Patio furniture and landscaping can tend to get a lot of attention in outdoor decorating, especially when the weather turns nice. However, outdoor storage, though necessary, is often an overlooked area in outside design projects.
The following systems are ideas that work functionality and organization into efficient, space-saving presentations.
The combination unit is meant to contain everything needed for home gardening and outdoor plants, all in one organized space. The cabinet has water collection and disbursement capabilities, and even has a side greenhouse.
Used outdoors to catch rainwater, the system is meant to make the most of waste water in the yard. It is designed to be connected to a gutter to collect the most water. It can then be used for watering plants or the garden, washing off walkways or any use around the yard where a secondary water application will suffice.
The small, onsite greenhouse is perfect for growing herbs or starting plants for the garden. The sink with a water tap is a convenient way to fill up watering cans.
Above images are via Francien Hazen.
On a larger scale, the Walden structure designed by Nils Holger Moormann is a monumental homage in architectural form to Henry David Thoreau’s famous work about reverence for nature and appreciation of the simplicity of living in accordance with the natural world.
Moormann created the narrow, artful building nearly a decade ago for outdoor-goers to have a place to keep everything needed in one systematic area.
It holds tools, a ladder, firewood and camping supplies, and has several cubbies and built in storage cabinets. There is even room for gardening implements and a wheelbarrow.
Further, it takes the idea of a shed and moves it up a notch, also including a table and chair set perfect for picnics or breaks from yard work.
You can also climb up the ladder to the rest station, complete with a sliding sun roof, if an outdoor nap is needed.
The built in grill-top cauldron would make you want to rev up your campfire cooking skills.
Though the Walden may actually be nicer than some compact apartments and is probably a little more posh than anything Thoreau would have had in mind, it is an interesting concept that combines function, style, structure and a little outdoor whimsy.
Above images are via Nils Holger Moormann.
Inspired to create an outdoor storage unit? Check out these DIY construction plans for 15 free shed and storage tutorials.
Who doesn’t need to be motivated to be more organized outdoors? I can’t even keep the garden hose uniformly rolled up half the time.
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