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A garden shed, hut or wendy house as a garden room

I love the idea of buying a ready-made garden shed and transforming it into a sanctuary for the garden. Buying a garden shed that's already assembled means you have more time to spend tweaking it here and there to make it perfect for your garden.

Create the perfect place to relax in the garden. Here in South Africa there are a wide range of designs for garden sheds, huts and Wendy Houses. Prices range from around R5000 upwards depending on the size and style you choose. Once your garden hut or wendy house is placed in location, all that's left is for you to add the finishing touches. For a wide selection of shed plans to choose from click here.

Plascon Wall & All can be applied directly to new and previously painted plaster and concrete, wood, and various building boards. You can also apply Plascon Wall & All to suitably primed mild steel and galvanised steel, which means you can use this product to paint the entire garden shed, hut or wendy house.

For whatever purpose you decide to use your garden shed, hut or wendy for, decorate the space to blend in or stand out. Make the interior comfortable by adding furniture that fits and then give it a cosy feel with the addition or matching curtains and rugs.

Window boxes and pretty sheds go hand-in-hand. Plant up boxes with seasonal annuals so that they are filled with colour throughout the year.

Design is in the details

Choose a basic design for your garden shed, hut or wendy house and then add on elements that make it unique. Details such as removing a panel and adding doors that fold back, or fitting wood trellis louvers. It's details like these that transform a shed into a beautiful room.

Check with the supplier as to the options they offer for modifications to existing designs. Simply by swapping out an IBR sheeting roof with a shingle or tile roof makes a big difference.

More than just a place to store your garden tools, or hide away your junk in my case, a garden shed or wendy hut is an easy way to add a garden room to your outdoor space if you're not into DIY or looking for something out-of-the-ordinary.

Many homeowners tend to overlook the option of adding a room to the garden, as opposed to extending their home. If you consider the difference in cost between a garden room (around R8000 for a reasonably sized wendy house) to that of around R50,000 for a small extension - you really are saving a lot of money.

Location, location, location

Choosing the right site for your garden shed, hut or wendy house is important. If you plan to use this as a garden sanctuary or retreat you'll almost want to create a hideaway.

A quiet corner or shady spot would be perfect, and even if you don't have any trees in the garden yet - you can always plan around the placement of the hut.

Shade is also an element to consider if you plan to use a hut or shed as a working space, as you want a room that's cool during the hot summer months.

Increase the size of a small garden shed, hut or wendy house by adding on a new addition, just as you would to add an extra room to your home. You can add on elements as and when you can afford them to create a wonderful garden room or an outdoor room.

Not all garden rooms need to be pretty, there's also a place for a more modern or contemporary design. One of the most popular DIY trends today is design hacking - or to transform a basic design into something completely different. Think about that when looking for the perfect garden shed, hut or wendy house.