Choosing Your She Shed Style
You’ve decided it’s time for a space of your own — and that space looks very much like a shed. She sheds may sound quirky but they are actually very practical and cool-looking little structures. They’re compact, easy to build, relatively affordable (especially compared to a home redo or add-on). Plus, they’re taking off like nobody’s business. They’ve been on national news shows and magazine covers like Better Homes and Gardens–and of course there’s a book about them.
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Even Joanna Gaines has a she shed. But I’m talking about ordinary, non-celebrity people like you and me. We need a space to calm our nerves, help us think. We need something we can color and decorate however we want, because nobody else will be using it.
She sheds will often look like a tool shed, with a square shape, low pitched roof and a wide door to let in the lawn mower. They are then embellished and modified until they become very personal and unique spaces but you can always see the “place they come from.”
Some she sheds resemble a small house, with the addition of a front porch, decking, maybe some shingle siding. Or you might like a more modern shed silhouette, with a roof that slopes in one direction and sleek glass doors.
Can you picture it? That little building all your own, under the dogwood tree? She sheds are built in a surprising variety of architectural styles and one of these will be perfect for your aesthetic and your purpose (home office, fine artist, quilter/sewer, avid reader … )
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My she shed is very small, 6 ft. x 6 ft. It’s in a suburban backyard that isn’t much wider than the house itself. To maximize the space, we situated the shed at a diagonal where the border fences meet. The cool thing is I have a secret garden in the little triangle behind my shed! We put a large window that opens to the inside on the back wall so that you can literally step through it with watering can and give the plants a soak.
Old and rundown sheds are so appealing because of their history and picturesque qualities but let’s face it, when you think of the amount of work it would take to fix them up … yikes. Not for sissies! This one, located in Kent in southeastern UK, was in good shape and owner Liz Ridgway decided she wanted to keep it as original as possible. Inside it’s cute as all get-out, with a potting bench, a table and lots of storage shelves. The wood door and small windows make it a bit dark in there but since this is the UK, Liz uses it mostly in good weather during which she can throw open the door wide.