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Changing Pavilion – Milbourne Lodge School

Bespoke Changing Pavilion – design & build

Milbourne Lodge school is a Pre-Prep and Prep School for boys and girls aged four to thirteen. Founded in 1912, the school has a proud tradition of preparing children for Common Entrance and Scholarship exams to the country’s most prestigious and well known public schools. 

Milbourne Lodge school home page

Milbourne Lodge school Home Page

Located in Esher, Surrey, @milbournelodge is housed in a late Victorian building which is situated within a quiet, leafy suburb. The impressive grounds encourage enthusiastic participation in daily sports and it was to enhance these facilities that we were contacted by the school.

They school required a changing pavilion to be sited on the edge of the playing fields where pupils could change out of tracksuits and trainers into rugby and football kits. The building needed to be open pitch-side but incorporate privacy screens, benches and kit peg boards. 

Following a site visit to discuss some of the finer details, consider access, health & safety issues and the final location, we created an initial design for approval by the school.

 

Changing Pavilion shed on site sketch

Changing Pavilion shed on-site sketch

Milbourne Scholl Changing Pavilion Shed, Titan Garden Buildings, Ripley, Surrey

Milbourne Scholl Changing Pavilion Shed, Titan Garden Buildings, Ripley, Surrey

The building was specified to our high, Super Pent quality including 44mm framing, 12mm tongue and groove roofing and extended 15 year life expectancy, heavy duty roof felt. As with all our Garden Buildings, the timber used was pressure treated, giving up to 25 years life against decay and insect attack.

Following a number of design adjustments, we went into production, delivering the pavilion on site just 6 weeks after approval. Following a full health and safety induction, our own team of experienced installers completed installation in just 2 days.

The school is delighted with the changing pavilion which will give many years of reliable service.’

We approached Titan Garden Buildings because we were looking for a bespoke construction. With their helpful assistance, we designed the building and they manufactured the components in their Ripley factory and then constructed on site . The resulting building has been very well received by the games staff, parents and pupils, and we are sure it will give us many years of reliable service.’

Rob Waite, Milbourne Lodge School

If you have a requirement for a particular wooden building, please do contact us. Unlike many of our competitors we make all our bespoke shed and garden building designs on site in Ripley, Surrey so can easily tailor it to your exact requirements. 

 

 

 

Shed Display Clearance 2016

 

Ex Display 2016 Premium Shed Range open between 28-30 December

Shed Display Clearance between Christmas and New Year!

This Christmas our Ripley shed & log cabin sales office will be open on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th December between 9:30am to 4:00pm.

During this time, we will be offering a selection of our Premium 2016 Display sheds at a significant discount. But that’s not all, our ex shed display clearance package will also include;

  • Local delivery (within 10 miles) worth £20
  • Free existing bearers worth up to £200
  • Option to fix 2016 installation prices for ex display installation by our own installers in 2017 
  • New roofing felt on all ex Display sheds worth up to £83

The Titan Shed Range

The 2016 Premium ex display sheds feature;  

  • Highest quality ironmongery including Stainless Steel nails
  • 25-year life expectancy against rot with pressure treated timber
  • Tongue and groove roof and floor for higher strength and warp resistance
  • Air vents (where applicable)
  • External paint treatment (where applicable)
  • Security pack (where applicable)
  • Internal lining upgrade option
  • Slow grown, Baltic circle timber for less knots, increased strength and longevity

We are 30 years old in 2017!

In previous years, our ex display sheds have always sold very quickly. So even if you can’t find your perfect shed, all visitors to our Ripley Display Village between 28th to 30th December 2016 will receive a 10% discount voucher to start our birthday celebrations in style.

Shed Display Clearance 10% discount voucher

10% discount voucher

This voucher can be applied across our full range of premium sheds and log cabins until 28th February 2017. Please see below for full terms of the voucher.

Imagine saving £ hundreds on your new log cabin!

Log Cabin

Log Cabin – ideal for a teenager!

We do hope you can come in and see us over the Christmas break and help us start our 30th Birthday celebrations in style!


10% Voucher Terms
1. The gift certificate entitles you 10% off the final total of any shed or log cabin order placed with Titan Garden Buildings before 28th February 2017.
2. The gift certificate is non-transferable and resale is prohibited.
3. If a gift certificate is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission, a replacement will not be provided in these circumstances.
4. The gift certificate is not to be combined with other vouchers and is not valid with other promos and offers.

 

Working from a Home Office or Studio

Working from a Home Office or Studio is very much the in thing to do these days, it offers very low cost overheads for any business start up or long term venture.

A few benefits include no traveling to work, no being stuck in traffic jams which seem to get worse year after year.  You work your hours around your family life, you take holidays and breaks when they suit you and not your employer or clashing holidays with other employees. You get to do what you want to do, what makes you happy and live your life with the freedom of being your own boss.

The Home Office or Studio

Come what may, a simple Garden Shed or Log Cabin can soon become the answer to working for yourself at home. Providing that professional presentation of business in your own garden.

This is what Nicola did from ‘In The Shed’

Home Office - In The Shed

‘In The Shed’ is an inspiring space where ideas become real and beautiful things are designed. While it may look like an ordinary garden shed from the outside, the inside has evolved into a lovingly decorated workspace  (Home Office) with a charming atmosphere that can only really be sensed by stepping through the door…

‘In The Shed’ is home to me, Nicola Rust and my adorable chihuahua Boo, who joins me everyday and loves to keep me warm, curling up on my knee.

I am a graphic designer, a dreamer, believer, optimist and creator. I love the feeling of being inspired and will often wake up at 4am with a mind full of ideas waiting to be created. Inspiration creates dreams, dreams create vision and a vision can be brought to life. I truly believe that ‘if it can be imagined it can be created’ and my shed is proof that dreams really do come true.

And thats how it all began – with with a sudden burst of inspiration…

For the past 5 years, the shed has been home to my graphic design business, called of course ’In The Shed’. The shed itself was built some years before whilst I was at university, desperate for my own space to design in. After a sudden burst of inspiration, a shed was my genius solution. Some people thought I was crazy at the time and before I had even worked out the practicalities, I had visualised it, talked about it and was ready to make it happen… and I did!

The shed itself was a timely second hand find that cost me 200 pounds, which after a little help from family to put the panels together and wire the electrics, I insulated and boarded the inside myself during a very cold Christmas holiday ready for a new term.

Whilst setting up my business in 2009 after being made redundant, deciding on a name was obvious, I could always be found ’In The Shed’! The shed is now the perfect studio space, with a calm and inspiring interior of peaceful colours and up-cycled furniture, just how I imagined. What I didn’t anticipate when I had that sudden burst of inspiration, was that this amazing space, my simple little shed, would transform my life in such a wonderfully positive way… It is part of who I am and allows me to be me – a space to be inspired, create and be happy, it really is home.

I love that something so ordinary can be transformed into something so magical and meaningful. You can take a simple shed, it doesn’t have to be a grand log cabin, an expensive summer house, or anything unusual and turn it into an amazing space where you can do and be anything you dream of! Remember, if it can be imagined it can be created!

 

Original ‘In The Shed’ Blog at Reader Sheds Website – http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2868

In The Shed Website – http://www.in-theshed.co.uk/

Cinema Shed

Cinema Shed, this is a perfect example of making a shed your own. This can work for any shed or Log Cabin, all you need to do is use your imagination to create the space you want.

The Cinema Shed all began with an entirely unremarkable plan for a shed…

Cinema Shed Plan

Ashley soon began to start making the real thing

Cinema Shed Frame

He erected the walls

Put the roof in place

And added some light fittings

Some tiling and a porch gave the little shed a cute appearance

And finally it was ready!

But it’s not all that it seems from the outside…

…that’s right, it’s actually a mini movie theater! aka the Cinema Shed.

Complete with real cinema lighting and traditional velvet seats

And of course, plenty of candy and popcorn

Fancy playing a game after the film? There’s a whole shelf of options to choose from

The only problem, of course, is that when your friends hear about it, they’ll probably want to move in with you!

I do like the detail of the pick n mix stand, I don’t think there would be much left in there after a film or two with me, I think replenishing that stand may work out more expensive than the shed in the long run! I also like the fact the games consoles are in there too, count me in for a gaming session on that big screen.

It looks simple enough outside, but inside creativity has sparked and in this case resulting in a pretty amazing Cinema Shed and it’s not so extravagant to be out of anybody’s price range either.

All Credit and Original Blog at Brightside.me

Curious claim that garden sheds make men healthy

The Daily Mail has claimed that sheds “could help men live longer.” The newspaper adds that the “therapeutic effects of pottering around relieves stress, which lowers blood pressure and even boosts self-esteem”.

There’s no proven link between garden sheds and male longevity.

This shed story has shaky foundations. It is loosely based on an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) about the need for policy, practice and research aimed specifically at men’s health in Europe. Sheds are only briefly mentioned in this article, and not in this particular context. The references to “Men’s sheds” relate to an Australian skills and wellbeing programme that provides a place for male-focused activities outside work, but not in a small building at the end of the garden. The BMJ article does not discuss the potential health benefits of sheds, but instead describes the growing “Men’s sheds” programme as being a way to target health promotion messages at a male audience.

The rather gimmicky coverage of sheds in the news should not distract from the important questions raised by the article of how European men’s health could be improved, perhaps by following the example of the Aussies.

What is the basis for these current reports?

The news story has been prompted by an editorial in the BMJ on men’s health. In this article, the authors discuss the conclusions of a report published this year, called “The State of Men’s Health in Europe”, which was produced for the European Commission. This extensive report found that there are “marked differences” between the health of men and women, and that there is a “high level of preventable premature morbidity and mortality in men, which will only be addressed by targeted activity across the lifespan”. The average difference in life expectancy between men and women in the EU was found to be more than six years.

The BMJ editorial discusses the idea that some of these health discrepancies are due to lifestyles and behaviours traditionally considered as “masculine”, and summarises possible policy measures, practice and research directions aimed at improving men’s health.

So, what does the article say about men’s sheds?

The “Men’s sheds” programme is one of several examples of new initiatives targeted at engaging men more effectively that the BMJarticle mentions, although these are not specifically mentioned in the report on men’s health for the European Commission.

The “Men’s sheds” programme provides spaces and workshops specifically devoted to men who want an activity outside home and work. The concept of providing these spaces was developed in Australia, and is now being trialled in Europe. The Age UK website reports that there is a pilot “Men in sheds” project operating for older men in the UK. The project aims to reduce feelings of isolation and improve health and well-being.

The BMJ article does not specifically discuss any potential benefits of the “Men’s sheds” programmes. It provides a reference to a small study in which just five older men who took part in these programmes in Australia were interviewed about their experiences. Their experiences were reported to be positive.

What about the benefits of other men’s health programmes?

The article gives some examples of programmes that have been reported to have been beneficial, including the Scottish Well Men Health Service pilots, the BT Workfit initiative and the Royal Mail’s health initiatives. These initiatives and their benefits included:

  • contacting men who had not seen their GP in the past two years
  • introducing changes in lifestyle
  • reductions in weight
  • reductions in work absences

So what is the main message of the BMJ editorial?

The BMJ editorial aimed to highlight that, in Europe, men still have poorer health than women and that there is a need to work with men in a focused and constructive way to remedy this.

Therefore, some news headlines have been misleading by suggesting that men can improve their health simply by tackling crosswords and DIY in a garden shed; the benefits of which are not discussed in theBMJ editorial.

Analysis by Bazian

Edited by NHS Choices

Blog Source – http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/11November/Pages/claim-sheds-make-men-healthy-and-happy.aspx

Rise of the SHE shed

Is this the ultimate sanctuary?

Rise of the SHE shed as more women demand an oasis of calm at the bottom of the garden away from the chaos of family life

For years, the garden shed has been the domain of the man,But now women are demanding their own huts at the bottom of the garden. They come in an array of styles including beach huts and Tudor cottages

For decades, sheds have a been a place that men build at the bottom of the garden so they have a place to be alone. 

In the book ‘Men and Sheds,’ the author Gordon Thorburn called the wooden buildings a “male necessity” – somewhere were they could do some woodwork, pot some plants or even just read the newspaper in peace.

But now the female sex and demanding a place at the bottom of the garden to call their own – a she shed.

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More and more women are demanding their own 'she sheds', places at the bottom of the garden they can call their own 

More and more women are demanding their own ‘she sheds’, places at the bottom of the garden they can call their own

As everyday life gets every more stressful and homes get smaller, women are also looking to the single-storey structures as a safe haven.

But while most men might be content with a leaky old shack made of rotting timber, female customers are looking for a home away from home.

They are commissioning sheds in a range of styles from beach huts and gypsy caravans to mock Tudor pavilions with tiled floors.

Instead of a few upturned apple boxes and an old wireless, the new she sheds are being decked out with Moroccan rugs, cushions, chandeliers and coffee tables.

Some have gone one step further and installed a diner in theirs, complete with working jukebox and fifties-style restaurant booths.

Fancy a ‘she shed’ of your own? Read on for some inspiration…

The owner of this shed has taken inspiration from the seaside, creating a beach hut-type style 

The owner of this shed has taken inspiration from the seaside, creating a beach hut-type style

This 'she shed' is extremely spacious and could entertain a number of people without feeling cramped 

This ‘she shed’ is extremely spacious and could entertain a number of people without feeling cramped

This shed owner has added numerous grand touches to their abode, including ornamental lions, ornate curtains and a candelabra 

This shed owner has added numerous grand touches to their abode, including ornamental lions, ornate curtains and a candelabra

This quaint gypsy-style caravan has gone for the light and airy touch, with some bright furnishings inside

This quaint gypsy-style caravan has gone for the light and airy touch, with some bright furnishings inside

With a jukebox, fridge, popcorn maker and bar... the owner of this shed never needs to go back into their main home

With a jukebox, fridge, popcorn maker and bar… the owner of this shed never needs to go back into their main home

This she shed owner has gone for the Olde English Garden touch with their thatched rood and Union Jack bunting 

This she shed owner has gone for the Olde English Garden touch with their thatched rood and Union Jack bunting

This pagoda-style shed has taken inspiration from The Orient

This pagoda-style shed has taken inspiration from The Orient

This kooky garden shed appears to have taken inspiration from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

This kooky garden shed appears to have taken inspiration from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

This shed has more soft furnishings in it than a lot of living rooms in proper houses 

This shed has more soft furnishings in it than a lot of living rooms in proper houses

This shed has brought a splash of Arabian colour to an English back garden 

This shed has brought a splash of Arabian colour to an English back garden

Read the original article on the Rise of the SHE shed

Telegraph Christmas Garden Sheds

Telegraph Christmas Garden Sheds

In the ‘Gardening Picture Galleries’ lies the ‘Christmas gift guide: the ultimate garden sheds’. Our own Solar Potting Shed features on image 9 with the following Description;

Growzone

Raise seedlings as well as store tools securely in this solar potting shed, which has a workbench below the wall of windows and a stable door for ventilation.

The Telegraph – Christmas gift guide: the ultimate garden sheds

Telegraph Christmas Garden Sheds

Buy a Solar Potting Shed this Christmas, perfect for any garden.  Enjoy the comforts of a nice warm potting shed, prepare you seedlings for the beginning of the year and give them a start they need.

View Our Range of Potting Sheds at TitanSolar Potting Shed 10 x 6

mens sheds movement

‘If I didn’t come to the shed, I’d be alone, watching TV’

Men’s Sheds, a communal woodworking project that started in Australia, has taken off in the UK and is helping men to combat isolation and loneliness.

Les Leahy in the Camden Town Shed with Mike Jenn
Les Leahy in the Camden Town Shed with Mike Jenn, who suggests men tend not to recognise their need for social interaction. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

“I thought I was too old for this,” says Les Leahy, 87, as he brandishes a half finished table lamp and a toolbox. “When I first came here, I hadn’t touched my tools in 25 years. I thought I couldn’t use them anymore – I was planning to throw them all away.”

A retired woodwork teacher, Leahy is part of a growing project to improve the mental health of older men through a simple solution: sheds. Three months ago, Les joined a local group in Camden, north London, who meet to mend and create woodwork in a communal space.

Men’s Sheds first started in Australia in 2006 to provide support to men who have experienced mental health issues, problems with the transition to retirement or a lack of social interaction. There are now more than 1,200 sheds in Australia and the scheme has gone global. On Friday, leaders from Australia, Ireland and the UK will gather in Havant, Hampshire, to discuss and celebrate the growth of Men’s Sheds across Britain. A shed is opening every week; there are now more than 100; three in Havant alone.

The first thing I notice about the shed in Camden is that it is not a shed. Yet it certainly looks – and sounds – like one. Tucked away inside a community centre, I hear the saws before I see them. Under low ceilings, planks of wood, reels of tape and tiny plastic boxes full of screws sit surrounded by red wood shavings and half-sanded fruit bowls; evidence of the week’s work. Saws 3ft long hang on cupboard doors and hidden under the worktable are boxes of finished goods: plates, bowls, candlesticks, jigsaw puzzles and “bee hotels” ready for winter. On the walls hang pictures of the group’s communal projects: bird boxes, a gate for the local park and a wooden castle for children at a nearby archery club.

Mike Jenn is carving a sculpture in tribute to The Scream, a painting by Edvard Munch. Jenn is chair of both the UK Men’s Sheds Association and the Camden Town Shed, which he started in 2011 after retiring from a career in the voluntary sector. Although the first Men’s Sheds were launched here by Age UK, Jenn’s project was the first to be led by the community.

“I saw there was a social need and I wanted to demonstrate you could do something about it without money,” says Jenn. The Camden shed costs £5,000 a year to run and is 95% self-sufficient, funded by members’ donations, product sales and by running training for the local community. Almost all of the wood and tools are either scrap that has been found or donated by closing businesses and local people.

“At the beginning, when we needed tools, all it took was four lines in the Camden New Journal. We received six car loads – almost all of it from widows, who wanted their husband’s tools to ‘go to a good home’.”

Jenn thinks the 20 or so people who use the shed, which is open two days a week, roughly fit into two groups – those who come on occasion to get a job done, and those who come regularly for the interaction. He remembers one member who came after experiencing suicidal thoughts.

“He was 54, he couldn’t find a job and his benefits had been cut; he was losing weight. When he came along he just talked and talked and talked – he didn’t do much mending of anything! After eight weeks, he told one of the men who used to be a GP how bad things had become,” remembers Jenn.

According to a 2014 survey by Age UK, more than one million people over 65 in the UK are often or always lonely, an increase of 38% on the previous year. Two-fifths of respondents said that their main form of company is the television.

The project in north London is open to women one day a week, but only one woman comes regularly. Jenn believes that men are less likely to recognise their need for social interaction and are less well provided for by the community sector.

“The offer is wrong and made in the wrong way,” he says. “Men are programmed to believe they can look after themselves. They don’t directly see that their life could be enriched by being with others so they end up hiding away watching TV. If you want a man to do something, don’t ask him to volunteer, tell him there is a problem and it needs fixing.”

Ray Caplan first came to the shed after he was struck by lightning on a golf course six years ago, an accident that forced him to retire from his career as a dentist. He still struggles with his memory but says it is improving. He says he comes for the simple reason that it “is something to do; something to think about”.

Leahy is the oldest member of the group. He lives on his own and has no children. He tries to see his niece once a fortnight. Although adamant that he “absolutely does not believe in the good old days”, Leahy is convinced that people now interact less with their neighbours than they used to. “Forty years ago I knew everyone on my street. Now I don’t know any of the people in my block.”

The UK is among the most socially isolated countries in Europe, according to research published in June 2014 by the Office for National Statistics. Asked whether they feel close to people in their local area, 42% said they did not – the highest proportion after Germany.

Jenn nods: “There has been a huge trend in society in recent decades towards individualism – it’s the result of affluence and commercialisation. Companies want us to live in one-bedroom flats, with our own washing machines and computers. We are boxing off people and sticking them in open plan offices to stare at screens. On the factory floors there was banter, there was interaction. That’s what the men miss here.”

The Campaign to End Loneliness, a national network set up in 2011, believes the issue is a “public health disaster” waiting to happen.Scientific research shows that for older people, loneliness is twice as unhealthy as obesity, as it is linked to high blood pressure, strokes and a weakened immune system.

Laura Ferguson, the director of the campaign, says: “This needs to be a top priority for every local health and care service. We need national leadership and investment on this issue or we may end up pushing already stretched services to breaking point.”

With two hearing aids, Leahy struggles to hear me, but it is obvious he is happy just to talk. “If I didn’t come here I would just be sat at home watching the TV on my own. But here, I have made friends.”

Full credit and more on the article including more images from the The Guardian

No Husbands Allowed!

Think sheds are only a refuge for men? These women built their own backyard havens

Crafty way to escape

Caroline Counsell, 42, is a sales assistant who lives in Redhill, Surrey, with husband Darren, 45, a mechanic, and their two sons. The shed is my escape from a house in which I am outnumbered by men. I love arts and crafts, so I spend hours with scraps of fabric and ribbon, making cards and bunting for friends and family as gifts.  It’s 8ft by 10ft and is filled with colourful containers and piled with knick-knacks. I have a desk, chair and computer — and I painted fluffy white clouds on the ceiling. Though the shed is my corner of girliness, there is one male who is allowed over the threshold, though — my Jack Russell, Mylo!

Outnumbered by men: Caroline Counsell gfrom Redhill, Surrey, uses her garden retreat to indulge in her love for arts and crafts and have a break from her husband and two sons

Outnumbered by men: Caroline Counsell gfrom Redhill, Surrey, uses her garden retreat to indulge in her love for arts and crafts and have a break from her husband and two sons

OrganisedThe 8ft by 10ft tent is filled with colourful containers and piled with knick-knacks. There is a desk, chair and computer ¿ and painted fluffy white clouds on the ceiling

OrganisedThe 8ft by 10ft tent is filled with colourful containers and piled with knick-knacks. There is a desk, chair and computer ¿ and painted fluffy white clouds on the ceiling

Sewing serenity

Manjit Sidhu, 37, a police officer, lives in Solihull with her 16-year-old daughter. Not many sheds have multi-coloured chandeliers, rose print wallpaper and a lime-green printed armchair by the French windows, but I wanted mine to be special.  I built it two years ago, and I had no idea how big a part of my life it would become. When I need to forget work, I pop down to my little sewing shed, which is pistachio green and sits under a cherry tree strewn with lanterns — it’s absolutely beautiful. I spent £5,000, but it’s worth every penny. I’m part of a sewing club and the ‘she-shed’ came into being when I ran out of space in the house for my sewing materials. Sometimes my daughter sits with me to chat or work on her own craft projects. The shed is where we have spent some of our happiest times.

Quaint: Manjit Sidhu, 37, a police officer, lives in Solihull with her 16-year-old daughter. She uses her 'she' shed when she needs to forget about work

Quaint: Manjit Sidhu, 37, a police officer, lives in Solihull with her 16-year-old daughter. She uses her ‘she’ shed when she needs to forget about work

Storage: She spent £5,000 on building the tent when she ran out of room in her house for her sewing equipment

Storage: She spent £5,000 on building the tent when she ran out of room in her house for her sewing equipment

My stained glass glory

Tatiana Hardisty,  an English teacher, lives with her retired husband John, 65, in Newcastle. My shed was a labour of love — John, who makes stained glass windows, slaved over it for months and did everything. He fitted it with panes designed to resemble the art nouveau windows of the main thoroughfare in St Petersburg, Russia, where I grew up. The roof is made from green, yellow and brown tiles that John broke up and pieced together in a mosaic — inspired by architect Antoni Gaudi’s designs in Barcelona. The effect is stunning. He did the same with shiny white tiles on the inside: it means the roof keeps the shed very warm — like a big duvet cover. He built the main frame from old bricks and broken-up concrete blocks and the lighting is built into the walls with a dimmer switch for change of mood. I filled it with matching wicker furniture and I enjoy inviting my friends around for a cup of tea and a gossip. John has his own workshop, of course, so now we’re both in the garden in sheds of our own.

Inspiration: Tatiana Hardisty, an English teacher, fitted panes designed to resemble the art nouveau windows of the main thoroughfare in St Petersburg, Russia, where she grew up

Inspiration: Tatiana Hardisty, an English teacher, fitted panes designed to resemble the art nouveau windows of the main thoroughfare in St Petersburg, Russia, where she grew up

Host: Her husband built the shed while Mrs Hardisty filled it with matching wicker furniture. She enjoys inviting her friends around for a cup of tea and a gossip

Host: Her husband built the shed while Mrs Hardisty filled it with matching wicker furniture. She enjoys inviting her friends around for a cup of tea and a gossip

Fifties tribute to mum and dad

Ann Bate, 46, lives in St Helens, Merseyside, with her husband Ian, 48. They own a launderette and have two adult daughters. My parents loved the Fifties, and three years ago I decided to buy and decorate this shed in  tribute to them. I miss my late parents desperately and creating the perfect Fifties diner has made me feel still close to them. I know they would have loved it. I’ve spent £10,000 on it, including buying a working jukebox, popcorn maker, retro fridge, original Fifties radio, phone and light-up petrol pump, which was used at Silverstone race course. We had the inside of the shed plastered and insulated so it stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and bright spotlights  fitted to the outside and inside. I’ve also had a special plaque made with my parents’ names on it, which I’ve hung above the door. I find most of the things for the shed at old car boot sales and I’ve been given bits and pieces by friends, who think the Fifties-themed parties I throw there are brilliant (though our neighbours don’t tend to agree). We had one recently where everyone came dressed up as teddy boys, Buddy Holly or characters from Grease. If my parents could have seen us, they would have smiled.

Ann Bate, 46, lives in St Helens, Merseyside, with her husband Ian, 48. She spent £10,000 on her 'she' shed, which is a tribute to her late parents who loved the Fifties

Ann Bate, 46, lives in St Helens, Merseyside, with her husband Ian, 48. She spent £10,000 on her ‘she’ shed, which is a tribute to her late parents who loved the Fifties

Diner: The mother-of-two bought a working jukebox, popcorn maker, retro fridge, original Fifties radio, phone and light-up petrol pump, which was used at Silverstone race course

Diner: The mother-of-two bought a working jukebox, popcorn maker, retro fridge, original Fifties radio, phone and light-up petrol pump, which was used at Silverstone race course

A sweet shop good enough to eat

Belinda Brown, 43, lives with husband Andrew, 47, and their two children in Epsom, Surrey, where she runs a business from home. When we moved into our house ten years ago, the shed at the end of the garden was rather ramshackle. I had always wanted to turn it into something special, but it was only a couple of years ago that it became my duck egg blue ‘girl’s pad’. You won’t find any filthy trowels. Instead there are cushions, strawberry-print curtains, bunting and fairy lights. The children decided to call it the Sweet Shop — not because it’s full of toffees and bonbons, but because it looks good enough to eat. The shed has helped me to build my own business, making replica wooden blue plaques, like the ones you see on historic buildings. I wanted one for my shed, but couldn’t find anything suitable so made my own and it’s gone from there. I’m down here most days, making plaques or having a potter around. And  I can keep an eye on the children playing in the garden.

Treat: Belinda Brown, 43, from Epsom, Surrey, turned the ramshackle shed at the bottom of their garden into a my duck egg blue 'girl's pad'

Treat: Belinda Brown, 43, from Epsom, Surrey, turned the ramshackle shed at the bottom of their garden into a my duck egg blue ‘girl’s pad’

Decorations: There are cushions, strawberry-print curtains, bunting and fairy lights. Her children decided to call it the Sweet Shop - not because it's full of toffees and bonbons, but because it looks good enough to eat

Decorations: There are cushions, strawberry-print curtains, bunting and fairy lights. Her children decided to call it the Sweet Shop – not because it’s full of toffees and bonbons, but because it looks good enough to eat

It’s a seaside sanctuary

Lindsay Bowring Coombe, 49, an NHS worker, lives  in Bredhurst, Kent, with husband Steve, 53. I sit in my shed in my striped armchair and transport myself back to idyllic childhood seaside holidays.  We’ve always had sheds in our back garden. A few years ago, I decided to make one of my own. I sent out Steve to buy some subtle duck egg blue stain for the outer walls and he came back with an eye-watering Hawaiian blue. Luckily, I got used to it. It’s only 4ft by 6ft, but I have everything I need, including original watercolours.  I even have a ‘sounds of the sea’ CD, which I play on a portable player. I’m writing my first book and love nothing better than sitting in my armchair with my laptop and our two cats curled up next to me.  I’ve called it the Happy Days beach hut, after one I remember from childhood — and because sitting in it makes me so happy.

Lindsay Bowring Coombe, 49who lives in Bredhurst, Kent, sits in the striped armchair inside her 'she' shed and transports herself back to to idyllic childhood seaside holidays

Lindsay Bowring Coombe, 49who lives in Bredhurst, Kent, sits in the striped armchair inside her ‘she’ shed and transports herself back to to idyllic childhood seaside holidays

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