Dezeen's Dan Howarth takes a look at a new trend taking shape among Brooklyn-ites who often have a bit of additional backyard space behind their townhouses in the borough.

Brooklyn, N.Y., home owners have begun to view this as an opportunity to add value and square footage to their properties, leading to a boom in the market for residential extensions. Many of these tiny shed-like shelters are serving as home workplaces or studios.

"This trend follows the fact that more and more people are self-employed or in tech," said Brooklyn-based studio Architensions, which recently added a cedar-clad writers' studio to a townhouse garden in Greenpoint. "This doesn't necessarily require having a formal office or going to a co-share space." "It's actually a dream being in New York and working from your own backyard," they added.

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