Home office sheds can help you carry out your work from a position of relative ease and comfort. They are your personal workspace, designed to suit your taste and meet your productivity needs. Therefore, the time, effort, and other material resources you spend setting up a home office will directly affect the quality of work you do there. These are the reasons why you should pay attention to the design and set-up of your home office shed. We’ll give you a few handy tips that will guide you in your quest to create your home office shed.
Before you build your home office floor, you’ll have carried out all the site preparation, setting out, and foundation works leading up to this point, but only if you’re building from scratch. But If you already have an existing concrete floor, check it for any signs of cracks or failed portions. And if it is a wood floor, check it for warps and other spots that wood-eating insects may have attacked. If you cannot salvage it, rip it off and fix a new one. While laying the floor, make provision for any ground heating vents or a duct for the passage of utilities like heating and electricity.
If you want to be flexible with your walls, we recommend you go for drywall or a stud wall with metal frames. This will come in handy when you create physical changes to your shed layout. But if you’re thinking of something more permanent, you may go for concrete or wooden walls and partitions. While erecting shed houses, make plans to accommodate heating vents, electrical/plumbing pipes, and anything you want to pass through the walls.
Windows And Doors
You may use double-glazed window sheets that are solid enough to protect you from the weather and burglars. And you must ensure that the windows don’t have latches, clamps, or handles that can be accessed from outside the shed. Also, make sure that there are no cracks along all sides of the window. The last trick in our books is to see to it that the windows are placed so that you get the best view outside. As for the doors, make sure they have locks that can not be easily broken.
Roofing And Ceiling
Your roofing is one of the last pieces of construction to shape your office shed, so it should make a good impression. Your roofing material options go from wood to aluminium, zinc, concrete, and stonechat, with finishing from felt and mortar, etc. Whichever you settle for, ensure that it is reasonably high quality. Then there’s the question of the roof’s pitch slope and the presence of gutters that will come in handy if you plan to harvest rainwater.
If you’re using a modular ceiling, ensure that the grids flow into each other and that the ceiling boards fit properly into the grid. If you want flexibility with the design options, you may opt for PVC boards or gypsum boards, the cost-friendlier option. And while at it, create cutouts from which electrical cables and wires may pass through and supply the structure. Also, factor in your heating and insulation needs, in which case you may have to provide insulation cladding fabric at the ceiling.
Your work will most likely need power to be carried out, so you’ll need to bring electricity to your shed if it is not currently available. You may need to stop by the local authorities to request a power supply to your shed and then go on to hire an electrician to get the job done. Next, allocate sockets, switches, and lighting points to the shed and fix them at the specified spots. Include outlets for air conditioning, heating, and any other utility.
Lighting And Ventilation
You should have lighting points at the walls and ceiling of your shed to give it a good look. Your lights should be bright, glare-free, and flicker-free and have the capacity to vary the intensity and the color temperature. The latter provision means you can switch things up in the shed and have your lights complement your mood.
And if you spend long hours working on a desk, add a task light or an extensible desk lamp to clamp at the edge of your desk. As for ventilation, you’ll get a good head start if you have enough windows on the walls that are sited at opposite ends to allow cross ventilation. Top it off with an air conditioner, so you never feel the heat even in the thick of the action.
Heating And Insulation
From heating vents and tubed radiators to polythene/vinyl clad walls with filled cavities, make arrangements to keep your shed comfortable. This is so that your shed does not become habitable only in summer. Your home office should be designed for year-long use, so the heating and insulation provisions you put in place will go a long way to making this achievable.
The finishing works can go from painting to polishing, cleaning, and other maintenance work. It is when you bring in window blinds and center rugs and take out any residue construction materials. You may add an exquisite drawing or any other work of art or place potted plants at choice spots in the room. Then you can also polish the tiles or the laminated floor and dust the floor covering. If you plan to use your walls for storage, bring racks, pegboard, wall brackets, trays, or mount adjusters and place them at designated storage areas.
Load It Up
From workbenches and cabinets to computers and Wi-Fi routers, assemble everything you need to work within your home office. You should have a list of the equipment, devices, supplies, and office stationery that is relevant to your work. So as soon as you’re done with everything else, unpack your properties into the shed. Site your workspace in a good corner of the room or any other good spot, bring in cabinets and drawers, and relocate every excess to the storage room, if available. Set up a video conference area if your work demands it, then add a small television, a coffee machine, or a shelf of your favorite books to help you unwind.
Install motion-detecting lights and cameras, fix your doors and windows with sturdy locks and thick sheeting, and rig with an alarm system. These are some things you can do to secure your home office from burglars. You may also build a small hedge of shrubs around the shed or erect a small fence.
From glass break sensors at the windows to smart locks at the doors, design the openings in your home office to alert you to any break-in attempts. You can also place a camera at the front to deter intruders and build a small hedge or gate around it.