Monday, February 8, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Remote working has taken the traditional idea of the office and turned it on its head. More businesses are allowing their employees work how they want and from where they want. While some workers choose to work from a beach in Cabo, others prefer the familiar comfort of their homes.
What could be better than jumping out of bed, pattering to your computer in your pajamas, with your favorite coffee mug in hand, and...start working in total comfort? However, the comfortable surroundings may not be conducive for sustained productivity.
While some homeowners are lucky to have a spare room, garage or basement that they can convert to a home office, but not everyone has this kind of space. In this situation, the best alternative is to take it outside.
Take Your Work Outside
No, not to the nearest coffee shop, try somewhere much closer.
Like your backyard.
No, not lying on the grass either, but in your garden shed.
I bet you never considered your garden shed as an office, did you?
These days, garden sheds are being repurposed to do much more than store broken toys and old lawnmowers. For one, they are one of the most cost effective additions you can make to your home without having to go through a full remodel.
Don't believe me? Did you know that the standard shed is around 8×8? That's enough space for a chair, desk and your computer. Plus you still have ample overhead space for document storage. See? You've set up a home office, just like that. If you don't want to do it yourself, Austin-based Kanga Room makes backyard 'studios' in three unique styles. They can even add a bathroom, kitchenette, and front porch!
But what if you have a bigger yard? Or you want a standard sized office, but in your backyard? Here are four more 'shedquarters' that will inspire your new home office project :-
- Seattle-based Modern Shed, pride themselves in creating solutions for limited living and storage space problems. Their pre-fab sheds start at 8×10 and can be customized suit to your exact needs.
- San Francisco's Modern Cabana constructs sheds starting at 10×12 feet, giving you ample space to work. Want to something even bigger? They have full studios complete with kitchens and baths.
- The K-Pod by Southern California's Kithaus measures an impressive 117 square feet, and can be customized to include a freestanding bath, outdoor shower, even a loft. Plus, they have much larger models.
- Alchemy Architects, out of Minnesota, make some of the largest full-option sheds in the USA. Their Weehouse studio starts at 435 square feet, and it includes a main room and a bathroom. With so much space, it can be used as a home office, guest house, or even a main residence.
Unlike office cubicles, home offices are excellent for uninterrupted workflow and maintaining privacy. They can be as cozy and stylish as you want, while retaining all the functionality of a proper office. Plus, these miniature studios are designed to look just fine sitting in your back yard.
Whatever you need your shedquarters for, whether it's a getaway space, an office, or an extra home, you're sure to find one that fits your space and budget. Ready to tackle that home office upgrade? First, make sure you get the correct permits and approvals required by the city of San Diego. For more information, contact the Development Services Department here.
Whether you are looking for a property with an existing home office or one that has a yard that will allow you 'build' your own, contact the Santee real estate experts, the Quance Group. Our goal is to leave every client thoroughly pleased every single time. Ready to experience a truly impressive level of service? Contact the Quance Group now on 619.324.5397.