The idea of “she shed” left us with a whole new understanding of how sheds can be used to add extra space to a property that could stand more room to move. With the rise of work from home jobs, a home that’s already stuffed full of life can be made even more useful for work or play with the addition of a studio shed.
What’s a Studio Shed??
A studio shed is just that; a shed that offers workspace that’s just as safe, secure and dry as any indoor room in your home. People use them for a wide range of applications, from arts and crafts spaces to outdoor reading rooms and even work from home spaces. After all, there’s nothing as satisfying as closing the door to your work and walking away from it for the night. It sure beats staring at piles of work left undone, just sitting in the corner of the living room.
But you can’t just throw up an empty shed and hope it’ll be enough. When you’re shopping for a studio shed, it needs to be a space you can wire, insulate, ventilate and heat and cool. You don’t need a bathroom or water, but hey, if it’s in your budget, a corner bathroom or kitchenette isn’t a bad addition. Think of your studio shed as a tiny house, except that it’s a tiny office.
Tips for Choosing the Best Studio Shed
There are tons of shed kits and pre-built sheds out there that would make perfectly decent studio sheds. When you’re looking for a shed for your ideal outdoor workspace, it’t important that you keep your ultimate use for the space in mind. You almost certainly will need a bigger shed than you imagine, and it’s easier to deal with too much space than not enough. Adding a shed onto a shed when you realize the first one is too small is really pushing the limits of quantum mechanics, after all.
Remember that adding insulation and interior walls will reduce the space you’re looking at by at least several inches in all directions. It might not seem like a lot, but if you’re trying to save money by taking the smallest shed that’s doable for your studio space, those few inches may mean the difference between everything fitting inside and it ultimately becoming a fancy house for bugs.
Large double doors on the longest wall will give you more options when it comes to how you’d like to use your space. It will also give you opportunities to open the studio up to the environment on those lovely spring days. Pre-installed windows are also a feature that you will appreciate as you’re putting your studio shed together. The less you need to modify the shed to suit your needs, the faster it’ll go together and the less you’ll ultimately spend on making it your own. And windows are a must, both for ventilation and for safety.
Finally, if you’re looking at shed kits, make sure that the kit you’re buying actually comes with a floor. If it’s pre-built, this will be obvious, but if it’s not, you may find that it doesn’t have one by default and you’ll have to add that to the expense sheet. Wooden sheds are much easier for climate control than metal or plastic and similarly easier to modify should you need to later.
If You Need Something Custom…
Give us a call. If your custom shed doesn’t exist yet or you’d rather not go through the hassle of pulling permits, calling in subcontractors and building it yourself, we have the experts you need. We are here to recommend the best construction experts in the area to you and we know they are great because we’ve used and worked with them ourselves. We are here to be your real estate resource for life.