6 Cozy Outdoor Retreats to Inspire Your Next Project

By Lauren Dunec Hoang, Houzz

You may be inspired to find another home for your garden tools after taking a look at these sheds and studios turned into snug backyard retreats. Warm wood, soft lighting, layered quilts and other cozy details set these outbuildings apart from the pack. From a shepherd’s hut kitted out as a guest cottage to a garden shed hiding a hot tub, these retreats may sweep you away and provide inspiration for next year’s project.

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Modern-Shed, original photo on Houzz

1. Craft studio with a porch. Tucked behind a house on Vashon Island, Washington, this mini prefab studio provides extra space where the homeowners can work on arts and crafts projects. The sloped tongue-and-groove pine roof extends generously over the studio’s entryway deck, protecting the doorway from the elements and adding a nice architectural touch.

Turning an existing shed into a studio? Adding a porch, lofting the ceiling or widening windows can make a small structure feel more spacious. Soft elements like an entryway mat, cushy furniture and rugs to cover floorboards can help the space feel inviting.