A backyard writing studio | Dencity Design

This 450 sq ft backyard studio serves as a writing studio and a quiet family retreat. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Tucked at the back of a suburban lot in Decatur, Georgia, is a small modern structure with a shed roof and a mini “tower” at the back. It was designed by Dencity Design to be a writing studio and to give family members an easily accessible but tranquil retreat from the clamor of daily life. The 450 ft2 (41.8 m2) space includes a sitting area, an office workspace and a small library. Although not a house, we think the design would be perfect for a tiny dwelling.

Despite its small floor plan, the studio includes spaces with two distinct characters. The lounge space is very open to the outdoors. It has windows wrapping around three sides with the glass meeting at two corners. Even when a room has large windows, people tend to perceive the corner posts as defining the boundaries of the room. However if you eliminate a corner post, you also help eliminate that perceived boundary and the room feels much larger as a result. By contrast, the office/library area is a closed and private workspace with small windows at desk level.

This 450 sq ft backyard studio serves as a writing studio and a quiet family retreat. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The shed roof has wide overhangs on three sides, sheltering a wrap-around deck. A ladder against the back wall leads up to a roof-top observation deck, which has a solid railing at the front for privacy. The Cypress siding was given an unconventional treatment. It was lightly burned, leaving a rich dark finish. Charring the surface of wood is an age-old method of preserving it, making it resistant to rot and insects as well as more fire-proof.

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Photographs by Fredrik Brauer and Ann Packwood.

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