4 reasons to jump on the home office shed trend

Ginger Dean

May 14, 2015

By: Ginger Dean, Home Finance Specialist

In: General Remodeling

If you're an entrepreneur, at some point you'll face a classic real estate problem - rent office space or build a home office? There are benefits to both options. Rented office space offers a professional environment, though it comes with a cost. On the other hand, working from home is convenient, but you may not always have the available square footage.

If you don't have the option to build a home office inside but don't want to rent professional space, look out into the backyard and consider building a home office shed. Yes, that's right - a shed.

This is a real, growing trend. All around the country, telecommuters and entrepreneurs alike are turning their tool sheds and storage spaces into functioning home offices.

A great thing about these work spaces is they can be customized to fit your needs. If you already have a shed in your backyard you can go on Pinterest to find ideas about how to convert and decorate your new space.

If don't yet have the structure, you have a couple options: you can buy a pre-made shed from stores such as Lowes, or you can construct your new office space by visiting a local lumber store such as Home Depot.

Once you have the exterior structure, you can customize the inside to fit your functionality. Maybe you a desk and bookshelves are your first priority, or maybe you need a couch for clients to sit during meetings. That's the great thing about designing your home office shed - it can be whatever you want it to be.

Sheds come in a variety of sizes and offer a viable workspace for anyone who needs an office. This includes people who telecommute and work from home for a company as well as entrepreneurs who work for themselves.

They can also be used as creative spaces for side hustles and hobbies such as painting studios or ceramic workshops.

One of the best things about a home office shed is it gives you a secluded work environment close to home. You don't need to spend time commuting to and from work and you'll never forget something at the office. It's also nice to have a separate entrance to your professional environment in case clients or other staff members come to visit.

Why rent space in a building if you can custom build your own workspace? Every morning you can wake up, get dressed, and walk a few feet to your office. You can focus on your daily tasks without being distracted by the usual work at home culprits a.k.a. laundry, the television, and household chores. With that perfect balance, it's not hard to see why this trend is taking off. What do you think? Would you ever consider a home office shed?

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