Feedback: Some initial confusion over the requested layout of the building, but once we had picked this up, all else went smoothly. Excellent building, well constructed. Good value for money.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. Sorry about the initial hiccups but glad this was resolved quickly. I'm pleased the Traditional, which is one of the best sheds available, meets all your needs. Regards, Robin
With the effects of the downturn taking hold many people are struggling to keep their homes goings along with the loss of their gardens, which I'm sure is not at the top of their agenda, and this is a great shame. It appears that the government, in their wisdom, think by cutting back, they can solve the countries problem but they don't explain how these people are going to survive in these hard times.
This is leading to garden sheds being used more and more by families where their offspring have gone off to make the way in the world and then lost their jobs, mainly through no fault of their own, and consequently losing their accommodation. The only answer is to go back home, although not all parents will take them back. My nephew was in this situation and, after his hours being cut was not able to pay to keep even a basic room going, however, his father won't allow him back to live at his home not even in a garden shed in the garden. How a father can do this - I don't know - I'm sure that even if he did not have any space in the house a small garden shed would be enough for a bed for him to sleep in out of the cold weather we were experiencing.
In the news, certainly in London the use of garden sheds for accommodation is quite common and many potential landlords (or shed lords) are risking the wrath of the local council by actually advertising - rooms to let in garden sheds - surely these must be off their rocker if they think they can use their sheds like this and actually make the council aware of this. One recent case was an Hungarian chap, Greg Farkas, who had more than 20 enquiries for his best sheds which he bought for £800 each. He withdrew the advert when he realised he needed planning permission to use a garden shed for living accommodation. Whether he did rent out the shed to anybody is not clear.
Over in Australia there is a similar trend where the garden shed is brought into play as it emerges that a family has been using a shed to live in Adelaide for over 3 years. Jonathan Curtin, who was suffering from depression and probably not helped by the state of the world, have been living in a 10ft x 10ft timber shed along with his wife and children. After being declared unfit for work and getting into debt he took up residence in the garden shed to keep a roof over his head.
This was after spending over 20 years trying to get public housing for his family. This certainly seems to have being mirrored in this country with the cutbacks and the lack of council accommodation after the big council houses sale started by Maggie Thatcher.
Since he moved into the garden shed he has found a wife and have had children who now live with him in this garden building. How on earth they can manage in such a small shed, I don't know. After becoming aware of the situation the local council have promised to find a proper home for them as soon as possible so the shed can go back to its original purpose for storing garden tools etc for the garden.
The garden shed has been in the news more than once lately with the news that Pauline Barnett, who set up one Britain's first charity shop in a garden shed, had died. Her shed was in use for over 30 years raising money for good causes.