In my house there are two bonus rooms and I prefer the one upstairs because it’s well…..prettier. However, it’s on the same floor as all the bedrooms in the house. This means that even when I close the door, I can still hear Chloe and Drew playing, screaming, bickering and running up and down the stairs that run adjacent to the room. It also makes me feel guilty when I hear someone crying, so I immediately get up from my desk to see what has happened if the shrill merits it. This breaks my train of thought and momentum, although I usually recover pretty quickly. I shake my head and long for a place where there are beautiful pictures, fresh flowers, maybe even a couch and most importantly peace and quiet! So when I saw this article on “shedquarters,” my eyes brightened and I said “This is my answer!” I’ve been working from home for several years and I earnestly want one! Check out these super-cool tiny spaces that you can use for work, play, or just to escape for a while.
Modern Shed is a Seattle based company started by a husband and wife architect team. After the couple bought a 1940’s fixer upper, they realized that the space was entirely too small and lacked a basement, attic or garage. So they decided to build a shed in their backyard, but nothing like your grandpa’s old shed. They started creating modern spaces in 2005 that were aesthetically appealing and functional as a quick and comfortable getaway, office space or even an art studio.
Kanga Room sells prefabricated wood product kits that you can assemble yourself or their team will assemble them for you. They specialize in cabins, studios, children’s playrooms and sheds. They even build those tiny houses that there’s a tv show about. They offer financing and a variety of sizes to fit varying needs.
Platform 5 Architects is an award-winning architectural practice based in the UK. One of their most notable projects is called the “shoffice,” (shed + office) which features a stunning space with a winding timber shell. It’s whimsical shape is playful and creative. While I am featuring one of their smaller projects, they have a diverse portfolio in the residential, commercial, educational and cultural sectors. What makes this firm a standout is that it’s run by a very young and progressive team. Although getting a space built by them would cost a pretty penny, isn’t it just marvelous to look at?
Do you wish you had a place to get away without actually having to travel? Would you consider getting a shedquarters built in your backyard?