Is Your Home Office Turning Your Home into an Office?

Are you working from home because of the pandemic? If so, you’re not alone! With so many of us in the same boat, with limited or less than optimal space options, we thought this might be a good time to share some work from home studio options.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, office workers nationwide pivoted to work from home to minimize the spread of the virus. Now, as the pandemic is under control, many tech companies are permanently offering remote work options to their employees (ex: Twitter, Microsoft, Salesforce). Many experts wonder if this trend will continue. This could lead to a new way to work for a large percentage of the US workforce.

Whether temporary or permanent, a well-designed and comfortable workspace is important. While some folks are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom turned office space, many others aren’t so lucky, turning their dining room tables into glorified workstations. If your home office is turning your home into an office, maybe now is the time to consider an outbuilding on your property?

Below you will find some great timber frame outbuildings we’ve created over the years. All could be great workspaces, extra guest space, or a combination of both. And, an outbuilding on your own property might enable you to “get out of the house” like days gone by. It’s important to keep your home life and work life separate.

Explore our work from home outbuilding studio options!

Modern Timber Frame Studio

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Before working from home was trending, we designed this new modern timber frame studio outbuilding. It’s a nice addition to an existing Vermont property and planned to be used as a personal office. The footprint is 20’x24′ and features a wide-open space with enormous picture windows looking out over Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. Our client used Douglas fir timbers and tongue and groove ceilings and walls for added warmth.

Timber Frame Pool House

timber frame pool house

Check out this super cute pool house! Measuring 18’x24′, it’s the perfect size for a small outbuilding, whatever the desired use. And the floor plan, featuring a nice open space, powder room, and kitchenette, could easily be transformed into an office.

Japanese Tea House 

This Japanese Tea House is a great versatile option to consider for an outbuilding for your property. It was originally built as a pavilion in Vermont for summer entertaining. While they did not winterize this original version, it certainly could be! The Tea House can be insulated and designed with windows, transforming it into a work-from-home space. One client uniquely used this design to create 3 separate living pods for their home.

Buddhist monks developed Tea Houses/tea rooms for tea ceremonies. This architectural design evokes the calming effect desired from these spaces. Many architects and designers are incorporating this style of architecture into home designs.

Small Barn Home Studio

small barn home studio

Looking for something larger than the above options? Check out our Classic Studio 3 featuring a larger footprint of 20’x36′ and 965 square feet. It’s a great option for those that would like to have an outbuilding for multifunctional space. The studio could easily accommodate office space and guest space. Visit our website to check out the floor plan for this small barn home studio.

Have ideas for your own remote workspace or outbuilding? Call us today at 800.636.0993!