A small brick shed with pointed roof is built into the stone wall surrounding this cozy, cottage backyard swimming pool. A planted border hugs the inside of the wall adding natural color and texture to decorate the space.
In designing his backyard home office/writing studio, Marco Morelli went with a warm but dramatic look. He chose Studio Shed's corrugated steel panels and Collins Block siding to sheath his shed's exterior. The red exterior complements and contrasts with his home's creamy yellow exterior. Once their shed was in place, the Morellis added a path, vegetable beds and play area.
Sliding glass doors open right to the backyard, where concrete walls enclose a modern patio. Past the dining area and fire pit, guests will find a shed, raised garden beds, a greenhouse and even a bocce court!
One of the toughest parts of the renovation was not having a kitchen. Even the kids got tired of eating out. After having to outsource almost every meal during construction, the family voted to turn the backyard shed into a chicken coop!
After the backyard transformation by licensed contractor Chip Wade, the Schroeder residence in Atlanta, GA now has a lot of function. An old shed was transformed into a chicken coop (left) and a sitting area with a custom hammock, as seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room.
Homeowner Rod Rusyniak is an avid gardener who tries to find time every day to walk his Atlanta yard. His yard boasts a dramatic pitch that rises into the hillside of his backyard and a network of winding paths and terraces for a putting green, storybook potting shed, dog house, fire pit and much more.
Paired with a functional and beautiful low-water landscape with clean lines, this backyard art studio was designed for a client who wanted a contemporary work space outside of the main residence. The shed-style, finished studio structure with two sliding glass door entries and clerestory windows maximizes the natural light entering the space.
This backyard building looks like a shed, but it's actually a sauna. The 8-by-12 foot structure is the best size
for an outdoor building that houses a sauna, according to Minnesota sauna builder Glenn Auerbach.
His saunas include a changing room and sauna room and a pitched roof.
The crisp palette of charcoal grey and white sets the scene for this modern backyard. A new steel and wood structure was designed as an extension of the existing shed. The outdoor space houses a stone fire pit and TV on the upper level and the outdoor kitchen on the lower level. Pool Environments of Texas won an Association of Pool & Spa Professionals award for the project.
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."