Home Office for your Backyard

Working from has become an integral part of our daily lives. People routinely work at night, on weekends, and increasingly on vacation. Even if we do commute to an office on a daily basis, whether you’re a teacher, lawyer, or business professional, there’s still a good amount of work brought home. That’s why these days; everyone needs office space at home. Ideally, it’s a tranquil space where you can concentrate and have all the tools you need to perform your duties.

Then there’s some that even work from home full-time. But the problem with that is, when you’re working and sharing the space with others, nobody in the house will treat you like you’re at work. They will interrupt you, make noise, ask you to participate in things and generally expect things of you that they wouldn’t if you were at an office.

So wouldn’t be wonderful and more productive to have a space outside of all that, but still be in the convenience of your home?

Well the good news is, there is! Now you can have your very own backyard office. They come in various sizes and styles to suit your every need and budget, and because they’re technically sheds (and not living quarters) you can install one on your land without any hassle.

How to get a backyard office installed?

So, if you’re interested in having an office for your backyard, you have two options on going about it. You can build it yourself or hire a contractor. Building it yourself may seem like a cheaper way to go, but there are actually plenty of places you can order from with pre designed kits, for not much difference. Plus you’ll saving loads of time putting it together, running around getting supplies, and dealing with the cleanup.

Backyard Office FAQS

Back yard Offices, or modular living spaces, can be transformed into just about anything from a music room, an art studio, a home gym, a craft room or just a simple cozy backyard office. When you are selecting a design keep in mind the function of what you’ll be using the space for.

Let’s go over some basics need to know….

  • Electricity – Most Studio Shed models include an electrical package for a simple electrical hookup and include all fixtures, switches, and outlets.
  • Bathrooms/Kitchen – Most models do not directly include or install bathrooms or kitchens. You can work with a separate professional installers or contractors to have this done.
  • Permits –Most places do not require a permit. However, It all depends on local zoning restrictions and factors such as:
    • Electricity: Many areas place restrictions on adding electrical wiring inside a shed.
    • Size: Many areas restrict larger sized buildings.
    • Extreme Weather: Some areas that experience frequent hurricanes and tornadoes will require all storage buildings to be anchored to the ground to withstand heavy winds. In addition, areas below freezing point will require specific methods for building foundations.
    • Placement: Many areas will only allow sheds to be installed in backyards. In addition some areas mandate that sheds cannot occupy more than 20% of the backyard area.
    • Purpose: Some areas may restrict the amount of “stories” inside a shed. Sheds should have a principle use. For example, if you plan on doing business or using your shed as a workplace, you will need to let your building inspector know.
    • Attachments: Many areas may restrict whether storage buildings are attached to homes

If you are building yourself you can contact your local building inspector to see if your outside office is up to code. If you are ordering one from a local shop they will surely know the local standards.

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Once installed an outdoor office shed will offer the perfect place for you to spend more getting your work done more productively and peacefully.

Building a home: Which professionals should you hire?

If you are planning on building or renovating a home you will probably need the help of a few professionals to get started. So who should you hire: an architect, engineer or a draftsman?  It may seem like they all perform very similar functions, however there are actually distinct differences between what these professionals can do for you.

Let’s take a look at what some of these differences are and help you determine whose services you will need:

Hiring an Architect

Architects design and build structures for others to live, work, eat, shop and worship in. These structures can include homes, schools, office buildings, rooms and complexes that are for indoor, outdoor, public or private use. In addition to being in charge of the overall aesthetics, architects must also make sure these structures are safe, functional and economical. As licensed professionals, architects are legally responsible for the work they do. An architect may specialize in one type of architectural project, but generally, architects have experience in a variety of areas from residential architecture to historical preservation.

If your project requires inspections and the approval of a building permit, hire an architect. This is often the case with commercial projects. While not all agencies require architect approval to get a building project done, hiring an architect will cover your bases and save you the hassle of ensuring your project satisfies council requirements

To be registered an architect must have 5+ years of college, a 3 year internship and pass a board exam. Course topics in an architecture program might include CADD, architectural history, construction methods, math and technology. Architecture students are also expected to gain work experience through internships.

Hiring an Engineer

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An engineer is trained in civil engineering and is involved in designing & building structures including bridges and roads. They often work alongside draftsmen and architects to create as well as complete plans for residential and commercial structures. A civil engineer goes through an intensive 4-year bachelor’s degree program and must obtain a license to practice. Since their primary focus is commercial construction, rarely are they used in residential building, unless it’s a very big project.

 

 

Hiring a Draftsman

The main responsibility of a draftsman is to translate the rough sketches that are made by civil engineers and architects, into detailed technical drawings. An architectural draftsman specializes in drawing commercial & residential structures, to-scale and these are made using CADD software programs. The type of work a draftsman depends on the scope of his or her area of expertise.

A draftsman does not need a license to offer architectural drafting services. Because of this, a draftsman generally works under the supervision of a licensed architect or a building designer.

Hiring a residential draftsman is best for small projects and renovations that require clear drawings for builders. Before hiring a draftsman, it’s best to decide what you want and be certain that the work you desire is possible. A draftsman is generally more affordable than an architect, but you have to note that their drawings need to reflect every detail of the construction process and that the specifications in the drawings need to satisfy council-mandated standards.

 

Regardless of your project, it is highly recommended to screen each candidate thoroughly, check on their licensing credentials, and look into their project history.

Security Screens – The ultimate home protection

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It’s summer time. We all know the feeling; it’s hot and sticky and you want to open the front door and windows to get a nice breeze flowing though. But that could be an open invitation for thieves and unwanted pests to come on in too. Well, the good news it, you do have options…

You can install security screens and doors that keep out home invaders, but also still let the light and air in.

 

 

 

What kind of security screen do I need?screen

There are many different types of security screens out there with different combinations of features. Choosing the right one for your home will depend on how much security you need and the look that you desire for your home. If you live in a neighborhood with a higher crime rate, you may want to consider a steel door with a steel grille. If you just want to give the appearance of security while still keeping out critters, a sturdy aluminum door could suffice.

 

 

  • Marine Grade Steel Mesh Security Screens

Made from T316 marine grade stainless steel mesh, this type of screen is great against corrosion. The mesh is woven and then coated black with a powder coating process to further protect it. The mesh is incredibly strong and cannot be damaged by kicking or slashing and it’s fixed to a steel or aluminium frame using a wedge that securely fixes the mesh in place and to ensure that the metals of the mesh and the frame do not meet. By using the wedge, it reduces the risk of corrosion problems occurring. The frame can be custom powder coated to the color of your choice.

 

  • Structural Grade Stainless Steel Security Screens

Another common material for steel mesh security screens is 304 structural grade stainless steel. With its polymer coating or powder coated, this screen has immense strength and is corrosion resistance when treated with a polymer coating or powder coating. The mesh of the screen is black but the frame can be custom color depending on the manufactures capabilities.

 

  • Aluminum Security Screens

The most common material for steel mesh security screens is stainless steel; however you can also find aluminum security screens. These consist of 2mm thick aluminium sheeting that has holes punched all the way through it. Then the sheeting is powder coated black to protect it against corrosion.  Aluminium security screens are quite strong and the frame can be powder coated any colors.

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Meeting the Standards

A product advertised as a “security screen/ door” isn’t exactly reliable unless the product can meet the Australian Standard AS5039-2008. There’s also a standard for installation (AS5040) to be aware of, so be sure to ask the installation company for a written guarantee that its work complies. Security screens and doors must go through a number of rigorous durability tests before officially being sold on the market, to ensure their reliability. This is great, because when it comes to home safety, and the price you pay for it, you certainly don’t want to mess around!

 

Security Screens, do I need them?

 What are security screens?

Security screens are screen applications for windows and doors that provide superior protection against intruders, outside heat, the suns damaging UV rays and other unwanted pests. They are also made to give the homeowner easy access through the window in case of emergency.

Top 4 Things You Need To Know Before You Buy a Home

Buying a home is a big deal involving big money, you can never be too prepared. A home is probably the biggest purchase most people even make in their life. You want to buy that perfect house that meets your needs and has the features you desire. Finding that perfect house can be time and energy consuming for a fresh homebuyer, and there are a number of things and factors you need to take into account. It is better to get yourself educated about the things you need to know before buying a home. Continue to read below and find out what those things are.

Bathroom Renovation Guide

So you’re finally ready to tackle that ugly old bathroom problem of yours and give it a fresh new look. No more staring at ugly walls, peeling paint, and out-dated décor. Considering the amount of time each day you spend in the bathroom taking care of ‘business’ and prepping for daily activities, why not make it into a happy place you actually feel good being in.

3 Things you should check regularly around Your Home

Homeownership does not only cost a fortune when you purchase a home, but also requires a lot of hard work that never seems to end. There are also things that you need to do or fixed around the house as long as you live in there—or that actually follows you the whole life unless you pay someone else to do it. Things to fix around your home is like a snowball, the more you leave the bigger it gets. In the end it might get so big that it needs you to fork out thousands of dollars. There are some basic things around our home that keep our home a great and safe place to live in, but those things need you to check regularly. If you catch the small issues on early stage and fix them, it might only take you a few minutes instead of lots of cash. If you never bother to check them, the problems might end up a lot bigger and cost you thousands of dollars. Read on to find out these 3 things you need to check regularly around your home.

5 Things You Can Do to Increase the Value of Your Holiday Rental Property

Holiday home has become one of the booming investment these days. Not only can you rent out your holiday home, but also a great place for you and your loved one’s holiday choice. If you are considering investing in a holiday home, or have bought a home near the beach in a popular destination, the biggest mistake you want to avoid is to let your property sit there and wait for the property market to change, and hope for the value will go up. Holiday rental can be a large income on the side. A great and luxurious holiday property can attract people who are willing to spend big bucks. I have put together a list of things you can do to initially increase the value of your holiday rental property.

The Little Things Can Make All the Difference in Real Estate

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We all know about the things which help maximise our returns on a property such as location, number of bedrooms and newly renovated bathrooms. But there are always more things which you can do. The market is so competitive now and with people tightening their purse strings post-recession you need to do even more to entice people to purchase your property. There are lots of little things which you can do which will make a big difference. Take the time to add a few of these additional options and you should have an even greater chance of making a healthy sale.

Don’t Neglect Your Windows

When we’re renovating a property for real estate or even constructing a new build for future sale or lease we often neglect the windows. Things such as floor space, neutral designs, amenities and number of bedrooms are usually top of the list for most people – and rightly so. But you can find a lot of value in setting aside a healthy chunk of your budget for some of the other things which can boost as house’s value and overall appeal. The windows and glasswork of a properly should be used as a real selling point especially if you are in a location blessed by sunlight or stunning views. In fact, even if you are in somewhere less sunny the introduction of extra skylights and brightening up spaces can still be used as a draw to entice future buyers.