My friends were aghast at the idea—although the shed was showing some wear and tear, it had charm and space they would never get from a pre-built shed. Today, the little shingled building, painted cream with a bright blue door and window box, provides a cheery focal point to a corner of their yard, fits right in with the architecture of the house and the surrounding neighborhood, and gives them a place to store compost, tools, and bikes.
The lesson? Though they may be tucked away in backyards, garden sheds are nevertheless major contributors to a home’s overall character. Whether you’re building new or rehabbing an existing shed, the same sense of historical integrity that governs restoration projects on your main house still applies.