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The Rise of Community Shed - Building

The Rise of Community Shed - Building and Woodwork With Friends 

In the last few years it has been noted that garden sheds being used simply as a place for storing away tools and deck chairs that are not in use is becoming a thing of the past. I've certainly found that having a shed on your patch can prove a pretty handy commodity, simply because of its versatility. People are finding new ways to use the shed, from a den in which to create works of art, to a place of entertainment where they can enjoy the finer things in life.

There are also those that are using the space as a way of honing particular skills or a place in which they can socialize. I've found that with a large garden shed you can easily socialize with your friends on a nice summer's evening.

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 Use the shed as a social hub 

 Now, I'm certainly not the first person to use the shed as a place to have a good time with my friends and if the trend continues to grow I won't be the last either. Indeed, it is even being encouraged by a number of organisations, including Age UK with its Men in Sheds project. This is a scheme that supports older men who want to get together, share and learn new skills - all in the welcoming space that a shed provides.

With a plethora of tools and equipment available in the shed, you and your mates could easily have a great time learning new skills. Some of the activities included in the scheme are woodworking, inter-generational skills, sharing and socialising in itself. Though these sheds are actually workshops, this can certainly be mirrored by yourself and friends in the garden.

 Break away from the norm with the purpose of your shed

Rose carpets and potted bulbsAs I suggested earlier, sheds are not just places where you store your shovels to rust over the winter period, and alongside the deck chairs that only come out a couple of times a year. Indeed, people are finding new and wonderful ways in which to utilise the space. I prefer mine as an entertainment area where I have Sky TV, a darts board and some comfortable sofas to enjoy with at one time or another.

Others want to use it as a focal point for the garden. With the summer drawing closer, people will want to spend more time in the garden. However, in the heat of the midday sun you might need some relief from the rays, which a shed can easily provide.

 Pick the Right Shed for You

 It may seem like a strange thing to think about, but you will certainly need to give some serious thought as to the sort of shed you want in the garden. It all depends on the type of activities you are going to get up to in the shed. If you want a place where you and your friends can work on projects then you're going to need one with a bit more space, while one in which you can be creative may not require as much room.

Of course the size of your garden must come into your thinking too and to help you along the way, take a look at the Waltons range to see which design suits you best.

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  1. A very interesting post and I do love those garden sheds. I followed your link thank you, and saw some lovely ones I wouldn't mind having in our back garden for get-togethers. Great photos!

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    1. I would love to have a little play area for the adults. Just yesterday my son talked about us putting in a fire pit and a seating area for the side yard. I think it is a fabulous idea.

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    2. We have one since last year when our kids' cousins came to visit. They wanted space from the adults. They loved it. Now we use it with our friends.

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  2. Never thought of using shed as a social hub before! A very interesting post and great idea!

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    1. The shed would be great for around your fire pit in the backyard.

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  3. I love the color combination of your flowers. It's a great idea to have a community shed in the backyard. I'll get to working on it. :-)

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    1. Send us some photos when you're done. I would really like to see it.

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  4. Interesting! I've never thought to use my shed for anything other than storage. Then again, that's my husband's domain. He'd probably be ticked if I tried to domesticate it for social gatherings lol.

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    1. Yes. They have their domains. Man caves. :-d

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  5. Interesting idea for uses of shed. Beautiful shots. The flowers are gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. The flower pot shots are from my garden. :-)

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  6. Interesting post! Like the color combination of your flowers!

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    1. Thank you. In the summer, the flowers are so awesome with big huge blooms.

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  7. Hi! It looks very nice idea.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Apparently, it is on the rise in the UK. I like to have one as well.

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  8. I like that sheds are getting some notice, it'll be fun to see what people do. :)

    We have barns... though I wouldn't mind a shed instead, much easier to keep clean!

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    1. True. Sheds are easier to control - I think they 'usually" are quite a bit smaller.

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