42 Shed & Studio Living Space Room Type Design Photos And Ideas

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.
Here Tim tinkers with works-in-progress in his studio space, situated across the courtyard from Nathalie’s.
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.
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 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.
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.
Cooper, 11,  paddleboards toward an outbuilding that contains a sauna.
Screens can be used to alter the amount of daylight that streams into the studio.
Kahn's painting studio is attached to the original garage.
An Ecospace with a dual-pitched roof, this gym in England’s Peak District has a sloping roof, skylights that brighten and ventilate the space and a mezzanine loft-style living space.
This Seattle studio shed that is sited on a plant-filled backyard is used by it’s owners as a place to engage in their diverse passions – painting, sculpture, and gardening and collecting vintage furniture.
Interior of Midden Studio in Scotland.
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.
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.
The Backyard Lounge and Office is 330 square feet and features windows on all sides.
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Podere 43 allows for an endless array of leisure activities like ping-pong.
Sea caves on the property forced the architects to split some of the living space into a 483-square-foot guesthouse.
The Shudio and patio with privacy trellis.
A Norwegian boathouse. Photo Courtesy of Pasi Aalto / TASCHEN #cabin #boathouse
The rusting steel is an important part of the house’s patina, Campbell says. “We appreciate materials in the raw,” he adds. “The tables aren’t stained; the steel isn’t painted. The materials are what they are.”
The Weber residence sits comfortably in the rich, green Wisconsin valley.
An orange lantern lights the way to an angular gray structure.
Before building on the North Island of New Zealand, two friends spent years replanting the site. The 290-square-foot structures Cheshire Architects designed for them reject the local trend of oversize beach houses—instead, they sit on the landscape like a pair of minimalist sculptures.
Constructed on land he had owned for years, this tiny cabin is also totally green.
Exterior of the backyard studio Riley McFerrin of Hinterland Design built for his client, a children's book illustrator.
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 structure is comprised of sheets of glass, a steel armature, and a wood shed that hugs the rear facade
The rustic look of surfwear entrepreneur Jim Austin’s home both stands out and also conforms with its rough-and-tumble surroundings in Pioneertown, California.
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.

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.

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