Summer weather can be tough in a little structure with no central air. Unless you live in a coastal region or have plentiful shade trees, you will need a cooling strategy on hot summer days.
Here are some ideas for staying cool in the she shed:
- Small-space A/C. A mini-split A/C unit will provide very cool air almost like what you have in your home. You should have it installed by an expert and it does require a permit in some areas.
- Add a cupola. These cute rooftop ventilators have been keeping sheds and barns cooler for centuries. Hot air coming into the shed rises and escapes through the cupola’s vents.
- Strategic ventilation. Use fans next to windows to keep good air circulating. If you have a breeze coming in from a certain direction but no windows, consider framing in a large (openable) window on both sides of the shed for cross ventilation.
- Plan your she shed time for cool mornings and evenings. Keep the walls and windows shaded in between with rattan shades.
- Keep a stack of damp towels and a sheet to wrap around your upper body (forehead, neck, etc.) in the shed when it’s hot.