No longer is the real estate offered by a garden shed able to be entirely dedicated to storage. These structures have long been essential to British residents, offering a space for the collection of lesser-used tools, rusting sports equipment, and gardening products. However, as these assets become less common, the need for outdoor storage space is waning, with new generations beginning to find ways in which a shed could be better utilised.
Additionally, with the increase in property prices, many new homeowners are wanting to ensure that they are receiving the best potential return on investment. This means improving upon a garden space until it can be used throughout the year, instead of simply during the most accommodating weather.
So, if you’re still looking out at your shed as it sits in the corner of your garden, here are the best reasons as to why it’s time to convert your shed!
As climate awareness becomes a more pertinent discussion, residents are looking for ways in which their home can improve their carbon footprint. Sheds, in this instance, are remarkably useful, having the potential to host compact solar panels and rainwater collection units.
This addition of such assets relieves central living spaces from having to accommodate their presence and allows residents to enjoy less reliance on central power grids.
Despite their association with storage, sheds have the potential to become a living space. Such an outbuilding can be used for a number of reasons, with many choosing to create a relaxation room, professional office, or guest accommodation. Residents can refine and expand their sheds or altogether replace them with log cabins and summer houses instead.
These outbuildings can be designed in a number of ways, with potential for insulation and utilities, meaning that they can be used throughout the year, including cold winter months.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet respite within which to write or a room entrenched in nature from within which to paint, an outbuilding can easily become a studio for your creativity. Since many creatives find it difficult to work within a personal living space, having a separate room in the garden can be exactly the solution.
One of the main reasons that residents are renovating their garden sheds is to bring a new aesthetic to their exterior design. Sheds are often constructed with only basic materials, not lending themselves to a decadent or stylish design. With a simple refinement, sheds can become beautiful additions to an outdoor space, being adorned with bespoke embellishments and vertical gardens.
Some sheds must remain useful for the purpose of storage and, while this is understandable, there can often be ways to extract even more utility out of their compact spaces. With modular shelving solutions, a shed’s interior space can be optimised and used to store many nonessential items from the home too, relieving living spaces of clutter. With the right insulation and a locked door, valuables can also be kept safely there too.