Need A Quiet Home Office? Transform A Backyard Shed!

The number of employees working at home has increased 103% since 2005. Each year, more and more businesses opt to allow their employees to work at home instead of in the office. Some companies only hire employees to work in their homes, especially in the telemarketing industry. If you are considering applying for jobs to work at home as a telemarketer, there is one very important requirement that most companies have – you need to work in complete silence.

Obviously, companies don't want their customers to know that you are working at home, perhaps in your pajamas. That means no dogs barking, no babies crying, no children fighting, no dishwasher running, no television blaring in the background, etc. So how can you achieve creating a workplace that is completely silent? Transform your backyard shed into a home office. Here's what you'll need.

Helpful tip: First, you'll need to check your local building code ordinances to see if it's even possible to transform a shed into a habitable space in your area. There may be special size requirements for the shed and/or where the shed can be placed on the property.

Window

A window in your office can help you be more productive. However, since your main goal here is to reduce as much noise as possible, the window will need to have a high sound transmission class rating. The higher the rating, the less noise from the outdoors will be heard through the window.

Window placement is important, because it can make a difference in the placement and type of electrical outlets installed under the window. Outlets under windows need to be tamper-resistant and 15-48 inches from the finished floor. Keep that in mind when choosing a window to avoid getting one that is too long.

Electric

Of course, you'll need electricity in your shed to be able to use it as a home office. Not only will you need enough outlets for your computer system, you'll also need ample lighting to work effectively, especially if you expect to work at night.

The power to your shed can be run on a single line or several lines from your home. A single line can be connected directly to your home's breaker panel; however, if several lines are necessary, then you will need a subpanel breaker panel in your shed. Consult with a licensed electrician, like those found at http://www.advantageelectricians.com, to determine which type of electrical system will work best in your home office.

HVAC

To work year-round, you'll need heating and air conditioning, of course. Since your shed is rather small, using baseboard electric heat may not be ideal, since you are already limited on space. An in-floor electric radiant heating system can keep your office warm in the winter without taking up much-needed space.

For the warmer months, install a small air conditioner directly into one of the walls and connect it directly to the electrical wiring inside the wall. That way, you won't have to worry about the cord getting in the way.

To transform your shed into a usable office space, you'll also need to have ventilation. This can be as simple as installing a roof-top vent with an electric fan to help remove moisture and keep the air healthy inside your office. This can also be hard-wired into the electrical system.

Insulation

To keep your office cozy year-round, and to reduce the amount of noise you hear from your neighborhood, install insulation that doubles as a sound barrier inside the walls of the shed. Cover the insulation with sound-proof drywall to further increase the sound barrier and reduce the noise that can get through.

Placement of the insulation and drywall should be done after the electrical wiring has been installed. You'll need to have the various contractors coordinate their schedules, so the necessary components are installed in the correct order.

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