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As the pandemic makes working from home the new normal, and as individuals realize that this situation might go on for years, finding enough space and quiet to focus and get your work done has been a priority. If setting up your workplace at the kitchen dining table is not cutting it, and if you have sufficient backyard space, you should think about having a backyard office shed. These 31 backyard office shed ideas will surely inspire you to create something for yourself.

TUCKED BEHIND

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Fivedot

A modern patio remodel includes a backyard office that is great for work & relaxation.

DETACHED

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Durham Builders

Create a space solely for work and away from the noise with this contemporary detached shed.

WORKSHOP SHED

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Wyndhamdesign

Are you an artist or on the creative side? Let the inspiration flow with this workshop space.

ARTIST’S SPACE

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Studio Shed – Live Large. Build Small.

Originally constructed as a home office, this modern shed can easily be a home gym or artist’s space.

OUTDOOR’S IN

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Studio Shed – Live Large. Build Small.

A 10×12 outdoor office with big French doors to allow plenty of light.

SIP PANEL

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Sett Studio

This 92 square foot backayard office shed features Shou-Sugi-Ban wood siding.

PREFAB

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Studio Shed – Live Large. Build Small.

A studio shed that is ready for all kinds of weather and equipped with all the essentials.

LITTLE SANCTUARY

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Doolittle Design Co.

Don’t be stressed when working from home! White space will give you a nice canvas.

PAINTED MAPLE

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transFORM Home

You can transform a small space into a polished, functional, and eye-catching home office.

BUILT-IN DESK

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Grove Architecture

Small minimalist wood backyard office with floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the view of the outdoors.

Why Backyard Office Is Ideal

Backyard offices would be the best spot to get some focused work completed, and they are also an ideal space to let your creativity shine. Plenty of style alternatives are now available to help make the humble shed more attractive like an office, ranging from traditional cottages to styles that mimic the modernist tiny home models that have become popular in the recent past. Businesses are also developing the parts to become more practical, including more operable windows and solar power panels for energy. If you are interested in a backyard office, the price and need for a construction permit differ based on your area, the structure’s dimensions, and the amenities you might wish for.

Working at home has both cons and pros. Meanwhile, you get to stay close to everything home-related, such as your kids, the kitchen that you can visit whenever you want to grab a bite, and more. Simultaneously, this comes with lots of distractions that frequently make this whole concept not attractive for some. But do not be disappointed, because there is a way to make this work that may be described in two words, backyard office. The coolest thing about a backyard office is that it has its own space independent from the rest. It does not have to be huge for that. As working at home will continue to be the new normal, you could be feeling that your current home office is not cutting it. If your workplace does not allow in very much natural light or lacks the area for a separate work area, or you need to have a change of scenery, a backyard office is an answer.

Moving an office from the inside to the outside can provide new life to the workday. However, suppose an online mortgage calculator tells you that scaling up to a house with separate office space is still out of reach. In that case, an office shed could be a far more convenient and inexpensive choice. From prefab sheds to ultimately building your shed office from scratch, there are plenty of options to choose from. Based on the city you live in, and the dimensions of your office shed, a permit could be needed. To stop any future issues, ensure to check with your city’s regulations. When you are residing in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association, you might also have to check with them.

WRITER’S RETREAT

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Studio Shed – Live Large. Build Small.

This 10×14 lifestyle studio shed is a writer’s backyard retreat, with a garden outside.

COZY

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RAD Designs (Robert Adam Dorn)

This cozy 120 square foot shed is a backyard home office but could also serve as a guest room.

INDUSTRIAL

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Ulrich Barn Builders

This industrial home office studio can house your gadgets and priced tools of the trade.

MODERN SHED

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Modern-Shed

This modern shed looks incredibly cozy with lots of greeneries outside.

Things To Consider When Building A Backyard Office

Find the ideal spot and prep your yard. Before you start creating your backyard office, ensure you have determined the best location for it. Choose the flattest part of your property and an area that has excellent drainage. If your property needs a little work, think about hiring a landscaper. A landscaper can help you figure out the ideal spot to create your office shed or if you will have to rework some of your landscaping to suit your office better. Create a foundation for your shed office.  Whether you opt to construct your backyard office by yourself or choose to buy prefab shed kits, you will have to build a foundation or base for the shed. Your shed’s material and size will be involved in the kind of foundation that will be required, and the location of your soon-to-be office and the climate you reside in will also be essential.

Prefab sheds are made-to-order and will get to your home either wholly built or as a package that you will put together. If you search for the most convenient option with the least amount of manual labor on your part, then prefab shed kits will be your best bet. Nowadays, there is a broad array of shed designs ranging from modern to the farmhouse; thus, finding prefab sheds that complement your house style will not be challenging. Better still, most prefabs shed businesses provide the choice to customize and design your shed completely. So, if you want large windows or skylights to let in a lot of natural light, you can include these features into your office shed design. Be sure you understand what you are getting if you buy your pre built shed, mainly if it is a package. Some of the things to consider are whether doors and windows are provided, and flooring, electrical, and insulating material. The features and additional finishes will differ based on your needs. Still, it is better to get all of the specifics in advance so you do not encounter unforeseen costs, and any surprises when your pre built shed arrives.

With efficient construction and modern looks, a prefab is still a desirable option in creating a new home. However, if you already have a house, adding a backyard building made from materials produced, off-site can be a practical and easy way to make the most out of your property. Prefab sheds won’t require a permit to install, and their possible uses can go way beyond a simple office or storage. You can design and build your office shed from scratch, but you don’t have to. If DIY projects aren’t for you, you can still make one for yourself. So long as you obey the instructions that come with the prefab shed kits, then you are good to go. Also, ensure that you talk with your local permit office before you get the prefab shed kits, so you can assure you are permitted to build it (and if you have to satisfy some particular requirements) before it arrives.

CUSTOM AREA

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Modern Homestead

A home office studio with a rock garden and a flagstone patio.

WOOD FLOOR

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kitHAUS

This modern guest room and home office sure look warm and cozy.

10X12

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Studio Shed – Live Large. Build Small.

The bright, airy space offers a new take on the backyard storage shed.

CONTEMPORARY

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McKinney York Architects

A contemporary detached studio and workshop shed remodel in Austin.

INTEGRATED

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Modern-Shed

An example of how a modern shed can fit into an existing patio.

WOOD DECK

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Backyard Office

A contemporary backyard office construction with a wood deck.

The Rise Of Backyard House

A backyard house is much more than the name will have you believe. It is not only a small home in your yard (although it could be), and it is not always as separate from the main house as the title suggests (although it could be). A backyard house is a fully functional secondary living unit added onto the same lot as the primary residential structure, typically a single-family home or a duplex.

The truth is, the reasons for creating one are as diverse as the families that build backyard houses. Regardless of the reason, whether it is to create more space, bring your family together, or want a specialized area. Here are some reasons why a backyard house is a great thing to have. A backyard house can open up a new world of on-budget housing, one that lets the family stay closer together. It is the perfect choice to provide the support your loved ones need without worrying about the distance required to find an affordable option. A backyard house offers the best middle ground. Boomerang kids do not move into their childhood bedroom; they move into a fully functional standalone living space. This way, they can have a level of independence and start to spread their wings without their parents looming over their shoulders. And for parents, it is the perfect chance to offer your children the safety net they need to thrive. Additionally, it is a great learning opportunity before you let them into the real world. You can use it to teach them a thing or two about paying rent, managing money, and looking after an independent living space like a functional adult rather than a college student.

In the past, if you heard the phrase “backyard studio,” you would instantly think of a small and quite uncomfortable converted backyard shed. Nowadays, the backyard studio is now seen as an opportunity to get incredibly creative design-wise. Custom detached offices and garden rooms remove the challenge of house expansion while giving specialized spaces for work, yoga exercises, open art spaces, and gardening, all in a state of deluxe. As more individuals venture from work or home into the world of doing their business, getting a home office or studio becomes increasingly essential.

NO COMMUTE

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Studio Shed – Live Large. Build Small.

Say goodbye to a bad commute with this studio shed for work, yoga, or play.

TRADITIONAL

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Moontower

A backyard office with a white and green painted traditional exterior.

SMALL BUILT

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Studio Shed – Live Large. Build Small.

The custom-painted purple doors and chairs stand out.

CRAFTSMAN

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Grove Architecture

A modern home office remodel that includes a garage.

MODERN DETAILS

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Olander Garden Design

A contemporary shed with modern details and a burst of color.

TRAILER

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Bear Creek Enterprises

Modern studio trailer that is ready for your big ideas!

PROTOTYPE

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Podzook

Small and trendy eclectic shed perfect for work or meditation.

CLASSIC

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Sheds Unlimited INC

A backyard office that will let you enjoy work from home like never before.

SHACK

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Perpetual Homes ADU

This office shack exterior looks polished and sleek, with contemporary details.

VICTORIAN

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vendrolini

This Victorian shed features all-glass windows and a sunroof for an ultimate outdoor feel.

The Benefits Of Having A Backyard Office

The incredible thing about these home offices is that plenty of people install run-of-the-mill prefab sheds and convert them into works of art by installing insulation, electrical, and other modifications to make the place feel homier. In reality, a growing number of businesses provide prefab buildings of different sizes for this very objective. These buildings are usually more cost-effective than home renovations. Because plenty of these office pods or outdoor offices start as the size of sheds, they are relatively space-efficient. If you are worried about installing something that will clash with your house, don’t worry because you will find enough companies and customizable options to develop a workspace structure that complements your home.

It keeps the work and home life separate. Another great thing about working at home is that you could be effective and efficient within your house’s convenience. The negative part about it would be that often you feel like you do not stop working since you work and reside in the same location. Well, creating your own home office can fix that! You get the adventure of working in a separate office with the comfort of the shortest commute possible!  It could be your particular studio. Sometimes you can’t imagine someone coming into your studio and touching your projects or even misusing your equipment, so having a separate backyard studio is the only way to ensure your studio is still a sanctuary. You get your own space when your house is cramped. Some families or houses do not have the space for a home office, studio, and study. Creating a structure in your yard solves that space deficiency and provides you with some peace from everybody else.

Backyard offices provide a way to enjoy the fresh air and natural light more often. There are numerous ways to personalize a structure to provide optimum natural light and fresh air. Some have large sliding doors or several windows, while some have sections of the wall that can be opened up. There is nothing much better than working outside while enjoying an office area’s amenities, like Wi-Fi, lighting, and electricity.

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