What is a She Shed?

Jan 11, 2024

Author: Lisa Smith

In recent years, the idea of a "she shed" has become increasingly popular, especially in New Zealand, where the concept of a personal retreat has resonated with many. But what exactly is a she shed?

Definition and Origin

A she shed is essentially the female equivalent of a man cave. It's a personal backyard retreat created for women to have a space to relax, pursue hobbies, or enjoy some quiet time. The concept gained popularity in the early 2010s and has since become a cultural phenomenon. Unlike traditional sheds, which are often used for storage, she sheds are designed for comfort and personality. They are a sanctuary, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Design and Uses

She sheds can be customised and decorated to suit the owner's tastes and needs. They can range from simple, cosy nooks to elaborate mini-houses equipped with all the comforts of the main home. Common uses include:

  • Crafting and Art Studios: Many use their she sheds as a space for creativity, whether it's for painting, crafting, or sewing.
  • Reading and Relaxation: A she shed can be a quiet reading nook, filled with comfortable seating and good lighting.
  • Home Office: With remote work on the rise, a she shed can provide a peaceful workspace away from household distractions.
  • Gardening Hub: For those with a green thumb, it can be a place to plan gardening projects or even incorporate an indoor greenhouse.
  • Socialising: Some she sheds are designed for entertaining, equipped with seating areas and even small kitchenettes.
  • Guest House: To accommodate friends and family sleeping over and or Airbnb guests.

Building Your She Shed

Creating a she shed can be a fun project, but before starting, it’s essential to consider a few key points:

  • Council Regulations: Check with your local council for any building regulations or permits required. Read our article on building permit requirements for sheds and sleepouts.
  • Location: Choose a spot in your backyard that gets the right amount of sunlight and is easily accessible.
  • Budget: Costs can vary depending on the complexity of the design and size. Plan your budget accordingly.
  • Design: Personalise your she shed to reflect your style and preferences. Consider eco-friendly options and local materials.
  • Kitset Options: Consider a kitset option which makes the whole design and construction process a lot easier.

NZ Styling

In New Zealand, the she shed movement has taken a unique turn, with many opting for sustainable and eco-friendly designs. There's a focus on using local materials and incorporating indigenous Maori design elements. New Zealand's distinct flora and fauna often inspire the aesthetics of these personal retreats.

A she shed is more than just a trend; it's a testament to the need for personal space and self-expression. The movement has adapted to reflect local culture and environmental consciousness, making it a unique aspect of Kiwi lifestyle. Whether it’s for art, relaxation, or work, a she shed can be a valuable addition to any home.

About Outpost Buildings

Outpost Buildings provides a quality range of garden sheds including kitset she sheds. These are available in a variety of sizes to suit many requirements and property sizes from urban backyards to large lifestyle properties. They include assembly plans and all the required fixings and can all be delivered NZ-wide to your property. Outpost Buildings can even provide a service to assemble and construct your kitset shed. To learn more about our kitset shed options, reach out and talk to us about which one will suit your property best.

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