For the majority of us, garden sheds are for storing away gardening equipment, overspilling domestic items and taking on DIY projects. However, more and more people are beginning to transform their sheds into sanctuary’s of luxury, with home cinemas, games rooms and even pub sheds becoming increasingly popular. But sheds have long been a haven at the end of your garden, with some truly extraordinary designs and uses.
With amazing expertise and such a long history when it comes to designing sheds, we thought we would pick out the top 10 most unusual shed purposes. Take a look at some fascinating shed uses below!
1. Man Cave
2. Nuclear Reactor
• At the tender age of 17, David Hahn dubbed the ‘Nuclear Boy Scout’ built a homemade nuclear reactor in his parents’ garden shed.
• The EPA had to clean up his home and car as it contained dangerous amounts of radioactive material.
3. Micro Shed on Wheels
• Colin Edmondson didn’t need much room for his design. He built a “micro” shed, which measured just a tiny 4 feet x 2 feet
• A model train enthusiast, this miniature shed was added on to his railway.
4. Tate Modern Gallery Exhibit
• Taking art to a new level, Cornelia Parker decided to blow up her shed for the Modern Gallery Exhibit
• She used the shrapnel to create her art piece named “Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View”.
5. Writing Hut
• Arguably the most famous author of all time, Roald Dahl spent a lot of time writing in his “hut” in Great Missenden. He followed in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas to escape ‘noisy children’
• His “writing hut” is on display at the Roald Dahl museum.
• Daniel Conner Parr, clearly an enormous Doctor Who fan, built a TARDIS from his garden shed.
• It features a blue “police box” door and contains a TARDIS custom control system.
7. Roman Temple
• Tony Rodgers an electronic engineer, wanted to be in Rome every day. He converted his standard garden shed into a magnificent Roman temple.
• The temple is complete with Roman columns, a mosaic table and statues.
8. Post Office
• Margaret and John McDowall set up a post office in an 8 foot by 10 foot garden shed.
• Esther Brauer also has a working garden shed post office, albeit smaller at 8 foot by 6 foot.
9. Retro American Diner
• Paul Siudowski loved eating out at American diner’s so much, he built a 1950s remake in an 8 ft by 10 ft garden shed!
• The diner was so popular he even added an extension.
• Amateur astronomer Dave Grennan had such a fascination with the stars, he created a homemade observatory all from the comfort as his own garden shed.
• With a sliding roof feature for star spotting, Grennan claims to have spotted the 2010IK supernova from his shed.
• After leaving school in 1952. Art Zarb hit popularity after setting up a home cinema in his own garden.
• The home cinema is equipped with 16mm, Super 8mm, and Standard 8mm projectors.
12. Floating Shed
• So he never had to leave the sanctum of his garden shed. Geoff Hill took things to another level, when he built a stationery floating shed, moored off Smuggler’s Cove.
• Used primarily for fishing, the shed can be accessed via canoe, boat, or even swimming.
13. Pirate Retreat
• Keith Brown claimed not to have any building experience. But an enormous fan of pirates, he designed a stunning ‘Pirate Retreat.’
• The pirate hideout has the full works, a firing cannon, tuned waterfall, and a sound, disco lighting system among others.
• The treehouse is supported by 4 oak trees and is about 4.5 metres in the air.
• It can accommodate 10 people and has 2 beds and a central BBQ.
15. Galleon-shaped Den
• Clare Kapma-Saunders was the designated ‘head of the household’ and proved her point. She built a boat-shaped den and called it the Queen Emma Galleon.
• The den includes a deck, a hammock, and captain’s quarters.
Contributing Author: Charles Walton, CEO of Garden Buildings Direct. Charles has a vast amount of experience within the industry and has been developing sheds with the company since 2006. Find out more here: