Not all homes or buildings are built on a huge budget. Some are even built on a modest budget, but it still looks really great.
Do you think it’s possible?
Of course it is!
Indeed, There are many homes that have been built from scratch by reusing existing materials in the area. And the result looks like the owners actually bought new materials to build it. Well, that’s the magic of design and technology!
This is what the British office Gray Griffiths Architects did with a potting shed in East London. They used scrap materials to create a new, meaningful space.
What does this prove?
It shows how imaginative architecture and ingenuity can actually make a design achievable, even for those who do tight budget.
Interesting, isn’t it?
Take a look at the shed below:
Location : East London
Designer : Gray Griffiths Architects
Style : Modern
Room type : Shed
Unique feature : A modern pottery shed finished with salvaged materials.
Similar house : A Serene Wooden Writer’s Shed in London
Gray Griffiths Architects designed a multifunctional garden studio for a ceramist and avid gardener. With a limited budget, the designers used salvaged materials throughout the construction, in keeping with the ethos of a manufacturing studio.
Reclaimed plywood panels and ex-shop windows and doors were used for this shed. The exterior grade birch plywood is smooth and creates an even patchwork finish that is exposed inside to add warmth to the interior. In the shed there are various designated areas for handicrafts, relaxing and working.
Salvaged materials were used throughout the building. This includes scraps of plywood for exterior cladding and interior walls. The owner wants the space to be used as an office and cozy. In doing so, she ensured that the design was not restricted by the workshop typology. The owner wants a warm, inviting space that meets the practical needs of a studio.
Wood is used in the interior to create a warm and welcoming aura. This also meets the practical requirements of a maker studio.
The designers added open shelves, as seen here. Apart from storing some things that are needed in the room, it is also an additional decoration.
Since space is limited, it is important that everything is well organized. Check out how neat this wall organizer is with open wall shelves. In this way the ceramist could keep everything she needs in one place.
The pottery shed is also used as an office. It has a comfortable couch for the owner to relax on and a narrow desk in front of the window that is intended for work.
We assume that she the owner of the shed is there she is smiling all over the place and she seems ready to work. Well, who wouldn’t be happy to have their own space like this? And what I noticed here is the skylight which, in addition to the large glass doors and windows, brings natural light into the shed. There is also a fireplace to keep the shed warm during the cold months.
The design of the shed included a place to store firewood. Also, since the budget is limited, and in order to stay within the ex-storefront, windows and doors with minor cosmetic damage were used in the shed. And it turned out really beautiful!
The front view of the shed mimics the architectural style of the nearby factories. Therefore clean lines, a matte black finish and a flat gable roof were used. However, it is adapted to the living environment. It is nestled in the garden that surrounds the mature apple tree.
Although small, this shed serves the owner in many ways. And the best part is that the owner’s creative side is at home here. Plus, every time they see it, guests are reminded of the beauty of pottery that could be buried in today’s digital age.
The owner of this pottery shed is happy with the outcome of the project. Despite having a limited budget, Gray Griffiths managed to achieve the ceramist’s goal through the skillful use of materials. Because of this, they came up with a bespoke design that gives the owner a space to work with local manufacturers three days a week. Apparently it is very fulfilling for the owner that she now has her own place to work without being dirty and undisturbed in her main house. Creative people need time for themselves and the ceramist was no doubt able to get that from her own pottery shed right at home! Would you build your own shed too? What would it be for?