Contemporary California Shed

by Stephen Strugala
(Long Beach, California)

The Contemporary California Shed design was inspired from the architectural language and location of the United States west coast while considering the practical needs of the garden office shed.


The shed contains sufficient flexible space within for the use of a personal office, studio, and recreation space while maintaining a sense of openness and transparency to the exterior landscape through the use of large sliding glass doors and complementary windows.

The shed is constructed with typical wood studs surrounded by a plywood and stucco finish on the exterior and a gypsum wall board finish on the interior. A corten steel roof, supported by wood rafters and joists, wraps around the shed to provide adequate shade from the strong California sun and formal intrigue. Landscaping elements from ground planters outside the shed crawl up onto the corten roof through metal frames and hang off the roof edge to help cool the shed through naturally stimulating methods.

Thus, a full environmental experience can be achieved from within the shed to help initiate a productive working office garden shed while maintaining a relaxing atmosphere.

Stephen Strugala Design

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fantastic design
by: Bekky Sung

love the design... and all the atmosphere bring up.

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Wonderful working space
by: Audery

It's really an excellent design.

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concrete
by: Anonymous

make it out of adobe or concrete! it will keep the shed much cooler than the plywood/stucco combo.

there is also transparent concrete...in day light will filter into the space, at night the shed will glow.

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its good
by: Anonymous

i think it's great -

you could extend the over hang of the roof to provide even more shade, and it could make an even more dynamic play btw volume of shed & roof plane. The roof meeting the ground is a powerful moment -

the simplicity is why it is so great though! good work

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nice design
by: Anonymous

very interesting~ that's a shed a man will enjoy retreating to, to do whatever men do in sheds. wish u the very best luck!

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extra extra...
by: Louise

really nice - actually looks like something you could live a good and healthy life in... :)

I do suggest to make the triangular wood pillar on the front more open by making it hollow.
Then use this space as a mulitipurpose extra selling spot.
Suggest to put shelves inside to fill it up with flower/vegetable pots... (okay, girls persepective)... or a bench where you can use the pillars as a back rest(then you can make cutom-fitted pillows...) or a wire system to dry stuff according to whatever business you are in or hang little candle-light lamps or... :)

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Nice Design
by: Anonymous

The column at the front seems like an element of the 50's cali diners. The slant makes it dynamic subtly suggesting speed... Could double as a temporary toll booth, guard station, or national park service remote office of sorts.

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Looks great!
by: Anonymous

Fantastic design

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great design
by: Anonymous

very thoughtful, and i can see it being built.

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simple but complex
by: Anonymous

Great design and materials!

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Great idea
by: ChocoBim

I like the design.Expecially about the steel roof(=.

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hi
by: Anonymous

Good job! looks cute~

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Awesome!
by: Anonymous

Excellent Tips!

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I luv it
by: SERAPH

simple, and nice design :)

xoxo
seraph

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nice =)
by: J

good work and good luck

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i like very much
by: Anonymous

simple, elegant, sophisticated, sustainable.

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me
by: Anonymous

not sure if i left a comment for myself...

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good
by: ting

well done!

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good
by: shirley

good design ! your conception is very good and advance,

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About your work
by: DennyAnne

If for a shed's practicability,I dare to say it's cool
But...if for one building's beauty,I'm afraid that's not enough,I always think there are sth lost about that,cause it's that's a garden office also

what about setting up a small loft or attic for ppl working there to have a rest ?(whatever)it might be cool...LOL


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Marvellous~~
by: Panda

Really good design... Especially its side disign to set it off to advantage, and its shed conception match it very well... Cheers...

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Professional Opinion
by: J Craig Whitaker

As a former professional builder and now writer/photographer/businessman and garden lover, I find this a marvelous studio/office/shed, multi-use workspace that affords privacy, beauty and practicality. I am very impressed with the beauty of this lovely design! Wow!!!

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cool design!
by: Paul SS SEG

I like it!!! very nice, I specially love the big windows, lots of light inside!

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good job
by: Anonymous

Hey, I like your design. Well done!

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Nice Bro
by: Mike Busy

Hey this is simply... 5 Stars... I come from New Zealand and we call them a "Batch" or a crib... Nice one bro...

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very nice dude
by: Anonymous

nice vegetative wrapping sir, not sure on the exterior wall material choice though, but i like how it will help ease the climate heating effect. the shading roof will really help as well

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excellence
by: Anonymous

very organic sharp

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very well done
by: Anonymous

The overall form of this shed is well put together and takes into consideration location environmental conditions. I think with time the shed will age well with the use of the copper and the vines. Very thoughtful!

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good idea
by: katrina yang

nice idea and good drawing.
It will make our stay condiction much better.
katrina

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fantastics
by: BYRON

so wonderful!

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interesting
by: xuxu

mmm...interesting.. cool looking

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support u
by: Anonymous

it's a nice brilliant great design!support u!

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GREAT!
by: Alice

your design is so great!COME ON,guy!

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Nice Shed
by: Anonymous

Thank you jesus, a shed that fits its function yet still has aestethic creativity and practicality

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Come on
by: Lucifer

Absolutely well!

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Smart Creator
by: Mithun

I like this idea,especially within the shed to help initiate a productive working office garden shed while maintaining a relaxing atmosphere.

You really did a great job, keep it up!

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Great Plan
by: A Neighbor

This plan is a must if you want a plan that is detailed, clear and complete. Great job to the creator.

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great form
by: Anonymous

I love the formal relationship of exterior and interior environment, the presentation is a little difficult to understand though... very innovative though. seems like it may be a bit costly though

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ITS VERY NICE
by: The trouble Martion

I am pretty impressive on this concept, specially on the big glass openness area, u can definitely enjoy the view outside to relax, and the green roof make this design totally step up.

Well done ! wish u keep on yr good works to improve living.


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Clever
by: Bridget

I think the design is really clever and ecofriendly.

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Audery's appreciation
by: Audery

It is great!

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overall well
by: Anonymous

I appreciate the multiple images describing the structure, form, and how sun, shade, and ventilation can affect the overall form and relationship to the landscape. Everything looking into! Great!

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About your design
by: DennyAnne

Not too bad...LoL

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Rock and Roll!
by: CHICHI

Interesting...sometimes small projects like these..bring out the best of the best...
1 vote for you from me...
Maybe some band can set up their instruments on the roof and jam!...
any design for future expansion?...is it possible for prefabrication and site installation?
keep it up!

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nice style
by: Anonymous

I appreciate the different approach to the shed design. What really is a shed in the current era? It seems less and less people are using sheds for storage and more for pleasure. The sustainable techniques used are thoughtful as well.

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impressive
by: Mon

cool and creative design for a garden office shed! can see the sophisticated consideration from the details. good job Steve!

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good idear
by: Yang QI

good men, so interesting house ,i like

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good design
by: Anonymous

well thought out overall - the use of landscaping on the ground, wall, and roof is interesting - what about solar panels on top of the roof, and can water drain into the plantars? cool stuff!

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AMAZING
by: Tim

I want this shed, it is awesome and beautiful

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Nice!
by: Tanya

Designing around the use of natural lighting and shading really optimizes each time-frame for the shed's different uses...a clever move. I like this sophisticated approach. It's sensible, yet sensitive to the user and to the environment.

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the house
by: Anonymous

i would love to see the house that would go along with this shed. very good eye candy!

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looks fun
by: J

basically i have no idea how it works ...but looks interesting =)

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Very Appealing!
by: E. Brock

Functional plus eye candy!

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great design!
by: Anonymous

usually an item like a shed is not given much thought with a house, but this design shows great detail and character!

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very nice
by: Anonymous

definitely shows where the future of design is going! great design!

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practical classy shed
by: chris

Really neat design that makes a useful shed look more like part of landscape. It would actually add to the complete home/yard atmosphere, unlike sheds now that are bulky boxes. I would even like working in this shed compared to sheds without windows. It would be easier to find things and see everthing for organization with the natural light. I love it!

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Cool!
by: Martha

Snazzy! Very interesting.

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LOVE IT!!!!
by: Anonymous

interesting design and use of materials, yet still practical. i like how each view is different and stylish!

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fantastics
by: gorky

it's very simple living, but i think roof contact on floor it's not good (by wall) because animals insect (sireum,hileud,simeut,etc.) easy to come up. thanks

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Two thumbs up!!!
by: Melissa F

Very unique and creative!

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Contemporary California Shed
by: Greg S

A very practical, yet unique design to storage needs. The design helps bring the environment into the structure. An especially clever feature was the planter placement, and its ability to grow and cover some of the structure, thereby helping to keep the structure cooler in hot months.

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dynamic form
by: Anonymous

the form is very dynamic and sharpe

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