Despite the ubiquitous presence of a garden shed, there is very limited scope for their utility. While some homeowners set out to convert or adjust their design, the majority resort to using them for only a single purpose: storage. To have an entire outbuilding in one’s garden and to use it solely for storage is, for a number of reasons, a disadvantage. But garden culture is changing.
Now, shed conversions are commonplace. And shed replacements even more so. Outbuildings are being used in ways that were previously unconsidered, with creative design and installations leading to rich returns for properties across the country. Here are five reasons why it might be time to reconsider your own garden storage.
An outbuilding can, quite literally, be the extra room your house was missing. Properties that have two bedrooms can potentially have three. Those looking for an office space to meet their remote working needs can now find a professional space in the garden. For others, it can be as summer as creating a room for relaxation, one that isn’t available inside a property due to the essential utility of each space.
With buyers seeking modern luxuries and futureproof designs from their homes, it is in the interest of those selling to create garden spaces, such as log cabins and summer houses. This is in large part due to the return on investment sought from garden spaces. As homes with outdoor space rise in value, buyers want to ensure that their return on investment is met, meaning that an outdoor space must be as valuable as possible, both monetarily and usefully.
Enjoying a garden generally means being exposed to the glances of passersby and neighbours. Some gardeners will cultivate shrubs, bushes, and trees, to accommodate, whereas others will rely on fences. Outbuildings, however, are a more space-efficient and design-friendly solution. They enable homeowners to spend time outdoors, dining or relaxing in curated spaces, without the need to feel uncomfortable due to the privacy offered by their cabin.
When compared with the option for storage, having an outbuilding that enables and supports creative pursuits is immensely valuable. Hobbies and creative practices are often limited within homes, being compromised by the traffic of other residents or forced into a multi-function room situation, both of which can compromise the ceremony and practice of creation. Outbuildings, present the opportunity for a space without distraction, one that is separate from the central living area of families and friends.
Occupied with tools and outdoor equipment, sheds seldom contribute much to a home’s carbon neutrality. Alternative outbuildings have such potential and can be transformed into spaces that integrate with the foliage and flora of a wild space, as well as offer a home the opportunity to generate solar power, collect rainwater, and even collect compost.
So, before you settle on keeping your outdoor storage, consider the potential utility of an alternative building. It may just be to your advantage!