Modern Backyard Reading Shed With Skylights And Large Windows

The trend of backyard sheds and offices has been growing over the past few years as more and more people are starting to recognize the advantages of having a separate little retreat close to home but far enough to feel independent, a little place where one can go to relax, read a good book or enjoy the view in a peaceful environment. Whether it’s a backyard office, a she shed or a guest house, there are many ways to make this space look stylish and cozy. Let’s have a look at this modern backyard retreat from Seattle for inspiration.

This entire backyard used to be full of overgrown plans which made it seem tiny. The renovation revealed its true potentialView in gallery
This entire backyard used to be full of overgrown plans which made it seem tiny. The renovation revealed its true potential
The new backyard retreat was primarily designed as a reading space, hence the glass walls and skylightView in gallery
The new backyard retreat was primarily designed as a reading space, hence the glass walls and skylight
The shed is small but open to the yard and with a surprisingly airy and bright interior. Only one section has solid wood wallsView in gallery
The shed is small but open to the yard and with a surprisingly airy and bright interior. Only one section has solid wood walls

The entire backyard was renovated by Board & Vellum and the project included this chic little structure as well as the landscaping around it. The backyard now features concrete pavers, a wood deck with built-in benches and a matching fence, a hot tub and a fire pit. The shed itself is pretty cool, featuring glass walls and sliding doors, skylights and blue exterior walls. It’s small and only offers 169 square feet of space so nothing in its design is superfluous.

This structure is a shed with a modern twist which makes it stand out in a refined and elegant mannerView in gallery
This structure is a shed with a modern twist which makes it stand out in a refined and elegant manner
In addition to the wood and glass shed, the backyard also features a deck with a built-in hot tub, a fire pit and benchesView in gallery
In addition to the wood and glass shed, the backyard also features a deck with a built-in hot tub, a fire pit and benches
The shed has large windows which frame specific views and let in natural light. Here you can also see a cozy window nook View in gallery
The shed has large windows which frame specific views and let in natural light. Here you can also see a cozy window nook
The interior space is small but includes a surprising amount of storage and has a bright and airy ambianceView in gallery
The interior space is small but includes a surprising amount of storage and has a bright and airy ambiance
Given its small footprint, this backyard retreat doesn't include any unnecessary features of any kindView in gallery
Given its small footprint, this backyard retreat doesn’t include any unnecessary features of any kind
The skylights bring in additional sunlight which makes a lot of sense given the intended function of this retreatView in gallery
The skylights bring in additional sunlight which makes a lot of sense given the intended function of this retreat
The structure functions mainly as a reading space but can also be used as a guest suite or as an entertainment space View in gallery
The structure functions mainly as a reading space but can also be used as a guest suite or as an entertainment space
The cedar siding is painted blue which matches the overall chromatic palette of the cabinView in gallery
The cedar siding is painted blue which matches the overall chromatic palette of the cabin
Although the interior design is simple, there's no shortage of eye-catching decor featuresView in gallery
Although the interior design is simple, there’s no shortage of eye-catching decor features
The cabin opens onto a wooden deck and the sliding glass doors ensure a smooth and seamless transitionView in gallery
The cabin opens onto a wooden deck and the sliding glass doors ensure a smooth and seamless transition
A ladder offers access to a secret loft bedroom which has its own source of natural light and viewsView in gallery
A ladder offers access to a secret loft bedroom which has its own source of natural light and views