|Our cousins' clubhouse on their farm in Port Perry, circa 1978|
Proving that Great Minds Shed Alike, we were sifting through shed pix when we heard that the Winter 2013 issue of IntoGardens also had a feature on sheds; the finest sheds in the world – in the world! Were we daunted? Well, yes. But then we bit the bullet and subscribed to this new publication. IntoGardens is pretty cool – part-app, part-magazine – using all the iPad goodies: sound, film, touch-screen nav, big pictures. Their sheds article is fabulous, and we have only one slight overlap. Phew!
|Shed some light: you don't have to hide your love away. The brightly painted shed in the Birrell garden in Seattle includes lots (lots!) of windows. Yours needn't be big enough to hold a workshop, like this one. Dave from Growing the Home Garden created a small shed using recycled windows – designing it from available materials. Great idea.|
|This airy take on a stacked log cabin was seen at Urban Roots Community Garden Centre in Buffalo, NY. It wouldn't keep out the squirrels or snow, but might be a quick build for temporary storage – although that green roof would need support. A shed is a perfect size to try a green roof on. Looking to put one on our cedar shed (and, perhaps, our front porch), I bought the book Small Green Roofs: Low-tech options for greener living, which contains ideas, recipes and tips.|
|Lorene Forkner's summer house is cute on wheels! If it were up to my husband, we'd seek out a Boler, the great Canadian tiny trailer, which only needs a round door to qualify for Hobbit holidaymakers. And, you can take it with you.|
|I almost defy you to find the shed in this picture. Of course, it's the sliding-door structure on the right. So why does a shed have to be boxy, anyway? This one is like a closet, wide and shallow, making access to your stuff easier. Smart.|
|Be nice or leave: Board-and-batten siding, gingerbread and a formal entrance with a mirrored door spruce up the shed in this Toronto Beach garden on the Through the Garden Gate tour in 2010. See it in context here. The bench was a favourite, too.|