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Are Garden Studios Financially Viable

By Frederick Kensington

Converting your garden shed into a studio or workshop can give you a great place to concentrate, be it on work or a hobby. Roald Dahl wrote all of his classic children’s books from his garden shed. Sculptor Henry Moore worked in a shed, and rapper Snoop Dogg has written a number of his hit songs from his shed. But how affordable is it to convert your shed?

If you already own a shed, that’s the biggest expense taken care of. A penthouse shed can cost upwards of 380, depending on what size you need. Something larger like an 8×12 summerhouse to use as a home office will cost about 1,400. Of course if you intend to spend a lot of time in your shed, you’ll need a few home comforts. For 10 – 25,000 you can have a ready made studio complete with flooring, power sockets and roof windows.

It is possible to reduce the costs by undertaking some of the work yourself. An important first step is to ensure the safety of you equipment by ensuring your shed is water tight. Insulating the walls, and sealing the windows will protect your shed against any harsh weather. Carpet or wood flooring is another task you could do yourself.

Electricity is a little trickier and unless you’re a qualified electrician, will need a professional touch. This can be routed from your house, or for an environmentally approach you can add solar panels to the roof. This costs slightly more to set up, but you’ll only have this one off charge and then no bills.

For a small shed, with modern conveniences you’re going to be looking at least 600 to set up. Something larger will cost upwards of 3,000. The more creature comforts you add the higher the cost. However, a home studio or office can still prove cheaper than renting office space or a professional studio.

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