Outbuildings, garden structures, garages and sheds

garden shed, outbuilding, shedWhen many people think of a detached garage, shed, or outbuilding they usually aren’t thinking that it can actually be a beautiful addition to their property. Granted, many people get their outbuildings built for purely utilitarian purposes, but that doesn’t mean they have to be ugly.

I especially like this one built by Harrell Remodeling, General Contractors of California:

http://www.houzz.com/photos/25678/Storage-Shed-craftsman-garage-and-shed-san-francisco

As you can see with the ones shown at the right or the one from our American colleagues, a well designed outbuilding can be aesthetically pleasing and blend seamlessly into the design of your landscape. It can also be a focal point like the outdoor bar area in the example on the left.

Your outbuilding can enhance your home’s utility and aesthetics

It can enhance your outdoor entertaining experience, can provide space for your favorite hobby, or can add much-needed storage, some place to clear away the clutter or store it for the winter. With just a cursory brainstorm, I came up with the following potential uses for an outbuilding on a residential property. (I.e., not a farm.)

  • pool house or cabana
  • garden shed
  • green house
  • potting shed
  • man cave
  • woman cave
  • bike repair room
  • woodworking shop
  • craft area
  • children’s play and activity area
  • children’s club house
  • painting studio
  • pottery studio
  • hideaway library and reading room
  • workshop
  • gym
  • outside bar

I’m sure you can think of a few more I haven’t thought of yet.

And, with a good designer and the construction materials available today, your outbuilding can be just about any style or material so it fits beautifully into your landscape while matching the architectural cues provided by your home and your community. Whatever you decide, it can look great and add valuable utility to your property. Please do note however, local by-laws may dictate what’s possible in your community.

That’s all for now. Until next time, we’ll keep Building It Right.™


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