Origins of garden rooms and their usage

Posted Sep 15, 2020, Category: Cabin production

At Eurodita, we strive to offer variety in our offers to partners. We believe that if we can produce varying types of log structures, our partners can also appear versatile to their customers, who then will trust them for creativity, flexibility and quality. It’s no secret that we also strive to stay ahead of trends. One such trend are the garden rooms – a separate location for respite, hobbies or work. Our line of these garden rooms and garden offices is currently small, yet we are very happy with how it’s proceeding: on of them is constantly in our best-sellers list.

So, with that in mind, in this blogpost, we would like to share some information about the origins of the modern garden room, the culture surrounding it and the various uses people get out of them.

It was the British that gave us the very first idea of garden rooms. The very first appearance of sheds, separated from family houses, were extremely practical – they were used as ice houses for keeping the food cool. These ice houses would sometimes double up as separate smoking rooms, which likely gave birth to the idea of spending leisurely time in the shed. As time went on, the versatility of purposes that the sheds were used for only increased, until finally reaching the favourite British pastime – gardening. It grew out of their shared love of gardening, and become a phenomenon in the 19th and 20th centuries. These rooms were then also known as potting sheds or garden sheds and over time they developed into the first man-caves, that then were politely known as husband’s hideaways. Writers, artists, potters – all were known for using an outbuilding for their creativity, and a garden room or a garden shed become a great venue for isolation and creativity.

While in the past, the garden room stemmed out of necessity, nowadays it’s a great addition to an already existing house with a back yard. The possibilities of uses are endless and with a little bit of creativity, people tend to turn their garden rooms into little pieces of homely art.

Our partners report that end customers often turn to garden rooms because they can’t extend their houses; they want more living space without moving; they don’t want to deal with loft conversions; or they just want to make a better use of their garden. With all of these reasons come great solutions. Customers have used these garden rooms in creative ways, like a teenage den for sleepover parties, homework, maybe music or art practice. For the entire family, garden rooms have been used as spaces for a home cinema or a common activity area. People that work or create from home have used it as a hobby studio and people with small children converted the garden room into a playground. All this without mentioning the currently growing trend of man-caves and she-sheds as personal retreats near a home.

We keep adding to our portfolio of garden rooms and this trend is not likely to reverse. We are happy to offer our partners different diameters and designs of garden rooms, since they have so many potential uses. It’s a great, versatile product that has a long, lasting life ahead of it.