Backyard Bungalows: Designer Sheds and Outbuildings

She Shed

Friday Finds: Bar Sheds, She Sheds, And So Much More

Remember how the Man Cave gained traction in the 90s? There was a general consensus that men needed a designated place to rest, grunt and watch football. Basements across the Midwest were converted from storage rooms to adult playrooms, accommodating the inner male child – bars, hunting themes and sports memorabilia popped up like wildfire.

Caribbean Moroccan Retreat Shed
Caribbean Moroccan Retreat | Credit: Alison Kynaston -Jones

Well, I have come upon a new trend – backyard sheds. Nope, not those ugly sheds designed to house your tools and your mower; but rather a separate building designed for relaxation, entertainment and a refuge from the real world.

Sitting room shed in Crail
An avid gardener uses her shed for guests when she hosts garden tours.
Much like casitas (a separate small building next to a home) that are popular in the south, sheds may soon serve the same purpose here in the Midwest. Be it a social gathering point – think a bar building next to a pool (a Bar Shed), or a cozy backyard shed to serve as a personal retreat (yoga sheds, reading rooms and craft rooms have all been called She Sheds) – the idea is gaining interest among suburbanites and urbanites alike.

Bar Shed - http://www.readersheds.co.uk/
Pub Shed – readersheds.co.uk | Credit: Darren Fraser

For me, I can imagine a wine shed (yes, I love my wine) where the main wall houses delicious wines from around the world, and a couple of comfortable chairs invite me to sit down (think candles and flowers and a few Napa-themed paintings).  Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Backyard Retreat – Good To Grow

I may have to contact Hirshfield’s and have them help me create a breezy, airy wine shed with a touch of color.

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