Are you simultaneously working from home, overseeing online learning for your kids, keeping up the house, and… trying not to lose your mind? If so, I think that an escape is very much in order.
Since a tropical vacation is likely out of the question right now, I have another destination in mind that’s just a little closer to home. A she shed offers the perfect place to retreat when the conflicting demands of today’s new normal all become a little too much.
She sheds come in many configurations, sizes and levels of “grandeur.” And frankly, some she shed inspiration I’ve found on Pinterest are nicer than my actual house!
The antidote to the traditional “man cave,” a she shed can be used as a home office, a crafting or artistic space, a unique spot to entertain the girls, a yoga studio, or just a place to read and dream in peaceful (and much-needed!) solitude.
Wondering how to get started? If you already have a garden shed or other small structure in your yard, you are way ahead of the game. If not, sheds can be purchased online, delivered and installed easily. They start at about $2000 and go up from there. But, if you’re handy, a DIY wooden structure from The Home Depot can be had for as little as $917!
Note: Pay special attention to a shed’s windows and/or skylights. Many sheds have no windows at all, which necessitates leaving the doors open when in use for natural light. Windows or skylights can be installed in existing structures, of course. But, when purchasing new, it’s worth the extra expense to have adequate windows already in place. Or, replace solid doors with French doors, to allow maximum natural light.
Next, you need to tend to practical matters such as insulation (depending on your climate), running electricity (which should always be done by a professional), and paint. Then, you can turn to the fun part – decorating!
A she shed is a truly personal expression of style. If your home is a compromise (taking into consideration a partner’s taste in furnishings, as well as the needs of children or pets) this is the opportunity to really let loose! A classic coastal style may provide you with a Zen retreat. A riot of color and pattern may spark creativity. Or, a soothing palette of pastels and heaps of vintage finds may be your heart’s desire. Whichever style you choose, make it charming, make it fun, make it yours.
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