What was once an oversized and overlooked backyard toolbox has suddenly become a desirable hang out, thanks to designs like the Modern Shed and the recently released Metroshed. This 13′ x 8′ Metroshed pool house comes flat-packed and ready for installation next to your [real or imaginary] pool.

If your pool is more like a mirage, you can also place the Metroshed in the yard, next to the house, or even on a rooftop. It has a cedar beam post frame, aluminum sliding doors, wood floor panels, and ventilation shutters with bug screens. They also have a number of other sizes and designs, including the Metroship.


Installation is DIY and can be done in a day. The company promises that all you need is a screw gun, a ladder and a pair of gloves, and that the shed “is laid out in such a way that the build process is intuitive.” (IKEA promised me the same thing.)

+ Metroshed