Something is growing on my office…
here i share a few of the things that go on in my head after they are approved by the censors
Well after MANY delays, the office only needs to be hooked into the electric panel before it’s ready for move in. I love the way the office looks and it’s so nice inside. It will be a great place to work. I am looking very forward to moving my stuff in and actually doing my first day of work here.
I am excited that the shed is from a local company. It’s great that they pride themselves on energy efficiency and sustainable materials (two things that were very important to me). The overall look is very cool and it seems like it will be very workable for a long time…
The journey getting to this point, however has been HORRIBLE. Delays in building, parts not complete, a four day build that took over three weeks, broken windows, ZERO customer service…oy! I am glad that part is over and SO hopeful that I don’t ever have to try and warranty anything with Studio Shed.
+ At any rate, here are some photos – more to come as we get everything moved in (and get the Christmas lights hung).
Well this has been quite the journey. Originally I expected to be working from the new office by mid October. Between being assigned different people for install, delays, scheduling, several different concrete bids etc, we’re not there yet…
As of a few weekends ago, however there is a nice new foundation sitting in the corner of the yard – so I can now look out there in the mornings and see where the office WILL be. Justin and I started digging a trench this weekend that will hold the electrical conduit. We’re probably about half way done with the digging.
After some material sourcing issues, Studio Shed says that the installer should be here on Friday (bright and early) to start putting this thing together. I can’t wait to see it all unfold.
Well it’s really coming together now. We have plans (complete with the added external electrical box) – pretty cool, eh?
I just got a call from the HOA and it looks like the Studio Shed office was APPROVED! I have an email into the fine folks over there and hopefully this ball will get rolling soon!
I am stoked.
So all kinds of stuff on the office front and ironically i think we’ve pretty much come full circle.
I got a bid back from the builder that i liked so much, it came back a bit higher (a big bit) than i was hoping for. that got me stewing as is prone to happening…
The original plan for the office was to put a MicroStructure in the yard. Then i found out two things that made me look at going custom.
So we checked out the two builders i have mentioned before (read the old posts if you need to get caught up – i’ll wait)…
Last week i revisited a company that i’d found in my initial searches (and one many people had suggested) called Studio Shed. Like MicroStructures, they are local (which i like) and I love the design. So we got some info, we got some photos from the folks at Studio Shed and talked about some small modifications that could be made to make it look more like the house (specifically matching the color of the metal roof).
So we’ve submitted everything to the HOA and we’ll see what they say…
I got the first bid for the new office in today. It was slightly higher than I was anticipating but overall not out of the question.
This afternoon I met with another potential builder and really enjoyed our talk. I shared my (very) rough sketches with him and we spent a good bit of time bouncing ideas off of each other. I am anxious to see what he comes back with – this iterative partnership is much more of what I had in mind for this project. He made some great suggestions like dropping the ceiling height under the loft to allow more space in the loft, extending the roofline to cover the deck and other simple upgrades like including an exterior outlet.
I should hear back from this new guy by the end of the week, then one more meeting next Monday with a third potential builder and hopefully that’ll give me all the info I need to make a decision.
So hopefully you’re appropriately bored out of your mind now and ready to un-subscribe…
More dry posts to come!
I have worked “from home” for years now – previously in the basement and now (temporarily) in one of our bedrooms. After 3+ years working in the basement – the cool temperatures (perhaps COLD in the winter), lack of natural light and view was becoming dreadful. As we recently looked for a new house, one of the criteria/needs was a place to work that was not subterranean. One of the things that I was really excited about when we found the new house was not only the size of the backyard, but the potential of building an external (above ground) office in the back yard.
I have, for years, been fascinated by yurts, small living spaces, converting airstream trailers into living/office spaces etc. It’s never been practical to make a move like this (or maybe i’ve just never had the guts) but I have spent countless hours reading, surfing…dreaming.
So, while it will not be used for a primary living space, the prospect of building a small out-building (HOA covenants dictate that the maximum size is 10×10) is entertaining to me.
I have been brainstorming and I know that:
I am meeting with the builder tomorrow. Hopefully we can discuss ideas etc. I will have to get the plans approved by the HOA before we can start construction, but I am hopeful that by mid August we might be able to start construction on the new “Invisible Window World-wide Headquarters”.
I’ll keep posting the process here…let’s see where this goes.