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Hi everyone and welcome back to our project of the week!

Project of the week: transforming an amish shed into a modern studio

If you have been following this blog then you know that over the last few months — I have taken on the unconventional design project of creating a modern studio from a traditional amish shed. It has been a number of weeks since I have blogged about the project of the week, in large part because I have been taking on the task of SELECTING A CONTRACTOR! Schew thought that would be easy..NOT! I received five names and called all five.  I met with all of them and to be honest, some I didn’t like right off the bat.


1. Ask for references

2. Ask to see prior work, either in person, or in photographs

3. Go with your gut. If you don’t have a good vibe or like their personality, your experience could be a nightmare

4. Choose a “creative thinker”. I always believe a project is best when the experience is collaborative as opposed to a contractor to just following drawings.

In the end, I chose an awfully nice fellow named Scott Yoder of Scott Yoder Precision Carpentry (in Freehold, NY). Not only do I believe he is a master “craftsman” but his easy disposition and patient approach won me over.  If you are interested in learning more about Scott, be sure to “like” him on FACEBOOK!

Just to refresh your memory folks.. I sent really “rough” hand drawings to the Amish manufacturer GREENTREE in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the shed is almost built!

basic design drawings:

Front Exterior Elevation

Front Exterior Elevation (including notes to my assistant)

East Exterior Elevation

East Exterior Elevation (LOVE the idea of a sliding glass door PLUS a transom above — creating almost an entire wall of light)

Back Exterior Elevation

Back Exterior Elevation (This is the back of the structure — this will be a dormer off the back similar to the photo below so we have light coming into the structure from all four sides)

Amish Shed inspiration for my modern studio

Amish Shed inspiration for my modern studio

West Exterior Elevation

West Exterior Elevation (This will actually face the forest and will be internally a wall that will be used for a desk and work space — the transom will be above allowing for the illusion of a window!)

Long Front Elevation (interior)

Long Front Elevation (interior) — This long interior elevation really shows how the front of the structure will have (4) windows — there won’t be much wall space for artwork (what a shame) but there will certainly be lots of light (which is great!)


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