Backyard Bungalows: Studio Spaces That Fit in Your Backyard
In my constant search for the perfect workspace I’ve started daydreaming about having a small studio in the back yard where I can go to get away from it all. Hmmm… Sounds less like an alternate office and more like a staycation destination, doesn’t it? Well, either way, I’ve collected a few outstanding examples of backyard bungalows that have caught my fancy. One of my favorites is the stunning studio shown above—adapted from a shipping container and full of function.
Designed to be big enough for one individual to live in, this high-concept backyard building seems like a toolshed/lunar landing module hybrid. I can just picture it perched on long stilts as if ready to walk across the landscape. Have my daydreams lapsed into boyhood astronautical aspirations? It sure would make retreating in this small space fun.
Image: Sett Studio
The terrific small space that Sett Studio has to offer is a tiny beauty of modern design and inspiration. Everything anyone would need for a relaxing backyard bungalow is included; plus, there are plenty of ways to customize for your own needs.
Image: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
A separate studio space doesn’t have to be tiny if you have the square footage for it. This one is no prefab or adaptation; it’s a permanent structure featuring some of my favorite materials: steel, glass and concrete. With that strip of lighting at the base, this is a real architectural gem and a worthy addition to any back yard.
The ultimate in flexibility, these three units can be arranged to function as separate small pavilions or brought together in a variety of ways to make one, two, or three spaces. Very creative and very modern—the kind of thing that used to only be real in daydreams can now be yours.
Do you have a backyard building that you use for work or escape?