Sometimes you want to get out, but you still need to work. There is a way to bridge both your desire to get out into nature and your need to make money to pay the bills. If you are able to work from home, you can set up a workspace out in the backyard that will allow you to work outside yet not be cooped up inside. The best way to build this structure is to start with a modified shipping container. Here are three steps to turning a shipping container into the exterior office of your dreams. 

Find the city ordinance size

Each city has a certain size for structures that can be placed on property without needing a permit. Find out the size of the structure that you can have in your yard in accordance with your city laws, then find or modify a container to fit this size. This will allow you to get your outside office up and running without any delays or paperwork. 

Turn one side into a sliding glass door

In order to truly enjoy your garden, you should turn one side of the shipping container into a large sliding glass door. A sliding glass door made of a heavy weight will make sure that animals and children can’t sneak into your office area, keeping it safe outside. It will also make sure that the door cannot accidentally swing open in the event of inclement weather. Be sure that the glass is clear without much tint, so that you can feel like you are out in the garden. Assign a keyed lock to the outside and inside of the door, so that there is no way that anyone else can get in without permission.

Install a generator

If your job requires a computer, telephone, camera equipment, or more, you will need to have electricity inside of your exterior office. The easiest way to install this is through the use of a generator. Place your generator in one corner of the shipping container outside of your actual office but be sure that it can be covered for protection. Instead of a gas run generator, get a solar generator. This will be better for your garden and your health than generators that run on gas. Be sure to place the generator on the side where it will be exposed to sun, rather than hidden in the shade.