What do you do when you've been bumped from your spare bedroom office, moved out of the living room, and you find yourself officeless? In this case, you convert your porch to a spacious home office.
Lifehacker reader MHoffman555 could have tried to carve out a corner of the basement to call his own, but he joined other Lifehacker readers in the tradition of turning an unused porch into an office.
After seeing so many nice home office setups I decided to post mine. Several years ago my home office was a spare bedroom. When one of my kids decided he needed to be on my payroll again I was evicted to the living room. After a while my wife wanted me out of there as well and said I could finish off our screened in patio.
I was in luck because it already had a real roof on it and just needed windows and a door. I did 95% of the work myself. The only things I paid to have done were the windows and the gas fireplace installation. I didn't want to cut any more holes in the roof than necessary so I opted for a ventless model. Since the room is on a cement slab and it gets way to cold here in Michigan I built a subfloor with styrofoam insulation and a moisture barrier below that. I also need to cut a hole in the ceiling to insultate it and installed a couple of roof vents as well. I've always liked the cabin look with so I went with knotty pine paneling for the ceiling, flooring and trim work.
For electrical power I ran a new dedicated circuit with plenty of outlets. I also ran cat5, cable tv, and phone lines from the house. The entire project took about 6 months of elapsed time and about 100 trips to Home Depot. I spend more time in this room than anywhere else in the house as I use it for my new career of job hunting and for gaming.
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Room with a View: A Porch to Office Conversion [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]