She Shed Ideas: Women’s Answer To The Man Cave via Our Homes Magazine
You may or may not have heard of she sheds, the grown-up Wendy houses that have been garnering internet attention lately. If you weren’t a Peter Pan fan, a Wendy house is a small playhouse built for children inspired by J.M. Barrie’s famous play. She sheds are essentially the same, but for the adult woman who fondly reminisces on the imaginative escapism of her childhood. Or rather, for the adult woman who just needs a break for the chaos and go-go-go of modern life.
The woman’s answer to the man cave is a potting shed transformed into a garden haven. Though we love the idea of giving women a designated oasis in (or out of) the home, where she can escape for quiet solitude to contemplate life, write, read, paint or work on various hobbies, we don’t think women want to cuddle up with a book among soil-caked clay pots and long-legged spiders. Rustic might be in right now, but today’s “rustic” is a high-design take on real rustic. Don’t get confused and spend your evenings sitting in a light layer of soil while your husband lounges on quality leather.
The man cave has become a zone of male luxury, complete with the plushest Lazy Boys, neon lights, pool tables, custom bars and bottles of Scotch that could empty your bank account. Why exactly are women caves relegated to the likes of DIY redecorated garden sheds when men are putting home theatres in their basement and calling it a day? At OUR HOMES we say enough is enough, it’s time women enjoyed a little private luxury too. If you’re thinking about getting yourself a she shed this summer, go for luxe, whether that means decorating your garden shed to the nines or opting for a brand new prefab or custom-built structure instead.
We’ve done the legwork and have compiled a series of inspirational she shed ideas and contemporary shed designs to get you started. Check out these garden studio spaces for inspiration; they will make your femme pals jealous of your she “shed” and your husband do a double-take.
Gardenista have reposted this Beautiful Backyard Room that we did in conjunction with Daniel Tyrrell Landscapes at the MIFGS.
These instant Backyard Rooms—well, practically instant—create extra living or studio space, and they’re small enough that no building permit is required. All you do is pick a size, configure, and place the order. Six weeks later: Your room has arrived.
Office Pod Inspiration | Habitable Polyhedron a small geometric pod by Manuel Villa
We really love this design by Colombian architects Manuel Villa and Alberto González Sepúlveda, the structure consists of a wood frame configured into what the pair describe as a “truncated cubic-octahedron”–a series of octagonal panels connected by squares and aggregated in a sphere-like volume. The structure is wrapped in a layer of shingles stained black which lends it the appearance of a large dark orb. The glass facade breaks with the geometric pattern to open up the shrouded interior to the sunlight and landscape of suburban splendor (“sculpted” trees, manicured lawn, pebble “terrain”) that lies beyond.
Thank you Gardenista for Reposting our Backyard Room article as Outbuilding of the week! http://www.gardenista.com/posts/an-instant-backyard-room-for-summer-guests
Designed by Australia’s ArchiBlox, these instant Backyard Rooms—well, practically instant—create extra living or studio space; no building permit required. All you do is pick a size, configure, and place the order. Six weeks later: Your studio has arrived.
bove: Available in several sizes and configurations (including a two-story studio layout), the Backyard Room can be customized with various windows and doors. Prices range from $15,840 AU to more than $150,000 AU.
Above: ArchiBlox specializes in prefabricated design. The team’s modular workspaces have built-in bathrooms, kitchens, desk areas, and bookshelves
N.B.: This is an update of a post published on June 21, 2013.