Modern-Shed’s Contemporary Living Garden Living Spaces

Modern-Shed began back in 1998 when Ryan Smith and Ahna Holder decided that their newly purchased Seattle home just didn’t accommodate all their needs. They’d intended to renovate their 1940’s-era home, which lacked a garage, basement, and an attic.


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With the available storage space already being used up within the house, the husband and wife architect duo decided to look outwards for a solution. That solution came in the form of the humble backyard shed, albeit with some modifications. Fast forward 16 years and that simple idea has become the foundation for a diverse portfolio of modern “sheds”.


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The company Modern-Shed was launched in 2005, and since its creation it has developed a variety of contemporary living spaces that can serve a variety of functions, including a home office, studio space, retreat, guest house, or even a fully-fledged home.


According to their website, the living pods have been designed with the environment in mind and as well as your wallet – the sheds are designed to be in-expensive and cost effective. Sourcing of appropriate materials plays a big part in their construction, “from the framing to the interior finishes”, and the sheds themselves are constructed in factory-like conditions under one roof.

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All building materials are purchased from local suppliers, providing a little boost to the local economy. And their eco-credentials extend beyond the construction of the sheds themselves; Modern-Shed has a “virtual office”, enabling employees to work from home via computer when possible, vastly reducing their paper consumption (apparently they’re “99% paperless”).

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Each shed is pre-assembled on site by their own experienced in-house team, and can be tailored to your specific needs. Modern-Shed provides a feasible solution to those that have outgrown their existing living spaces, providing a means for people to remain in their current home instead of up-scaling to a bigger one.

For more spaces check out these cylindrical sleeping pods in France that are used by hikers for multi-day treks. Or this discarded trailer that was transformed into a flexible space by Karel Verstraeten. See all spaces.

Photos: Modern-Shed

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

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