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Sheds, Reimagined

Design and simple decorating touches define a shed's role. See how each shed in this collection has a designated purpose, be it a guest room, an office space, or a place to relax or play.
  • Teahouse

    Inspired by Japanese architecture, this screened-in outbuilding offers a peaceful sactuary on the wooded site. Four-foot eaves ensure the interior remains dry, even during downpours. The red cedar structure sits on a deck constructed to adapt to the sloping yard. Stone-framed water gardens add to the setting's serenity. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Gardener's Retreat

    At the end of a gardening day, this charming cottage beckons as a place to cool off, relax, and ponder the next list of garden chores. Anchored in a bed of perennials at the edge of a gravel driveway, the shed offers refuge in the shade of mature trees. a gregarious Clematis paniculata climbs the thatched roof. Fabric festoons the interior. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Poolside Haven

    A guesthouse warmly welcomes visitors with privacy and comfort. Exterior and interior lighting add practicality after dusk. French doors open wide for ventilation. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Guest Cottage

    A chicken-coop-turned-storage-shed received new purpose when emptied, whitewashed, and reimagined. A vintage iron bed needed a new home and moved into the shed. The beam running the length of the guest cottage, dubbed "Bird's Nest Inn," was an open invitation to suspend a salvaged swing. Faux ivy graces the rafters inside. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Reading Hut

    The designer of a bibliophile's retreat raised the roof and added windows all around to enhance the interior's natural light. Furnishings focus on shelving for bountiful books and blissfully comfortable daybeds. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Artist's Studio

    Converting a 9x12-foot garden shed into a sunny studio for painting entailed raising the ceiling to the rafters and adding French doors and windows to let in more light. A painted wood floor and tongue-and-groove wall paneling give the utilitarian space a homier feeling. The shed was already wired for electricity. The surrounding garden provides inspiration for the artist's paintings. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Outdoor Office

    The need for a home office, but no space for one, led to the construction of this 120-square-foot structure. The interior's wood walls were salvaged from a garden shed that once occupied the site. Filing cabinets topped with a repurposed butcher-block counter form the two-person desk. A sleeper sofa at one end turns the office into a guest room, and French doors flood it with light and fresh air. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Playhouses

    A simple sturcture acquires playful appeal by dressing it in paint-box colors and adding a Dutch door. A two-story turret inclues a sturdy ladder for access. This feature offers more attraction for adventurous spirits. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018

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