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A prefab studio or garden office is a unique way to add additional space or separate yourself from the hustle and bustle of the main house. A backyard cottage or cabana is a big investment that can add value to your property, so be sure to keep size, space requirements and budget in mind while you search. Here are some things to consider before you purchase your new garden office: More 
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What size should my garden office be?

To decide what size you need, you’ll want to determine how you’ll use your new garden room. Will it be your home office, an art studio, a playroom or a gym? Let the purpose of your modern shed guide you in selecting furnishings and determining how much workspace you’ll actually need. Once you have your interior planned out, analyze the location where you plan to build and be sure there’s enough room for your final outdoor oasis.

What types of materials are garden rooms made of?

A cabana or garden room is often constructed as if it were a tiny house, so many of the materials available for your home can be utilized in your prefab yurt. Interiors are typically finished with wood or drywall, and treated wood is a great option for the exterior. Another route is to go for a cohesive look by finishing your modern shed in the same siding, colors and materials as your house. Contemporary designs also exist that feature floor-to-ceiling windows and bare steel.

What other features can my modern shed have?

Some other options to consider include insulation, thermal doors and windows, a bathroom and a small kitchen. Many designs also feature a small porch for relaxing outdoors, making them look even more like miniature houses. You’ll also want to install adequate lighting inside and outside your garden room, and if you plan to use it as a garden office, be sure to have access to the Internet and electrical outlets readily available.

Can I install my own cabana?

If you’re a proud do-it-yourselfer, you can find many garden rooms that come as kits or with floor plans to allow you the option of building it on your own. If you prefer to have your new addition installed quickly without the worry or hassle of constructing it on your own time, you can also arrange the installation with a professional source. Whatever option you choose, be sure to check your property’s building codes before you take the plunge. Certain zoning ordinances, deed restrictions and building codes may limit the types of buildings you can add to your property. There’s also the possibility you may need a building permit or that certain rules will dictate where you can and can’t place a prefab garden office on your property.