Creative ideas for backyard retreats, detached home offices, and reinvented sheds
This 1920 backyard water tower was built when this property used to be a ranch. Now a residence, the owners needed a home office.
“The first time I saw it, it was very close to falling down, but I thought it was fantastic,” says architect Geoffrey Holton. “It was like a little piece of history on a typical suburban lot.”
Builders stabilized the tower and added flashing to make it waterproof. They restored the windows and added a ring of transomlike windows at the base of the tower. After finishing the interior, the old ranch water tower is now a cozy home office.