The Benefits of Shedworking – Creating an Amazing Home Office and Beyond

Given my new day job as a Programmer, I’ve been approached with an idea that is novel to me: working from home.  You see, I just don’t understand how most people can manage it, being tempted all day by the creature comforts available to them.  How do you manage to get through a day without playing video games or vegging out on the couch? Well it seems the answer is at hand: a work shed.

No, I don’t mean like the shed your grandfather let you play in with all the sharp tools. I’m talking about something a little more related to the tiny homes I wrote about earlier.

These sheds, otherwise referred to as summerhouses, are specialty crafted areas for relaxation in a garden or secluded spot. In this instance, it’s a separate space designed for working that helps people like me stay on track. By separating my working space from the spaces I utilize for relaxation I can stay focused. Plus, there’s the added benefit of a fresh air breeze, something most cubicle workers become desperate for after a 10-hour shift.

Hans Liberg’s Cabin

As an example of an especially awesome office cabin, check out musician and comedian Hans Liberg’s garden spot…

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Of course these easily-adaptable sheds are available for more than just an office space. You can set up a gym for yourself in the peace of your garden. Perhaps a small reading nook out by a pond. I personally see the potential of my own outdoor bar and beer brewing shed. These summerhouses really lend themselves as a dynamic space for whatever you need.

Here’s a very… rustic, shed based gym. Perhaps a bit more akin to a barn, but you get the idea.


And here’s a very basic but functional shed office.


Now obviously there are the associated costs in actual real estate, but some of these small guys can be had for under $1000. That’s much cheaper than any addition to your house, whether you perform the remodeling yourself or not, and can help bring a little extra value to your property.

So, if you’re looking to setup a dream home office or just add something to your land, keep a summerhouse in mind. If you’re looking for more information you can also check out this site dedicated to Shedworking. There are a ton of great articles there featuring a number of unique shed designs and uses, from simple office spaces to recording studios and beyond.



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Scott brings philosophical insights and witty wordplay to his writing for Unfinished Man. With wide-ranging interests from bikes to beers, he explores the novelty in everyday life. Scott aims to both inform and entertain readers with his perspectives on culture, technology, and the pursuit of living well.

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