The personal touch

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Rebecca’s 640-square-foot Modern-Shed home and workspace

PORT TOWNSEND — Rebecca’s experience with Modern-Shed came about through a desire to be closer to old friends and have a space to work on her art. It also included a little bit of luck.

Rebecca, a sculptor and woodworker, grew up in Seattle, but lived in Alaska for 30 years and later Portland, Ore.

She decided a couple years ago that she wanted to move to Port Townsend, a picturesque coastal city in Washington, where a close-knit circle of her childhood friends lived. However, she struggled finding housing.

“I was looking around for an already built home, but I couldn’t find one at the time,” Rebecca recalls. “I wouldn’t have built a house from scratch if I could find one. I had done a fair bit of construction in Alaska and didn’t want to invest a lot of time building, but there just was nothing available. That’s the truth, there was nothing appealing whatsoever.” Continue reading

Relax with a Modern-Shed sauna

It’s the end of summer, but you can still find time to unwind, especially if you’ve got a Modern-Shed primed for relaxation, like Natasha and Bill. Natasha’s art studio and sauna sheds were featured in July’s issue of Seattle magazine, but she gets to reap the benefits of a Modern-Shed relaxation space year-round.

We spoke to Natasha about her sheds two years ago, and it’s great to hear she’s still loving her shed and enjoying time in her sauna.

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The Painter’s Dilemma: Meet Barbara

Before finding Modern-Shed, Barbara’s large-scale paintings had begun to take over her living space.Before finding Modern-Shed, Barbara’s large-scale paintings had begun to take over her living space.IMG_6718

“I’m a large-format painter, specifically I paint portraits, but for the last seven years I’d been painting in our dining room,” she said. “The last series I did were roughly 30-by-40 feet. Sometimes I do 36-by-72 feet work. I work in panels and by the end of the day I’d have stacks of paintings.” Continue reading

Why Should Men Have All the Fun?

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Author Erika Kotite spent nearly a year studying the “she shed” phenomenon for her new book, “She Sheds: A Room of Your Own.”
While men have got their man caves, women also need a space of their own, as many of our clients have come to understand. “She Sheds” shows readers how to create cozy getaways with inspiration from across the country.
In addition to building her sister a she shed, Kotite also featured a couple Modern-Sheds in her work.
Buy her book on Amazon and check out other blog posts for more inspiration on ways women use their sheds!

The sauna shed

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Natasha’s 8′ by 10′ Modern-Shed art studio on the left and 8′ by 6′ Modern-Shed sauna.

SEATTLE — Growing up in Russia, Natasha has always considered using saunas to be an integral part of life.

Her husband, Bill, who worked in Russia for years, agreed, so when the couple started looking to expand their Seattle home, they knew they needed a special space.

“It’s our weekly ritual to relax,” Natasha said. “It’s cleansing and rejuvenating. We didn’t really have space in the house to have it and we saw Modern-Shed products online. They pop up and catch your eye.” Continue reading

All in the Family

Holly and Chris purchased twin Modern-Shed studios at their vacation home and cabin.
Holly and Chris purchased twin Modern-Shed studios at their vacation home and cabin.

BAY AREA — For years, Holly and her sister-in-law, Alexis, each dreamed of adding onto their residences.

Alexis, an interior designer in Los Gatos, wanted to build a studio she could work at from home, while Holly and her husband, Chris, wanted more space at their vacation home near Blue Lake Springs in the Sierra Nevadas. Continue reading

A space of your own

This Modern-Shed home office sits under a Redwood tree and provides a quiet spot for reading and relaxing.
This Modern-Shed home office sits under a Redwood tree and provides a quiet spot for reading and relaxing.

BAY AREA — “I’ll have what she’s having.”

The iconic Meg Ryan scene from “When Harry Met Sally” comes to Fay’s mind whenever she shows off her Modern-Shed craft studio turned home office to friends and family.

“That’s pretty much the reaction everyone has,” says Fay, who bought her Modern-Shed nearly a year ago. “They think it’s really cool that I have my own space. They ask, ‘What do you do out there?’ and I say, ‘Whatever I want.’ I can make it as neat or as sloppy as I want. It’s my space.”

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