20 favorite garden cottages & sheds

Creative ideas for backyard retreats, detached home offices, and reinvented sheds

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Dream backyard
photo by Norm Plate

Courtyard shed

A shed in the right spot can help define an outdoor dining area or patio, as it did for this DIY backyard makeover.

This cedar garden shed in Seattle, Washington, keeps tools and garden machinery safe, dry, and out of the garage and basement. 

"Before the shed, we had to bring the mower up out of the basement every time we cut the grass," says owner Leanne Rubin.

See the before and after


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