Whether you use it as a man cave or meditating hub, sheds are fast becoming one of the most talked about additions to a home. They're used for all sorts of purposes, as the Shed of the Year competition confirms, but you may be surprised to learn that research has shown that Notts buyers would be put off buying a home that didn't have one - or at least a garden big enough to house one.
The Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition has captured the imagination of shed-mad men and women all over the country – with 32 finalists in eight categories fighting it out for the top spot in July. Final shed designs range from the unusual and unique to the eccentric and over-the-top – including a converted camper van, a Wild West themed cabin and a restored bunker.
But with research from the wood care brand revealing that almost 70 percent of Brits would rather stay in a shed than a cottage, caravan or tent for a country retreat, and 62 percent saying they'd be put off buying a home if it didn't have a shed or room for one, it seems the fixation with sheds is growing.
However, whether you are a hardened 'sheddie' or just own a standard shed to store gardening equipment and bikes the Nottingham Estate Agency advise sellers not to overlook the shed when putting their property on the market.
Su Snaith, head of estate agency, said: "People have all kinds of weird and wonderful uses for their garden shed – but whatever that may be, it is worth remembering that a shed does have potential, and it is certainly worth showing it off at its best to prospective buyers.
"In addition to keeping your shed presentable and tidy, we would urge every shed owner to think about adequate security for the shed and its contents.
"We know that many people use the shed to house moveable items like cycles, lawn mowers, gardening tools and other items. Our advice would be to check on any existing home contents insurance for terms and conditions relating to contents in outbuildings and amend it if necessary."
Top three shed facts
More under 25s now own a shed (63 per cent) than 45-54 year olds (60 per cent).
Brits admit to spending quiet time in their shed, sleeping or meditating for example, with men (42 per cent) twice as likely as women to use their shed as a retreat.
Modern sheds are increasingly being used as a space to entertain friends with 16 per cent of Brits watching movies and eight per cent have even dined in their shed!