backyard office

If you don’t have room in your house for an office, but you have a yard, why not build a separate structure for your office? I keep coming across pre-fab outdoor spaces on other blogs that would be perfect for a home office. Talk about keeping your work space separate from your personal space!

One thing to consider is the climate where you live. Something like this is much more practical in California than in Minnesota. I’m not sure how any of these are insulated and presumably you’d have to use a space heater. Also, I don’t think I’d want to be running back into the house every time I needed to use the bathroom if it’s below zero outside!

Source: OfficePOD; via Chuck Newton and Unplgged

From the OfficePOD website: “The ability to work from home is a trend that is here to stay. Technology allows it, legislation permits it and employers often now encourage it.” Though this is in the UK, so I’m not sure what “legislation” they’re talking about.

Source: Archipod; via Re-Nest

  • Or try converting a shed into an office like Lifehacker reader Brian DeHamer did for just $6,000.

Source: Lifehacker

  • How about a shipping container home office?

Source: Mike Corvi, The Oregonian via Chuck Newton

Source: Jetson Green via Chuck Newton

  • Though not pre-fab, this home office is pretty fab. Lifehacker reader Peter Frazier takes full advantage of his view of Chuckanut Bay in Washington.

Source: Lifehacker

Source: Flickr via Lifehacker

  • This is surprisingly nice for a 9×7 wooden shed. Not available in the US, but probably closer to something you could DIY than some of the others.

Source: BillyOh Woodman Log Cabin via ReNest (and also here)

  • A similar concept (but a little more spacious), this one belongs to Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Source: Michael Pollan via ReNest (and also here)

  • Another one with a great view — and love the colorful trim.

Source: photography by William Wright, in Debra Prinzing’s book Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways

via Apartment Therapy San Francisco (via ReNest)

  • Looking for something simple but cozy?

Source: Sunset via ReNest

Source: Susan Herr via Design*Sponge

For more permanence, see my earlier post on this garden office.

And a few more less realistic (expensive or unique) but equally thought-provoking options: Blu Folding Prefab Home Office and Would You Live in a Blob? Or there’s always a treehouse.

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