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The Great Escape from the 12X10 Doghouse and the Other Half
The garden cabin is used for many things with the usual suspects such as storing garden equipment, as garden workshops or for keeping bikes and the like nice and dry. However it is rapidly being used as a haven away from the world by men and women. And it not just THE shed being cleared out and converted, there is a rise in additional purpose built buildings being used for this purpose such as a log cabin and a 12X10 log cabin is a popular size. The attraction of these buildings as a haven away from the day to day grind is probably the natural appearance of the wood. However, you don’t find many metal, steel concrete sheds used for this purpose as these can seem a little utilitarian. It is possible for these to be converted but just needs a little more effort. The other attraction with timber log buildings is that they can be made in more or less any size to suit, certainly if you are buying from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings.
They are one of the few companies which will make a garden building to suit your needs and not expect you to take a stock size. Log cabins are a little more restricted on sizes but there are many options available. I think this is called living in the real world and having the belief that the customer is right. So if you are thinking of a special ‘bolt hole’ from the harsh realities of today’s world then it’s always worth talking to them.
In your garden den you can set it up to suit YOU. With a comfortable chair and table, the addition of a TV or radio or possibly with internet access you can be self indulgent and think of only you. Some buildings have been turned into little pubs so their mates can share your 12X10 den with them. It’s also a place to go when you are in the dog house or a place to get a little piece from the ‘other half’ (this can apply to ladies as well as men – just sitting on the fence and getting splinters). If you are feeling flush you might consider a log cabin shed combination for the best in both worlds.
And talking about dog houses up in the village of Dunsop Bridge in Lancashire some farm buildings are being converted into a dog hotel by the Duchy of Lancaster. The piggery at Higher Whitewell farm could also be converted into a small dog hotel which would be used for visitors to the nearby inn. Other plans include using an unused and under utilised barn and transforming this into a farm shop and cafe. The is a little small for the purpose only being 12 x 10 but it will serve its purpose well. Besides this a nearby large farm shed is likely to be turned into retail units.
The manager of the Whitwell Inn, Charles Bowman, said that this will be a very nice development and welcome as they have many guests who bring their dog with them. When this plan comes to fruition guests will be able to bring their dogs on holiday. They will then be able to stay in the renovated farm buildings, (the dogs – not the guests) at a very reasonable £20 to £30. Clearly this will appeal to many dog lovers as the dog in their family is an integral part of their family.
The custodian of this land, about 18,800 hectares across England and Wales is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and this includes many urban areas as well as farm land, outhouses and ancient farm buildings. This is not the first time, nor likely to be the last time, that out door farm and log garden building are adapted to different uses. Other redundant and unused garden and farm buildings have been turned into holiday homes and rural offices.
The income raised by the Duchy is held in trust for the queen and the moneys raised helps to pay for her official and personal expenses. No money from tax payers is involved.
Find the Time to Visit Some of Britain’s Gardening Shows
The British as gardeners and garden lovers spend a great deal of time researching their hobby besides the time spent in the garden. To many the planning of the garden it the best part of this leisure pursuit. Whether it is because they can put their feet up, often on a comfy chair in their shed, or whether they can dream unrealistic dreams is not clear such as a 12X10 log cabin. What is clear is that for just a few pounds and some work in the garden you can have a display to be proud off. The great thing about this is that every garden in unique, from the plants and shrubs around the garden, to the size and shape of the lawn. This follows through to the type of garden building in the garden, whether it is grand 12 x 10 summerhouse, a versatile workshop, a hard working garden shed, log cabin shed kit or just a little garden tool store. Every one is different and every one of these gardens are loved for this reason and because it is yours.
Every year there are many garden shows where the latest gardening gadgets for your piece of ‘our green and pleasant land’ can be viewed. Besides the very latest pieces of equipment there are masses of plants, shrubs, trees and garden displays to view which will whet your appetite. And usually there will be a range of the latest summer houses, possibly 12X10 log cabin shed kits and garden buildings of all sorts – but this usually will be at the top end of the price bracket as it is expensive to display at these shows. I.e. If you can afford your own ‘duck house’ with moat then you will have a great deal to choose from.
You often find there will be many talks from some of the many gardening experts who can give great advice and also plant seeds in your mind for your garden. Always worth making the effort to spend this time because you are able to put your feet up for a little while (that’s how I see it but I am getting a little older) as well as getting new ideas for your garden.
The Wrest Park Garden Show is on most years in May and is an ideal place for garden enthusiasts to examine the latest new products and gardening tools for your garden sheds. This garden show in Bedfordshire normally has a range of exhibitions covering all aspects of the garden. It is home to such items as water features, wildlife photography, birthstone jewellery, garden plants and all things dedicated to gardening.
In earlier years there were talks by Graham A Pavey, (nominee for the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Florist of the Year in 2010) Clare Allen and Barry Timms, all gardening experts in their own field, who held hosting talks throughout the show.
Besides those experts and garden display there were also floral displays showing off roses and bonsai respectively. As it normal, at many of these country shows, specialist food producers displayed their range of wares. And some of the items on display were handmade farmhouse cheese, jams (made to special recipes) and as well as chutney. Delicious strawberries and cream and the usual coffee and teas were also available for weary visitors. It can be hard work trudging around the display of flowers and going in and out the smart garden sheds and summerhouses. You can of course delight in the larger log cabins maybe 12ft x 10ft and larger.
After earlier shows exhibitors thanked the organisers for the beautiful settings, stating they had done well and the good organisation was great. These exhibitors also included showcase antiques, garden furniture and garden tools which all can be stored in a garden shed. Many of the visitors also take the opportunity to explore the 18th century garden and grounds of Wrest Park which has features such as a bath house as well as a Chinese bridge.