3 Most Useful Shed ConversionsShed conversions aren’t new but their popularity is certainly gaining momentum. From small apartment like retreats, to art studios, workshops, pool cabanas, and more, a shed can be made into just about any type of living space. The only real restrictions are your imagination. Some homeowners even go the extra mile, combining two sheds into one. By joining the two structures together, they enjoy a lot more space to work with, as well as more potential.
Whether you’re upgrading to a bigger building or find you no longer need your backyard shed to store lawn and garden tools, consider giving your old shed new life as a hobby room, guesthouse, or backyard retreat. With an ample budget, you can transform the space into a supplemental living area that rivals your own house, complete with electricity and luxe amenities. Yet even with a more modest budget, as some of these sheds show, you can cleverly transform an outbuilding into something beautiful and useful. If you crave more space in your house but an addition isn’t an option, a backyard shed with a few bells and whistles may provide what you need. —Bob VilaIf you really want to get the most out of the whole shed conversion, don’t stop with the property improvement itself. Take some time to plan and spruce up the landscaping. It will seriously enhance its aesthetics and add more value to your property. Speaking of adding value, don’t expect this to yield a high return-on-investment but do expect it to be a key resale feature when you’re ready to move into another house. Here are three of the most useful shed conversions to consider:
- Workshop. Let’s start with the most obvious shed conversion — a storage shed to workshop conversion. It’s something that doesn’t take a lot of skill and one that’s very budget friendly. Just empty it out, give a good cleaning, add some shelving and table space, hang and store tools, add lighting and ventilation, and you’re ready to go. If you want it to be more comfortable, insulate it and equip it with heat and air.
- Guest room. Here’s one shed conversion idea that truly transforms the space into a wonderful living space and that’s a guest room (if there’s sufficient room). By stripping it down, installing wiring, plumbing, insulation, walls, and drywall, you’ll have a blank slate to turn into a guest room. A small shower with a kitchenette, bed, and some sparse furniture will do the trick nicely and serve as a cozy guest room.
- Home office. If you don’t have enough room in your house for a home office, you might consider transforming your shed into an office. Here again, you’ll need wiring and climatization, and you’re on your way to having a great home office space that doesn’t take away a room in your house.