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Garden sheds are used mainly for general garden duties or for home workshops however, increasingly, many are being used for living in which can cause problems with the local council as generally this is frowned upon.
If permission is granted the shed owner would need to ensure that the building meets all the local building regulations, which can be stringent. Why are garden sheds being using for this purpose? Well the cost of homes as sky rocketed with many children unable to find their own homes due to the cost and the struggle to get a mortgage. Renting and living in a shed is sometimes their only option.
Having said that most decently made 16×12 garden sheds can have the walls and roof insulated and then lined. 1st Choice Leisure Buildings can offer this as an option on most of their Platinum garden buildings. With the addition of internal lining and electrics and, ideally, double glazing these can be ‘home from home’ (nearly). Just ensure you meet the required building standards which your local council will be able to advise you about.
Hopefully as time goes on the children will be able to save up and obtain a mortgage and a property of their own. The converted 16 x 12 shed will then be able to be used as a guest room, garden home office or recreation room – all of which will increase the value of your property. So in the long run can be a good investment as well as helping your off spring.
If you are thinking of renting your converted shed to an outsider then you need to be a little more careful. The implications are a little more involved and need greater consideration as the council are not normally very keen on this sort of development.
This is why, quite often, that these lettings are kept secret much to the council’s annoyance. They actually have officers looking out for this sort of thing, so beware. The silliest thing you can do is to advertise your shed for renting as this will be picked up on very quickly.
When these type of renting outs are found the occupants are evicted onto the street, which in some ways (most ways) a great shame as they often don’t have any where to live. All the council has done is to put these previously homeless people back onto the streets, which can not be nice. With no help from the council these people have to end up struggling to make ends meet – and we are supposed to live in a caring society!
Other sheds often let out are the bathing huts found at many seaside locations, usually painted in bright colours such as the ones at Cromer. Available for the day, week or month this gives the people renting a base for the day where they can change into their swimming costumes, prepare and eat picnics as well as sheltering from the weather, if need be. Even when it is raining at the seaside it can be nice looking out onto the sea from a dry building – or you can go home – your choice.
However some garden sheds owners are being successful in utilising their sheds and making some income from them. An example was an owner in Manor Park in London advertised their 16×12 converted garden shed for £150 per week.
Being close to the local railway station was a big plus and the shed, complete with bathroom so it completely self contained. This shed was professionally converted by a building with a glazed front door, windows and with a tiled roof – so is clearly more than a ‘run of the mill’ garden shed found in most gardens.