In an increasingly hectic world, many of us are looking for ways to get away from all the stresses and strains of life in order to enjoy some peace and quiet.
One option has always been to retire to the shed at the bottom of the garden, which can be used as a sanctuary.
Francine Raymond, writing for the Telegraph, has outlined her view on the use of sheds, which she described as more of a life improvement than simply a home improvement.
Using a shed does not mean you have to become a green-fingered expert gardener – you can still hire a professional tradesman for that – but it does mean you have a place to call your own.
The good news is that, according to recent comments from Susan Littlefield, horticultural editor at the National Gardening Association, even those of us who live in small homes are able to enjoy a great garden – which can always include space for a shed.
Ms Raymond said that a garden hideaway is a must through every stage of life, from our childhood days when Wendy houses and tree houses were the norm to our later years when sheds and allotments become increasingly attractive.
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