How To Create a Back Yard Office (STEP BY STEP)

Step 1: The Basics: Foundation & Flooring

The sketch shows a mammoth 96″x 80″ plan for a complete of seven ,680 square inches (or an 8’x 6’8″ footprint, 53 square foot for the metric impaired like me) just massive!

Using true 2″x4″ from the Re-Store adds over 25% to the more common graded lumber. Squaring by the Pythagorean Theory has it at 124.9″ – nailed it, so to speak!

Stuffed the ground with 2 layers of solid foam. Sanding down the sub-floor before trimming to the edges got things nice and cleanly level.

Step 2: Walls & Sheathing

One issue with performing on such a little footprint was that each wall was larger than the ground . This required some additional juggling and in fact a touch rain had to fall.

Once sheathed, the wrap went on, the windows went in and therefore the old oak flooring had the tongues ripped off before it had been added to the surface .

The first horizontal strip was the foremost critical as every other piece was supported this placement.

Note: the 1/2″ gap allowed for a dramatic shadow through to the roofing paper while offering a degree of protection.

Not one row was interrupted with any spliced seam, making for a pleasant monolithic look.

Step 3: Moving Inside: Electric, Drywall, & Desk/storage

With the office closed , time for the mineral wool which fit perfectly within truth 4″ wall cavities. Easier than stuffing my Jimmy with 6 giant rolls from a lover who works at Duke Energy (and he’s still employed). The sound deadening ability of the rock is amazing!

The office may be a short 12′ walking commute (4 steps) from the rear porch. Short enough that I simply ran an cord to the surface connector, no trenching. Inside is fully wired with 2 GFCs above the cupboard and a daily outlet on one another wall, over wired.

If there was anything i might do differently, it might be to NOT use drywall. it had been a hot, dusty and really slow process – I hate gypsum dust! Way an excessive amount of work for such alittle space. the additional thick walls required a special approach to the within window trim. Solved by the utilization of bull-nosed corner strips for a soft round look.

Having committed to the present sort of wall under-layment, I went full boat after patching and sanding and more sanding then with tinted primer and matching top coat from Behr, good, better, best. It looked weird initially but the result was satisfying – mist green and sky blue.

Using the recycled closet doors horizontally for the desk and bookshelves saved time and money and appears nice else . The old laboratory file cabinets give plenty of storage as they get another chance at usefulness.

Step 4: Beautification

With all major construction done, time to color and treat the surface against Ohio elements.

I choose to match the roof color for all the windows and a rather clear stain for the oak flooring. Now, a replacement life as horizontal siding; but running vertical on the office rear. From the most 3 side views, it’s impossible – as planned. A flat roofed cube that deceives because the walls are inside the roof area which slopes from 96″ at peak back to 80″ – an equivalent dimensions because the floor.

Looks tons just like the original sketch just 3 short months ago. just like the man said: “Just take it 1 board at a time”.

Now, you’ll be the judge.

Bottom line, I hope you’re inspired to offer it a try regardless of what proportion – or little – room you’ve got .

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