The Way We Work
March 12, 2014 by Melanie Feltham

As freelancers, we often have the option of working from home. To get as much work done as possible, productivity experts say we should have a designated space for working.

Sometimes this is possible, but on many days the distractions can prove to be too much: the house phone constantly rings with calls from friends who think you can break whenever you want, the cat ceaselessly wants to nap on your keyboard, and the laundry screams to be done.

We love thinking outside the box for possible solutions and, if you have the space, a creative backyard office could solve all these problems. It is the best of both worlds: a very short commute with a private and distraction-free setting.

Here are five of our favorites from across the web.

Diogene by Vitra, designed by Renzo Piano and RPBW

This minimalistic design focuses on simplicity. It even heats itself.

The OfficePOD

Created specifically with the work-from-home population in mind.

Sett Studio’s Working Room for One

This stand-alone space is custom-built, then shipped right to you.

The Hem Loft

Yes, it’s a treehouse! You know you have always wanted one; now you can make it the hub of your business.

The Tetra Shed

At first glance, it looks a bit like a boulder — but it transforms into a very modern-looking workspace.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

Melanie Feltham is a full-time freelancer who specializes in social media and search engine marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics, a Bachelor of Science Honors in Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration.