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Start working from home with a customised work shed

It’s the dream of countless workers and a reality for millions of people worldwide- working from home. Avoiding a commute is one part of the appeal, but being able to achieve the work-life balance they want is another. The flexibility that working from home affords makes it desirable for many.

As with all dreams, however, the reality of working from home is rather different from the dream. True, one can theoretically remain in one’s pyjamas all day but logistically once you realise that you have children, pets, parents and others who flutter in and out of the home throughout the day, the pyjama part flies out the window. More to the point, even without children, pets or parents, there is always the likelihood of the unexpected guest, especially once they hear that you’re working from home. Suddenly, everyone expects that coveted flexibility means you can do whatever whenever. And that leads to the unplanned pop-in.

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Along with foot traffic, there is the issue of finding an appropriate spot in your home to work. Nowadays, Wifi, cloud computing and mobiles make working virtually anywhere possible. You still need an area with proper lighting for the work you do, as well as space to perform the work and adequate electricity to power wired items or charge your laptop when the battery runs out. Once you start considering these factors, your home seems to be less hospitable to accommodating a permanent work area for you.

With the proper “garden” shed though, you can resurrect your work from home dream. In the late 1800s, Thomas Jefferson (the future president of the United States) designed a shed office for himself in the 5,000 acre Gardens of Monticello. Since then, the office shed has become a popular option and is available in a startling array of backyard workspaces.

Start Working From Home With a Customised Work Shed

While the “shoffices” that you see in lifestyle and design magazines are often magnificent structures featuring chrome and glass, you needn’t spend a fortune to get a functional yet charming office shed. Prefabricated garden shed kits are a great option for keeping the price down, as is taking a do-it-yourself route, if you or someone in your family is particularly handy.

Another option to consider is customising a garden or work shed to your specifications. The cost difference over a standard prefab kit is marginal, and you wind up being able to select features such as windows, skylights, shelving and more by taking this route. The resulting space is exactly what you need to maximise your productivity.

One thing to remember is that you may require council approval to erect a shed on your property. The other is that you will need to wire the shed to meet your electricity needs. Of course, this later requirement is offset by the realisation that you can keep a bar fridge in your shed stocked with refreshments and your lunch!

  • It gives me great pleasure to write to you about your Exceptional Customer Service & friendliness of your staff at Col Western Sheds. I would like to thank Sannie for her expert knowledge of your sheds & efficiency in getting my shed delivered & installed in under a week.

    "EXCEPTIONA" !! I ordered a shed online in May (from elsewhere) & I am still waiting on it!!!!! “Guess What”, I was totally ripped off & lost $2,000.00, if only I had searched a little harder online I would of dealt with you in the first place, its always nice to deal face to face with professional people. I will be happy to recommend your company to all my family & friends for your prompt & efficient service.

    Lynda of Milperra

  • Thankyou to Col Western for yet another fantastic experience with the order, delivery, install and end product. We are very happy with our sheds and highly recomment Col Western to our friends and family.

    Karen of Beecroft

  • I just want to advise you of the terrific service one of your shed builders provided to us when last week he built the shed we ordered through your Penrith office. Dave and his young helper provided first class workmanship, he was very polite, and the clean up was a pleasure compared to most other tradesmen. We are soon going to order a further shed via Penrith and I have no hesitation in recommending your products. Thank you Dave, and thank you to Col Western Sheds.

    Martin of Kings Langley

  • Thank you to all at Col Western Sheds for your excellent service. From the time I made a weekend telephone enquiry, place a telephone order for a shed early the following week, received by email a diagram and quote, received advice of expected delivery time and took delivery at exactly the promised time from friendly helpful delivery men, I received outstanding service

    Bill of Wareemba

  • I would like to thank you very much for helping us so promptly with our bird aviary. There was a lot of discussion between the doves on returning to their new cage, but they have now settled in again very happily !! We really appreciate the hurry you gave us the order. Thank you very very much

    Marilla of South Coogee

  • Very pleased with the shed – Installers also very good & co-operative

    Ron of Lemon Tree Passage

  • Just letting you know that I received my shed even earlier than advised. It is so good to deal with a company that values it’s customers and delivers on ALL of it’s promises. I loved the ease of use of the web site along with the easy to find prices. I received great service at the Penrith Store when i went in to make my purchase. Fabulous communications re my purchase, and delivery well above my expectations. The product ain’t half bad either

    Ben of Richmond

Australians have been trusting us for over 35 years to manufacture and install their Garden Sheds, as well as Work Sheds, Bird Aviaries, Dog Pens & Kennel, Carports and Awnings. Come in and talk to us at one of our friendly stores placed in Gosford, Penrith, Wollongong, Newcastle or Smeaton Grange.