A few months ago, we wrote about architect Ryan Leidner‘s impressive work on a dilapidated former saloon, which he turned into a modern courtyard-centered home for a young family. (See the story here.) We recently came across another of his first-rate transformations.
The property: a run-down shed in the backyard of an old Victorian. The location: Mission District, San Francisco. The clients: Lisa Foti-Straus and Drew Straus, creative siblings (she’s an artist and furniture maker; he’s a songwriter) “who have lived there at times with various other friends,” Leidner says.
The results: A new studio that’s modest in scale and masterful in its execution. “The owners and I share a love for Northern California and the dream of a little hand-built house on the coast, where you can go to reflect and retreat,” Ryan says. “I remember we found ourselves often looking at projects in Leslie Williamson’s great book, Handcrafted Modern, which is filled with endless inspiration.”
This artist’s studio may not be oceanside, but it certainly feels like a tranquil space to reflect and retreat. Let’s take a look.
Photography by Mariko Reed, courtesy of Ryan Leidner Architecture.
For more inspired conversions, see:
- Edinburgh Bolthole: A Stylish One-Room Vacation Apartment Converted from a Garage
- A Garage Converted into a Compact Guest Cottage, Courtesy of Mark Lewis
- Carolyn Murphy’s Painting Studio—in the Garage
Frequently asked questions
What is the Shed Conversion Artist Studio in San Francisco?
The Shed Conversion Artist Studio in San Francisco is a project by architect Ryan Leidner where he converted an existing shed into a beautiful and functional artist studio.
Who is Ryan Leidner?
Ryan Leidner is an architect based in San Francisco who specializes in residential architecture and interior design.
What was the inspiration behind the Shed Conversion Artist Studio?
The inspiration behind the Shed Conversion Artist Studio was to create a functional and beautiful space for a client who wanted an artist studio on their property.
What were the main challenges of the project?
The main challenges of the Shed Conversion Artist Studio project were managing the limited space and budget while still creating a functional and inspiring workspace.
What were some of the key design elements of the project?
Some of the key design elements of the Shed Conversion Artist Studio project were maximizing natural light, incorporating storage solutions, and creating a flexible workspace that could be used for multiple purposes.
Can the Shed Conversion Artist Studio be used for other purposes besides an artist studio?
Yes, the Shed Conversion Artist Studio was designed to be a flexible space that could be used for other purposes like a guest house or home office.
What materials were used in the project?
The Shed Conversion Artist Studio project used materials like bamboo flooring, shiplap siding, and reclaimed wood accents.
How long did the project take to complete?
The Shed Conversion Artist Studio project took approximately six months to complete.
How much did the Shed Conversion Artist Studio project cost?
The cost of the Shed Conversion Artist Studio project was not disclosed by the architect or client.