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This Trending Now story features the most-saved shed photos uploaded to Houzz in 2020.

Many people who found themselves at home more in 2020 looked for more living space to accommodate activities that previously took place outside of the home. And many discovered that a standalone structure offers a relatively simple solution to support work, exercise, school, art, play or rejuvenation. Here, a countdown of the 10 most popular “shed” photos of 2020 shows various ways designers can create highly functional backyard studios, offices and other outbuildings.

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10. Coastal Beach Vibes

Nestled in a canyon in Santa Monica, California, this inviting design mixes coastal beach house style with a warm, eclectic interior. Inside, details include wood beams and boards on the ceiling, skylights and lots of windows.

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9. Modern Farmhouse Style

This Seattle outbuilding’s simple utilitarian shape and standing-seam metal roof nod to farmhouse style, while its dark siding, large sliding doors and unadorned exterior mix in modern elements. The interior includes a bathroom, allowing the space to double as a guest house.

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8. A Light-Filled Office Space

This Long Beach, California, shed provides a light, bright and quiet workspace for the homeowners. Designed and crafted by Studio Shed, the structure’s wall of glass makes the interior office space feel larger. The homeowners can create a comfortable environment by either using the mini-split system or opening the doors to let in fresh air.

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7. Cozy Workspace Charm

Garages built during a certain era are often too small for today’s cars. Typically, these structures end up serving as sheds for bikes and landscaping equipment. Drywall, flooring and beautiful new French doors helped update this tiny garage in Portland, Oregon, into an inviting workspace. A beautiful paint job by Mr. Painter PDX completed the transformation.

Magleby Construction

6. Storage Space Inspired by the Rocky Mountains

This storage shed near Salt Lake City is a perfect match for the rugged mountain landscape surrounding it. The pros at Magleby Construction used a stone facade and beautiful barn doors to create an attractive architectural feature in the yard.

Wilkinson Cox Limited

5. Garden Greenhouse Bliss

While technically a greenhouse might fall outside the definition of “shed,” this design by Wilkinson Cox Limited is too dreamy to exclude from this list. Besides, surrounded by beautiful gardens in Sussex, England, the structure serves as a relaxing retreat away from the pressures of daily life.


4. Hardworking Storage Space

Sometimes the thought of walking into a dark shed can be scary. That’s not the case with this Indianapolis storage shed by Keter. Double doors and clerestory windows fill the structure with light, while handy shelves and durable siding maximize practicality.

Into the Garden Room

3. Snooker in the Garden

This contemporary outbuilding in Surrey, England, is a recreational space. Into the Garden Room outfitted it with accordion doors that provide a snooker-in-the-garden experience. The interior also includes a bar and a large television.


2. Shabby Chic Appeal

This compact shed in Britain can be used as a private getaway or serve as extra seating on the deck. A cushioned daybed and lots of throw pillows make it an enticing space for a nap.

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1. A Tucked-Away Studio

This detached studio space feels far away from the clamor of nearby London. The placement of the accordion doors provides lovely views of a shade garden. And the black siding makes the structure almost disappear when viewed from the house.

This post was written by Becky Harris over on Houzx here.
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December 9, 2020 |

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