Prefab Office Pods: 14 Studios & Workspaces Made For Your Backyard

Garden Office Studio by

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Built with the same methods as a timber-framed house, down to the insulation and double-glazed windows, garden studios by the firm are made from sustainably sourced wood and feature sleek and simple profiles designed to connect to their outdoor environments.

Disguised Log Cabin by OLGGA

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Blending into forested settings, the FLAK by OLGGA of France resembles a giant pile of logs from the sides and back, with one angled side glazed to take in the views. The company calls it a ‘poetic shelter’ with a smooth, stripped down interior finish that contrasts with the traditional look of the external log cladding. The building consists of two separate volumes that are designed to be used together, with a small slice of outdoor space in between.

The MetroShed


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Perhaps the cheapest and most basic option is just getting a regular old shed and adding your own windows and sliding glass doors. You could do that yourself, or just get a MetroShed, which can be delivered to your door for under $8K. This unit features cedar roof beam construction, double-glazed doors and an electric kit, and the interior is lined with insulated wood panels. Super simple, and you can paint the exterior the color of your choice or add your own preferred cladding.

Retro Caravan Mobile Office

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If the shed route is not your style – and you’d rather be a little more mobile – you could renovate a retro trailer or caravan into your own personal portable office, like Studio106. The New Zealand-based architecture and design firm created the space for people who prefer to work outdoors in the warm months instead of being stuck in a traditional office. Inside, they use flat-pack desks made of cardboard that can be folded away when they’re not needed.