Photo Gallery: Smart Looking Sheds
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Homeowners Mike and Sandra Lawrence bought this sprawling Hudson, Quebec property back in 1973, and have been grooming the grounds ever since. The main house, built in 1840, features the same wood shingles that age beautifully over time. Instead of painting the shed white to match the house, they opted for a warm taupe that wouldn’t stand out too much on the seven-and-a-half acre property.
H&H editor-in-chief Suzanne Dimma and her husband, 3rd Uncle principal Arriz Hassam, designed this cottage from the ground up, and wanted a cottage that would blend in with its natural surroundings. They removed the fewest number of trees to build, never even considering razing the site. To the left, a box-like structure is actually a concealed tool shed and workspace, and elevates the home 24 feet into the views of the lake.
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This cute shed on Claire and Bernard Rouleau’s Ayer’s Cliff property resembles a dollhouse, except instead of dolls, squirrels and birds can feel right at home. The unsealed wood siding takes on a worn, rustic look over time and camouflages the structure into its woodsy surroundings.
Toronto designer Sharon Mimran wanted her yard to be reimagined as a crisp and traditional courtyard. Playing with scale, a Chippendale-style gate and lattice fence lead the view into the private yard. Glimpsed from the street, the 7′ by 7′ storage shed resembles the Victorian style of the main house. The circular mirror and mansard roof is a favourite combination of Mimran’s.
See the dining patio and fireplace in this backyard.
If space permits, a new shed like this one stores everything you need and can be designed to work with the main home’s style and colour palette. West coast landscape architect Ron Rule made this sage stucco shed the focal point of this lush yard. Inside, exposed beams, a Pennsylvania bluestone floor and a slate mosaic backsplash lend a rustic vibe. Plants take in the sun on a slatted work bench by the windows.
See the fireplace seating area in this backyard.
Maximize space in a small backyard by designing a simple structure the width of the yard to store away patio furniture in the winter and gardening necessities in the summer. Build in a fireplace for cosy entertaining. A green roof on top adds privacy and blends in with tree foliage at the same height.
A mere 90 minute drive north of Montreal, Jimmy Alexander’s sprawling four-acre property boasts a Cape Cod-style family home, pool, playground and island of bright peonies. On the right, cheerful white Japanese lilac clusters detract from the shed beyond.
The homeowner stapled inexpensive textured rattan mats to the walls to mimic grasscloth wallpaper and brought in two twin beds with mosquito nets for romantic charm. Windowboxes, a cheerful yellow striped rug and side tables next to each chair create a charming entrance.
This sleek pergola outfitted with a dining area, barbecue and pool equipment shed works overtime in this large backyard. Wooden slats overhead filter through a perfect balance of shade and sun and tie all three areas together.
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Play up the charm of a little white shed by adorning the railing with ornaments and door with a wreath or two. Playful faux-rosehip-and-evergreen balls look dashing in the winter wonderland and will hold up all season. Tie them with ribbon and hang them between every other rung, fastening them with clear fishing line or ribbon.
See the rest of this home’s outdoor decorations.
Landscape architect Ron Holbrook wanted classic architectural details to define this Toronto yard. Two pavilions draw the eye outward from the house and fit in with the symmetrical design the two large oak trees inspired. One shed even houses a kitchen and bathroom for easy entertaining outdoors.
See more of Ron Holbrook’s Landscape Designs in our photo gallery.