Miss D. and I live in a relatively small house. It’s perfectly adequate for our needs, particularly since both of us have suffered serious injuries in the past, and aren’t as mobile and limber as we once were. We find that, working together, we can keep our home neat and tidy; but a larger house would probably be too taxing. We’re happy here.
Nevertheless, it would be useful to have a little extra space. At present our garden shed is a ramshackle 8’x8′ structure that a previous owner appears to have built himself. It’s not very strong, and one of these days it’s going to fall over. We’re thinking about building a better garden shed. One half of it would be to store garden equipment and supplies that should not be in the house (for example, propane gas bottles, jerrycans of fuel and so on). The other half would be a small office for me, a place to write where I’m not plagued by cats wanting attention or other distractions.
There are lots of very attractive office sheds out there. For example, see here, or here. Trouble is, many of those sheds are rather expensive. We’re on a tight budget, so we simply can’t afford them. We have to look for something simpler and (much!) cheaper. That’s where you come in, dear readers.
Have any of you built or bought garden sheds for use as a home office or creative studio? If so, what did you buy, what did it cost you, how have you found working there rather than in the house, and what are your overall impressions? Also, please go into details like what size shed works for you, and the materials used to build it. Here in north Texas, we’ll undoubtedly have to insulate it and provide an air-conditioner for summer use (and a heater for the winter). Have you done the same?
(Also, if any of you work for a shed manufacturer or distributor or retailer, and can offer us a good deal, please leave a note in Comments. I’m not talking about spam like “Buy our sheds!” – I’ll delete any such comments – but individuals who are offering to help. Thanks!)
I’ve considered a repurposed shipping container. These are available at reasonable cost for what they are, and they’re certainly much stronger and more weatherproof than the average shed. However, they’re also unsightly in a domestic setting; and my wife gets a vote in this! Reluctantly, I’ve decided that they’re probably not suitable right now. Nevertheless, if you’ve used one for such a purpose, I’d really like to hear from you. That may be the most cost-effective solution available to us – and who knows? I could always put siding on the thing!
I’ll be grateful for your input. Thanks in advance.