A New Book Provides Ideas for a Backyard ‘Room of One’s Own’

At living room wall art ,the book explores different types of sheds, from repurposed outbuildings to tool shed kits-turned-potting sheds, and from semicustomized kit outdoor sheds to completely customized mini cottages. There are tips for choosing the right package,

questions to ask when choosing a designer, builder notes, advice and information on materials, and more.
Nevertheless , what’s even better is the wide variety of structures Kotite shares. Each one includes information about its owner and highlights choices she made in the look. Learning how each woman spends time in her shed is inspirational.

 

So is learning how and where a handful of them managed to score free windows.
Kotite did her own case study, joining a team of friends to help the girl sister-in-law construct a drop from a kit. Here are some tips and ideas she learned along the way.
This has been almost 2 yrs since our inaugural story on “she sheds” — backyard escapes women have created for themselves where they can work, make art, putter, daydream and whatever else they feel like doing. Author Erika Kotite has  a new book, She Sheds: A Room of Your Own (Cool Suspension systems Press, $25), that’s packed with practical information, tips, advice and dreamy inspiration for setting up one’s own special getaway right at home.
structure for climbing plants.

She Sheds Book
Photo by Judy Weiss
Make sure potting and work surfaces are durable. “Weiss used two coats of durable wood floor paint on her workbenches to help them withstand the heavy use of a potting shed, ” Kotite writes. The shelves and counters are manufactured from free

salvaged wood the couple found.
Because of the high sloped ceiling, windows and white walls, the shed is a great place for an art and craft studio. Because the French doors are both operable, there’s even enough room to pull in furniture for restoration projects.
Appearance to greenhouse roofs. The semitransparent polycarbonate panels on artist Jenny Karp’s drop roof let in lots of natural light. Since impressive a she shed is not a choice for all (read more about this problem in the book), this is

a great way to take just as much advantage of the sun as possible.

Karp’s living room wall art  serves as a studio for her to shoot tutorial videos and create her mixed-media artwork. As with many of the other sheds, the pieces she needed emerged to her. When the lady put out the phrase that she needed home windows and doors to meet

her budget, one buddy gave her some 50-year-old windows that she experienced sitting around her barn, another gave her the French doors, and Karp was able to use wood from a demolished pergola in her yard as lumber.