Shoffices, or shed-office hybrids, are rapidly becoming a backyard fixture for homes across the pond. A handful of London homeowners have already jumped on the bandwagon, combining a home office and storage shed with the help of some serious space-saving architecture.
Will American homeowners follow suit? Probably not any time soon. But permits and red tape aside, shoffices are actually the most brilliant thing to come out of England since fish and chips, the Beatles and the Beckhams. Here’s why:
You can actually use it as an office. Anyone who’s done both will tell you that working from home is much different than working in an office. Who really wants to work in their home? With a shoffice, you can physically separate yourself from your home life, eliminating all possibility that your mind will start wondering what time Judge Judy is on. (4:00 p.m. EST, folks.)
Your backyard won’t look like a barren wasteland. If your backyard’s lacking in the landscaping department, a shoffice is the perfect way to enhance it. Go for a modern model like these stunning shoffices for a larger-than-life alternative to a garden sculpture.
Your kids will love it. If you don’t need an office at home, construct a shoffice anyway and let your child’s imagination do the rest. What kid wouldn’t love a cave/spaceship/He-Man Woman Haters Club to play in?
Your home’s value will go up. My biggest case for bringing shoffices Stateside. Creating usable living space where there was none typically has a positive impact on a home’s value. No matter the seller’s original purpose, an agent or stager can showcase a shoffice as a functional (albeit detached) part of any home.