When it comes to outdoor design and the use of space, often it comes down to being able to look outside the box and use areas and spaces in different ways than they were originally intended. Take, for example, that rather large outdoor shed that takes up a big area in your yard. Perhaps you find yourself using it less and less and are considering taking it down. Before you go ahead and demolish the shed, though, you may want to think about how it can be re-purposed and used in a different way.
With some proper planning and work, that same outdoor shed could be transformed into a customized lounge and pub that is perfect for relaxing in, and entertaining your friends. Here’s how it can be done.
Start with the Basic Necessities
When it comes to transforming that outdoor shed into a living and entertainment space, you’re going to have to start with the basic necessities which are electricity, heating and cooling systems. You can hire an electrician to come in and wire the shed. Once that’s done, you can invest in space heaters and a portable air conditioning unit so it stays comfortable all year round. Overhead lights and even a ceiling fan can also be installed by the electrician, taking the comfort level one step further.
Now before you do anything like finish the floor, walls, or ceiling you want to be sure it is free of any pests. Have an exterminator such as Orkin come in and inspect the shed to be sure you’re the only one who is using the area.
Add the Finishings
Now that you’ve got the basics in place it’s time to install drywall. Depending on where you live, you may also want to use insulation behind that drywall. This will help to regulate the temperature of the shed, and can also help with noise reduction.
When it comes to the flooring you pick, ideally it should be something that is easy to clean and maintain. Because you’ll be walking into the shed from the outdoors it’s possible that mud, dust, leaves, and dirt may be tracked in. Carpet probably isn’t ideal, so opt for something such as tiles or laminate instead. If you want to “warm up” the space you can always throw an area rug over the flooring you pick.
Consider Adding Different Doors
Another tip is to consider changing out the doors that were original on the shed for something that allows more light into the space. Double French doors with all the glass panels are a popular choice. Just make sure they can be locked.
Go Ahead and Accessorize
Now you’re ready for the best part and that’s accessorizing the space. You can install a bar, bar stools, a fridge, sink, comfy armchairs, a nice big TV, and even a games table if the space permits. It’s up to you to pick the tone and theme for your pub.
At the end of the day, that rarely-used shed could just be a DIY project in the making giving you that pub and lounge space you’ve always dreamed of.