Luck be a lady, you’ve got a backyard storage shed. The only problem? It’s not yet the fortress of solitude you’ve always wanted. However, you can turn your shed into a home away from home. All you have to do is curate a space ideal for your interests. Whether you’re looking for a crafting haven or reading nook to escape into, you have the power to curate a she-shed all your own.
Out with the Old
Do you really need to store your gardening essentials in the shed? How about all those old bags of fertilizer? There is probably even a lawn mower in there. Odds are, there’s ample room for your mower and other essentials in your garage or on your porch, protected with equipment covers.
It’s All About the Visual
Converting your shed starts with visualizing a concept. This is your safe space. Creatively, make the sky your limit. We can always pare your vision down when the research and development is done.
Think about what’s important to you. Paint a mental picture of what you want your she shed to encompass. These thoughts will inform your decision when it’s time to put ideas into action.
It’s crucial to start with the basics when it’s time to begin your renovation. Cutting window holes and putting windows in isn’t difficult at all. Youtube or other online tutorials can teach you how to best execute this shed revamp. Just make sure to cut the hole and put the window in before drywalling. Sheds come ready-equipped for drywall with their pre-existing framing. If it’s metal or wood, you’re good to good.
Next, appropriate insulation is crucial. Filling your walls with an essential barrier protects it and ensures the interior is acclimated for year-round protection. Once you properly insulate, you can complete your interior by adding drywall, mudding the cracks, and sanding it down.
Pick a color that is going to accentuate your vibe to the fullest. This is an important step in the process. Ask yourself what “vibe” you want from your she shed. And before we lose you with what you might think is a Gen-Z buzzword, our definition of “vibe” is best described as that feeling that strikes you the second you enter the room.
Painting like a pro ain’t easy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull it off without a hitch. Lining the walls with the embodiment of your vibe might not even necessarily be running to your local Sherman Williams. Wallpaper in recent years has made quite the comeback and could better serve the interior of your she-shed.
The outside can absolutely match the interior of your shed. You may even consider going inconspicuous and matching the shed to the aesthetic of your backyard. The exterior doesn’t necessarily need a touch of whimsy as much as needs the bearings to hold the personal touches of the inside.
Outdoor Protection Made Easy
If you want to take the outdoor embellishments of your she-shed one step further, you can add the furniture and outdoor lifestyle essentials of your choosing. You should; however, look to protect it against the seasons with durable, stylish custom covers.
Pro Tip: You may also add a firepit and cover to the mix – it’s your sanctuary. Make it as peaceful or as energetic as you please.
This is for those that’re in the mood for a throwback. The year is 1900. Sears has the market cornered on home building. How? With the brilliance of home cataloging. That same buying experience is still there for those without a shed at the ready.
The cost range can vary, but let’s say you can get started with a full-on kit for about three grand. This will allow you to pick the style you want and start planning on the indoor and outdoor furniture you’ll need.
Take that Kit to the Next Level
Design your own she-shed or, if you have the means to do so, have an architect design one. You can even go online and purchase plans that fit your specifications. Then, get yourself to the lumber yard. Odds are you might have to lay a concrete slab first (unless you have a pre-existing foundation to work from).
At minimum, you’ll most likely need to build some sort of low deck to assemble your she shed. No matter. You’re doing it yourself. Half the fun is learning all the tricks of the trade. (Or even calling a handyman to get the job done for you.)
Last but Not Least…
When the job’s done, you get to go all Magnolia Network on your she-shed and turn it into your own slice of heaven. One that you can proudly lounge about in and point to as the house (shed – but who’s going to quibble?) that YOU built.