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.
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.
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