A Backyard Suite

13 Comments | Apr 17, 2020 |  Building of the Month

Cimme and Alan had plans to downsize – to a point. With new laws allowing for additional living spaces to be added to properties, they added a separate suite to their backyard but still wanted a little more space. A new shed was a great solution, adding the extra room they needed while staying within their budget.

“We loved how the new living space turned out, but going from several closets to just one, was just not possible,” says Cimme. So, the original plan was to turn the shed into an extra large closet for the backyard suite, but Cimme and Alan found a better use for their 10×12 Premier Tall Ranch.

The couple decided on a mixed-use studio. Half the shed is a home office and the other is an art studio, with some extra storage space as well. “We love that we can both use the space. A lot of people don’t realize how much space is in a 10×12 shed and it’s really wonderful to both put it to use,” says Cimme.

As realtors, Cimme and Alan had high standards for their backyard updates. Their guest house, built by another contractor, took eight months to complete. And the new Tuff Shed office took four hours. “We are such happy campers,” laughs Cimme, “We’re so pleased with the service and how well the shed was built, it’s just like a little house.”

When it comes to major home improvement projects you can’t beat the satisfaction of creating a property you can be proud of. Cimme and Alan are certainly proud of their new addition and we’re proud to have been a part of it.

13 thoughts on “A Backyard Suite

  1. Hello
    Just simple question what about permit? I am become stockton city
    You have the permit or I have to get it myself?

    1. Hi Javier, permitting is dependent on local regulations and building size and your local Tuff Shed team will be happy to help you get set up with everything you need.

  2. We would like to have a Garden office size
    12×20. Or 10×20
    Wanting it to be used as a office and to look like a office inside and outside

    1. That sounds like a great building, Gabriel. Your local team will be happy to help you design your new home office if you’d like to reach out to them directly. You can find the contact information for your local team here: https://www.tuffshed.com/locate/.

  3. Is there a way (maybe someone has already done it) that two or three tough sheds can be put together (hopefully not needing double walls) to make a true suite that would include bathroom, kitchen, living room/bedroom, and maybe even a garage? I have a mountain cabin and would love to add a separate one bedroom/studio that is self contained.

  4. I purchased 20 acres of desert land outside of California City. Would the company have any problems installing it on the property? Also, would it last through the yearly extreme heat and winter frost days?

    I was once told from a person to person visit in office that the company would NEVER install a shed on property in conflict with local codes. Whose responsible for finding out local building codes?

    1. Hi Mark, that sounds like a great project and our team would be happy to help. Our Palmdale office looks to be the team nearest to you and they will be your best resource for all local building codes. You can reach them directly by phone at (661) 320-4916 or schedule an appointment with the team here: https://www.tuffshed.com/palmdale-metro-area/.

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