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The Common Shed With Shiplap Cladding
The common shiplap shed has many many uses, from the mundane for the storage of garden tools, for use as a garden workshop where you can beaver away making various bit and pieces for the garden or indoors, some will use the shed for general storage where there is no space in the house, or for following different hobbies.
Some people have converted their sheds, by insulating and lining the building the shiplap cladding or sheet material to keep it warm into garden home offices and it also inspires people to be artistic and creative. The shed is always a place where you can get away from the bustle of the garden and the world and sometimes can seem like another world.
The quiet inspiration which these garden buildings have given to people with creative minds is immense. These people have seen beyond the basic use and have taken these havens in the garden to inspire them in all manner of different things.
Many authors have used a shed cum garden office for writing, Roald Dahl, the children’s author had his own special shiplap shed. Other famous writers know to have written in these sheds were George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling and Dylan Thomas. They may have ‘tarted’ the building up but essentially they are the same as what we store our gardening bits and pieces in. Recently the well known, loveable comedian Vic Reeves admitted that he to uses his shed for creative purposes.
Vic, who hosted offbeat BBC TV quiz Shooting Stars wrote his book, Vic Reeves Book of Knowledge, about a book-cum-art-collection, in his shiplap cladded shed over a period of 3 months. This gave him the tranquillity to concentrate away from the fast moving world around him. One of the highlights of the book, which sound pretty horrible to me, is the exploration of head lice. He claims that if you are infected by head lice you will be ostracised from your barracks, mocked by women, oppressed, persecuted and even shot. So not to be recommended. Besides this there was a lot of good reading matter if you are into that sort of thing.
Hard to believe that something as simple as a shed made from shiplap, loglap or featheredge cladding could be so much to so many for so many different reasons. Bearing in mind that, certainly commercially, sheds are a relatively new idea and have their roots in the 1950’s where many businesses set up shop to feed the demand it makes you wonder what people did before then. Over the years many firms have come and gone, a lot of them making the ‘cheap and nasty’ sheds made down to a price. These companies have paid the price – where the number of complaints about the quality of the cheap materials which split and had knots dropping out – made them go out of business. Nowadays shiplap sheds or loglap clad buildings are more the ‘norm’. And are rather attractive additions to the home.
Sheds Are Where The Most Inspired Thoughts Come From
Because the location of most sheds is away from the house this normally means that they tend to be quieter and more relaxing than in the house with all the activity normally going on. This can help you to become more creative and for you to look at problems of the world in a different way. By taking a little time, maybe with a glass or two of your favourite tipple, unexpected solutions may appear in your ‘old grey matter’.
Where as many people have installed electrics and possibly a phone line in their shiplap shed, this can sometimes work against them with the interruptions breaking the line of thought. Just by relaxing and gazing at your garden and surroundings you can help your brain trigger unusual ideas. So it can be seen that your garden building can be therapeutic and also improve your health. Hard to believe but true, you just need to try it.
Obviously your shed does need a little space for you to sit down and relax so if it is in a mess now the time to have a good clear out. Anything which you are keeping ‘just in case’ and has been in your shed for more than 2 years – be brutal and – throw it out. If you have any shiplap cladding spare then it’s always a good idea to hang onto that. By doing this the shed will become more welcoming for your ideas to germinate. Your shed can also help in your hobby giving you space to set up in this quiet space. And at the end of the day you can just leave all your hobby items where they are for next time. No worrying about having to clear up so when you want to come down again you are ready to go. This you find is a great feeling.
Depending on the size of your shed you can sometimes share your hobby with others. My wife does this and her friends come around most Wednesdays and they share their hobby of card making. Being in a quiet environment helps them to come up with new ideas and also ideas evolve from them talking together. The building, which my wife has, is designed as a shiplap potting shed but the design of the shed with an half glass roof means that a great of light floods into the building making it easy on the eyes with the brightness.
The Independent also take this view when they also suggested that these buildings can get the creative juices flowing. They stated that sheds these days are more than just a storage facility and more of an all rounder and this includes using them as an office with a view or as a summerhouse, but in this instance they should be made with shiplap cladding for the best effect. They claimed that employees can actually improve their productivity by working from home and will be happier in this sort of environment.
Over the years there have been many great artists, writers and thinkers who have used their garden buildings to help them be creative. These include existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger, who I have never heard of, among many others. Rapper Snoop Doog wrote some of his hit songs in his garden shed and the legendary Harley Davidson motorbikes were first assembled in one. They certainly come a long way since then. Henry Moore, the sculptor, was enthused with his garden sheds that he had many in his garden and Lord Savile, who was given the responsibility of compiling a report on the Bloody Sunday Massacre also used his for this purpose. This just goes to show that the ‘common’ garden shed can lord it over most other garden buildings as being the most versatile, certainly the shiplap and loglap clad are the most popular. It’s no wonder that we British love them.
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