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Turn a Shed into a Home Office

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Turn a Shed into a Home Office

by Steve Graham, Networx

If you need a home office, an addition to your home might be a prohibitively expensive way to get some workspace. Instead, consider a covered space you already have on your property. A storage shed can easily be converted into a small home office with some basic upgrades.

Of course, a basic pre-fabricated metal shed may not work. However, any wood-frame shed that can be insulated might be a potential space for a new home office.

Insulate

If you will need to heat the shed in winter, consider upgrading from concrete half-blocks to a more permanent, insulated foundation. The extra cost will pay off in the long run in lower heating bills and possibly higher resale value for your home.

You will also need to insulate the walls and roof. The cheapest option is fiberglass batts and drywall. However, rigid foam insulation boards and stucco may be easier, albeit more expensive.

Many storage sheds donít have windows, but a windowless home office will be too uninviting to see much worktime. Frame out a window and get an inexpensive window for the space. With tax credits available for energy-efficient window upgrades, replacement windows were popular this year. You should be able to find a good deal on a used window through a local building supply reseller.

Related: 6 Types of Eco-Friendly Insulation

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3:06AM PDT on May 9, 2013

oh, I would love to have a shed like that as a working place for writing and art projects =)

2:55AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thanks

5:51PM PDT on May 7, 2013

wish i had a shed and land to turn into a small home!

8:08PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

I like this idea :)

6:02PM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

There are so many incredible and cool garden sheds nowadays---definitely not like the old days. It is exciting all the possibilities now that you can do with them--it is a whole new frontier !!

11:01PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

nice idea. But the city bylaw may stop your creativity.

8:02PM PST on Feb 5, 2011

how i wish..i have a backyard where i can build a shed

4:43AM PST on Jan 24, 2011

Thanks.Maybe it would be better to use garage in this way.

12:06AM PST on Jan 22, 2011

thanks

12:47PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

I wish I had a shed, so that I could covert it into an art studio!

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