Originally envisioned as a simple tool shed, this garden structured evolved to become an 8' x 12' studio retreat for the builder's mother, complete with books, a TV and a stereo...
Andy McConnel, who heads his own garden-carpentry firm in Seattle, built this handsome studio for his stepmom Sheila McConnel so she could spend time in the peace and quiet of her own garden during her recovery from breast cancer.
The lovely studio has been previously featured in Sunset Magazine and certainly has some green elements: rigid insulation, double-glazed windows and a metal-seam roof keep the structure sealed from the elements, while a thermostat-controlled heater keeps it warm during the winter. The south and east facing glass windows provide ample light while recycled fir trim is used throughout the maple plywood cabinetry.
For those who want to build something similar, professionally drawn plans by McConnell are available that include the foundation, framing and building elevations.
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