For any woman who’s ever wanted a space to call her own — a retreat to squirrel away and work or dream or read or just sit — this book is for you. She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite is a close-up look at 23 small and unique outbuildings around the world reflecting the diverse personal styles of their owners. From an art escape in Australia to a Bali-inspired retreat in Oregon, these purpose-built spaces constructed from a wide variety of new and salvaged materials will inspire readers to create a refuge of their own. The book launches in Canada and the US tomorrow, but today we have a sneak peek inside.
Inspired by a trip to Bali, Tymmera Whitnah spent months gathering windows of various sizes for her Oregon “spirit house”. She designed the space herself, laying out the windows on the ground to make a pattern for each wall. The 10 x 10 shed is made of 100% recycled materials and used primarily for meditation. Inside, the furnishings are spare: a Turkish rug, a wooden box used for a table and multi-coloured prayer flags. More than 20 of the 30 windows can be opened to let in the breeze.
In contrast, Paige Morse’s luxuriously appointed “La Casita” is literally a home away from home. Morse had two run-down sheds on her Dallas, Texas property transformed into a sleeping cottage where she stays when her own home is used as an Airbnb. The 10 x 25 ft, five-month build rang in at $17,000 and is furnished with many repurposed items.
“This little shed has been my refuge, my safe place in the world,” Morse says. “I love that it allows me to rent out my other house so that I can make extra money and have the flexibility to travel and work all over the world.”
Sheila Meehan’s shed, a fully livable and professionally designed Alternative Dwelling Unit or ADU, serves an office and extension of her 1925 home. The building is made with eco-friendly materials including birch walls and locally grown bamboo flooring. (Cost and size not available.)
The book also includes a detailed guide to selecting and building a she shed from a kit, as well as a case study documenting how the author’s sister-in-law’s shed came together.
She Sheds: A Room of Your Own is a practical and inspiring resource anyone dreaming of her own retreat will enjoy.
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Update February 5, 2016: Congratulations to Justine Y and Pat B!
Images 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 shared here with permission from the publisher. Image 2 by Sarah Greenman, images 3 and 4 by Cody Ulrich, image 5 by Dominic Bonuccelli, image 6 by Kim Snyder. Quarto Publishing Group sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.