Council approval came through much faster than expected. We had to get our Colorbond colour choices in quickly so everything could be ordered. We went for a light yellow colour for the walls as recommended by SportTipsWorld. Thanks!
Next step is bob catting and laying the slab. That will probably happen in the next couple of weeks. I’ll post photos as it all happens.
I’ve been thinking that there’s so much good advice in this thread that it will be worth rounding up in an Envato Notes post in the near future. Thanks everyone – and keep it coming!
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Sounds fun! Will have some better photos of the interior once the office is decorated properly – where to send?
I’m loving the responses to this thread so far. Thanks guys!
@Stylius I’ll definitely post photos of each stage of construction.
@Kops I love the photos of your new home office. Enjoy it! I’d love to post those photos in a Featured Workspace post on Envato Notes. What do you think?
@Ste Thanks for all your advice. We’re almost neighbours! Do you have any photos of your home office that would be appropriate for Envato Notes (including construction photos if possible)? Our Featured Workspace posts have focused on what’s on peoples’ desks, but it would be fun to do a few posts that are complete office buildings.
Thanks again. I’m off to bed, and really looking forward to see what happens to this thread while I’m asleep.
Has anyone done something like this before?
We’re doing a few renovation projects at home this year. Actually, we’re paying people to do most of the work. First the bathroom. Then the kitchen. And next, a home office in the backyard. That’s the one I’m really looking forward to.
Once construction starts, I’m planning to blog about the experience on Envato Notes. In the meantime, maybe you could give me some advice!
I currently work, relax and sleep in the same room. Not a good combination, and it can get a bit depressing – though I get out of the office fairly often. A separate home office is exactly what I need for a bit of separation between work and everything else.
Well, I’ve been planning this home office for quite a few months, and finally have the basic construction of the building organised. We were originally going to use wood, but for cost reasons have decided to build a big Colorbond steel shed on a concrete slab. It will be a large 9×4 metre building, with three 3×4 rooms – one of them being my office.
Has anyone have experience building this type of structure? Most of the work will be done by professionals, so I don’t need that sort of advice. But once it’s build I have a few questions, and feel free to throw in any extra advice or opinions.
1. I live in Queensland, which is hot. I know I’ll need an air conditioner. Should I also line the walls? Any idea of the best way to do that? What are the best options for insulation to keep the heat out and the cold in? (And vice versa for the three days it gets cold each year.)
2. I’m a muso, and so are some of my kids. I’m not currently doing a heap of home recording/production, but I’m planning to. (Eventually.) I imagine Colorbond walls won’t make the best recording environment and lining the walls would also help with soundproofing and acoustic treatment. Is it even possible to turn a tin shed into a nice place to record?
3. The floors will be cement. Any suggestions for an effective but inexpensive floor covering?
4. I’ll need to get electricians to send power over to the building (and I’ll get them to do a data cable as well). Have you learned anything about this the hard way that I can get right the first time?
I’ll stop there for now. I’ll eventually be thinking about how to set up my gear inside the office too, so feel free to throw your suggestions my way. We’re getting council permits for the building now, and work will probably commence in January.
Thanks in advance for your input!
Wow, that’s been an amazingly valuable thread. Thanks for starting it, Bedros, and a huge thank you to all the buyers who contributed answers.
I’ve summarised most of the responses here in an Envato Notes post called 14 Criteria Buyers Consider When Purchasing Items. I hope it helps!