The multipurpose Man Cave


The Modern-Shed Man Cave/Dad’s Office

BAY AREA — As a salesman working from home, Scott knew he and his family were running out of space.

Their three-bedroom home with a small office was maxed out — each of the two kids had their own room, and Scott’s wife began to use the office for her own home business, pushing Scott and his work to the dining room table.

“We live in Northern California, so properties are typically smaller,” he said. “I was working at the kitchen table, at the dining room table, and making calls was distracting. We were maxed out, henced using the common area or Starbucks for work.” Continue reading

Modern-Shed living

Apartment Therapy profiled one of our beautiful, little Modern-Shed guest cottages in San Rafael, Calif.

Aimée Mazzenga took lovely photos of our client Rebecca’s 345-square-foot space, which she uses as a guest home for out-of-town visitors.


As quoted in the article, “For years, Rebecca had dreamed about building a guest house in the back of their property. Their narrow plot of land (49.5′ x 152.5′) caused challenges in the construction process, though. When they discovered Modern Shed, they realized the advantages of building a pre-fab home. Once they penciled out costs versus return, (resale value to home and possible rental value) they wondered why they didn’t do this sooner.”

Check out the rest of the article for more about Rebecca’s Modern-Shed — and take her advice and think about getting a Modern-Shed sooner!

Coming soon…

Concept design for the Modern-Shed Kitchen

Here at Modern-Shed, we are excited to launch a new concept in outdoor living.

Modern-Shed Outdoor will feature a series of creative and cost-effective outdoor living solutions to complete your outdoor living experience. Our new line of outdoor lifestyle products continues Modern-Shed’s original mission to simplify your life.

The Modern-Shed Outdoor Pergola

The custom experience Modern-Shed customers have come to enjoy is back with the Modern-Shed Outdoor custom kitchen, pergola and Piknik table, all launching in spring of 2017.

The Modern-Shed Outdoor Kitchen, a modular kitchen solution, will allow customers to create their own custom kitchen configurations with options for a sink, grill, burner or storage.

The Modern-Shed Outdoor Piknik table

The Modern-Shed Outdoor Piknik table features steel legs handmade in France by Piknik and a wood tabletop that can blend beautifully with your Modern-Shed outdoor decor.

In addition to outdoor concepts, Modern-Shed also wants to get more involved in the design conversation by helping customers with patio planning and configuration.

Every offering from Modern-Shed Outdoor is intended to bring the indoor living experience outside with well-designed, affordably priced solutions.

Customers may pre-order the Modern-Shed Kitchen by checking out our contact page on The kitchen catalog will be available for download in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Modern-Shed founder and owner Ryan Smith, at right, with designer Jamie Durie at the Dwell on Design show in LA last month.





The Modern-Shed solution

“The Casitas,” Jack’s Modern-Shed backyard retreat

Laguna Beach, Calif. — Before finding Modern-Shed, Jack had to live out of a hotel room due to undergoing cancer treatment.

Diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March of 2014, Jack has since endured several treatment therapies, including radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy.

Every two weeks, Jack undergoes chemotherapy treatment at the hospital infusion center, however, the drugs have had an unfortunate side effect for his wife, Linda. Continue reading

The confidential space

ModernShed10by12Saint Helena, Calif. —- When Norm and Patti purchased their new home, they knew they wanted a separate home office where Norm’s clients could meet with him privately.

Norm works in the executive search business, finding senior level employees for companies that have hired him to do so, and when he needs to meet with prospective candidates, he needs privacy.

“We had the intent that we would ultimately have a separate home office that would be on the property, but not inside the house,” Norm says. “We liked the confidentiality of it, not impeding into the life of our home. It provides a sense of distance and space for clients and candidates.” Continue reading

How is your Modern-Shed saving you $$?

We often hear from our Modern-Shed customers about the invaluable ways that their sheds have enhanced their lives — Modern-Sheds have allowed clients to spend more time with family, carve out time to devote to their passions and simply relax in a space that is wholly their own.

But Modern-Sheds also have a financial upside.

In addition to the tax savings that Modern-Shed home office users reap — tax benefits vary by profession and the shed’s size and frequency of use — many Modern-Shed customers have found major savings from unexpected places. Continue reading