The shed is a staple of the British neighbourhood landscape. If asked to picture a garden, most are likely to imagine the familiar wooden structure, stocked with bicycles, tools, and sports equipment, sitting in a distant corner. These structures are often small, prone to weathering, and used for little more than storage of the items we can’t (or don’t want to) keep in our homes. While their image may appeal to a sense of tradition, many are beginning to rethink how to best design their place within garden spaces, realising that the shed might be better off altogether replaced.
Amid the recent strength of the housing market, gardens have become a sought-after asset, with a greater number of residents seeking out their natural beauty and outdoor potential. As a result, there are also a greater number seeking to maximise their new garden space potential, creating new design trends to improve the return on their investment. If you’re one of the many in this situation or would like to learn how to improve upon a traditional shed, then we’ve got the advice for you!
A Better Build
Some creative residents have begun converting their sheds into spaces that allow for other activities, from relaxing reading nooks, filled with plants, to compact studios for painting and writing. However, there is little reason to remain limited to a structure originally designed for modest storage. Now, log cabins and outbuildings are becoming affordable and expansive, allowing for residents to create a luxurious living space outdoors.
Depending on your available budget, as well as local council restrictions, there is the potential to create anything from an open-faced gazebo for dining and relaxation to a powered and insulation outbuilding to be transformed into a professional working space or a spare room for guests.
More Power To You
Garden sheds may only take up a small amount of square footage, however, there is far more that can be done to optimise their contribution to your home. With solar panels and batteries dropping in price while simultaneously becoming more efficient, their investment is now reasonable for many homeowners.
Check the amount of sunlight that your garden and shed receive and, if they have even a few good hours, it might be time to take the eco-friendly plunge. Even a small amount of sunlight can now charge batteries that will power your mobile devices and computers, helping you to save money on your energy bills and help the environment.
Make It Work
A shed can both be used for storage and accommodate other activities with the right organisation and the right building. If you’re attached to the idea of your shed, unable to see anywhere else for the garden hose, but still want a workspace, whether for practical projects or hobbies, then the solution is to reorganise or replace your shed with an improved model.
By doing so, you can transform a dead space into one of activity. Various models come with built-in storage features, workbenches, and even sunroofs and windows to welcome in the sunlight. So, instead of letting your shed spend its years untouched, consider breathing some life into it, giving it the opportunity to serve you better.