On Easter Sunday I talked to my daughter who lives in the west end of Toronto near High Park. She was enjoying a beautiful day in her garden where tulips were up about 4 inches and hydrangeas showing buds. She had just hung a blown-glass hummingbird feeder, purchased for (we agreed amazing) $5. And she was singing the praises of her shed.
Built last year and tucked into the farthest corner of the garden, it now contains all the tools and pots for gardening. Bonus is the space freed up in the basement of a tiny house.
It’s not too soon to start thinking about the benefits of a wee perfect outbuilding for your backyard and I stumbled upon a recent title that is sure to inspire. The Versatile Shed: how to build, renovate and customize your bonus space, by Chris Gleason, shows how to plan and build a shed from the ground up. He also demonstrates the adaptability of the concept to meet many needs.
- A simple shed built out of chip board with plywood siding and covered with a corrugated tin roof houses the equipment of an ardent mountain biker and skier.
- A small batten-board structure complete with French doors on one end and deck and trellis on the side has been turned into a writer’s retreat.
- A shed with wood-shake roof, stained glass windows and purple trim is used as a recording studio.
- A deluxe gardener’s shed features a greenhouse attachment and is lit by transom windows. The owner has added a sink to facilitate wine making.
So many possibilities, so many cool designs.