The latest structure at the Micro Showcase is a 12’x24′ Studio Shed, built in spring of 2014.
Though it could be built out as a beautiful residential micro-unit, the design challenge here was to be everything else: woodshop + metalshop + bike store & repair + large dining room + guest space + fireplace/lounge + recording studio + meditation space. It can be all of these things (though not simultaneously), in 288 ft2. Key elements: a 7′ transforming hydraulic table, designed here at the Micro Showcase, that can be a coffee table, dining table, or workshop table depending on height. A compact 5-in-one woodshop tool (Shopsmith) that can transform from table saw to drill press to lathe to bandsaw. Every piece of furniture except one is mounted on lockable casters for easy reconfiguration.
I looked around at many different pre-fab shed options, and decided that Studio Shed was one of the best-in-class options for a small foundation built structure- very well designed, lots of light, fairly affordable, versatile and a fairly quick design/ship/build timeline. I think this company makes some of the most attractive storage and garage structures around, and they also have a ‘lifestyle‘ line that are perfect for foundation-built micro homes, backyard ADU’s (accessory dwelling units), art studios, guest rooms, etc. The company has common values about re-envisioning what our space needs really are.
see the Studio Shed blog.