Backyard studios are becoming a hit with Australian homeowners. Without the need for a permit, you can add extra space to your backyard, away from the home to be used however you want. Some of the ways many are utilising their new studio space are incredible and really provide a great area to entertain or get some quiet time away from the house. Thinking of adding your own outdoor studio? We’ve got some design inspiration for you!
1 – The Home Office
If you work from home, think about turning your outdoor room into what looks like the classic office. A glass front will make your workspace transparent whilst allowing a lot of natural light while it mimics the view of an office within a building, however from the comfort of your own backyard. Add a desk and small couch/chairs for productivity. It looks inviting and professional.
2 – The Pool Room
There’s no better place to feel like you are on holiday than poolside in your own private cabana. Introducing an outdoor shower and towel storage will give you the practical elements, and bringing in lifestyle elements such as a mini bar as shown here will give you all the Palm Springs feels.
3 – Creative Studio
If you love to paint, photograph or create visual art in another way, then a studio can be the perfect place to do so. Let your creativity flow in a bright interior filled with natural light from a few windows. White walls are a great start for hanging art as it won’t clash. Place desks and other work areas strategically so the sun shines in and gives you the light you need but without shining in your eyes while you try to work.
4 – The Ultimate “She-Shed”
You’ve heard of the “man cave”, now meet the “she shed”, the ultimate mini-getaway for women. When you just need a break, you can escape to your own backyard into your studio. She-sheds can be as unique as the woman who creates it, but many tend to go for colours that are bright, yet relaxing, like light shades of blue for a shabby chic look. A small couch and a couple of chairs give you overflow entertaining space if you need it. Add a small wine bar, store a stack of your favourite magazines and a book or two and you have your own peaceful area right in the yard.
5 – The Writer’s Space
A backyard studio is the perfect place to get over that writer’s block. Big open windows for natural light will be great during the day as well as small desk lights just in case the creativity continues long into the night. Add a few chair options with different views so you’re not bored of sitting at the same desk with the same view.
6 – The Home gym
A large backyard studio can be a great home gym. Ditch the gym fees and fill your studio with the equipment you like to use. Add a big window to one side and a large mirror perpendicular to it, just as you would find in any other gym.
7 – The Home Bar
Everyone will want to come to your house when you have a home bar. A dark natural wood interior makes for the perfect pub setting, or add pops of colour to create a festive atmosphere. Add a bar area complete with countertop to one side and a small table and chairs to the other. String lights inside for extra ambiance, giving the perfect lighting to a fun night at home.
8 – A Sometimes Space
Since backyard studios are separate from the main building, they can provide that guests with an excellent breakaway space whilst visiting. Windows with a great view that offer natural light will reflect nicely on a light, natural wood interior complete with some comfortable furnishings.
9 – The Music Studio
Take the noise outside of the main home and create a space to let your creative juices flow freely (and without having to upset your family or neighbours!). Insulation is the key consideration during set up, along with using noise reducing soft furnishings inside. Our studios use 90mm studs internally, so there is loads of room to install insulation, as well as any electrical cables you will need to power your gear.
10 – Alfresco dining experience
Whatever the weather, you can enjoy alfresco dining from the comfort of your own backyard. The studio itself can be a small diner. Add a covered verandah for a barbecue and extra tables and chairs for some outdoor dining. This will be a hit at parties!