Ana set out to turn the 500 sq. ft. potting shed in her backyard into a guest house and did it turn out cute!
She imagined it belonged to a gardener. At just 500 square feet, Ana had to get creative with space if they were going to welcome guests.
While the fireplace is another feature that appears to have been around for centuries, it was in fact a radical new design (the oversize form is crafted out of old bricks, so it looks original to the structure).
Most of the fabrics are vintage finds, and the plants keep on coming.
Don’t let the small brown cupboards fool you: They house a dishwasher and microwave. Opposite them is a recessed pantry with a breakfast station, and the fridge is concealed in the off-white tongue-and-groove wall.
Ana scoured local reclamation yards for salvaged pieces, like the church pew that was cut to fit in the dining alcove alongside the former school table (complete with graffiti).
The open shelves in the kitchen—reminiscent of a potting shed—the palette of terracotta browns and forest greens,
She raised the mattress in the bedroom to be higher than normal to provide deep drawers for storage, and to keep the bed central (there is nothing worse than sleeping trapped against a wall), she carved out two passageways leading to the adjacent lounge, offering privacy with thick curtains.
In the bathroom, the toilet seat, crafted out of iroko wood tops from a school science laboratory, is quirky but traditional.
The sunken, micro-cemented bath is totally unexpected. Ana toyed endlessly with the configuration, and when there was talk of digging down into the ground, she embraced it to create a spa-like shower-tub that is big enough for two.
The cottage has garnered positive feedback from guests. “ Move over, cottage core, we’re on to potting shed–chic,” says Ana.