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Backyard Shed Built as Art Studio

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This is a 12’x12′ backyard shed in Sarasota, Florida built by Historic Shed for an artist to use as a studio.

It has a 4′ front porch extension that are supported by beautiful brackets and it has a great choice of colors.

This backyard shed has French doors and double-hung wood windows on each side. When you go inside the roof framing is beautifully exposed which gives it a warming rustic look and feel. Please enjoy and re-share below.

Backyard Shed Built as Art Studio for Homeowner


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Original story: http://historicshed.com/2014/09/sarasota-artist-studio-shed/


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  • Cahow
    December 12, 2014, 8:39 am

    Oh, this artist studio is too dear! 😀 I really appreciate the transitional photos, showing it as “done” and then the REALLY “done” photos of the superior landscaping additions and finally the easel and artist equipment moved into it’s new home. Nice touch with the “CREATE” permanently inspiring all who use this structure, now and in the future.

    I do have one question, though. I have a degree in Studio Arts and have painted in oil, acrylic and water colours my entire life. I’ve always been taught that having a North-facing WALL O’ WINDOWS is the ideal lighting for true colours and/or a skylight, too. This studio seems a bit dark inside to me, but perhaps the open French Doors act as the wall of windows? But, hey, as long as the studio works for the resident artist and they are pleased, that’s all that matters.

    GREAT job and GREAT photos!!!!

    • Sally
      December 12, 2014, 11:33 am

      Happy holidays, Cahow! You are correct about north light (great line of books, BTW), and it looks like some east/west shadows to this Florida person, although I can’t tell if it’s sunrise or sunset. Might be some privacy issues on the north side that dissuaded them from a bank of windows, especially at night. That front overhang would suggest a southern exposure.

      • Cahow
        December 12, 2014, 5:45 pm

        I’m officially calling you “C.S.I.: Sally”! LOL

        You are a real Super Sleuth with ‘sussin’ out the directions this studio faces. 😀 I should have been able to do it but I’m going with the excuse that I was late for work and pounded out that comment on the fly. 😉 Have a wonderful Merry Christmas, Sally! <3

  • Comet
    December 12, 2014, 6:13 pm

    The “work bench” in this one is the HARBOR FREIGHT WOODEN WORKBENCH; —avail for around $139 USD—and– Don’t forget your COUPON you can prob get it for less! Has a butcher block type top on it; four felt lined and metal drawer slide drawers; lower shelf with re-inforcements on the bottom; can have castors; has a VICE that comes with it (altho you don’t have to install that) and is now installed in MY house as my kitchen island! The one in this shed seems to have the vice installed—see the right side.

    This is something you do have to assemble–some parts come already done–and we found it easy to do. We did sand the top part as the finish seemed thin and then we added a small decoratively carved piece of 1/4 round molding to the back edge so things won’t slide off. We then did several coats of poly. The bench comes with holes drilled for “bench dogs” which are pegs to hold your work from sliding around–these do let dust etc into the drawers so we used a dowel and cut slabs and used Gorilla Glue to hold them–be carefuyl to WIPE that glue or it will foam over the tops. If I were to make another of these–and I might!–I would stain the top edge of the cut dowels just for contrast before gluing. The way the top is made it looks thicker than it is but it is def thick enough to stand up to abuse–plenty of guys use this as a work bench or re-loading bench.

    The IKEA wooden “spice” shelves fit on the short ends and we are going to install one of the IKEA steel rail systems on the back. There is also room underneath the lower shelf to stash stuff.

    We have been using this as a kitchen island with 7 people or more on a daily basis for a year and it still looks great.

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