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I can’t believe I never posted a reveal of my new office! It has been finished since November and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love having a space of my own to work. There are still some things we plan to add, but isn’t that how life goes?
Anyway, here’s what it looked like before:
Just bones. There was a lot we had to do in order to make it a fully functioning office space. Electricity, insulation, dry wall, flooring, etc… It didn’t show up finished. Fortunately we had a great team of contractors (Shout out to Chuck Meier, Jon Chapman, and of course my husband and my dad) who spent a lot of time getting everything ready. It took about 2 months to finish it out but now, it looks amazing. Check it out:
I absolutely love my She Shed office. It is 14’x30′ so there is a lot of space for storage, doing projects, teaching classes, and office equipment. It was a great investment and having a dedicated space is doing wonders for my business.
Next on the list is to install wall cabinets about the counter space for additional storage.
Now here’s the deal. Creating an office like this is expensive. The total cost of the finished office was about $10,000. Notice there is no bathroom? That’s because it would have put us well over budget. Maybe next year, but for now, I just run into the house that is only a few yards away.
I tell you this because I don’t want to inspire you to go into debt. This wasn’t even an option for me until I was making enough money blogging to justify making this kind of an investment. I spent 3 years at the kitchen table and then my little cloffice and saved for a LONG time. It was a great choice that I worked hard to get. Home is now home and work is now work. But an office like this is not free. Here are the expenses to consider:
The building itself:
General contractor (My husband and dad did a lot of the work but we still needed a contractor to finish it out).
Supplies–flooring, paint, trim, decor, furniture, heat and a/c, cabinets, countertop, etc…
With that said, if you are considering office space but want to be close to home, a She Shed office is a really great idea. Long-term, if I ever decide to stop blogging, I have options. We could turn it into a guest house, relocate it and turn it into a cabin on the lake, make it a rec room for the kids…the possibilities are endless. The longer I have it the happier I am.
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore–Muslin (Eggshell)
Door Paint: Behr Blazing Bonfire (Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Semi-Gloss)
Curtains: Pier 1
Flooring: Lowes Tavern Oak (Embossed Wood Planks)
Cabinets and Countertop: Home Depot
Writing Desk, Rug, Futon and Throw Pillows: Walmart
Craft table: Sam’s Club
Folding chairs: Walmart
LED recessed lighting: Lowes
Electric Fireplace: Lowes