Traditionally, garden sheds are used as storage spaces. And this remains the use for which they’re most often employed, since we all need somewhere to store our garden tools (and other things). But as sheds have grown more substantial, they’re increasingly finding other uses. After all, we don’t all have enormous collections of tools that need to be contained.
Sheds in North Wales can be obtained inexpensively, from vendors like Richard Williams, and they’re easy to install. With the right know-how, there’s no limit to the functions they might find themselves serving. Let’s examine some of these alternative purposes, and see which might be suitable for your under-utilised garden shed.
A shed can serve as a game room for both adults and children. The games played in there might be electronic ones, or they might be table-top ones. If you need a little bit of seclusion to truly immerse yourself in a round of Call of Duty, or a game of Dungeons and Dragons, then getting a gaming room away from the main house might be an essential move. Just be sure that your security is adequate, particularly if you’re intent on installing a surround-sound system and a television into your shed.
If you’ve got a swimming pool in your garden, then you’ll need a place to get changed conveniently. This is a purpose to which the average shed is nicely suited – but only after a little bit of housekeeping. Clear out all of the muck and grime, and install some towel-rails and benches. If you’d like to go the whole hog, install a shower as well.
Getting a haircut isn’t something that need take place in a dedicated building. If you’re a trainee barber, or someone in your family is, then a shed makes a great place to practice the fine art of cutting hair. All you need do is install a mirror. If you’re sick of having to clean bits of hair from your kitchen or bathroom floor, this solution will probably be a welcome one.
Growing flowers and other plants is a tricky business – and installing them into their pots properly is half of the work. If you’re a keen gardener, then you’ll want a secluded space to get on with the task – and a shed can provide exactly that.
When you’re working out at home, there’s always a temptation to quit early and get on with something else. Plus, if you’re really exerting yourself, then the noise of your anguished grunts is sure to bother the other residents of your home – even if they’re far too polite to pass comment on it. In order to get around this, it’s sensible to move your gym out into the shed. If you’ve got your own treadmill, then this makes a great deal more sense – as the whirring, stomping noise that such devices can produce is likely to be a significant noise pollutant.
If you need some personal space in order to get on with your work, then it makes sense to turn your shed into an office. Working in such an environment, you’ll be able to avoid the distraction of people walking in and interrupting you – and you can always pop back to the house when you need a cup of tea and some thinking room. A shed isn’t just good for paid work, either – aspiring novelists and musicians might also be grateful of the seclusion an outdoor office might provide.
A shed can also serve as an outdoor toilet. This might not be something that most households really need – after all, popping back from the garden into the house isn’t too taxing. If you’ve got an especially large garden – or, more likely, a farm – then you might be grateful of the chance to visit the lavatory without having to do any sprinting back to the main building.
If your shed is large enough, then you might even turn it into a separate guest room, apart from the rest of the house. This will give your guests a little bit of extra privacy – which, if the main house is sufficiently cosy, might be welcome. It’s worth noting that your guest-house conversion will need to fulfil all of criteria for basic living if you’re going to put people up in it – which usually means extensive surgery, insulation, electrics and plumbing. If you wouldn’t live in your shed, then it’s unreasonable to expect other people to!