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."
Lush plantings around the pool and pool house form a natural windbreak and also give the setting a sense of privacy. Low voltage lighting accents the surroundings. Plants include a grove of aspen trees and large evergreen trees.
This is a potting shed for the serious gardener and offers workspace galore. Stainless and stone counter surfaces provide ample space for potting plants, and recessed bins provide storage for soil, mulch and other garden products.
The best way to make your shed feel like a sanctuary and escape says Sherrod, is to target what you will use the shed for. "Regardless of what you are creating – whether it be an art studio, workshop, meditation, hobby room or garden retreat – having an idea of how you’ll use your space will help tremendously when creating a place to feel at home and decompress."
Keep extra firewood dry and clutter free in this cute English Garden Firewood Storage Shed from Overstock.com. Made from pressure-treated timber, the unit features a top shelf for sticks or wood chips.
The Tin Shed
Visit The Tin Shed in Apalachicola, Florida to get your antiquing fix. There you will find a variety of nautical décor, wood carvings, signs and antiques.
Designer Egypt Sherrod created this charming "tea" shed (Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea sponsored the project) in her Atlanta backyard , founded on relaxation and comfort.
Teak Outdoor Storage Shed
This teak outdoor storage shed has enough room for bicycles and lawn and garden tools. Plus, it blends in nicely with wooden fences. Available through Overstock.com, this shed has double doors that make it easy to conceal large items.
Shed with Flowering Garden
HGTV fan Eddie Wood turned a garden shed into a charming guest cabin. Container gardens give the area a lush look.