Britain sheds the traditional house extension in favour of outbuildings
Do you have a shed in your garden? If so, you may be part of the latest research showing the significant increase in garden shed over the last few years. Read the full article below, taken from our Shedforce Blog
Sheds have always been a popular addition in many British gardens but as the Architects DataFile Magazine
reports the number of back garden sheds and log cabins now outstrips the number of households in the UK.
The humble garden shed is growing in numbers over the last few years.
The humble garden shed is growing in numbers over the last few years. Lower construction costs, fewer planning restrictions and the growth of home working are creating a buoyant market for outbuildings -and sheds, log cabins and garden offices are replacing traditional home extensions, according to tradesmen polled by Screwfix.
Analysis of Google Earth images of suburban streets throughout the UK suggests that there may be as many as 30 million outbuildings in Britain, eclipsing the total number of UK households. Sales of sheds are booming as economy-minded households have met their living space expansion needs via lower-cost outbuildings.
Alex Johnson, shed expert and author of the newly-published book 'Shedworking
', said: "Sheds feed into the pioneering instincts in all of us. There is something about having a log cabin in the wild. Whilst most British gardens can't really compete with the Wild West nor our pets with Wilderbeast, there is a lot to be said for getting away from the bricks and mortar - and in my view that's why sheds are so popular."
"Our tradesmen are telling us that their customers are investing in sheds, log cabins and other outbuildings as a way of increasing the size of the domestic living space," said John Mewett from Screwfix.
"Our study of Google Earth images across the UK confirms just how many outbuildings there are in the UK these days of all shapes and sizes. We estimate that there are more sheds than homes, possibly for the first time ever."