Converting a shed into a home office is a reliable way to free up space inside the main building and find some peace and tranquillity away from all the noise. But a change of this sort does involve some fairly hefty reconstructions. Let’s take a look at a few things to consider before you get started.
What layout are you looking for?
This is your chance to put together a purpose-built office from scratch. As such, you’ll want to think about your floorspace from the outset. What will you need to access easily? How many computers do you need in there, and where are the monitors going to be? Wall-mounting monitors, by the way, is a great way to save on desk space, and it’s worth doing it right from the start.
How is the power getting there?
If you already have power going to your shed, then this section will be a great deal easier. If you don’t, then you’ll need to thread an armoured cable underneath your lawn – making sure that it’s adequately protected so that you don’t inadvertently put a spade through it a few years down the line. If you’d like a means of powering the office even when the mains supply isn’t ready, then a generator from SGS is a near-requirement.
Once your have the lights on in your office, you can think about trunking to tidy cables and UPSs to protect your data in the event of an outage.
What furniture do you need?
Once we’ve come up with a floor plan, we can begin to select exactly what sort of furniture we’d like to install. Desks and office chairs are a requirement, but to get the best from the space it’s worth thinking about storage as well. Make note of any empty spaces on your floorplan, and determine whether you can fill it with filing cabinets.
What security will you have in place?
If you’re going to be storing thousands of pounds worth of computer equipment in an outbuilding, then you’ll need to take security seriously. That means heavy-duty doors and windows, alarms, locks and security cameras. All of this will eat into your overall budget, but it’ll be worth it in the long-run.
Will you need planning permission?
One of the great things about converting a shed into an office is that the building is already there – so even if you end up tearing the entire structure down and starting again, you won’t end up with anything larger than what you started with. With that said, it’s always worth checking. You can see a list of exemptions here.