13 Inspiring Ideas for Backyard Sheds

Whether you love an inspiring backyard retreat or just need a spot to stow a hoe, these great outdoor sheds have some ideas for you!

As we reach the height of summer gardening season, you may be craving a better space for your tools and pots than that cluttered corner in the garage. Or perhaps you are at that point where your existing shed is a mess that seems beyond hope. Whether you’re sketching out plans or dreading cleaning up, I have plenty of beautiful examples that show off some great ideas to help you get moving. Here are enviable garden sheds where I’d be happy to ruin a manicure.
traditional garage and shed by CHEATHAM FLETCHER SCOTT ARCHITECTS

1. Make your potting shed a garden folly. This stunning potting shed in Augusta, Georgia, adds elegance to the property with its formal style, weathered brick and custom windows. Its siting at the edge of the oval garden beyond thequatrefoil fountain recalls the way European landscapes have follies throughout.

Custom cabinets, a gravel floor and a workstation that includes a sink make it a dreamy retreat for a gardener.

traditional exterior by Historical Concepts

2. Choose rustic materials that aren’t too precious. This beautiful carriage house is new but was designed to look like a barn that might have served the Lowcountry property in another era. It serves many purposes, including holding cars, but my favorite is the beautiful potting shed.

Bin pulls, wood countertops and a brick floor give it charming antique style. It not only has room for preparing plants for the garden, but also has a sink so that the owners can prepare floral arrangements.

eclectic garage and shed by Tess Fine

3. Add comfortable furniture. Over at Shy Rabbit Farm in New Hampshire, the new potting shed serves not only as a spot for tending to the herb garden, but also as a relaxing retreat for the homeowners.
eclectic garage and shed by Tess Fine

A comfy chair provides a cozy spot for reading books and gardening magazines.

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traditional landscape by Fairfield House & Garden Co

4. For a new shed, choose materials that work with your landscape. At Langhorne Lodge in New York, a charming stone potting shed plays off the property’s beautiful stone walls. The adjacent Adirondack-style chicken coop suits the woodsy property to a T.
traditional garage and shed by Fairfield House & Garden Co

contemporary landscape by Princeton Design Collaborative

5. Make it modern. In this New Jersey backyard, a modern shed crafted ofcedar siding, metal and copper plumbing piecescoordinates with the adjacent modern arbor.

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traditional patio by Groundswell Design Group, LLC

6. Create connections between the shed and the main house. In Princeton, New Jersey, the landscape architects at Groundswell Design Group were tasked with creating a landscape that connected the historic main house to the 1800s potting shed. They crafted an arbor from vintage streetlamp posts, created a bluestone patio and added blue Amish-crafted doors to give the potting shed the presence it deserved.

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traditional patio by Groundswell Design Group, LLC

traditional porch by Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects

7. Artfully arrange tools, ladders and other items. On this estate in the Berkshires, antique ladders, tools and carts add to the ambience. Neat shelves full of terra-cotta pots lend an organized look.
traditional porch by Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects

8. Borrow space from the house or garage. The door on the right gives easy access to a garden shed here. The interior has an ingenious organizing system.
9. Give yourself a tool silhouette guide. The tools on the right are easy to fit into their proper spots with the clever matching silhouettes.
How smart is that?
traditional garage and shed by Avant Garden

10. Try a kit shed. In this artist’s garden, mini trellises, a sculpture and a door with a window add character to a simple kit.

The shed is perched between a dog run and an arbor in this terraced garden.

Check out more prefab sheds

traditional landscape by Avant Garden

traditional porch by Conservatory Craftsmen

11. Make it a greenhouse too. This beautiful conservatory works hard as a greenhouse, potting shed and sanctuary with a backyard view.
traditional porch by Conservatory Craftsmen

The greenhouse is decorated much like an outdoor room, mixed with interior accents, like the chandelier.
Salvage: container barn
12. Consider cargotecture. Can you believe that this shipping container was transformed into a charming outbuilding? While the clever homeowners use it as a hay barn, it could easily be made into a potting shed.

Learn more about this amazing transformation

Reclaim It: Shipping Container Transforms into Hay Barn

eclectic garage and shed by Norris Architecture

13. Look to rural buildings for wall inspiration. Reclaimed wood, unfinished walls, beadboard and board and batten siding are all wall treatments that lend the right look to potting sheds.

This was one of the most popular outbuilding photos on Houzz in 2012, so it must have just about everything right. The utilitarian sinks, barn lights, farm worktable and reclaimed wood-clad walls ooze charm.

Source: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5685951/list/13-Inspiring-Ideas-for-Backyard-Sheds

By: Becky Harris

Orson B.Klender,  Associate Broker

Keller Williams Realty Saratoga Springs
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