Couple finds extra living space in the backyard
Evan Sagerman and Marci Riseman needed extra space for a guest room and entertaining area, and they found it in an unlikely place: a tiny, ramshackle shed in the backyard of their San Francisco Victorian home. Even Riseman, a real estate consultant and developer, didn’t see potential in the neglected, 280-square-foot structure. “My first thought was: That’s a teardown,” she says.
But when she and Sagerman, an architect, gave the shed a closer look, they reconsidered. “We think it was used by day laborers in the early 1900s,” Sagerman says. Placement of doors and windows indicated that the space had once been divided into four tiny rooms, and it had a sewer line. “But it was a sturdy structure made out of good redwood,” he adds.