Residential Liveable Sheds: What Type of Shed Home Can You Build?

Gone are the days when garden sheds were plain old storage spaces. These days, modern homeowners are busy utilising these spaces for recreational and business activities. Residential liveable sheds have become the talk of the neighbourhood. They are easy to set up and fun to use. All these shed conversions require are DIY kits with […]

How to make a goat barn from pallets!

In need of an animal shelter or storage in your yard? If you want to keep it simple, why not make one with old pallets? Pallets are strong and, if you know where to look, plentiful. They also make great sheds, shelters, and barns! They will last for years as long as you keep them off […]

How To Build A DIY Pallet Shed

How To Build A DIY Pallet Shed- Completed building

When you think of pallet projects, do you think in terms of “rough and ready”? Well, it certainly doesn’t look like it, but this shed is made from repurposed pallets to in order to keep costs to a minimum! What’s great about using pallets in building a shed is that you don’t have to dismantle them. […]

DIY Tiny Cottage

DIY Tiny Cottage - Wall lying

Reading room? Home office? Playroom for the kids? Artists’ retreat? Sewing room? There are lots of ways to use this tiny cottage. Who doesn’t want to have his own private space and  be away from the madding crowd once in a while? Well, if you work at home, love reading or into crafts, this tiny cottage […]

Turn a Carport Into a Barn

DIY Carport Barn

Carports are great for keeping your car protected from the worst of the weather. But there are other ways of using a carport, and for this, a conversion is required. You can purchase an off-the-shelf carport. After assembling it, you can then clad it with timber and add a barn door, and you have yourself an […]

ProtoHaus

ProtoHaus

Isn’t this tiny home on wheels interesting? Protohaus was built achieving functionality, sustainability and beauty. This home, with an exterior dimension of 22’x8’6″, was built on a trailer bed which can carry around 14,000 pounds allowing its owners to transport the entire house from one place to another. Now that’s a tiny house and a vacation home/cabin! The […]

DIY Four-Door Shed

This little shed is a great way to protect your garden tools and recycle some old doors that would otherwise become landfills. You could even store the kids’ outdoor toys in it. It was made with four doors as the sides. Isn’t it a clever idea? Perfect if you have a small yard and have only a few […]

The Floating Egg

The Exbury Egg

River Beaulieu  Hampshire, UK – Stephen Turner, Perring Architecture & Design and SPUD Design Studio Built area:     6 x 2.8 m2  (20 x 10 ft) Project Year:     2013 Photography:     Nigel Rigden Artist, Stephen Turner, didn’t just want to paint wildlife as an observer, he wanted to be a participant. To achieve […]

The Many Faces of a Polyhedron

Habitable Polyhedron - Bogota, Colombia

Habitable Polyhedron Bogota Columbia – Manuel Villa Built Area:     7.5 m2 (81 sq. ft.) Year Built:     2009 Photography:  Sergio Gómez Originally designed for the backyard of a couple with a young child who wanted a “shelter” while enjoying the outdoors, the Habitable Polyhedron obviously has many possible uses.  Guest accommodation, a home office or a […]

The Hackney Shed

A simple, elegant workspace

Garden Studio Hackney, London – Office Sian Studio Year Built:  2010 Awards:  Architect’s Journal Small Projects Shortlist 2011 NLA Best Domestic/Office Refurbishment Projects Shortlist 2010 It’s simple and it’s relatively inexpensive with a rapid payback period when compared to paying a commercial rental. And, of course, it’s a short walk to work! Situated in a domestic […]

A New Australia House

A typical local roof structure

Niigata Prefecture Honshu Japan  –  Andrew Burns Architect Year built:     2012 Built Area:     120.0 sqm Photography:     Brett Boardman Niigata sits on the edge of the Sea of Japan on the main island of Honshu, some 100 kilometres west of Fukushima. The project was born following the collapse of the original 100 year old Japanese farmhouse […]

Not Just a Shed…

Shed!  A classic case of different strokes for different folks!  To some of us, a shed is just somewhere to stash the lawnmower and all the ‘junk’ you’ve finished using but ‘just can’t throw out. To others, it’s a potting shed, sewing or craft room, a bar, a mechanic’s workshop, or the woodshop – or any of […]

Tea House in a Garden

Prague Czech Republic – A1 Architects Built:    2008 Area:     7 m2  (75 sq ft) This firm of architects has a definite penchant and finesse in designing and building teahouses.  They have taken the essence of the classical Japanese concept to Europe. We’ll let the owner do the talking: The Garden At the foot of […]

Hat Tea House

The Hat Tea House - A1 Architects

Ostrava Czech Republic – A1 Architects Does it seem a little incongruous to find a classical Japanese tea house in suburban Ostrava, Czech Republic?  Initially, probably, but why shouldn’t a Czech – or Briton, Canadian or New Zealander, seek the same sense of calm that the Japanese have found for centuries in their back yard tea houses? […]

Shoffice – Shed and Office Concept

Shoffice - Platform 5 Architects

London, UK – Platform 5 Architects What do you do when you have limited space but need to work from home and you still need to have a storage shed.  This Platform 5 client specified a ‘shoffice’.  The result is, in our opinion, a very attractive, equally functional workspace.  Here are the architect’s notes: “Shoffice (shed + […]

Frick Studio and Residence

Frick Studio and Residence

Austin Texas USA – KRDB Architects We are absolutely comfortable in stating that the future of work is at home, not a central office. Current communication standards already allow millions of people across the globe to avoid the daily commute, simply by ‘logging in’.  Here at OBN, our two closest co-workers are some 300 kilometres apart. […]

Tetra-Shed

Tetra-Shed UK

Tetra-Shed – Tetra-Shed UK Designed by award winning architecture practice Innovation Imperative, tetra shed® is a new modular building system which, as a single module, has been designed to be a modern garden office.  A double module layout has also been designed to create a larger office for larger gardens.   Clusters of up to six modules have primarily […]

The Kernan Teahouse

The Darling Teahouse - Stoney Creek, Connecticut

Stoney Creek, CT  USA  –  Naomi Darling Architecture Photography by Sean Kernan This stunning, minimalist teahouse is in Stoney Creek, Connecticut.  Designed by architect Naomi Darling, it features local and recycled materials to achieve a simple elegance. The stone came from a local quarry, while bamboo was harvested on-site.  The roof is made of recycled metal. “Tea, […]

A Log Cabin on Wheels…

A Mobile Log Cabin

Hans Liberg Music Studio Holland – 2010   Photography by Thomas Mayer Don’t like the view?  Move… this amazing log studio is on wheels!  Further proof of the beauty of small buildings.  Designed by Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek, this music room/studio is built on a wheeled chassis for easy transportation.  Look closely and you’ll notice […]