Shed Became a Playhouse

The owners of this shed decided to convert it into a playhouse by raising it up on stilts. You can't tell from the photo but this is the highest ground behind this farm house and the views (front and back) are spectacular. Lucky grandchildren!

Shed Above: Outdoor Bedroom Below

Here's a shed we saw on a garden tour last summer. The upper level is a proper shed, and the owners created an outdoor bedroom in the space below:

Sure beats a sandbox!

A-Frame Shed/Playhouse

I saw this shed on a garden tour in the summer. I think it was the kids' playhouse in years gone by.

Sher's Farm Sheds

Sher wrote:

We live on a small farm here in Ks. with the last two of our eight young'uns. Since we are retired and still raising little ones, everything we do is done on a shoe-string budget...a very SHORT shoe-string I might add!!!!

This is a well house Keith built out of old boards we had laying around. Total cost...Probably $0!

Here is a little cabin we built (you can see it behind the well house) on the back of our place. It has one bedroom, small kitchen, living room and bathroom. The inside is all decorated in Shabby Chic. We had almost $3,000 in this!

Here's a photo of an old "out-house" Keith built to keep tools in. Cost $0.

Thanks, Sher!

Wee Shed

I saw this little shed on a recent farm garden tour. The paddles decorating the barn-style door make sense if you know that the shed is beside a very large pond with a rowboat.

See the entire garden in an upcoming post at Empress of Dirt [link].

Waterwheel Shed

I saw this waterwheel/shed on a farm garden tour:

Farm gardens are always fun: I love seeing the little paradises people create in the middle of nowhere.

The entire tour will appear in an upcoming post at Empress of Dirt [link].

Lucky Horse Shoe Shed

I saw this shed on a recent garden tour. It looks like they made up the design as they went along. Funny how the plants are dominating one side, countered by the lucky horse shoe on the door. Notice the window up top for lighting. I think the plants may block it soon...

Vistors Welcome

I saw this shed on a recent garden tour. I came this close [<---->] to sitting down in one of those chairs and spending the day there:

Not only is the porch so inviting, but that's a good size shed. You could keep your inlaws in there. Padlock optional.

Green/Sedum Shed Roofs

Sedum: it's not just for green-bragging corporate rooftops anymore. How about making a green roof for your shed, birdhouse or a framing some sedum or moss or whatever! for a picture on your garden fence?

Of course, if more builders did this too, it would be a finer world:

If you've created a green rooftop of any kind, I'd love to picture it here.


What Did This Shed Used to Be?

All I can say is, I'd much prefer this to the Port-O-Lets of today.... There are lots more gorgeous garden photos at Layanee's blog (listed below).

Photo of Brenda's shed courtesy of Layanee at Ledge and Gardens

Shed of the Year Competition

It's too late for voting, but if you love seeing a wide variety of shed ideas, have a look at the nominees and winner for the 2007 Shed of the Year contest at There's lots of wonderful and unusual ideas. [link]

House or shed or both?

Jason's House

Jason's Shed

Jason designed his shed (right) as a 1/3 replica of his home. The shed is 12 x 16'. It has a 5x7' roll up door which accommodates the lawn tractor.

Well done! And very cool indeed.

Jason's House

Jason's Shed

Garden Shed Wins Urban Design Award

"Jeff and Brandy Morrison needed a place for their garden tools and bicycles. They could have run out to the home center and bought a prefabricated shed, but they decided instead to design and build one themselves. And not just because they are both architects.

We knew that it would be visible from the street," Jeff says. "We wanted to add something to the streetscape.

Taking their cue from their 1905 Victorian cottage, the couple created a delightful little house that looks as if it has always stood in the corner of their vest-pocket backyard in Candler Park. You can almost imagine Peter Rabbit peeking around the corner....." [continued in article]
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thanks to Stephanie for sending the link.

Patricia's Shed (& Garden Art!)

Patricia wrote:

The shed was a kit that my husband and I ordered off the internet. It is Western Red Cedar. After we put the shed together, we decided to put a protective Cedar stain on it. I painted the shutters to match our home.

I searched on Ebay and got several collections of vintage garden tools, which I display at each end . I also got some vintage-looking tin garden signs which I scratched up a bit so they would start to rust. We found a really neat 75 year old pait of Adirondack chairs for the front of shed.

I am an artist so I have painted some interesting garden signs to display on the wooden fence. I also painted some Arts and Craft style designs on the window
boxes. I added the lace curtains because I don't like being able to see insdie the windows. I added a Arts and Crafts Stained Glass lamp which glows through the window and is left on all the time. At night it looks like a little cabin in the woods.

Here's some of Patricia's art (click for a larger pic):

You can see more of Patricia's artwork here:

Corkyone's Shed

Corkyone wrote:
"The Garden Shed Hall of Fame inspired us to finally build our own. I have been wanting a cute shed for 30 years and this spring DH made it happen ! Pretty nice work for a retired 68 yr. old truck driver. Door from a thrift store and windows from garage sales but the rest is new. We've lived in our 100 year old farm house for 45 years and we are shocked at what new lumber costs! How do new builders do it ?! Lots of planting still needs done but I was eager to share...."

Thanks, Corkyone. Great job on the shed!

Marti's Shed

If you want a new look for your shed...

you might want to do what Marti did and cover it up with a nicer wood:

Well done!

Karen's Shed

You can see step by step photos of the construction of this beautiful shed at Karen's website here: shed construction

Update on Chris' Shed

I've not been tending to my shed obsession (or emails) these days because we're doing a bit of home renovating and house hunting (a crazy combination) at the same time. I'm hoping some big decisions are made soon and we can either resume life as we know it or start primping and polishing this house and get packing. Stay tuned!


Chris [see his original photos here] has been doing a lot of work on his second home shed. It seems to be growing. There's now a bathroom (!) and central air. Chris used the ductless mini split heat pump by Sanyo. He says it's a real miser on energy. A few more tweaks and I think it will be ready for me to move in.

You can see from the photos what fine work he's doing:

Thanks Chris!

Hurricane Rita- Before and After

After posting Susan's Shed Tara, she sent me some back story:

The shed is in Lake Charles, Louisiana (gardening zone 9). Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Susans's town was torn up by Hurricane Rita. Fortunately, Susan's house was ok, but she lost every tree on her property except for the old persimmon.

What was once a beautiful, private shade garden is now a newly planted sun garden.

Here's the garden before Hurricane Rita:

And here's the garden after Hurricane Rita:

Remarkably, the Tara, the garden shed, remained untouched:

Susan knows the garden will never be the same in her lifetime, but you can see she's made good strides with some new plantings. That's Jenny the dog enjoying the shade:

New crepe myrtles and a Drake Elm were planted to replace the pine trees:

The neighbor's tree gives the only shade in the yard:

It is so bright that Jenny needs sunglasses:

Susan uses a shade cloth to protect her ferns:

Here's a lovely assortment of garden art:

Thanks to Susan for sending the photos and sharing your story.


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