What is a “Shoffice”?

What is a “shoffice”? If you took a moment to think about it, you’ve probably already guessed – a shed and office combined into one building. They’re becoming popular in London where small back yards can be difficult to landscape, but easy to fill with much-needed square-footage. From what we’ve seen, it’s a little more office than shed, as should be rightfully so, and there’s even an architecture firm in the business of visually pleasing designs.

In America, this isn’t exactly a new thing. We just don’t call it a “shoffice”. You may find it filed under “Back Office”, “Writer’s Retreat”, “Man Cave”, or “Dad, I’m Moving Out and I Need to Use Your Long Extension Cord”. If you have a shed that’s not really being used and you need a space away from everyone in order to work, why not?

But can you advertise it as an office space under additional square-footage when you list your home for sale? You need to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Is it a permanent structure?
  2. Was it built in accordance with the state/county/city zoning laws?
  3. We’re the correct permits pulled?
  4. We’re all the electrical codes followed?

Basically, was it done by the book or is it a building on blocks with an extension cord providing electricity? If it’s the former, yes. If it’s the latter…sorry, but you have just a shed.

If you want to verify if your “shoffice” or similar structure will qualify when your home is listed, give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

About the Author
Meghan Henderson
Meghan is the Marketing Specialist for The Cameron Team and a published author of two young adult books. She also creates digital and printable planners and trackers, as well as coloring pages for Larkspur & Tea.