Images of Garden Sheds
A garden shed is typically a simple, single-storey structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. Below you can see some images of garden sheds that will give you inspiration for creating shed on your own.
Inspiring Images of Garden Sheds
Fairy Tale Eco Shed
Fairy tale eco shed – Gail and Mark Dupar’s shed looks like a cozy vacation cabin, or something out of “Hansel and Gretel.” But the cordwood structure is really the nerve center of the couple’s kitchen garden on Decatur Island in Washington’s San Juans. Here they start seedlings, arrange flowers, raise tomatoes, store tools, and dry freshly harvested shallots on the warm brick floor.
Garden Cottage Greenhouse
Garden cottage greenhouse – Owner Connie Featherston overwinters her orchids and raises heirloom vegetable seedlings in this 8- x 10-foot garden shed in Exeter, California. “I had to put a clock in there because I have so much fun, I literally lose track of time,” she says. A ‘Cecile Brunner’ climbing rose arches over the garden shed entry. The shed features a recycled door and windows that let in plenty of light.
Recycled retreat – Lisa Phipps has a knack for using found materials in fresh ways. She started recycling in earnest when she moved to a small farmhouse in Port Orchard, Washington. Like Virginia Woolf, Lisa wanted a room of her own. Money was tight, so she and her husband, Frank, used salvaged materials to build a shed. The more you recycle, the more the ideas flow, Lisa says. “You just have to loosen up and have fun.”
Kobara Garden Shed
Small garden solution – Open areas and intimate nooks: That was what landscape architect Tomi Kobara wanted from a makeover of her Oakland, California, garden. Part of the challenge of the transformation was the backyard’s tiny size, barely more than 1,500 square feet. When she bought her property, a shed that served as a studio sat in the far corner of the wedge-shaped backyard. In front of it lay a concrete patio surrounded by a large lawn.
A Healing Place
A healing place – It’s more than just a place for plants: For Sheila McConnell, the little shed in her backyard in Bellevue, Washington, became a quiet, healing room where she recovered from breast cancer. “Out here I don’t get caught up in the pace of life,” she says. The handsome retreat was designed and built by stepson Andy McConnell, who heads his own garden-carpentry firm in Seattle. “It started off as a toolshed and then it just blossomed,” he says. Instead of lawn mowers, the 8- by 12-foot structure houses books, a TV and stereo, and an L-shaped counter for orchids and crafts projects.
Shed revival – Evan Sagerman and Marci Riseman needed extra space for a guest room and entertaining area, and they found it in an unlikely place: a tiny, ramshackle shed in the backyard of their San Francisco Victorian home. The project became an exercise in preservation and space planning.
Tropical Style Shed
Tropical-style toolshed – A storage shed can be as attractive as it is functional. This one, a 220-square-foot rectangle inspired by a Polynesian dwelling, complements the tropical landscape in Bobbi and Gene Hirschkoff’s Encinitas, California, backyard.
Courtyard shed – A shed in the right spot can help define an outdoor dining area or patio, as it did for this DIY backyard makeover. This cedar garden shed in Seattle, Washington, keeps tools and garden machinery safe, dry, and out of the garage and basement. “Before the shed, we had to bring the mower up out of the basement every time we cut the grass,” says owner Leanne Rubin.
From those images of garden sheds, we can conclude that garden Sheds may vary considerably in the complexity of their construction and their size, from small open-sided tin-roofed structures to large wood-framed sheds with shingled roofs, windows, and electrical outlets. Sheds used on farms or in industry can be large structures.