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Prices can start from a couple of thousand dollars for a basic office shed and go up to one-hundred-thousand dollars for a premium prefab structure that supports other functions such as a rental house.
The price highly depends on whether-or-not the prefab house has a bathroom, kitchenette and insulation. Both a bathroom and a kitchenette are not very common features of backyard offices.
Another aspect that influences the price is if you are buying a turnkey solution that will simply be installed in your backyard, or if you need to hire contractors to finalise the structure.
Experts say that if your garden office doesn't have foundations, it doesn't add real estate value. However, many people work remotely these days, and having a backyard office is one feature buyers consider.
Many prefab models are also easy to move. This means that if a new buyer doesn't recognise the value of your backyard office, you can sell it separately or move it to a different lot.
You can transport most prefab offices. In general, the prefabs on wheels (usually called “tiny houses”) are easier to move.
Models that are not hooked up to water/sewage, and are not connected with the ground, can be moved relatively easily using a crane.
This depends on the country, state and zoning of the specific area in which you would like the office installed.
In many cases, it also depends on how big the land/garden is and what percentage of the total surface is going to be occupied by the office shed.
You should contact local authorities, and show them the prefab model you would like to install so that they can inform you about what is possible and what is not.
Many people think that if there are no utility hookups and if there are no building foundations (the prefab house is just set on the ground), permits are not required. This is not always true, which is why you should always contact your local authorities.
In theory, you can. You need to research if the prefab office you are going to buy is standardised for living. In general, the backyard office is a great backup option if you need additional accommodation for your guests - some people even use them as Airbnb rentals.
The cheapest models are not usually insulated. Having a backyard office might look cool on your Instagram pictures but in reality, working from there for 8 hours a day without insulation probably won't be fun.
Some of them are. Having a bathroom will give you a lot of flexibility as you can then use it as another housing unit for your family or friends when they’re visiting you.