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Anyone who's read Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own has probably fantasized about having a backyard office shed. The reader may have also realized halfway into the book that he or she would choose not to build it by hand. Pollan's DIY odyssey makes a case for the simplicity and ease of a prefab kit — at least for those of us who lack extreme carpentry skills. If you fall into that group, here are eight modern options that would work well for a freestanding home office.

Backyard Offices: 8 Modern Prefab Sheds

Anyone who's read Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own has probably fantasized about having a backyard office shed. The reader may have also realized halfway into the book that he or she would choose not to build it by hand. Pollan's DIY odyssey makes a case for the simplicity and ease of a prefab kit — at least for those of us who lack extreme carpentry skills. If you fall into that group, here are eight modern options that would work well for a freestanding home office.

I like the idea of using corrugated roof with clear - so light can get in... but I guess it will depend on what material it is? I am happy to clean it every so often - but will need a ladder!! Like this shape and simplicity..

An Englishman's Castle is His Shed

I like the idea of using corrugated roof with clear - so light can get in... but I guess it will depend on what material it is? I am happy to clean it every so often - but will need a ladder!! Like this shape and simplicity..

This cabin near Vancouver and its glass facades "forces you to engage with the bigger landscape," architect Tom Kundig says, but it seals up tight when its owner is away. The unfinished steel cladding slides over the windows, turning it in

Hard to tell if this uses an old silo as base or was inspired by silo design. I'm guessing, being on a hill as it is, that is would not have been a barn & silo site. Sure would like to know more about it, if anyone has more images or info.

Hard to tell if this uses an old silo as base or was inspired by silo design. I'm guessing, being on a hill as it is, that is would not have been a barn & silo site. Sure would like to know more about it, if anyone has more images or info.

Flag stone patio, tiny cottage... This would be an AWESOME writing space.

Flag stone patio, tiny cottage... This would be an AWESOME writing space.

This is so cool, my husband and I always say that we only want something the size of an apartment

This is so cool, my husband and I always say that we only want something the size of an apartment

Green-Roofed Washington Weaving Studio is a Daylit Dream

Green-Roofed Washington Weaving Studio is a Daylit Dream

This beautiful studio space in Washington draws together daylighting, built-in storage, lots of open space and inspiring views. A professional weaver and her husband retired to the San Juan Islands and decided to build a generous studio space to hold of 2