More people are working from home today than ever before. Whether you run your own business from your home or you work remotely for your employer, there are many advantages to this arrangement. Of course, if you are going to work from home successfully, you need a comfortable and quiet office to get your job done. With that in mind, you can make a private home office with a steel shed that can serve as a dedicated space for your work needs.
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Some Important Considerations
Before you get started on this project, there are a few key points to keep in mind as you make your plans:
- How much space do you need? This is the best place to start. For some people, a comfortable chair and a computer is all that is required to get the job done. Others will need a larger desk and room for supplies. Be sure to carefully think through your personal needs so you can create the perfect sized office space.
- Do you have an appropriate site? Most likely, you’ll want to locate this new structure close to your main house so you can come and go conveniently. When looking at possible sites on your property, make sure to consider site prep work that will need to be done before the shed can be constructed.
- Building codes and other regulations. You don’t want to run into any legal issues as a result of adding a home office shed to your property. Before you go any further, check into local building codes as well as any restrictions that might be in place by your homeowner’s association (if you have one).
Designing a Floorplan
By working with Carport Kingdom on the purchase of your new steel shed, you will be able to customize the size of the structure to perfectly fit your needs. But how do you know what size structure to order? It’s best to draw out a proposed floorplan so you can see how everything will fit together. If you already have a desk and chair, measure those items as a starting point. Include anything else you want to keep in the office, such as a file cabinet, printer, etc.
It should go without saying that the space needs to offer more than just room for everything to fit inside, because you’ll need enough space to walk in and out, and you don’t want to feel too cramped. One other idea for settling on dimensions is to measure your current office, whether it’s in your house or at an office building, and use that as a starting point.
Bringing in Professional Help
For a steel shed that is going to be used as an office, you will likely need to bring in some professional help to finish the job. Specifically, you’ll want to contact a licensed electrician to handle the wiring that needs to be done. This job is too important, and potentially dangerous, to handle on your own (unless you happen to be experienced in electrical work).
While virtually everyone will need to have a power supply in their shed if it is going to function as a home office, the matter of HVAC is going to vary from one case to the next. If you live somewhere with a mild climate, and you tend to work during the comfortable part of the day, you might not need to add HVAC capabilities. For some, simply insulating the shed will be good enough. However, if you do need heating or cooling to make this work, you’ll likely want to bring in a professional for that job, as well.
Lock It Up
There’s a good chance you will have some relatively valuable equipment or items in your home office shed. If that is the case, be sure to think about security while you plan the project. Make sure you can lock up the door that you use to access the shed and invest in a quality lock that will not be easily compromised. Of course, even a good lock isn’t foolproof, so you might want to think about storing particularly valuable items elsewhere if you are worried about security issues.
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The team at Carport Kingdom is excited to help you make a private home office with a steel shed! Our structures are durable, affordable, and completely customizable, so you can ensure your new office will suit your needs perfectly. To start this project, begin designing your structure with our Build & Price Tool today!