The backyard workspace is an idea quickly gaining traction in a world where ‘work from home’ is becoming a greater possibility for a greater number of employees with each passing year. Of course, not everyone needs a home office that is geared to sync with the latest tech gadgets and smart technology. Some of use long for a simpler crafting space or even a painting studio and that is precisely what Open Kaart delivers with their Backyard Painting Studio in Woerden, Netherlands. Part of a renovated family house and garden, this gorgeous and modern painting studio was just a brick-walled shed in its previous avatar.
The existing shed with brick walls was given a complete makeover by using a wooden box that adds volume and height to the shed even while keeping 3 of the 4 existing walls intact. The wooden volume seems to gently float above the brick walls even while adding textural beauty to the exterior. On the inside, a light and white backdrop filled with plenty of natural light shapes the painting studio. With a small upper level space the backyard studio can also be used as guest house or even a smaller second home down the line. The smart attic space can also be turned into an additional bedroom when needed. [Photography: Rufus de Vries]
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The clients have worked intensively with the project. Many design sessions have taken place at the kitchen table. The youngest son of the client made a model of the preliminary draft. A brother in law made a new stained glass window. Neighbors have been consulted early and expressed a positive attitude about the extra quality and possibilities introduced by the plan.
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