How to Convert a Storage Shed into a Business

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How to Convert a Storage Shed into a Business
A typical wooden storage shed can be converted to a crafts business or similar operation. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

There are numerous small businesses that can be operated from a storage shed building. Separating your daily work from your primary residence can give you the privacy and focus you need to make your business succeed. However, before you set about converting your shed into an office, first make sure that your municipality will allow you to operate a business within a given neighbourhood. Once your project has been approved, focus your renovation on making the building safe from the elements and beautifying it until it is a pleasant place to work in.

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • Tar paper
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Guttering
  • Downspouts
  • Splashblocks
  • Exterior siding
  • Windows
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Electrical sockets
  • Joint compound
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Indoor-outdoor carpet

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    Remodel the shed exterior to protect it from the elements. Tear off the old roof, if necessary, and cover it with 1/2-inch plywood, tar paper and asphalt shingles. Secure the overhang areas with fascia boards and plywood in soffit areas. Run guttering and downspouts along the sides of the roof, and install splashblocks. Cover the entire exterior with new house siding sheets. Add new windows if the old ones leak. Caulk any gaps and paint the whole structure.

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    Insulate the interior and cover the walls with drywall. Staple roll-type fibreglass insulation between wall studs, and nail drywall sheets over the walls. Make sure that any necessary electrical sockets are installed before completing the walls. Finish the drywall with joint compound and paint. Install a vinyl floor or indoor-outdoor carpeting.

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    Devise ways to display any products to be sold in the building, such as shelvng to display crafts, for example. Have a wall unit built to display hand-painted pottery, painted landscapes or hand-sewn dolls. Create counterspace along two walls if your business is service-oriented, and display items related to your field. For example, if you offer a car painting service, display photo albums of cars painted by your business.

  4. 4

    Make the building workable for all seasons. Install a portable oil-filled heater or electrical heating unit for use in chilly weather, and a window air conditioner for warm spells.

  5. 5

    Hang a business sign on the shed, if local laws allow.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't keep expensive computers, money or important paperwork in a shed business. It's too easy for vandals or thieves to access a small building. Be sure to add a motion detector light and alarm system to the building for added security.
  • Ask a local electrician to inspect any electrical work needed to heat or cool the building.
  • Never place an open-flame heater of any kind in a shed.
  • Always keep the outside of the shed neat to ensure that your neighbours don't complain. Hide any mechanical parts or old cars, for example, behind a four-sided lattice wall near the shed. Never allow the shed business space to become crowded and cluttered, since this hurts the professional image needed for the business to succeed.

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