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Modern Backyard Tiny House Office Studio for Work or Play

This backyard tiny house is used as an office. If you work from home what better way to separate your career life with your home life then to build an office a few steps away? Designed by Sarah Deeds of Deeds Design and built by carpenter John McBride. It was even recently featured on Dwell Magazine and photographed by Lenny Gonzalez. The passive solar structure is just 120-square-feet in size and since it’s heavily insulated requires no heating at all. With the sun coming in, a computer running and a human body inside it keeps warm just fine. Fortunately, our friends Kirsten Dirksen and Nicolas Boullosa of Faircompanies went and visited to create an amazing video tour and interview we can all enjoy.

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Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Photo by Nicolas Boullosa

Most of the wood used to build the structure was either FSC certified or salvaged. Enjoy the rest of the photos and a video tour below:

Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Photo by Nicolas Boullosa

Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Photo by Nicolas Boullosa

Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Photo by Nicolas Boullosa

Notice the custom built desk and how you can slide paperwork in the slots provided to keep organized and maintain a clutter-free environment. Great idea!

Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Photo by Nicolas Boullosa

I really like the old school sink. Very well done.

Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Photo by Nicolas Boullosa

Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Photo by Nicolas Boullosa

Video: Backyard Tiny House Office Studio

Big thanks to Nicolas Boullosa and Kirsten Dirksen for going out and creating the video. Also be sure to visit Deeds Design where you’ll find more great photos of the interior of the structure.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • jim sadler
    November 7, 2012, 1:05 pm

    A material that might be of interest is industrial wire shelving. It is in expensive enough and is a much stronger version of those closet shelf wires that are usually white and plastic coated. This material comes with 2×2 or 4X4 squares and can be purchased in large sizes with very heavy duty wire. For remote areas it would make burglary very unlikely as it would take great effort to penetrate walls covered with this material. It could also offer huge opportunities for decoration as well as create a space to run wires or plumbing or even hinge a bed or desk as it is strong enough for those uses. Even for people in bear country this material could probably keep a tiny home free from a grizzly attack.

  • Carolyn B
    November 7, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Love to see videos from Kirsten and faircompanies. Thanks for posting.

    Really liked the pull out boxes underneath the couch. Their fronts were so unusually decorated. Very nice.

    • November 8, 2012, 3:48 pm

      Thanks Carolyn I love their videos too!

  • Julie Graff
    November 7, 2012, 3:32 pm

    What a terrific structure. So well thought out. As to your question today about orienting for solar gain, well it’s a smart thing to do! However, I find where I live that it not as much trouble staying warm in winter as it is keeping cooler in the summer. I will be going completely off-grid–old style. No fans to help me out. So I have to take pains to keep the Sun off of my south side in hot weather. And I’ll need a cupola on top. They did make the excellent point that the sun shining in adds to the cheerfulness of the place, though, and that is worth thinking about too. Thanks for posting this one, Alex.

  • November 7, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Love this tiny house / office. Looking at a property now on which to build a tiny house / office building, so loving your ideas and feedback on what is working for you! Great clean lines – love the beams on the ceiling for architectural interest. Every detail becomes so much more powerful in a tiny space! Great job! Would like some more info on the construction of the walls – with the furring strips that the exterior wood is attached to – what are the furring strips attached to? How much of the structural frame is recycled? Thank you!

    • November 8, 2012, 3:49 pm

      Thanks Monique!! Great questions I wish I could answer them for you.

  • Eric
    November 8, 2012, 10:22 am

    When the building is this insulated, ventilation becomes an issue. In larger such houses they have “energy recovery ventilators” which force air flow, and transfer heat between incoming and outgoing air. I wonder if that’s necessary for tiny houses?

  • November 9, 2012, 3:36 pm

    I didn’t see a kitchen or bathroom….obviously hard to do in 120 ft. Did you consider a loft bed accessible by ladder as in a class C motorhome.

  • Matt Melton
    March 1, 2013, 4:37 pm

    Great design and feel! Love the use of reclaimed material. Hope to incorporate that into one of our models soon!

  • Cindy
    June 28, 2013, 9:30 pm

    I really like the siding, was wondering if you could explain it more, on furing strips? So purposely not air tight? Will work in wet climates? Thanks

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