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I had my ofice in the house for years until last fall. My wife went back to college full-time and needed her own study room. I have a 24x36 unattached, unheated garage so I did some re-arranging out there and built a 10x12 free-standing room. I insulated it, put plywood on the outside, drywall on the inside, wired it for bb heat, lights, plenty of receptacles, phone lines and cable and put a window in it for an A/C unit. I jacked it up and set it on 1' pieces of 3/4" conduit and rolled it into the corner and set it down. Painted the floor w/epoxy inside the office and hooked up my wiring. It's not real spacious but there's plenty of room for my computer desk, bookshelf, print rack, drafting table and filing cabinets. I plan to build a 40x90 building in the next year or 2 so I didn't want to do anything too permanent in the garage. I love it out here! I can work late on bookwork with out bothering the wife & kids. I can also practice my trombone and no one can hear me. If I had a microwave and fridge out here I'd be set.

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I had my office at home until a few years ago. I only moved it out when I had 3 employees and 2 vans on top of my truck. The main reason I moved out was the 2 vans. My house was getting too much traffic for a residential subdivision and I was parking too many vehicles in my driveway. If I was still working alone or with 1 helper I would still be in the house.

As far as organization goes, if you are busy with actual work 8-12 hours a day, you won't be able to stay perfectly organized without help. We didn't get organized well until I hired a guy to answer the phone, order materials, keep inventory straight and help organize jobs.

If you do move the office, I suggest you move it to somewhere very close to home (2-4 miles). Otherwise, once the novelty wears off, you will find it hard to make yourself go there when you need to do paper work and "stuff".

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