A Sherborn Artist’s Get-Away | A She Shed Just for Her
Men have their “man caves”, and now, women have their “she sheds.” She shed is a term that is trending to imply that the female population has their own space too.
On Valentine’s day of this year, JM Construction began work on this one of a kind structure for a client in Sherborn, MA. The client is a visual artist and playwright and is the mother of three children who span in age from 8 years old to a teenager. Ingrid wanted a quiet, separate space to create and store her art, so the idea for her new she studio was born.
The art studio is a space that will be used for creativity, so it warrants an imaginative design.
In stepped Suzy Kennedy, our in-house designer, to ensure that this hideaway is as beautiful and interesting as the art it will hold. Suzy enjoyed working on this unique design challenge and had this to say of the structure, “The design is raw, but refined – an artistic industrial chic structure for a visual artist and playwright who wanted to connect with nature and be inspired by the solitude of her own space.”
Suzy’s sketch of the “rendered exterior elevation of the facade”
To execute on Suzy’s plan, we enlisted the help of our lead carpenter, Skipper Farwell. He had this to say about his work: “This was a fun project to build using many different types of materials to achieve the desired look.” It’s a relief that he enjoyed working on the project, because working outdoors in New England’s winter conditions isn’t always hospitable!
Construction work continued for several months and came to completion just last month in July, 2018.
Here are the studio’s interior finishing touches…
The blue tile backsplash stands out beautifully in front of the Watermark Designs faucet and the Native Trails farm sink in a slate finish.
The oak drawer furniture piece was an existing piece that was included in the new space. It rests under the quartz countertops and looks like it was always meant to go there. The reclaimed oak walls were reclaimed from farm structures from WV, PA, NY, & MD regions.
The stained concrete floor gives the shed that industrial chic look and the upstairs loft with the rolling library ladder will be used for storage. The entire space is filled with lots of natural light from the Pella windows and door.
The exterior also has finishing touches of its own.
The exterior design features of this structure are truly unique.
The outside is partially covered in corrugated metal, which is typically used as a roofing material, but here it is used as a design feature. Another striking feature is the red accent trim piece, which is painted using Benjamin Moore’s chili pepper red.
The studio has organic styling exterior light fixtures by Hubbarton Forge, which complement its surroundings in a coastal bronze finish.
The exterior was also enhanced by landscape designers, Redmond Design Group. The oversized dramatic stone steps beckon you in, creating a peaceful contemplative pathway transition that enhances the inspirational environment.
This Sherborn studio is a canvas awaiting creativity!
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