With no end in sight to the pandemic, more and more people are working from home. A problem remote workers have come into is having enough space to work within their home. Another problem is that homes are simply too chaotic with the entire family being home due to the pandemic. Many of these workers have decided to make backyard offices to accommodate their work. These backyard offices, while some might be tiny, tend to be extravagant and luxurious construction projects. These backyard offices are the 2020 she-shed.
It goes without saying, those making backyard offices have an extreme privilege. Constructing a backyard office or buying a prefabricated one is not cheap. The lowest cost for a basic, prefabricated building on KangaRoom Systems, a company that specializes in these buildings, is $7,000. However, the more extravagant the building gets, the more expensive it is. The average prices for these buildings run between $14,000 and $18,000. KangaRoom Systems does offer their customers shell kits for the infrastructure, where the customer can construct the building themselves. While cheaper, the time and work that goes into constructing a building is another luxury some people just don’t have.
Still, buying or constructing one of these offices is less expensive than attaching another room onto your home. For instance, building an add-on can cost upward of $100,000. While backyard offices seem impractical to some, privileged homeowners taking on this project are investing in their workspaces. Even after the pandemic is over, the new normal might just be working from home. Having seen how high productivity is with their staff working from home, some companies have sold their business fronts.
Entrepreneurs looking for a new business opportunity should take note of this trend. A handful of businesses have popped up over the past year and all have seen success. Backyard offices are just getting started. As Americans adjust to the new-normal, more of these buildings will pop up no matter what. It is just a matter of who takes advantage of this trend.
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This article originally published on GREY Journal.