May 13


We’re all about people who like to make things and Tom Maiorana is a maker. The owner of Red Cover Studios, Tom is a shoemaker/designer and a creative thinker. He’d been searching for a modern airy shed to serve as a studio/workshop in his backyard but never quite found the right fit that matched his aesthetic. He discovered the MD100 plans in ReadyMade, and over several months, he and his partner built the structure in their backyard. Tom shares photos on Red Cover Studio’s blog here (one of them is below | credit: Red Cover Studios)

Red Cover Studios workshop

Aug 12

Ashley & Jason’s Backyard Movie Theater

What started out as an idea to add a quiet reading space to their home ended up turning into a mini backyard movie theater. Ashley & Jason built their MD100 over the course of four months (through the chilly winter months…see the snow?!).

construction in the snow

They followed the plan sets, adding insulated walls, bamboo flooring, a ceiling fan and several pendant lights. Plus they built a deck off the front (it’s became a favorite spot for their three dogs to perch in the sun).

front view with deck and landscaping

They also installed a 90-inch projector screen and wired for surround sound! The dwelling is equipped with cable & DVR and wireless internet (it’s all run off its own breaker box).

projector screen

The interior is cozy and perfect for movie watching with a sofa bed, pendant lighting and hanging shelves for accent pieces.


interior 2

What an awesome idea! We love the mini movie theater! Ashley & Jason say they escape to the dwelling almost every night to watch movies or TV on their projector screen, read or just spend time together with their dogs. Ashley says, “We almost view it as going on a mini trip every night to our little vacation home in the back yard.”

Their MD100, with all the updated fixtures, furniture, projector screen, air conditioning unit and landscaping, cost them an estimated $8,000 – $10,000.

sunshine through trees

And check out this great shot taken at night.

night shot

Jun 11

Tom’s San Luis Obispo Dwelling


Tom began construction on his MD100 in the summer of 2010. He chose the MD100 design for its clean, simple and modern shape. He wanted to use as much recycled material as possible and was fortunate enough to have a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store near his home.  He also got some of his 2×4s from friends and on Craigslist (great idea, Tom!). Tom’s construction steadily moved along into the fall. He used the aluminum paint recommended as a first coat of the underside of the floorboards, then followed that with coats of deck sealer. Tom ended up using plexiglass for the front windows, but says now he wished he would have splurged on tempered glass.



Martin_Corrogated Panels

Martin_In progress

Martin_painting back wall

Tom says the MD100 offers a warm and comfortable escape from the winds in his backyard. He is currently working on adding interior furnishings and a possible mini-bar (we like that idea!)


Apr 11

James & Cathy’s Sonoma Backyard Oasis


We love this MD100 in a peaceful backyard corner with just the right amount of sunshine and shade. Cathy and James built it to be a place for their daughters to hang out, spend the night with friends or just get away for awhile. But now the entire family uses the structure! It’s got an amazing view of their garden, plus seating for two outside to read a book or just sit and relax. James says they use the MD for out-of-town guests to have some extra space. He says it’s the perfect fit for his family. With limited time, budget and experience, he found the plan set in ReadyMade and decided one day that he was going to build it. So for just under $5,000 in materials, electrical and lighting and tempered glass (plus a TV for inside!), James built the MD100 in just three days (plus another three to paint and finish).


James called me when he first got the plans from ReadyMade to get my advice and suggestions on how to increase the stability. I told him to go with a 2×6 floor instead of 2×4, which he ended up doing and is very happy with his decision. They also opted for tempered glass (which is a real plus in my opinion) as he knew plexi could be harder to clean and could yellow over time. It added to the overall cost, but he felt it was a worthwhile investment. James also used heavy insulation for sound proofing and added two windows for added ventilation. Cathy  really liked the look of the galvanized steel siding on the exterior, so they decided to line the interior back wall with it. And the lime green back and side interior walls really pop, too!

We love this MD and James says it’s one of the best decisions they’ve made on the house so far!


This is an awesome shot of the structure at night…


Oct 10

Time lapse video chronicles this builder’s MD100 progess

Wow, this is an awesome time lapse video posted on YouTube. It’s a video diary that chronicles this builder’s progress from start to finish. According to her comments, the total cost was $2,000 (a bit more expensive than the estimated cost of the plans because she used 1/4 inch tempered glass and added a few other upgrades). Well done!

Sep 10

Michael Master’s MD100 in San Francisco, an extra bedroom for guests

Michael Masters and his wife constructed their MD100 in their backyard. Michael says, “We have a lovely little home, but only one bedroom, so have nowhere to stay when guests come to town.  Now that we have the MD100, we can give the house over to the guests and take refuge in the back yard.”

He says their costs were more than anticipated, but they were happy to end up with a very nice, cozy, affordable alternative to a home addition.

Michael notes that he faced a challenge trying to find corrugated metal panels, but was able to track some down locally to complete his structure.

The MD100 construction begins in the backyard

The MD100 construction begins in the backyard

A look at the ceiling

A look at the ceiling

Completed side view of the backyard addition!

Completed side view of the backyard addition!

Gorgeous shade covers the glass windows

Gorgeous shade covers the glass windows

Sep 10

IKEA and ReadyMade Showcase Edgar Blazona’s MD100 at 6 Locations Across the US

In a six-city tour across the country called A Designed Life,  IKEA showcased Edgar Blazona for ReadyMade’s MD100. Each city, from Oregon to San Diego to Chicago, displayed an MD100 with a complete kitchen, living room or bedroom to show how modern style can fit into any space.

Portland, Oregon
The Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival

When: February 5-6, 2010
Where: Oregon Convention Center

A full kitchen from IKEA

A full kitchen from IKEA

A complete IKEA kitchen

A complete IKEA kitchen

San Diego, California
The San Diego Home and Landscape Show

When: February 19-21, 2010
Where: San Diego Convention Center

A full functioning bedroom in San Diego

A fully functioning bedroom in San Diego


Comfy bed with plenty of space

Well lit, light and airy

Well lit, light and airy

Oakland, California
Whole Foods, Oakland

When:  March 11-14, 2010
Where: Whole Foods Market 230 Bay Place, Oakland, CA 94612

Roseville, California
Whole Foods, Roseville

When: March 18-21, 2010
Where: Whole Foods Market, 1001 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678

A full kitchen in Roseville

A full kitchen in Roseville

The MD100 at the Whole Foods Roseville Entrance

The MD100 at the Whole Foods Roseville Entrance

Kitchen in Roseville with plenty of storage

Kitchen in Roseville with plenty of storage

Washington, D.C.
Whole Foods, Silver Spring

When: April 21-25, 2010
Where: Whole Foods Market, 833 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Chicago, IL
Chicago Botanic Wine Festival

When: June 12-13, 2010
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Illinois

Dec 09

Michael Hruby’s MD100 in Kansas City, MO

Finished outbuilding picture

Michael Hruby had been searching for a way to create his own personal space in his backyard. Somewhere he could listen to music, visit with friends and be creative. He had never really considered building anything himself due to his limited construction experience. He had researched several possibilities from a prefab structure (too expensive) to a yurt (way too rustic) and began to realize that whatever he wanted was going to cost upwards of $10,000 if he really wanted something that suited his needs and had a strongly modern perspective. After spending some time searching for the building he had in mind, he came across the MD100 plan sets.  It was about the right size, had the modern influence he was looking for and could be constructed for $1,000 – $1,500.

Construction began in May 2009. From the original MD100 design, Michael enlarged the structure to a 12×12, modified the construction methods and built it by hand. Construction took 30 work days to complete it from stem to stern, including interior finishes and exterior paint. Although it is true in spirit to the original design, Michael made some changes based on the availability of materials and other personal features he needed.

Michael’s MD100 used mostly treated wood for the exterior, double-paned windows throughout, insulated all areas including the floor and ceiling and used the corrugated metal not on the outside, but as an interior finish. Instead of using 2×4’s, he used 4×4’s for the main supports, 2×6’s on the ceiling and floor joists and double reinforced pretty much the entire structure. He also painted it to match his house, a 113-year-old Victorian. He landscaped the front and sides, guttered the rear eve, used some incredible plywood on the floors stained chocolate brown, installed exterior lighting and built a deck on the front. Michael estimates that his entire project cost somewhere around $4,500 – $5,000.

Michael constructs the MD100 in his backyard

Michael constructs the MD100 in his backyard

Nov 09

Eric Hochstetler’s MD100 in Durham, NC

The tree coverage keeps the structure cool in the summer months

The tree coverage keeps the structure cool in the summer months

Eric built the MD100 is his backyard in Durham, NC over the summer of 2009. The project took roughly three weeks to complete and his final cost was around $1500, give or take a bit. Everything was purchased from either Home Depot or Lowe’s, except for the tempered glass—7 pieces custom cut for $340. Eric chose to use tempered glass over plexiglass, which saved him about $200.

He enlisted the help of friends who had tools and building experience as well. Painting, varnishing, door and floor work were completed incrementally over approximately two months.

Eric says his parents were the first guests to stay out there overnight. Equipped with a space heater and a down comforter, they endured a rare October night in 30 degree temperatures and slept “better than ever.”

The back view shows the corregated metal siding

The back view shows the corregated metal siding

Pathway to a backyard retreat

Pathway to a backyard retreat

A view from the inside of the MD100

A view from the inside of the MD100

The 100 square foot dwelling provides a backyard escape

The 100 square foot dwelling provides a backyard escape

Nov 09

Little Radio Offices in Los Angeles, CA

Little Radio is a Los Angeles-based event promoter, music venue, online radio station, music blog and independent music network. Dave Conway wanted to take their 5,000 square foot warehouse, located in a unknown nook in downtown LA, and turn it into a community space of “cool track offices.” He had seen the MD100 plans when they debuted in ReadyMade Magazine and decided to build several of the structures (eight actually) and create an interactive work environment for his company and other like-minded companies. The offices were constructed, staying true to the plan sets, and adding 2 feet in width to each building.

Each office includes internet and phone lines, printer/paper, utilities and water. There are now 7 different companies besides Little Radio (Publicist, Environmental Marketing Company, Motion Animation, Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Artist Management, Online Marketing). “All of the companies are their own entity, but everyone is constantly teaming up on different projects,” says Dave.

The side-by-side offices allow for interaction and collaboration in a creative and open work space.