Have you heard of a “She Shed”?
Reading shed? Craft shed? Bolt Hole? Garden office?
I’m sure there are a million titles for what really amounts to an upscale outbuilding (not to be confused with outhouse).
Sheds have traditionally been a place to store your garden tools, house the lawnmower and bikes and perhaps a few tools. I can’t imagine how desperate the woman was that decided leaving your home and creating a refuge inside a dark and dreary box was a good idea.
Check that, I can totally imagine it. Particularly when I’m sitting on the toilet and Hubby’s knocking to find out if we have any more shaving cream and the girls are fighting and calling my name.
A dark, dreary box sounds like a GREAT idea!
My guess is that ‘She sheds’ have gained popularity because of both their proximity and distance from the home. Close enough to keep an eye on things, but far enough away that you can’t hear the “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom…” of kids and spouse.
It’s easy to understand why “Man Caves” work inside the home – because men never answer, or even hear, these calls anyways. They can easily slip down to the basement, crank up the sports and hide.
Not so for Moms.
Today is a photo essay of “She Shed” ideas so that you can stare wistfully and dream of a little box of your very own. Preferably with electricity and sound-proofing.
(I’ve included links wherever possible – click the images to access the original sites)
There are a few things I should mention before you head off to Home Depot to buy a new She shed for your yard; these aren’t typical garden sheds.
A few things to consider:
- electricity – for heat, light and as a means to regulate moisture in your box. Even in the gorgeous greenhouse above, furniture and accessories will warp and mold with the moisture.
- insulation – again to keep the warm in and the cool out, or vice versa. A big box store might have a gorgeous fibreglass She shed at a reasonable price, but once the sun hits the roof you might end up with a sauna (is that a bad thing?)
- joints – some sheds have gaps between the roof trusses and the walls. These little gaps, that are meant to help with air circulation, also let beasties big and small into your space.
- ground – no point putting a She shed on quicksand, and no matter how brilliant the view – a riverbank in Spring can be risky. You need a solid and level footing.
- locks – if you use your space for work, then you’ll need a way to protect your files and equipment. Beyond keeping computers or televisions away from moisture, you’ll also want to keep them away from sneaky teens’ sticky fingers.
Still in all, the idea of a glass box with a big, cushy reading chair, craft supplies along one wall and a treadmill in front of my internet-fed television so I could pretend to exercise while binge-watching Outlander sounds pretty appealing.
Have a great one!