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Looking for Something More Than Just a Garden Shed

by Tom Brown on Apr 9, 2013

How have garden outbuildings have evolved into more than just places to keep the lawnmower. Most of us have childhood memories of how the garden shed was like an Aladdin's cave of things to be looked at, investigated and wondered over. It was a place for playing hide and seek and sitting and watching the rain through the open door. Full of unusual smells, pots and boxes it was a fascinating place to be. Perhaps that is why the modern trend is to elaborate on the garden shed and make it something far grander.

The Pod

One of the most elaborate new buildings to appear in modern gardens is the "Pod". This really does take the garden shed to a whole new dimension. For those with limited indoor space these buildings have become an ideal way of created an office, a studio and a peaceful place to read or even a guest house. These square modern designed buildings come in kits to be assembled at home or can be purchased in a readymade unit. As they can be relocated they can be moved with you from garden to garden, or even just re-sited to suit your needs. You won't find any lawnmowers in a pod; you are more likely to find leather sofas and CD players.


One of the best things about these unique garden buildings is that they come in a range of sizes; the micro is popular as a home office as there is just enough space for a desk and some shelving, providing the perfect place to work in peace. The glide is large enough to be a guest room as it will accommodate two adults with a small living area.

Traditional versus modern

Of course the most popular of all garden buildings is still the shed. Functional, economical and fairly easy to assemble these can be purchased at any local do it yourself store. Of course these aren't as warm or as element proof as their specially designed descendant but they can still be used for many purposes. The Wendy House is a children's playroom of small dimensions but it is still essentially a shed. Sheds are of course wooden structures and all you need to erect one is a piece of level ground. However big the shed we will always find a way to fill it, so choose the shed that fits your garden rather than the one that you think you need. Sheds need treating on a yearly basis with some sort of waterproofing paint or stain and the modern ranges come in bright colours so your garden building can become a feature of your landscaping and not just something tucked away in the corner. If you are thinking of purchasing a second hand shed try and get one that is already constructed; yes you have the hassle of dismantling it yourself but you know then how each piece fits together. A shed that has already been taken apart can warp and no matter how hard you try you will not get it to fit back together successfully.


This piece was written by Jaye Staddon an experienced freelance writer and keen gardener who used http://www.pod-space.co.uk/ for inspiration and guidance on garden buildings.



Tom Brown

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