Before & After: Garden Shed Turned Colorful Home Office

published May 28, 2015
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(Image credit: Jelena)

When Jelena wanted to create a place to work from home, she turned to the garden shed. Using colorful and fun coworking spaces as her inspiration, she transformed this storage space into an energizing place to get stuff done.

(Image credit: Jelena)

From Jelena:

Living in a small city house can present a challenge when it comes to organizing your daily activities. I live in one such house with my husband Marc and his two children who visit on the weekend. Besides common spaces such as kitchen, living and dining room, all other (small) rooms are designated bedrooms. That means that when I do my admin work, or when bills are getting paid it has to be either from the couch or dining room table. Definitely not an ideal situation.

Looking for a solution to solve that problem I resorted to the Internet and came across a few solutions that I could adapt to my own situation.

Seeing some office spaces featured online got me thinking and the idea was born to turn my garden shed into an inspirational outdoor work and hangout space for myself. It can sadly only be usable in the Summer, but it will offer the convenience of separating work from family life. The shed is powered and has an amazing wi-fi connection so its potential wouldn’t have been used to its fullest had this transformation not taken place. Once the work is done, the space can be easily transformed into an evening hang-out space. In retrospect, the entire process was labour intensive, yet so rewarding that I would do it a million times over.

Total money spent was as follows:

  • Two gallons of paint: I already had the paint but if purchased new— $90
  • Desk: $20
  • Carpet: $80
  • Sari Fabric: $2
  • Shutters: $20
  • Total: $212
  • All doors and window frames are street finds and decorative items I shopped from my house.

For more photos and details, check out Poppyseed Living.

Thank you Jelena!