Studio in our garden — some inspiration and ideas

We’re building a little studio in our back yard — a space for a home office, and a place for guests to stay when they come to visit! It’s going to be so nice to have that bit of extra space (and to finally have a workspace and desk instead of using our dining table!). I think the boys are also excited to have a space to hang out when they have friends stay over. : )

The studio is small (3 x 6 meters) and will be mostly open plan, except for a small bathroom (toilet and sink). We’ll also have an outdoor shower and a big, deep sink for washing wetsuits and gardening pots.

I thought it would be fun to share some inspiration I’ve been saving on Pinterest and some ideas I’ve been jotting down along the way. So here’s a bit of studio spam for your Thursday. 🙂

This is roughly what the outside will look like. We wanted it to look old, to match our house, so we’ve sourced old windows and doors from a local salvage company. We’ll have french doors like the above photo, and I’m hoping to have a similar colour scheme too.

Here are a couple of interior photos I’m using for inspiration. We’re going to keep the ceiling exposed with the rafters showing, and have white painted floorboards — for a beachy studio vibe.

Instead of separating the sleeping space with a wall/door, we’re hoping to build a shelf unit like this one in Serena Mitnik-Miller’s home. It will double as a bookshelf on the office side and a bedside table/shelf on the other. We had to sadly cut down an old Silky Oak tree in our yard to build the studio, so we have milled the tree and are planning to use the wood in our studio for features like this.

The bathroom is tiny — just a little space for a toilet and sink. I love the look of the bathrooms above. I’m having a hard time trying to source an old sink similar to these ones (that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg), so I might just go with an old enamel sink like this. I love the look of the random artwork on the wall in the photo above.

For the outside shower/sink area, we are hoping to use an old cement sink like the first photo above (we found one abandoned in the back corner of our garden when we moved in!), and we like these other images for outside shower inspiration. Our plumbers are going to create a simple copper shower with exposed piping, similar to the last photo. On the floor of the shower area, I’m hoping to use old tiles from Jatana Interiors, either the terracotta ones or the antique ones.

I’d love to hear your feedback and any tips you might have if you’ve created a similar space.

Courtney x


Comments (7)

Annie from Brimful
August 29, 2019

Looks like it will be absolutely lovely!

August 29, 2019

Love it, thanks for sharing 🙂

September 4, 2019

Brilliant pics! We are hoping to build something very similar in our garden so this is super helpful! I’m curious to know: will you get a builder to build it for you according to your spec or will you hire an architect to draw up plans?

Courtney in Australia
September 5, 2019

Hi Victoria,

Thanks for the comment.
We have actually already started the building process. We had to hire an architect because we had to apply for permission from the council, and every single detail had to be specified for approval. We definitely needed an architect’s help for this.
Saying this, I’m pretty sure, if you didn’t need council approval to build something like this on your land, you could work directly with the builders to create something — you wouldn’t necessarily need an architect. (But I have also learned so much from renovating our home, that it is also easier for me to understand now and I feel quite competent speaking builder’s lingo.) 🙂

September 15, 2019

This will be so beautiful! I’m always curious about organization, and wonder where you currently keep your work things when the dining table is un use? Inquiring minds want to know…

Flip Byrnes
September 18, 2019

Love this little studio! Sodsn like you are well underway, but for the outdoor shower, my parents have a great one at their weekender beach house (on photo that says outside shower), the wood louvre doors work really well. Next to that you na see a mega deep sink for washing everything…. great idea. I can’t post a photo so here is a link, photos are in there. https://centralcoastholidayhomes.com.au/properties/copa-beachside-for-family-holidays/

September 24, 2019

Flip you wouldnt believe this. We stayed at your parents place almost 10 years ago when my little girl was 9 months old!!! Small small world. <3

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