Prefab Fridays: METROSHED

by , 05/12/06


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

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  1. Galen Monroe July 23, 2007 at 12:16 am

    I am astonished at the mechanism to strip away and streamline ‘lifestyle’ of the individual. Be it student, businessman, upwardly mobile man or woman. Projecting independence you are not tied to that single all in one address/ emotional cesspool/ family bog. Not replacing the afore described but rather augmenting it and mobilizing or satellite ones influence and spirit. Minispace.

  2. Inhabitat » Blog ... August 28, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    […] We’ve waxed lyrical about many a mini backyard prefab, (the FutureShed, the Modern Cabana, the MetroShed) but the EcoSpace Garden Studio really takes the cake. This stylish little prefab is green in almost every way: it is constructed from sustainably harvested cedar, employs eco-friendly materials throughout the structure and interior, and even comes outfitted with a pre-built green roof! Starting at £15,850, its reasonably priced as well – although bathrooms, kitchens and necessary amenities cost extra. […]

  3. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 10, 2006 at 5:27 am

    […] FutureShed follows the studio’s thorough principles of sustainability (see their Eco-design strategy), utilizing FSC-certified, locally-sourced timber, free of toxic adhesives and sealants; a fully translucent roof for maximum daylight and natural midwinter heat; and self-bearing walls that require no extraneous framing or hardware. Like some of the other sheds we’ve showcased here, this garden habitat can be used as a children’s playhouse, a storage space, a workshop, or a backyard getaway. But we think this one, designed in collaboration with design engineering student, Mara Callaert, is exceptionally beautiful. […]

  4. Klein, aber fein | inne... May 22, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    […] Ich finde die Struktur einer Wohnung, eines Hauses ebenso spannend wie die Inneneinrichtung. Groß ist per se nicht immer besser, klein nicht immer gemütlicher. In den USA geht der Trend immer mehr von großen, rein repräsentativen Häusern zu kleineren, den eigentlichen Wohnbedürfnissen seiner Bewohner angepassten Heimen. Dazu fand ich einen interessanten Beitrag in The Thrifty Decorating Blog, ebenso wie ich fast zeitgleich die Bücher von Sarah Susanka entdeckt habe, die sich genau mit diesem Thema in ihren Büchern auseinandersetzt. Ich habe mir die “Not So Big House-Collection” zugelegt und was ich bis jetzt gelesen habe finde ich sehr schlüssig. Für ArchitektInnen sicher auch interessant. Schließlich gibt es auch bei uns die Tendenz – ebenso bei Fertigteilhäusern – je größer desto imposanter. Als Beispiel, dass beeindruckend nicht nur mit der Größe zu tun hat, habe ich einen Beitrag im Inhabitat-Blog gefunden, der eine interessante Alternative vorstellt: Ein 1-Zimmer-Haus aus Holz und Glas, für den Garten oder als Anbau z.B. auf Flachdächern geeignet. Auf der Seite von Metroshed gibt es noch mehr Informationen und Fotos. Ich finde dieses Haus witzig, einzig das Badezimmer und WC habe ich noch nicht entdecken können, aber in Zusammenhängen wo das nicht zwingend notwendig ist, könnte mir diese Box schon gut gefallen. Schlagwort(e): Bcher, Blog, Garten. Permalink • Drucken • Email […]

  5. dayay May 15, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    Apparently the roof can be a solid white or bronze tinted effect to block out the sun – I think they did the roof clear like that in the photos for the ‘cool effect’ and it’s certainly worked…..I love it.

  6. Ro May 12, 2006 at 7:36 am

    Maybe I just don’t see it, but isn’t there any way cover the roof to hold back the damaging sunrays?
    I can imagine someone wanting to ‘close’ the roof with curtains for example, so you’d still have light coming through, but you would be in the shade.

    Other than that, it looks pretty nifty.

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