Many architects say outbuildings are their favorite project types to design, and it’s not hard to see why. Programs tend to be simpler than those for main houses, so more design time can be spent creating pure delight, rather than meeting complex programmatic needs.

Outbuildings often have a compelling purpose, such as serving as a space for creative pursuits or providing a place for houseguests to lay their heads. Their diminutive size and limited scope can give architects a greater measure of stylistic freedom. We’ve assembled a slideshow of some of our favorites for your viewing enjoyment.