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jblawns123
04-05-2009, 11:17 AM
After years of fighting with the wife, kids, and pets to be quiet when im on the phone with a customer.... Or to stop putting things on my desk etc.... Which my office use to be in the house on one side of the master bedroom, I decided on turning my existing shed into an office.

For those wondering it is a few inches over 8 feet wide by 12 1/2 feet long.

I had all the windows given to me off a construction job in which the house had a fire on the opposite side of the house yet they replaced all the windows. I have had them on the floor in the shed for about 4 years just deciding what to do with them.

I ran a 20 amp circuit out, cable tv, LAN from the house, and a phone line.

My phone is corded with a cordless extension that stays inside the house which works as an intercom and is good for seeing who is calling when I choose to inside the house, as well as message retreival.

I have been using the office now for 3 weeks, I must say.... its the best single thing I have done for the business.

I love it, I insulated the office... put outlets for the tv on the wall and an outlet for a in the wall a/c unit later on. I heat it with a $24 on clearance oil/electric radiator from wally world. Keeps it toasty on the 2 setting out of 6.

Flooring is laminate trafficmaster that was on clearance at hope cheapo. Awesome handmade desk was donated from a fellow lawnsite member (Thanks!!).

An all in one laser canon unit takes care of faxing, printing and copying.

Future plans are small fridge and microwave for reheating coffee, A/C unit in the wall, and of course the second window casing and baseboard.

Here are some pics........

jblawns123
04-05-2009, 11:19 AM
Pics..................

DLAWNS
04-05-2009, 11:47 AM
That is serious. That place looks amazing. Make sure you give us updates as you make it even better.

Lawn_Boy
04-05-2009, 11:50 AM
Awesome man cave!

LawnTamer
04-05-2009, 11:55 AM
Sweet, that really looks good on the inside, it is surprising.

AndyTblc
04-05-2009, 11:55 AM
Needs a disco ball, and surround sound.:cool2:

PROCUT1
04-05-2009, 12:00 PM
Looks great

KGR landscapeing
04-05-2009, 12:02 PM
Throw some pain on the outside and ull be cooking

SIWEL
04-05-2009, 12:02 PM
looks good i wish i had one

JB1
04-05-2009, 12:05 PM
that is nice, mine aint near theat big or nice, but I have AC.

White Gardens
04-05-2009, 12:09 PM
Nice setup.

One of those floor AC units might be just enough in the summer time when it's hot, and you don't have to mess around with a window unit.

Are you still going to claim the space as an office on your taxes ?? I've always understood that it has to be in your house in order to ride it off.

billslawn89
04-05-2009, 12:46 PM
lol, all you need is the frig and a bed and your all set! looks good!

grassman177
04-05-2009, 01:29 PM
i was shocked at how well you put time into it to make it very nice. i like it and it istoo bad that nice of an office is actually a shed, hah. very good

Taneli
04-05-2009, 01:30 PM
Thats a sweet office i like how organized it is you would prob have a heart attack if you saw how much of a mess mine is lol. pills of papers everywhere

huskres
04-05-2009, 01:34 PM
Those floor units are worth the price though. And they dont work as well. Well down here in Oklahoma. Nice place to get away from the kids though when you "have to work"

Field King
04-05-2009, 01:54 PM
How about a bell hanging outside the door with a pull string running thru the wall to your desk so u can ring it and signal the little lady when to bring u some sandwiches and open your beer for you, MAN CAVE GOOD!:laugh:

larryinalabama
04-05-2009, 02:04 PM
Beer fridge should be next, very nice

albhb3
04-05-2009, 02:17 PM
wheres the pole?!?!?!?

Kennedy Landscaping
04-05-2009, 02:31 PM
That is awesome! Throw some paint on the outside, some trim for the inside and it'll be set! You did a very nice job on that!

Lawn Enforcer
04-05-2009, 03:59 PM
WOW! Very sweet transformation, a nice place to get lots of work done. A fridge and microwave gotta be next on the list!

2brothersyardcare
04-05-2009, 05:49 PM
def need the fridge and the pole

scagmower
04-05-2009, 06:58 PM
wow thats impressive!!!

Lakewlc
04-05-2009, 07:00 PM
that is really nice.. better than i thought

Coastal Lawn Maintenance
04-05-2009, 07:26 PM
now put you a toilet and sink out there and you would be set. looks good

Supper Grassy
04-05-2009, 08:34 PM
Nice looking office

Danscapes
04-05-2009, 08:53 PM
Things the single most funniest thing I've seen yet, but surprisingly well done!!!:clapping::clapping:

2brothersyardcare
04-05-2009, 09:40 PM
maybe some good mags and a few girls in there to

SamTheLawnMan
04-06-2009, 12:01 AM
Beer fridge should be next, very nice



That's exactly what I was thinking!!!!!:drinkup:

CGlisson
04-06-2009, 12:12 AM
I think I just drooled a little...

LB1234
04-06-2009, 12:20 AM
I am..errr was..in the same boat as you. I'm contemplated converting a back shed into a small office. So the big question...has it helped the wife and kids getting off you back?

I hate to word it that way, but as much as I try to tell my wife that "I'm going to work please don't disturb me" she still insists coming downstairs and popping her head in and ask if I can do this or that. Not a big deal but I'm wondering if mocing outside a hundred feet away or would the phone just ring.

deere615
04-06-2009, 12:22 AM
That is very cool

DLCS
04-06-2009, 12:42 AM
Good job, looks very nice.



I just got to tell you though, I showed my wife this thread. The first thing she said was, why the tv, if that is truly an office? She said that it looks more like an escape from the wifey. Typical women, she has to find something to piss and moan about. I'm going to build me one too.:)

Maximuslion
04-06-2009, 12:56 AM
good job, looks very nice.



I just got to tell you though, i showed my wife this thread. The first thing she said was, why the tv, if that is truly an office? She said that it looks more like an escape from the wifey. Typical women, she has to find something to piss and moan about. I'm going to build me one too.:)

phuq'n hillarious !!!!!!

Ramairfreak98ss
04-06-2009, 01:24 AM
That is serious. That place looks amazing. Make sure you give us updates as you make it even better.

looks nice! wait till you "get it packed in" it wont feel so big anymore lol.

I cant wait till we finish the new 45x28' garage were putting up now. The upstairs will be approximately 45' long and 12' wide upstairs, im going to seperate it into two rooms, windows at each end and dormers on both sides front and back :) It kind of turned into just a garage to my new office, "fun room" for the guys and will let the g/f have another bedroom in our house "which is currently my office"

Ill have our LAN, wireless, Direct TV all hooked up out there, the upstairs will be heated/cooled. I havnt decided about the garage portion yet, wanted to heat it but its literally 1/3 the size we proposed to the township so i threw that idea out the window. I have a 145,000btu and 85,000btu forced air kerosene heaters though so it wont take long to warm the whole place up in the dead of winter if we were planning to work out there.

I originally wanted it MUCH taller with either a whole 2nd floor or built in office over top of 1/3 of the 3200sq ft garage so essentially your just inside the garage space in a "box" above the small 8' tall or less equipment underneath the floor inside. Only so much you can do on your residential property though. I still am not convinced to own seperate props, since i wouldnt be at the office much then when i "should be" . In 1-2 years i plan to move to much bigger property though and somewhere quieter where i can put up a 4-6k sq ft pole barn with the big office built inside.

Right now we rent space, "non commercial" for half of our equipment, i have to leave ALL snow removal equip there all summer, and lawn stuff in the winter, salt, calcium skids, sometimes we leave a tractor, truck or trailer there if i just dont need it for a while. Would be nice to have EVERYTHING in one garage though, yeah right.:walking:

Classified
04-06-2009, 09:41 AM
Where did all the stuff go that was in the shed? The house??

LOL

White Gardens
04-06-2009, 09:59 AM
Where did all the stuff go that was in the shed? The house??

LOL

Probably took the wife's parking spot in the garage. :laugh:

KGR landscapeing
04-06-2009, 11:06 AM
Probably took the wife's parking spot in the garage. :laugh:

if he had windows on the floor in the shed he wasnt using the shed anyway. and its probably under a tarp out back if he had anything

jblawns123
04-06-2009, 01:36 PM
I am..errr was..in the same boat as you. I'm contemplated converting a back shed into a small office. So the big question...has it helped the wife and kids getting off you back?

I hate to word it that way, but as much as I try to tell my wife that "I'm going to work please don't disturb me" she still insists coming downstairs and popping her head in and ask if I can do this or that. Not a big deal but I'm wondering if mocing outside a hundred feet away or would the phone just ring.

Yes it has helped!!!

I was always sick of coming home with a dozen things on my mind, people to call, charges to enter etc and as soon as you walk in the door the wife attacks.... No matter how many times I say "I am still working" she just doesnt get it. Because I am physically home she assumes I am done.

Thanks for all the great comments guys!

Yea, I originally made the shed just to use for bikes, an ATV I had and storage. I do now have a small corner of the garage with a handful of boxes that have no place to go, but its well worth it.

Actually it shouldn't even be considered a shed really, its constructed exactly the same as the house.

Funny, now that I am out here (in the office typing this) I look out the window and notice all the things I need to do to the house, paint gutters etc... I will probably just do the side of the house I see from the office, LOL Out of sight out of mind.

Really though, I can't put into words how great it is to have. If I have company its a good place to hang and talk guy stuff without kids and wife ears. Its so easy to keep neat because only things with a purpose and a place to go stay in the office.

jblawns123
04-06-2009, 01:40 PM
Oh and my best friend in the office is pandora.com

jblawns123
04-06-2009, 01:45 PM
Finished painting yesterday

sslopok
04-06-2009, 02:55 PM
A dude has to have a man cave to sometimes escape the everyday duties that come with having a wife and kids. I have a garage/barn outback that is 21x30 with an upstairs. Last year I insulated and osb'd the downstairs, hooked up a wood burning stove, ran directv out there, good stereo, etc. If I go out there to just get away sometimes. I will be out there watching the detroit tigers alot this summer. It is hard to watch the game with my 2 young girls. It also gives me a nice place to work on my 1995 Impala SS. I dreaded going out there before because it was just a nasty old garage/barn. Now it is quite comfy for me.

You did a great job on your man shed. Now your wife will be squaking about you but you won't hear it, because you will surfing porn in your shed/office.

good luck!
sslopok

LB1234
04-06-2009, 04:55 PM
Good job, looks very nice.



I just got to tell you though, I showed my wife this thread. The first thing she said was, why the tv, if that is truly an office? She said that it looks more like an escape from the wifey. Typical women, she has to find something to piss and moan about. I'm going to build me one too.:)

us landscapers need to get up to the minute weather reports...its strictly for weather is all...no sporting event watching, I swear!:laugh:

billslawn89
04-06-2009, 06:31 PM
Finished painting yesterday

fresh paint looks good! NOW you need to landscape around it! is that frig in there yet?

jblawns123
04-06-2009, 08:43 PM
fresh paint looks good! NOW you need to landscape around it! is that frig in there yet?


There are hostas planted all around it just coming up now. Then I re-edge and mulch.

I would like to add some flower boxes though for color, then when I open the windows I can smell them :)

No fridge yet. Plan to put a 4 foot high jobber with a small micro on top. Then stock it with waters and beer. Really need the micro to zap my coffee in the morn!!!

jblawns123
04-06-2009, 08:45 PM
also the little fences will come down that touch it, and behind it is a great place for wheel barrows etc.

Those fences are for the damn dogs, I am going to build a fence before the shed in the back yard so they cant get over to the shed. Last thing I want is walking into the shed at night and step in dog $#@#. Boy that would light me right up.

Those damn dogs......

WalkerMike98
04-06-2009, 09:03 PM
looks amazing, great job

TXNSLighting
04-06-2009, 11:06 PM
I love it! great job.

JDavisLandscapes
04-07-2009, 12:26 AM
Wow thats really nice man.....good work!

ch973934
04-07-2009, 12:38 AM
K & S too sweet to be called a shed anymore! haha...

Not to get off topic, but I checked out your website, I see you are in the Mashpee and Marston Mills area. You ever go into Cotuit? My grandmother owns a cottage down there...

Keep it up!!!
Connor

MJS
04-07-2009, 01:09 AM
Awesome shed, er, office. . . I've always wanted to do something like that - have a quiet, private place to be able to concentrate and get some work done (usually designing or bookwork).

It looks great. :weightlifter:

ExclusiveLawnCare
04-07-2009, 01:34 AM
looks good, very nice little thing you got there....

newz7151
04-07-2009, 01:57 AM
With all the stuff people are telling you to add out there, you better run another 20 amp circuit. Check the documentation that came with your laser printer and see how much it draws during a print. For safety sake, your computer and the printer should be on a dedicated circuit with nothing else, even in the house, on it.

That little heater probably pulls 6.5amps and you'll never have an A/C with just one circuit.

MV Property Care
04-07-2009, 07:24 AM
Forget lawncare, go into the "turn your shed into an office" business. You could have your own TV show. I want one.

KGR landscapeing
04-07-2009, 08:42 AM
With all the stuff people are telling you to add out there, you better run another 20 amp circuit. Check the documentation that came with your laser printer and see how much it draws during a print. For safety sake, your computer and the printer should be on a dedicated circuit with nothing else, even in the house, on it.

That little heater probably pulls 6.5amps and you'll never have an A/C with just one circuit.

somebody always has to be the bear of bad news:nono:

jblawns123
04-07-2009, 10:28 AM
As far as the power issue....

Obviously the big current drains are printer, a/c and heater.

a/c and heater will never be on at the same time obviously.

When I print I can shut the a/c off

Actually, I had all the same items in the room on the same circuit in the house on a 15 amp for 8 years, never tripped the breaker.

The laser printer runs off 3.8A, I believe a small window a/c unit it about 7-8amps.

The computer and tv don't take much.

I don't believe there will be a problem. Of course I ran 12/2 out from the house not 14/2. And its only about a 40 foot run which isn't too much loss.

riverwalklandscaping
04-07-2009, 02:18 PM
haha i was just going to ask what was on pandora on your computer

jblawns123
04-30-2009, 01:25 AM
Does anyone know if window ac units are standard size? Like height and width for a 5000 btu, and then standard other size for a 8000btu etc..

I want to make the hole in the wall for the a/c unit but dont want to have to change it later for a different ac unit.... Or am I suppose to use a special unit to mount in the wall?

Just figured someone here may have gone through this before

flatlander42
04-30-2009, 10:36 AM
I'd bet the Width is the same, but the bigger you get, the taller you get. actually now i think of it, the size changes all around, that's why they have the little flexable sides. And you just close the window down on top of it. I would say make a little bigger hole than you need, and make *adjustable* panels that you can mount for this air conditioner, and move them if you get a different one!

I love your shed/office!
My father-in-law did the same thing, only made it a place for a work bench and doing small projects.


Nathan

orlawncaresvc
04-30-2009, 08:02 PM
i envy you! nice very nice