Garden sheds could allow Britons to be innovative

Building a shed in the garden might sound like a practical solution to storing items such as lawn mowers, rakes and gardening equipment, but it has the potential to be so much more.

People who hire a professional builder and construct an outhouse could take some inspiration from the nominees of the Shed of the Year 2012 competition, which have been detailed by the Daily Telegraph. They show that having a space in the garden can add functionality and value to a property. For instance, Michael Stubbs in Milton Keynes has turned his shed into a small pub, while Steve Knight’s wooden structure houses the Colne Valley Postal History Museum in Halstead, Essex.

Sam Tamlyn, head of operations at, last month suggested 2012 will be the year of home improvements and the shed seems like a great place to start. Other sheds documented by the newspaper include a Doctor Who-themed structure, a floating shed and a building made from recycled materials.

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