The British author, Rudyard Kipling, wrote: “For where the old thick laurels grow, along the thin red wall, You find the tool and potting sheds, which are the heart of all.” For many gardeners, sheds are more than a refuge for rakes and hoes. They represent the identity of the garden, and increasingly, they are serving multiple purposes as well: storage, entertainment, hideaways, room for extra guests.
This garden outbuilding was designed by SHED, a Seattle-based architecture firm that specializes in sustainable, modern design. (Photo Credit: Mark Woods)
Backyard sheds can be customized to any purpose – storage, art studio, office space and much more. This prefab from Studio Shed is used as a photographer’s studio. (Photo Credit: studio-shed.com)
In this case, two identical Studio Sheds were placed side-by-side near a house backed by a private vineyard. They serve as storage, outdoor living and cooking spaces. (Photo Credit: studio-shed.com)
The Shoffice (shed + office) by Platform 5 Architects in London, England, is a garden pavilion containing a small office alongside garden storage space. (Photo Credit: Alan Williams)
The egg-shaped Blob VB3 by dmvA Architects was a clever solution when plans for a home extension were relentlessly rejected because of local building regulations in Belgium. (Photo Credit: Frederik Vercruysse)
This outbuilding in a Los Angeles backyard serves as a potting shed, a drafting studio and sometimes a guesthouse. (Photo Credit: Dominique Lobjois)
Interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch converted a bare-bones garage from what she describes as an empty shell with, “white sheetrock walls and a concrete floor” into this drool-worthy potting shed that accommodates storage, a sink and a work surface. (Photo Credit: Mick Hales)
This whimsical custom garden shed was built by woodworker, Dan Pauly, owner of The Rustic Way, in Elk River, Minnesota, who specializes in using reclaimed materials.
In a similar vein, when an old barn in Centerville, Texas was destroyed by a tornado, its owners used the salvage to cobble together this shabby chic greenhouse. (Photo Credit: Sarah Greenman)
This prefab from the Modern Shed company was modified to go along with the renovation of a San Francisco cottage that survived the earthquake of 1906. (Photo Credit: BMF Construction)