78 Shed & Studio Living Space Design Photos And Ideas

Five windows fill the playful loft space with natural light.
Marco V. Morelli says his Studio Shed is the perfect refuge. “It’s changed my life for the better,” he says. “I’ve gotten so much more work done, and I think my marital relations are much better because I have a place of my own.”
The walls of the cinema room/guest bedroom are covered with Seasons Autumn Cloud Forest. Because it’s a cinema room, Zeng and her husband knew they wanted a dark colored wallpaper to help minimize the light reflection from the projector. "We immediately thought of our Cloud Forest design. Full of drama, the surreal composition of plants floating between the clouds seemed like the perfect fit for a cinema room," she says.
The structure is comprised of sheets of glass, a steel armature, and a wood shed that hugs the rear facade
The Shudio and patio with privacy trellis.
The Backyard Lounge and Office is 330 square feet and features windows on all sides.
Working with his colleagues at Austin Maynard Architects, architect Andrew Maynard added a 184-square-foot, sun-saturated greenhouse extension to his existing 364-square-foot home, and the new space serves as an office for him and his team.
Designed by Stockholm firm Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter, this prefab artist studio called Ateljé 25 is shaped like a Monopoly house, serves as an artist’s studio and has simple plywood interiors and massive skylights.
Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on a prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.
A dual work-live studio in Rhode Island.
The studio is also complete with a kitchen and a sleeping loft so that it can serve as self-sufficient guest quarters.
A workspace in the studio.
A smaller, rectangular building between the two blocks that's equipped for surfing-related activities.
The bunkhouse annex contains a workshop, kitchen and wine cellar.
Close up of the interlocking broom heads
Broom heads were locally sourced for the project
The micro-office was built to replace a former garden shed
The hidden entrance slides open.
The office is a 13-foot walk away from the home office
The communal reception building.
In Seattle, an artist sought an affordable option for her own studio and looked to Modern Shed, a company that provides solutions for storage and limited living spaces like studios and office sheds. Metal panels in gray and red clad the exterior, and natural light pours in through glazed double doors and clerestory windows.
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The interior of the she shed by Modern Shed features wood paneling and exposed beams. The prefabricated shed meant that it was ready to be used within a few days of its arrival on site.
When a homeowner needed extra space for her growing business, she also looked no further than Modern Shed for her minimalist she shed, with a sloped roof, clerestory windows, and personalized window and door locations. A color scheme that worked with the colors of her historic home also on the property gave it its finishing touches.
This 340 sf Maryland ADU replaced an existing one-car garage.
This 460 square foot addition to a Cape Cod home houses adds much needed space for additional family members.
This modern ADU sits in the corner of the backyard, the exterior paint colors reflect the palette of the main home and creates uniformity.
By removing internal walls, the couple transformed an additional unit, marketed by Blu Homes as a guest suite or studio, into a gym and home office. “We really liked the idea of the overall design of the model and the ability to tweak it a bit,” says David.
The ceramics studio was formerly a pergola wrapped in chicken wire, used as a dog kennel by the previous owner. Inside the new structure, a vintage Danish chair, found on eBay, provides a modern perch. The windows’ deep mullions double as display shelves.
A guest bedroom, with furniture from Room & Board, overlooks the bridge above the dining courtyard. The home’s landscape architecture is by Ventura, California–based Jack Kiesel. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
Architect William Carpenter, glimpsed in his second-floor design studio, built Lightroom 2.0 to sit unobtrusively among its 1920s neighbors in Decatur.
Fein designed and built a 120-square-foot structure on his Kansas property to serve as a studio space for him and one other employee when the firm was starting out.
Here Tim tinkers with works-in-progress in his studio space, situated across the courtyard from Nathalie’s.
“For me, an idea can come from anywhere,” says Tim, an artist who has an interest in product design, and often incorporates found items into his work. “I really enjoy the challenge of finding an object and responding to it.”
Chairs made from the seats of a Ferrari BB 512 face the tower’s large window, which overlooks the sea
The studio fireplace is a custom design by OOPEAA, and one of the elements that will allow the house to go off the grid.
Elina works beneath a series of skylights and LED spots from Zumtobel in her studio.  <span style=
A custom ladder made of bent steel with oak treads leads to the sleeping loft, while a white oak panel swings opens to reveal an inset window. Longtime collaborator Jeffrey Kramer crafted the home’s wood elements.
Cooper, 11,  paddleboards toward an outbuilding that contains a sauna.
Outfitted with Woolrich linens and pillows designed by Jim’s wife, Beth Wheeler,  the bed is wall-mounted with a hinge from McMaster Carr, so it can be folded up when not in use.
Opposite Jim’s workstation, the modest interior accommodates a single bunk—Hannah’s preferred reading perch.
While the space is heavily insulated, with strong solar gain, a cast-iron stove from Salamander Stoves provides extra warmth on cool days.
Screens can be used to alter the amount of daylight that streams into the studio.
Stefanie designed the hut. It was constructed by landscaper Ronald Gramajo, who also did the plantings and irrigation on the property.

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When San Francisco-based architect Beverly Choe took on the project of re-envisioning an old garage (once used as a carriage house that had become a dark and empty space), she sought to create an open and meditative backyard studio where a family can easily retreat to work, relax, and create—with a goal of making it a
Kahn's painting studio is attached to the original garage.

If you have ever considered building a modern shed or studio in the backyard, you'll appreciate the projects below, which prove that small spaces can deliver a big impact. Transform this often dormant space into a family room, hobby studio, or meditation room. Give the humble backyard shed a chance to shine—forge an opportunity for better living or enhanced storage.