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5 garden escape ideas

Predictably, man caves continue to be a thing, so it's well overdue for women to take their own private spaces. 

Whether it's a creative escape or a cosy cottage, ‘She Sheds’ prove that you don't need a lot of space to have a serious garden getaway.
Wanderlust Retreat

Yearning for far flung travels? Have you found a secret paradise that you would love to recreate at home? If you have a shed or summer house try giving it a themed makeover to reflect the memory that means so much to you. Stick to your concept and run with it.

Dining Den

Perhaps you’ve got everything covered in the house and you're not sure what else to do with your getaway. Queue the dining den, household mixing is the next big thing and with summer around the corner, wouldn’t it be nice to have a separate space to eat and laugh without worrying about keeping the kids up.

Potting Shed

Green-fingered? Winter is behind us but not all plants love the outdoors. Sure, you can have plenty in your home, but too many can become clutter and besides, we are talking about creating private spaces here. Try taking time away from the hustle and bustle of the house to nurture your projects in your new potting shed. Don’t forget, plants can help boost our wellbeing and health, take a look at our blog here.

Art Studio

The lockdown gave many of us the chance to embrace our creativity and dabble in some of the lighter arts. Just because we are beginning to return to a bit of normality, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your new hobby. Why not turn your 'she shed' into an art studio? A new dedicated workspace with natural light, that offers room to make a mess in peace.

Reading Room

Everyone needs a detox, not just from technology but sometimes from the family. We spend so much time at the computer and on our phones, that many of us have understandably sought refuge in a good novel. But falling asleep with a book in your hands can be frustrating, rereading and not progressing as quickly as one would like. So why not make space for somewhere quiet to read? Being surrounded by nature will also help you focus and get those pages turned. Wouldn’t it be lovely just to hear bird song and nothing else? See our tips for attracting birds to your garden here.

So what next?

The reality is that we don’t all have the luxury of space for a garden escape but the principle still applies. Dedicating an area of your home, or garden, to your passion can help you pursue it. Want inspiration for inside? Our handy blog on flexible living might be worth a look.

If you do have space then now is the time, think about spending a summer finding balance and giving yourself the attention you deserve. She sheds can be multi-functional and ever-changing but they won’t create themselves. Seeing the fruition of a positive project will fill you with joy and it might just add some value to your property along the way.

The housing market is booming and sellers are in a unique position to be able to make small changes, safe in the knowledge that high buyer demand will ensure viewings quickly after listing. 

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So if you’re thinking about selling, put yourself in the best possible position by preparing your home and garden well. You can choose to list it or you might even surprise yourself with your new she shed and settle in to love it.

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