Love shacks

“Shackitecture” is a stupid word, sure, but who doesn’t love a well-turned shack? At my father’s family place in Maine, the original structure (a lobster shack) has been improved by, basically, dragging various other shacks on to the property. There’s a second shack attached to the original shack, a slightly larger shack (plausibly a “cottage”, but still not likely more than 400 square feet), a third shack with bunk beds for the kids, and a fourth shack that mostly gets used for storage, but can sleep people in a pinch. There are a couple bathrooms, but men are expected to pee in the woods. It’s awesome! What a fabulous way to live.

The other really fantastic shack I know is a former storage shed renovated by a philosopher of my acquantaince into a remarkable peaceful and (considering it’s in her backyard) isolated work area, surrounded by gardens and nature. Destroy the tyranny of multi-room buildings! Or not, but shacks are cool.

… via one of the links at the link, what a totally awesome collection of garden offices. Future academics in my life, take note!



  1. Josh
    Posted August 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I like the office at the last link that’s just a concrete pad (sometimes with a dog standing on it). That’ll be a wonderful place to sit and work, I’m sure.

  2. ari
    Posted August 2, 2008 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    garden office

    Want. Actually, we built a spacious shed on some land we had up in the mountains in Colorado. It had a single room with a loft. But the land was up around 9,000 feet, and it got really cold at night. So often wished for a heated shed. Then we moved and sold the land and shed as a package.

  3. Blume
    Posted August 3, 2008 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    There is a difference between a small structure and a shack, isn’t there? Words associated with ‘shack’ include rundown, pitiful, and rickety. (At least in that Bobbie Gentry song.) No one talks about a neat and tidy little shack.

  4. ari
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    No one talks about a neat and tidy little shack.

    Our shack was both neat and tidy, I’ll have you know. Try not to be so prescriptive, Blume.

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