Do you crave a little “me” space in your home but don’t have the square footage to spare? You may be surprised to find that she sheds and he sheds offer the perfect solution without forcing you to size up. All you need is a backyard or space for a shed and you're golden.
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The following 16 shed ideas will inspire you to transform some of your unused outdoor space into an extra room. The best part, unlike adding a house addition, shed-like structures don't require a building permit in many areas of the country. These ideas serve as a motivator for you to find exactly what style would best fit you and your needs.
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Interior designer Paige Morse transformed a pair of 100-year-old sheds in her backyard into a rustic two-bedroom guesthouse brimming with style. To keep the décor from overwhelming the 250 square foot cottage, Morse stuck to a neutral color scheme.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Stop wasting your garage on your car. Denise Sabia, the savvy do-it-yourselfer behind The Painted Home cleaned out her barn-style garage and turned it into a mommy hideaway tricked out with vintage furniture.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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If you're looking to build a shed that packs all the comforts of home behold this DIY kit by Studio Shed Signature Series. The package comes with everything you need to construct an insulated backyard room.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Angie, the self-professed die-hard country girl behind the blog Knick of Time, transformed a neglected shed on her property into an adorable guest cottage. Salvaged building materials including old doors and windows reduced her remodeling costs. The blogger and her husband also made most of the furniture.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Movie House Shed
Don't have room in your abode for your favorite hobby? You are not alone. Ana, a cinephile wanted a place at home for sharing her silver screen favorites. So the folks at the FYI channel transformed her backyard into an epic outdoor theater with a movie house inspired she shed.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Shed With Porch
To make the most of a livable shed like this one by She Shed New Zealand consider adding a porch or deck. It's a reasonably affordable update that will expand a shed's living area while boosting your outdoor enjoyment.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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This stylish cocktail shed featured on Cuprinol is called The Moody Cow. You may be surprised to hear that a grandfather built it. The outdoor lounge has a fully stocked bar, radiant floor heating, big screen TV and of course, a stellar sound system.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Colorful She Shed
Alison Kynaston Jones transformed a budget shed into an adorable backyard retreat. Colorful paint and bright textiles played a big part in the makeover. For instance, the interior has bold orange walls, and the ceiling is swathed with pink and purple fabric. Even better, Allison’s cozy space has heat and electricity so she can enjoy her "she shed" all year round.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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This potting shed just may be the cutest one ever. The gardener behind the blog Nitty Gritty Dirt Man built it from scratch. The process took around two weeks. The all-wood construction sits on a concrete foundation. What will you find inside? A growing area, potting bench, and storage loft.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Backyard Cottage Plans
You can build this teensy A-frame shed and fill it with all the creature comforts for around $1,200. Designed by three notable tiny homebuilders: Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, David Stiles and Joe Everson, the cabin—including the porch—measures 110 square feet.
What can you fit inside of it? For starters, a twin futon and mini-fridge. Also, the building plans, which you can buy for $29.95 on Relax Shacks, spell out how to construct and install a rainwater capture system that you can rig to a sink.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Japanese Tea House
At the center of Derek Verlander's backyard garden is an extraordinary she shed that resembles a traditional Japanese tea house. Inside is everything Verlander needs to decompress after a long day including a small refreshment area for making cocktails or tea and his tropical fish tank.
A few good-to-knows: Cedar shingles cover the roof. The shoji style window panes are frosted acrylic.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Chic Backyard Office
Karel Verstraeten is a Belgian architect who transformed an old construction trailer into a stylish backyard retreat. The chic shed, which you'll find on his blog, is a multiuse space that features an oak-paneled exterior, plywood interior, and dome-shaped window.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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While this little castle is not wired for electricity, it does have a few modest comforts like an iron Chiminea that provides warmth on cool days and a motorcycle battery that powers the shed's lights.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Modern Prefab Shed
Would you rather buy than DIY? There are plenty of prefab shed options. This one is an 8-foot-by-10-foot backyard retreat by Studio Shed. The owner uses it as a painting studio. The structure came wired for electricity, and it's also fully insulated.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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