20 favorite garden cottages & sheds

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Backyard bath house
Lisa Romerein

Beautiful bath addition

An old garden shed a few steps away from her back door gave homeowner Kathryn Allen a solution to a pesky problem. “Our master bath had only a slender shower stall, and I was desperate for a bathtub,” she explains.

In a moment of inspiration, she saw Cinderella potential in the 9- by 11-foot backyard shed. Kathryn and her husband, David, cleaned and painted it, put in a new terra-cotta tile floor, added schoolhouse (awning-type) windows, and trained Boston ivy on the outside walls.

Take a look inside

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