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 three of the four 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]
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.