A backyard shed tends to be perceived as a rather humble structure for the use of ordinary people, not famous persons who people all around the world aspire to be. However there is quite a number of notoriously known persons whose backyard shed holds esteemed importance in their lives.
Roald Dahl wrote most of his popular children’s books in his backyard shed of which was dubbed his “writing hut’. He scared his children and his grandchildren into not disturbing him when he was in there by telling them it contained wolves.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw is a well known playwright, and is best known for plays such as Pygmalion. He wrote most of his plays on a typewriter in his backyard shed, which was on a turntable so he could move it according to the suns direction throughout the day.
The well-known ‘Goodie’ loves his backyard shed, having described it as “one of few places I feel secure.” He has turned it into his own private oasis and personal space.
The famous British artist and sculptor kept a bed in a small backyard shed at her home to take power naps in. This is now found at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Roger Waters from the band Pink Floyd turned his backyard shed into a recording studio, where he originated the demo tracks that became the bands album The Dark Side of the Moon.
The English comedian and artist admitted that he owns five different sheds in his backyard, as they give him a place to “take some time out to escape for an hour or two.”
Britten created some of the most beautiful and famous pieces of music heard in the 20th Century in his shed at home.
Phil Pullman is known to have used to only write his novels in his shed at home. He refused to have it cleaned, fearing it would disrupt the flow of his writing. When he moved into a different house he left the shed to the illustrator Ted Dewan on the condition that it would be used for creative work only.
Amazing school buildings converted into homes
School building are built for functionality and efficiency, but they also often have an unrealised beauty to them.
Every town needs a school, and as towns grow, old schools are left and sometimes fall into disrepair.
But these optimists have claimed some fascinating and beautiful old school and turned them into their homes. Take a look below.
1. School House in country New York.
This tiny school house is located in an isolated township in country New York, in America.
The quaint interior and the buildings isolation make this a delightful little getaway. Most of the woodwork is original, and objects like the library ladder when kept to retain the building’s character.
2. Highschool converted into apartments.
Highschools are often brutally functional; with cold metal railing and simple layouts.
But for some, that’s the perfect starting point for a living space. This old high school was refurbished and divided up into apartments.
3. Toronto High School from the 60s.
This Toronto family bought an entire school that was built over 70 years ago.
The left most of the interior intact, changing only what was required to make the building more energy efficient and easier to heat.
4. Tiny school house in Canada.
One of the benefits of converting an old school is that they tend to be quite large, which is great for big families.
Not so with this school, which must have had a single class (and a small one at that). This tiny school is now a tiny cottage for a small family to live in.
5. Australian industrial school.
Old technical schools are often filled with big, clunky furniture and rough brick. And that’s exactly what some people are looking for in a home.
The amazing building is a perfect example of the overlooked potential of old school buildings.