BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — With a young daughter at home, Charles didn’t want to face a two-hour commute each day to get to the Seattle offices of the social media company where he works.
“That’s effectively four hours of my 3-year-old daughter’s life,” Charles notes. “Three years old is a pretty key age. When you think about it, four hours a day five days a week is 20 hours a week. That’s half a work week I’ve spent away from home. That’s almost an entire day of my daughter’s life.” Continue reading →
Vashon Island — Burt and Debbie have lived in the greater Seattle area for more than 30 years, but they dream of escaping rush hour and congestion to live full-time at their Vashon Island home.
Their dreams became more of a reality two years ago, when their long-time renters decided to move on.
The couple elected to spend more time at their Vashon Island home, however, there was one problem — they didn’t have quite the space they wanted for visitors, including their two adult children.
“We love our home, but it’s only two bedrooms and we have two kids,” Burt said. “We’ve been watching Modern-Shed for years. We thought it really could integrate well with our house, which, even though it was built in the 1980s, is very modern-looking.”
How do you run a business that technically does not have a location or even regular employees?
That’s the question producers of MSNBC wanted to answer when they interviewed the crew behind Modern-Shed last week — owner Ryan Grey Smith, general manager Tim Vack, lead manufacturer Erik Johnston and dealer Mike Probach were each interviewed in their homes and workplaces in the greater Seattle area, where Modern-Shed is headquartered.
The program, “Your Business,” airs Sundays at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time on MSNBC and features a short profile on a business, along with pragmatic tips for business owners and entrepreneurs on how to start or run their own enterprises smarter. Continue reading →
BERKELEY — Karina and her husband Thomas never expected to stay in their two-bedroom, one-bathroom 1939 California bungalow for long, but after 11 years and two kids, they’ve grown accustomed to their neighborhood and their cozy home.
“We thought for sure we’d have moved on by now, but we don’t want to leave the schools and the neighborhood,” says Karina, a fine artist who works from home. “We wanted a way to accommodate our growing family and keep us comfortable.”
Less often do we hear of customers carving out a different kind of space — a Modern-Shed home fitness center, but the options are endless. We’ve had customers create Modern-Shed yoga studios, Modern-Shed gyms and even a Modern-Shed sauna and steam room! Continue reading →
Many customers use Modern-Sheds as personal art studios. For example, check out one of our recent customer profiles:
Aside from the obvious beauty of the Modern-Shed, the owner did a fantastic job decorating, too. The room is a canvas in itself with its clean look. While we can’t match everything on display in her shed, we’d like to try and help potential Modern-Shed art studio customers. We’ve compiled a few items that are space-conscious, elegantly designed and affordable.