Families with young children have brought the proverbial playhouse to life with sheds. The small building size is conducive to kid-sized furniture like tables and chairs. Not to mention, playhouses keep the mess contained in one area!
For other ideas, paint a wall with chalkboard paint to allow for artistic expression. What kid doesn't love to draw on the walls, right? Now they can in their playhouse.
To make a playhouse adult-friendly, add a daybed to steal away with a good book or for an uninterrupted nap. As the kids outgrow their playhouse, the shed can be transformed into a home office, art studio or guest house.
Family Rooms & Dining Areas
The best family rooms are those that are cozy. For some, cozy is a code word for small, but we think that is not necessarily a bad thing. Just like a family room would be used indoors, add lights, tables and a sofa or chairs. Parents can steal away to this outdoor room for quite time to relax or to conduct after-hours business meetings. Kids can lay out their sleeping bags and have sleep overs when friends come over. Soon, this will become the favorite room outside the house!
While it is a bit far-fetched to believe anyone would or could want to move a main kitchen to a shed, these small but mighty structures have great use as an auxiliary cook house. These structures serve as a great way to anchor an outdoor dining space. Add a table and chairs on the patio, and then use the shed as a staging area for outdoor meals when the weather permits. Sheds make for a great place to keep a grill and can even be turned into a smoke house. With the right landscaping, a private outdoor dining area is well within reach.
Sheds also provide a great place to keep bulky gym equipment like treadmills and weight benches. Adding a patio just outside the shed extends the space available to work out. Jump rope outside or pump iron inside. Moving the gym to a shed outdoors is fun motivator to get out there and exercise!
Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday, life we could all use a break now and then. This is just one reason why creating a special space in an outdoor shed can help families reconnect in their special spaces.
As a final consideration, don't rule out the use of color in a new family-friendly room. Colors found in nature, like greens and yellows, blend into their surroundings even in their most shocking of shades. Families contain many colorful personalities, and the new space created from shed plans 10x10should have a personality to match!