Rather than mimic the Spanish Revival style of their 1930 home, Jeff decided to complement it by making the shed look like a tiny traditional home, with a peaked roof, board-and-batten-style siding, and wood-framed windows. To provide an air gap between the shed and the wall, he shrank the shed's depth to 6 feet 3 inches when he sketched a basic design, with a gable at each end of the long dimension. Then he tested his design by erecting a frame of 2x4s and scrap wood. "Drawing it out is one thing," he says. "Seeing it is different." To keep the scale right, he decided to make the walls just 7 feet high. "Eight feet would have looked odd with such a narrow space," he says. "I didn't want a tumor sitting in the front yard."
Shown: Flowers fill the screen trays of a drying rack that was custom-made for Sharon. To the right of it is an old fruit-drying rack that she uses to dry everything from plums to peppers to marigold blossoms.