My favorite space, my studio/cottage. We built this about 5 years ago and I still love it. Go here for a step by step:
We spent about $5000 on materials and we did all the work ourselves. This is a fully insulated, electrically wired with plumbing (a sink for washing out my paint brushes) and it is heated, so this is not just a glorified shed.
My husband knows carpentry so it was not difficult for us but he did create a step by step instruction manual for the novice builder. So far there is nothing I would really do differently unless it would be to put in radiant heat in the flooring instead of using a wall heater.
Check with your local building dept, you may have restrictions or regulations on building something like this in your backyard.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's only fitting that one of my #ProudestDIY moments involves diamonds and roses. I
may paint and refinish furniture for a living, but I am a far cry from an artist. Painting the diamonds on the drawer front and figuring out the placement and layout of the compass rose on each end terrified me! I had nightmares of diamonds not lining up and the compass roses resembling a mish-mash mess. Seeing the finished result... knowing that I was able to execute a client's vision and design beyond painting the surface of a piece of furniture... it's a good feeling.