What’s the best way to make a house bigger without adding on or just picking up and moving?
For Ed Vogts and Susan Wagner, the answer is erecting a brand new storage shed/workshop with room to grow.
Pretty enough to be seen, but tucked far enough back in the lot to be barely visible from the street, this storage shed still under construction looks likes a place where any man would want to hang his hat, and any woman would love to have to store those things you just can’t find room for inside.
At approximately 600 square feet, it’s bigger than half the apartments in Manhattan, and that’s the way Vogts planned it.
“I’ve made it big enough that we can go ahead and store just about everything we want to store,” he says. “Between the two of us, we have eight kids and six grandkids, so there’s always lots of toys and stuff that takes up room in the house.”
With everything from seasonal decorations to kid’s toys stored in the new shed, the house will suddenly have room to breathe again. But Vogts is making sure he doesn’t sacrifice style in his quest for storage space.
The shed will have natural wood siding when completed, making it fit in nicely with the native landscape. A long porch on the east side faces a fire pit that the family uses frequently.
“We utilize the fire pit a lot. It’s just a great place to sit around and talk,” Vogts says.
French doors on the south side kick up the design level a notch, but Vogts chose them for a more practical reason: with both doors open he won’t have any trouble getting large items inside.
For now, Vogts doesn’t plan to either heat, cool or plumb the shed, but will use it to put his carpentry skills to work for additional home projects.
“I was a carpenter for 30 years, and I just enjoy woodworking, so I’m going to be doing some of that in here,” he explains.
Remarkably, while the home is located on busy South Story Street, the lot gives the shed a quiet and private feel in the heart of the city.
“We’re trying to make the best of city living and still enjoy outside living as well,” Vogt says simply.