cottage style garden shed used as bonus room with board and batten siding, multipaned windows
Photo: Mark Lohman

A Garden Shed, Just Right

A garden shed can be more than a place to store rakes and trowels. It can serve as an extra workspace, a hobby room, or even a retreat, a place to get away from it all. Whatever activities go on inside, a primary consideration should be what it will look like on the outside, to ensure it's a landscape enhancement, rather than an eyesore. That means getting the size and details right for the site, whether the shed stands off on its own at the back of the yard or sits up near the house.

Shown: With multipaned windows and board-and-batten siding, the shed at garden writer Sharon Lovejoy's home looks like a cottage.

Paint: Benjamin Moore's Weston Flax (siding) and Waterbury Green (trim)
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