Penelope Wilson
Penelope Wilson
January 30, 2020 · 3 min read

“We-shed.” One for You, the Other for Your Spouse

The she-shed is undoubtedly one of the coolest trends of the 21st century. 

Man caves (he-sheds) have been around for as long as anyone can remember, and women have been feeling left out for too long. Also, a man cave will lose its “essence” when feminine colonization starts to creep in. Well, who needs that when we can build our own sheds, complete with lovely flowers, soothing colors and tasteful décor to hang out in and host our friends?

These days, it gets even better. A furniture company named Portable Buildings of Houston recently incorporated an adorable design to give couples a chance to be together and still have their spaces (yes, it’s possible).

The “we-shed” is an awesome collaboration of a she-shed and a he-shed, made of two separate structures erected on the same platform [1]. The sheds share one staircase and only touch each other by a wooden seat joining at their porch railings.

This way, you could get to minimize the cost of having two sheds erected separately, probably saving more room in the yard.

Adding a new dimension to your home

According to Portable Buildings of Houston, they didn’t design the building but the concept is certainly something they can use in their own designs.  The idea is to have a he-shed and a she-shed separated but somehow connected. 

Sheds are a nice addition to any home because they aren’t just for storing away junk (there should be a separate shed for that if it’s important). In Ottawa, Canada, and some parts of the U.S., he-sheds and she-sheds are becoming a real thing. Couples get to hang out in their own spaces and bring in whatever items and décor they want without upsetting their partner.

People don’t think of using a shed for some purpose other than storage … a lot of people think, gross, spiders and bugs or whatever else,” says Ottawa designer Kristi Blok of Kiki Interiors in an interview with Ottawa Citizen [2]. “(But) the possibilities are endless … and what you’re seeing with the whole shed trend is people are keeping that rustic, outdoorsy look.”

Most times, a lot of people already have sheds in their homes. While he and she-sheds can be renovated and brought up to taste, most people prefer to have new sheds built from scratch. A lot of others would usually have them custom-made, which actually turns out to be more cost-effective.

Speaking to the paper, Jason Fisher, owner of Canada-based Urbanshed explains that building a shed from scratch would usually cost about four to five times the price of having one custom-made. His company delivers tastefully designed sheds built on-site or delivered, although they currently only ship to Western Canada, as the company is based out of Calgary, Alberta.  

“It’s an economical way to add square footage to your home,” he said.

Also, sheds can be rented out if they are placed in a usable part of the home. You can rent out a shed as a yoga place, a music studio and even a storage unit to earn some cool cash. The possibilities are endless. 

A few nice ideas:

Image credits: Ottawa Citizen

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  1. Admin. “WE-SHED” – ONE FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE. Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons. https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/we-shed-one-for-you-and-your-spouse/. Retrieved 28-01-2020
  2. Chris Lackner. Backyard sheds, reimagined as elaborate outdoor living spaces. Ottawa Citizen. https://ottawacitizen.com/life/homes/he-shed-she-shed-reimagining-your-outdoor-living-space. Retrieved 28-01-2020