fect size for the job.

One hun­dred years later the great grand­son of Ma­jor Nis­sen has brought back the Nis­sen Hut for a dif­fer­ent use. While it takes the best com­po­nents of the orig­i­nal de­sign, in­clud­ing the ease of con­struc­tion and no need for con­crete foun­da­tions, he has rein­vented it as an of­fice space for the ever-in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion who work from home and de­sire com­fort, warmth and a de­cent Wifi con­nec­tion.

Over four mil­lion peo­ple now work from home in the UK and that statis­tic is ex­pected to rise to half of the work­ing pop­u­la­tion by 2020. Al­ready in the Cotswolds alone over 20% work re­motely, which cre­ates a huge need for a se­cure, warm and func­tion­ing place in which to do so.

Ge­orge launched his Nis­sen Hut (pod) at the Grand De­signs show in Lon­don back in May 2018 which prompted a great deal of in­ter­est and a spe­cial com­men­da­tion from the show.

Nis­sen Hut Ltd has thought of ev­ery­thing to make this space the best it can be for 21st-cen­tury work­ing life. There are mi­nor fac­tors such as sandwiching ionised sheeps’ wool in­su­la­tion, a chem­i­cal-free method of moth proof­ing, be­tween the ply­wood pan­els and the wooden frame to pro­vide good in­ter­net and phone sig­nal… as well as the ma­jor sell­ing el­e­ments like the speed at which the huts can be built from nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.

The Bri­tish-made prod­uct with a her­itage de­sign has many ben­e­fits. In just three days you can have a fully erected Nis­sen Hut in your gar­den with no con­crete re­quired be­cause it is built us­ing a ‘pin and plate’ foot­ing sys­tem. You can also for­get plan­ning per­mis­sion be­cause it’s not re­quired in most cases as it comes within per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights. The best bit? All of this is in­cluded in the price.

If you are one of the grow­ing pro­por­tions of home work­ers then visit www.nis­senhut.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion about the new Nis­sen Hut as a gar­den of­fice to make work­ing life as com­fort­able as home life but keep­ing them sep­a­rate as well.

Nis­sen Pod, by Nis­sen Hut Photo: David Hughes Pho­tog­ra­phy

BE­LOW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Ma­jor Peter Nor­man Nis­sen’s orig­i­nal Nis­sen Hut de­sign

ABOVE: Nis­sen Pod, by Nis­sen Hut Photo: David Hughes Pho­tog­ra­phy

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