Do you want a private area all your own, one for your home business or art studio? Or are you searching for the perfect playhouse for your children? Or do you simply want a place to store all of that “stuff” that never seems to have a home?
Whatever your situation, you may want to consider the idea of transforming an outdoor shed or barn into extra living space for your family. These space-expanding structures are efficient, attractive and a lot less expensive than building an addition on to your house!
Your outdoor barn can be transformed into a playhouse fit for a queen or king! With a few tools and supplies, and a lot of imagination, you can make an ordinary backyard shed a magical castle, a rugged fort or a charming cottage.
Consider adding windows to the front of the outdoor barn and a small front door which is suited to the size of your little one. Add a loft for extra fun – and extra room – or extra shelving for the storage of toys and games. Functioning shutters are always a fun choice, as are small pieces of children’s furniture and accessories.
Hobby and Craft Ideas
Are you a crafter looking for a place to spread out and create? Or do you have a favorite hobby which seems to take up too much room inside the home? Then consider transforming a standard outbuilding into a workshop. Running electricity and plumbing to the shed or barn should be considered, as this will allow you to work at any time, during any season.
Depending on your hobby, adding integral shelving, work benches and a loft for extra storage should be considered as well. A good lock should also be a priority to protect your investment inside. Adding windows and a skylight will also provide you with plenty of natural light.
Outdoor barns and sheds are the ideal spot to have a greenhouse. If you enjoy cultivating plants, vegetables and flowers, then an outbuilding is the perfect spot to do so. Ledges and shelves for seedlings and plants are a must, as is a loft for the storage of fertilizers, soil and supplies.
Private Getaway Ideas
How about a private getaway? Certainly, a shed or barn can even accommodate this request. Do you need to quiet spot to read or listen to music? Is serenity impossible in your home? Is your hectic schedule getting to you? If so, you should consider an outdoor barn. Some of the best quiet spots have been transformed out of a simple shed. Running electricity and adding a few, comfortable pieces of furniture are usually all it takes to transform a simple shed into a private getaway.
If you are particularly inspired, bring in an area rug and a television! And don’t forget blinds or shutters on the windows!
If your plans are simple, you can usually purchase the ideal shed or barn at your local home improvement store. They can also deliver it and assemble it for an extra charge.
If you have bigger plans, you might want to check out shed or barn plans online, or work with a general contractor to build one to your own specifications. A general contractor or carpenter can often construct a shed or barn in as little as a week.