10 Steps to Building a Brilliant, Beautiful Backyard Office

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Hello there, Internet reader who wants to add an office to your property!

You have already made a great decision. Building a permanent and costly “bricks and mortar” office on your property would take years, much higher costs and give you more stress than you can handle.

Your TargetBox team can guide you through the exciting journey of transforming one of our sturdy shipping containers into a brilliant backyard office. Whether you’re looking for a quiet workspace, studio or a creative haven, our containers can be transformed into exactly what you need.

Let’s dive into the ten steps to bring your dream backyard office to life.

Step 1 – Dream & Design Your Office

Start by dreaming about what your ideal backyard office should look like. Consider the layout, size, and features you want and need. Our TargetBox containers are highly customizable, providing the perfect ‘bones’ to make your office a reality.

Step 2 – Planning Permission

Check your local regulations (bylaws etc.) and secure the necessary planning permissions. In many cases, TargetBox containers can be classified as temporary structures, making the approval process smoother. But its placement often depends on your property location and size.

There’s also the aesthetic side of things, meaning that if your office has a nice exterior, you may be able to place it in locations where standard shipping containers lack approvals.

Step 3 – Container Selection

Choose the right TargetBox container for your needs. Our inventory includes many different options:

10ft TargetBox Container
Measurements: Width: 8ft > Height: 8ft 6in > Length: 10ft > Weight: 2,870 lbs
Capacity Details: 15.95m (563 cu.ft)
Security Details: Containers made out of 8-gauge steel, with extra-strong members and corner posts. Our new containers have a lock box system which protects them from bolt cutters.
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20ft TargetBox Container
Measurements: Width: 8ft > Height: 8.5ft > Length: 19.84ft > Weight: 5,204 lbs
Capacity Details: 32.8m (1,158 cu.ft)
Security Details: Containers made out of 8-gauge steel, with extra-strong members and corner posts. Our new containers have a lockbox system which protects from bolt cutters.
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40ft TargetBox Container
Measurements: Width: 8ft > Height: 8.5ft > Length: 40ft > Weight: 8,776 lbs
Capacity Details: 67.2m (2,372 cu.ft)
Security Details: Containers made out of 8-gauge steel, with extra-strong members and corner posts. Our new containers have a lockbox system which protects from bolt cutters.
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Step 4 – Site Preparation

Prepare your backyard for the container’s delivery. Create a level foundation, such as concrete pads or gravel. A solid foundation that is raised to protect from water penetration is crucial.

Step 5 – Delivery Day

You will decide on a day/time and then as easy as that your TargetBox container arrives! Our delivery driver will do a lot of the work, getting it to the site and placing it so that it is exactly as you would like it.

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Step 6 – Customization & Conversion

Now comes the fun part! Customize your container as you need it. Add windows for natural light, install electrical wiring, and choose insulation options to create a comfortable and functional workspace. Be sure to consider your backyard office requirements before taking on any immovable modifications.

Step 7 – Connectivity & Utilities

Equip your backyard office with your internet connections, and plumbing if required. A well-connected workspace enhances productivity and functionality. To make your mobile workspace off-grid, install a solar panel!

Step 8 – Interior Setup & Furnishings

Furnish your backyard office to create a comfortable and productive working environment. This includes desks, chairs, filing cabinets, shelves – and maybe even a couch for afternoon naps.

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Step 9 – Add Green Touches

Incorporate eco-friendly elements into your backyard office. Add potted plants, sustainable materials, and energy-efficient lighting to create a zen-like and environmentally friendly workspace.

Step 10 – Security & Maintenance

The last stage is to secure your investment by adding locks and alarms. Also, be sure to keep your office regularly maintained to ensure the longevity of your backyard office. Our containers are designed to withstand the elements, but a little care goes a long way.

Is There An Easier Option?

Well, yes, actually. You can work with TargetBox to make your backyard office come to life. Our teams of modification experts can do get your workspace all ready for you to furnish. It all begins by emailing a quote request to your local modification team at TargetBox.

Happy working!