When my family and I moved to Nashville, we bought a house with no office space. I have a hard time writing and working amidst the clamor and erratic playlists of a coffeeshop.
Enter the writing shed. For the last few years, I’ve worked from a humble and light-filled cedar shed in my backyard, nestled halfway between the house and the chicken coop. I’m in exalted company: Virginia Woolf, Michael Pollan, Amy Bloom, George Bernard Shaw, Roald Dahl, Mark Twain, Leonard Cohen and Dylan Thomas all write or wrote in sheds. (Visit a few of them here.)
On the shed spectrum, my 10′ x 10′ affair is on the simpler, less expensive side. (At the writerly shed party, I imagine I’m more likely to be the cater-waiter.) If you have money to burn or an afternoon to waste, type “office shed” into your favorite search engine and marvel at the variety of haven-like hermitages out there. (Modern Shed was one of my favorite sites to visit while planning. You could buy three of my sheds for the same price as the most inexpensive Modern Shed.)
And if you’re curious about mine, here’s a short video tour of where I live and where I work. I’m a shed apostle. If you can relate, share your shed story in the comments.
All photos by Stephen Ornes. Video footage by Sam, Alice, and Stephen Ornes.