Garden Sheds in the Landscape

A garden shed offers welcome workspace as well as decoration in the landscape.

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    Little Big House in the Woods

    An expansive shed feels right at home in this woodland setting.

    • Lights are an amenity for a garden shed. It's easy enough to add them to an existing shed, but integrating lights into the structure enhances the architecture of the building.
    • Short benches are incorporated into the design of the building for a restful spot.
    • One easy way to transition from yard to shed area is to change the paving material. Here, paving stones change to a concrete path.
    • Tucked along one side, a small walkway and railing lead around one side of the shed.
    • Dramatic building materials, including logs repurposed as beams, reinforce the cabinlike design.
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    Put Found Items to Work

    Reused architectural details add character to a small shed.

    • Vintage elements can easily find a home in a shed, such as this repurposed door and cornice piece.
    • Large windows eliminate the need for electrical wiring and artificial lighting inside the structure.
    • If its footprint is small enough and the site is suitable, nestle a garden shed unobtrusively into the garden.
    • Symmetry works well in traditional gardens and sheds. Here, a simple square forms the foundation for this classic design.
    • Rely on containers, planted with vertical growers, to add interest to tall stretches of exterior wall.
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    Just-Right Shed

    Small details equal good design in this garden shed.

    • Air circulation inside a garden shed creates a pleasant place to work; this one vents through a cupola at the top.
    • Choose a paving material, such as gravel, in front of a shed that will help clean shoes and keep soil from tracking into the structure.
    • A pretty window box adds a few lovely blooms to the shed's facade.
    • Save big costs with small decisions, such as using a fixed or repurposed window.
    • An overall garden design should include shed placement from the beginning. Think carefully about how to maximize its use -- in a centralized spot steps away from flowerbeds, for example, or at the back edge of a space with paths for easy access.
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    Shape Conquers Site

    An unexpected layout equals garden shed success.

    • Not all of a garden shed needs to be enclosed; this one includes a small open-air section, covered by a roof, with a countertop and storage space.
    • If some of a shed is exposed, a small, enclosed section keeps tools and garden implements safe.
    • To include a garden shed in a challenging site, consider a nontraditional layout, such as this L-shape design.
    • Garden sheds should be built on a concrete pad or footings to eliminate the chance of rot at the base.
    • If a garden shed is sited far from a water source, consider carrying plumbing lines to the structure.
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    Graceful in the Garden

    An old-school garden shed gets a dose of updated country style.

    • The inside of shed doors can be a good spot to tuck extra storage -- here, a basket on one side and a few hooks on the other keep tools handy
    • Inside the shed, simple wood framing and salvaged windows equal a low-cost, repurposed cabinet.
    • Above the doors, a narrow transom window allows light in -- even on rainy days when the doors might be closed.
    • Exterior ornamentation -- here, decorative hooks next to the window -- add detail to a garden shed.
    • Paint adds a subtle but charming accent to the roofline, window frame, and window box.
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    Understated and Elegant

    Deft details make a graceful garden shed design.

    • The style of a garden shed should be consistent with the style of a garden, as with the coherent and classic lines of this traditional structure.
    • A subtle shift in grade, from ground level to a step on a brick platform, offers transition and protection to the shed.
    • If a garden shed is nestled within the borders of a planted area, plenty of windows and a large door ensure a nice view.
    • A pretty roof cap piece tops off the swooping roofline.
    • Repeated landscape elements -- here, a trellis on the side of the shed -- supply visual consistency.
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    Easy on the Eye

    Inexpensive details add tons of personality to a garden shed.

    • Prefab structures offer plenty of advantages for a garden shed: They're inexpensive, easy to assemble, and provide tons of storage space.
    • Skip pavers in place of a simple concrete foundation slab to keep your garden shed budget contained.
    • An off-the-shelf pegboard supplies a storage-savvy solution to stashing garden tools.
    • A tall shelf stores garden pots and keeps wall space free for shovels and rakes.
    • A few extras -- notched-out wooden boxes, flower buckets -- provide clever spots to tuck smaller tools and supplies.
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    Not Your Mother's Garden Shed

    Good bones dress up an outdoor structure.

    • A two-part Dutch door, typically seen on children's playhouses -- offers air circulation to this mostly enclosed garden shed.
    • Use materials and detailing to reinforce a shed's design. Here, wood and a repeating trim pattern provide classic good looks.
    • The stone of the lower walls blends well with materials in the garden, including large boulders used as edging in the flowerbeds.
    • Gently curving balustrades support the elegant roofline.
    • If wiring for electricity is too big an expense, consider solar lights.
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    Windows to the World

    A just-right shed works hard in the garden.

    • Plentiful garden beds surround the shed, helping it to fit well into the landscape.
    • If space allows, include a variety of storage inside a shed -- shelves and hooks, for example, and counter space for potting plants.
    • Details, such as an address plaque and weather vane for the shed, add easy charm.
    • If a garden shed's function is not primarily for work, consider amenities (wiring for electricity, insulation) to increase its usability.
    • A cupola offers roofline ventilation.
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    Smart Style Shed

    A small building offers storage and relaxing spots, too.

    • Double doors, which slide unobtrusively out of the way, save space inside the shed.
    • While most garden sheds spend plenty of time at work, some can be used for play, too. This one has room enough for a table inside and on a paved spot outside the doors.
    • Shutters can be operable (shielding windows) or decorative, as with these wood versions.
    • A longer roof overhang shields windows, particularly if they are not screened.
    • A pretty paint palette accents the bright color scheme of the garden.
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