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Summer is around the corner, and the outdoor world is beckoning. What better way to enhance outdoor living than with a cool new structure in the backyard? Whether you dream of lounging in a hammock in your own bugproof pavilion, hosting friends for the weekend in a revamped vintage Airstream or getting away from it all in a rustic writer’s cabin, these 10 ideas for outbuildings are here to get your creative wheels turning. Just imagine the possibilities.
1. Screened pavilion. Even better than a screened-in porch, a screened pavilion is like having a summer house in your backyard. String up a hammock and put a game table inside, and relax all evening, immersed in the ambience of the summer night … without bug bites.
3. Winged cabin. It’s clear why this structure is called Hawk House — it looks like it’s ready to take flight. Part rustic cabin, part modern innovation, this little shed would make a fabulous writer’s retreat or guest quarters.
4. Japanese teahouse. Hidden in a far corner of the garden, nestled among trees, a traditional Japanese-style teahouse would make a restorative retreat for meditation and, of course, tea — with or without the ceremony.
5. Getaway with a deck. A one-room modern structure perched on a steep lot turns what would have been virtually unusable space into a welcome refuge from daily life. Use it to house guests or simply to feel like you’re getting away from it all without leaving home.
7. Glass house. Airy and light, this garden structure can do double duty as a plant nursery and hangout area. Recycle old window frames and building materials to cobble together your own unique take on this design.
8. Gypsy caravan. Add a curved roof, a Dutch door and a lucky horseshoe, and suddenly that basic shed has been transformed into something utterly charming. Use it as a spot to take your afternoon tea, or set up a mini art or writing studio inside.