3 Reasons Why It’s Time To Upgrade Your Garden Shed

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3 Reasons Why It's Time To Upgrade Your Garden Shed

For many senior property developers and interior designers, it is endlessly fascinating to observe the trends of younger generations. Homes and living spaces are changing and, following the pandemic, quite significantly too. Remote working is becoming ubiquitous, sustainability is paramount, and minimalism is finally being usurped by a fondness for maximalism. As such, it’s an exciting time for home design.

One aspect of property development that is changing quite rapidly is the garden. Following the significant surge in popularity over the past few years, with many estate agents now considering garden spaces to be the most in-demand feature of a home, outdoor areas are being entirely rethought.

Perhaps the most significant outcome of such scrutiny is that the garden shed, what was once known as a mainstay of the British neighbourhood, is now being replaced. If you haven’t already upgraded your garden shed, here are three reasons as to why it might be time.

Better Utility

A shed for storage is, simply put, a shed undervalued. There is a great deal of potential utility in an outbuilding and, unless you have the outdoor space for two separate structures, it might be worth comparing your garden shed to other options, such as summer houses and log cabins.

Alternative structures or renovated garden sheds offer a great deal of potential. Many are now being used as yoga studios, office spaces, guest rooms, and even private gyms. Coupled with the aesthetic of a natural garden space, these ideas are only a shortlist of many, with homeowners seeing sheds and outbuildings as a blank canvas for creativity, ones that will add a great deal of value to a home over structures used solely for storage.

Potential Income

From this foundation of improved utility, many are also seeing the opportunity for income. Instead of letting a shed become a graveyard for forgotten tools and sports equipment, they can be renovated into useful and productive spaces.

Some are choosing to start their own business at home, using an outbuilding as their headquarters, while others are simply creating an Airbnb option in their garden, one that doubles as a guest house for friends and family.

With a shift in perspective, sheds can be seen as an extension of the house, expanding a property’s floorspace and becoming an entirely new room for residents to style. There are even residents using them as a performance space, streaming or teaching online from the sanctuary of a private garden cabin.

A New Aesthetic

Not everyone is motivated by the potential productivity or utility of a shed. That’s not to say, however, that these individuals are allowing sheds to stay the way they are. Garden sheds have also fallen into a rather monotonous aesthetic, with many even being allowed to fall into disrepair.

With new garden sheds, those featuring modern tweaks, residents are creating more impactful concepts in their outdoor spaces. Rooftop gardens, solar panels, and climbing plants are all adorning external structures to create sheds that are unrecognisable from the unassuming brown structures of two decades ago.

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