Continuing the trend toward smaller living, we are seeing space-efficient workspaces as similar opportunities to downsize. A “tiny office” is an excellent way to work in a private space and work with minimal interruption. Who would have thought that a simple backyard shed could be the newest trend in home offices? Now, these are not your run-of-the-mill drafty shed with dust and spiders. They are stylish spaces with all the luxuries of an office outside the home. Some are plumbed to include a sink and kitchen space. Others are simple spaces that allow you to meet with clients in privacy.
These “shedquarters,” as they have been dubbed, can serve as an office, an art studio, a space to meet with clients and everything in between. One of the biggest benefits to moving your office to the backyard is the possibility of working in peace. Many people who work from home complain that working amidst the chaos of family life can be a challenge. A shed-based office space gives you a place where you can focus on work during work hours.
Another benefit is the opportunity to “leave the office” at the end of the day. So many who work from home, even part-time, complain that having your work available in the home means that you work more than if you could leave the office at the end of the day. Your work is always there! Working out of a shedquarters-style office means you can log out, lock the door and be done with work for the day. No more staring at your desk and thinking of what needs to be done.
If you are thinking of creating your own shedquarters, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- If your home office will house electronics, it is a good idea to consult with a professional builder to make sure your shed’s foundation is up to code for wiring and other structural issues.
- You should also consult with any homeowners association to be sure that a backyard shed is permitted in your community.
- If you plan to meet with clients, check with your local municipality to be sure that you are zoned for business use.
A backyard shed home office offers the flexibility and privacy you need to help your business flourish. With many different shapes and sizes to choose from, you can find the ideal space for your needs. Whether you are a yoga instructor looking for a small space to run classes or you are a high-level executive, you can build a shedquarters to meet your exact list of must-haves. These office spaces also add value to your home, by increasing your usable space. When you weigh the cost of renting off-site office space with the cost of building your shed-based office, it is a no-brainer.
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