Birmingham, MI Private gardenTraditional Shed, Detroit
The oversized obelisk serves to conceal the air conditioning unit as well as provide storage for additional gardening tools.
Beth Singer Photographer, Inc.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
3. Outside the box. I bet you didn’t expect to see a mini shed under here. A truly novel way to use a tricky space, the oversize obelisk was built to conceal an air-conditioning unit, but the vertical area above stores tall garden tools too. Close to the house and easy to access, it’s a creative solution if space is at a premium. If you have an existing alcove or unused corner, however small, perhaps you could transform it with a clever custom design to create your own version of this decorative solution.
Consider smaller spaces too. Not everyone has room for a large shed. You may find that once you get the spot organized, you have items that still need a home. This storage unit was custom-built and houses frequently used garden tools.
2. Build a Dedicated StructureKeeping space for ventilation in mind, consider creating a dedicated structure to offer shade to a machine that may not be located in the best spot. Depending on your garden needs, this could even be incorporated with a place to store the lawnmower, hose, pool care supplies or other stuff. In this example by Art | Harrison Interiors & Collection, a structure built on to the side of the house disguises the unit while also providing a spot for garden tools.
Hand ToolsWhat to do: The most important tip for tool maintenance is to clean any dirt off the metal parts. Oiling the metal or spritzing it with WD-40 will get you extra points. Now is also the time to inspect handles for signs of decay, so you won’t end up with a splintery mess when you dig into that 2-foot-high snowfall. If the wood handle just needs a little TLC, sand it and oil or paint the wood. Store tools somewhere dry, and they’ll be ready to go when the ground thaws.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
Architectural features don’t have to be just that. If there is a hollow space within, there isn’t any reason why it can’t be used to store often-used items. The crosshatch detail found on the exterior of this home gives it lovely detail, but what really blew our socks off was the hidden closet inside. Now, the homeowner doesn’t have to look far to access gardening tools that are used frequently in the space.