Saturday, May 23, 2015

Not Your Average Backyard Shed

Outdoor living spaces usually encompass patios, kitchens, and lawns. But sheds?

The backyard shed is becoming more of an extended house and personal living space with the innovation of companies like Backyard Mama and Studio Shed. The phenemonon is featured in a great piece from Melissa Kossler Dutton where "Shed-sational spaces [are] ... outdoor buildings that go beyond storing tools to extending your home's options."

People looking to get more use out of their backyards are building or converting sheds for a variety of purposes. There are backyard pubs. "She sheds," when they're built by women. Home offices. Art or yoga studios. TV roomsStudio Shed in Louisville sells prefabricated structures to people who want more living space or to enhance their backyard, said Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, the company's creative director. The buildings, which range in price from $7,500 to $20,000, offer flexibility and are less expensive than adding a room to the house, he said.
Jennifer and Eric Antonow added a shed to their Palo Alto, Calif., property because they can't afford a bigger house.

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