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March 11, 2015
Adding an outbuilding is a smart way to create distinct space and maximize a property's potential. From yoga studios to guest cottages, these are seven inspiring examples.
Designed by architect <a href="http://www.jefferyspossarchitect.net/">Jeffery Poss</a>, the tea hut is the first of what Kalanzis and her husband, Bill Cope, hope to be several sculptural structures on their property, which comprises a forested grove to t

The owners of this ornate, butterfly-roofed tea and meditation hut in Illinois say they plan to dot their 14-acre property with similiarly sculptural outbuildings. 

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Poteet replaced one wall with a large steel-and-glass lift-and-slide window wall, which he says makes the best use of indirect light. “The big sliding door and picture window make the 250-square-foot living space feel big,” says Hill.

Available in a range of sizes, shipping containers can meet almost any outbuilding need. This 8-by-40-foot container in San Antonio serves as a playhouse, garden retreat, and guesthouse

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Modern guesthouse renovation in New York with Arcadia curtain wall

The owners of this upstate New York home converted a crumbling toolshed perched on a hill into a modern guesthouse with a commanding view

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Cocoon9 Prefab Cabin Exterior

This all-in-one prefab addition packs a narrow hallway, living room, bedroom, and bathroom into 480-square-feet. 

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Glass-fronted converted garage in Washington

At a vacation home southwest of Seattle, a vestigal 440-square-foot garage was reimagined as an airy multi-use space for dinner parties, meditation, yoga, and even art lectures. 

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Outdoor wood square garage shed

With its contemporary veneer, this shoebox-like garage in Montana cuts a handsome profile. 

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The LV can be opened to the elements when the weather cooperates, allowing for generous cross-ventilation.

Conceived as studios, backyard offices, and guest cottages, Rocio Romero designs compact, affordable kit structures available across the United States. 

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Designed by architect <a href="http://www.jefferyspossarchitect.net/">Jeffery Poss</a>, the tea hut is the first of what Kalanzis and her husband, Bill Cope, hope to be several sculptural structures on their property, which comprises a forested grove to t

The owners of this ornate, butterfly-roofed tea and meditation hut in Illinois say they plan to dot their 14-acre property with similiarly sculptural outbuildings. 

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