sheds are for people, not things

Backyard sheds have been going upscale, as they transform into extra living space for their owners. It turns out that sheds are used more frequently for space rather than storage purposes.

This 100+ square foot garden office, called the Alexander MKII, may be ordered as a kit or be fully built on site. (Dunster House)

This 100+ square foot garden office, called the Alexander MKII, may be ordered as a kit or be fully built on site. (Dunster House)

Today, research from shed manufacturer Dunster House (UK) revealed that over half of sheds get used for hobbies or relaxation. Only 43% are for storage and 4% are for aesthetic, garden appeal. Alex Murphy discussed his company’s findings with the UK Independent:

“We all know that sheds have a practical use, but hadn’t realized so many people were using them as a bolthole from the stresses and strain of their everyday lives, either to grab a bit of peace and quiet, or to relax and enjoy their favorite hobbies.”

Let’s assume similar backyard shed uses in the USA. While sheds keep getting nicer, there’s a limit to adding creature comforts because they would run afoul of local zoning and codes. Tiny houses on wheels may be a solid alternative, as they are legally able to access plumbing, water and electricity.

It will be interesting to see how the demand for traditional sheds versus more elaborate tiny houses evolves over the next few years.

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