Is the Rise in Follies the End for the 16 x 10 Log Cabin?
The British look after their garden sheds and this is very much a British thing. Being a haven away from the house and where a man (and more often these days – a woman) can relax away from the day to day grind. It is used for all sort of uses and activities and this is, perhaps, the key to why it is loved.
Whether it’s the storage of garden furniture, tools for the garden, the lawnmower or the family bike – the shed can cope with all of these with no problem and increasingly a 16X10 log cabin is the answer if you have lager pockets. You can also add in the use as a workshop, where all type of practical DIY jobs can be fulfilled, or as a hobby craft room. The beauty of this is that whatever hobby you have it can be left out at the end of the day until you return another day. In the house there is always the chance the items will need to be moved for day to day living.
My wife has her own hobby room based on a potting shed with a half glass roof. The beauty of this is that the light streams in so all the intricacies of her work is apparent. She shares her craft room with some of her friends who also like her hobby of card making.
Other countries don’t seem over bothered about these practical garden buildings which, to me as a garden shed lover, seems a little strange. Where do they store their garden tools, furniture and bikes? Do they have bigger houses than us so they can be stored inside? I don’t know.
People with loads of money and wanting to be different have taken another view to out door garden buildings and, over the years, have been building special garden buildings just for them such as a 16X10 log cabin. These buildings have no purpose whatsoever to anyone else, they are no use to anyone else but are made to some very weird designs and effectively are just ornaments. Known as ‘follies’ there are many all over the UK. Although these can be found all over the world the UK does have the most.
However interest in recent years for these follies in the garden has grown as people, who still have money, want to be different. This demand for these follies is in place of the more normal garden shed type buildings is a surprising trend. Why is a question which needs to be asked and when you look in the Oxford dictionary a folly is described as a costly garden structure built with no thought by the builder. But the trend is for more of these to be designed and built in the garden, which surely means if planning is considered then they are not follies.
Many follies had been created by the famous, including Ringo Star, drummer for the Beatles, but now there are several firms set up to meet this demand. A Cornish furniture maker, Jayne Tarasun, build follies out of cedar, oak, copper and glass in sizes from 16X10 and upwards. She said that it is more of a woman thing as men seem to prefer the more normal garden building. However the idea of these modern follies is to provide a place where the owners can get away from every day life, somewhere to read in, contemplate the world in or even sleep in.
The cost for these garden follies can be in excess of £10,000 and can be over 10 feet tall however they need to be less than 10 cubic metres of internal space so they can meet modern day planning requirements. As nice as these are and as individual as they are the garden shed will also be the number one garden building for most men in the UK. Long may the basic shed reign as number 1.