Sheds have come a long way from the long-forgotten backyard buildings that held broken tools and dusty boxes. They are now becoming backyard showpieces designed with trendy colors, attractive windows and doors, and other unique accessories. These stylish shed designs have changed the way people, more specifically, women, are using their backyard sheds and have created a new trend \u2014 the she shed.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re unfamiliar with a she shed, it\u2019s essentially a man cave for women, located outdoors. While men have taken over basements and spare bedrooms all across America, women now have their own women caves, a space to spend personal time to unwind and destress, indulge in their favorite hobby, or run a home business.\u00a0\r\n\r\n10 She Shed Ideas That Will Inspire\r\nThese ten inspiring she shed ideas from Penn Dutch Structures show you what\u2019s possible when creating a woman cave that\u2019s all your own.\r\n\r\n\r\nShe Shed Blog Photo Gallery10 images\r\nHow Are You Using Your She Shed?\r\nThe purpose of your she shed will help you decide on the size, style, and design of the shed you purchase.\u00a0\r\n\r\nAn art or photo studio will require a lot of natural light.\u00a0\r\nTo create a gardening retreat, be sure to include a lot of storage and organization.\u00a0\r\nUsing a shed as a yoga studio will require open space and a higher ceiling.\u00a0\r\nFor a reading nook, add plenty of shelving for your growing library.\u00a0\r\nCreate A Style All Your Own\r\nYour she shed should be designed to be a reflection of your personality \u2014 whether you\u2019re bright and bold, soft and feminine, or playful and whimsical. When choosing a design for your woman cave, don\u2019t be afraid to play around with colors, door and window styles, and roofing materials.\r\n\r\nAdditional she shed ideas include amping up the curb appeal of your shed with landscaping. An easy way to start is with a small flower garden along the front of your shed or window boxes under the windows. Placing an arbor over the doorway or along the side will bring you closer to nature as climbing plants and flowering vines grow within. To go above and beyond, add a small patio of stone pavers in front of your shed so that, as the weather allows, you can expand your useable space to include the outside.\r\n\r\nOther Considerations When Buying a She Shed\r\nObtaining Permits \u2014\u00a0You may not be required to obtain a building permit since your she shed will most likely be arriving pre-built. However, you may need to inquire about a zoning permit. A zoning permit ensures that your structure properly fits into your zoning district (single-family residential or multi-family residential) and meets requirements for setbacks, approved uses, height regulations, etc. A building permit, on the other hand, ensures that your structure meets building and safety codes.\r\n\r\nBuilding a She Shed Base \u2014 Your shed will need to be installed on an appropriate base.\u00a0 Crushed stone is a great option for your she shed base because it\u2019s a stable material that prevents foundation shifting and allows for proper drainage.\u00a0 Your shed base should be 1\u2019 larger than your shed on all sides.\r\n\r\nInsulation &amp; Utilities \u2014 To enjoy as much time as possible in your outdoor woman cave and to create a comfortable environment, you\u2019ll need to make some after-purchase upgrades. To protect yourself from cold weather, insulate your shed. Additionally, you can add electric, cable/internet, or plumbing connections so you have access to lighting, internet,\u00a0and running water.\r\n\r\nHave you been longing for a she shed? Browse our entire selection of wood and vinyl sheds, in a variety of styles and colors.\u00a0Or visit Penn Dutch Structures to see our sheds first-hand and design your perfect shed.