What Are Garden Buildings?

By | 10.03.2000

The word “garden building” is somewhat unfamiliar to those in the U.S. and is more often used in Europe, but despite the rarer use of the term within the states, garden buildings are very often sold, purchased and utilized by American consumers. Garden buildings basically refer to any type of portable building or structure that is utilized within a backyard or garden setting, no matter what the functional purpose.

Garden buildings are often referred to as garden sheds or storage sheds, but they can also be those cute little buildings that are used as children’s playhouses in a backyard, or even a small guest cottage or pool house. No matter what the function, the one thing that ties together any structure that is labeled as a garden building is that it is portable and that it has some use in a garden or backyard.

Many garden buildings are made of wood, although some are also constructed of metal, aluminum or other materials. Wooden garden buildings are the most popular, since the natural material of the wood is the most aesthetically pleasing within a garden setting and fits in best with the surroundings. Steel buildings are another option but look more industrial. Some garden buildings have small porches, window flower boxes and other decorative elements that make them blend in perfectly with the garden décor, even when the purpose of the structure is purely functional, as in that of a garden shed.

Garden buildings come in many sizes and styles. There are some that are very small structures and are used as potting sheds or storage sheds, but are not made with the purpose of people spending much time within them. These smaller buildings can even be used to house mini greenhouses or other potting supplies and small plants. Larger garden buildings can also be used as sheds and can store rather large items that are not often used, like snowblowers, ride on lawn mowers or even trailer tents. There are others, however, that can be large enough to function as a small guest cottage or guest house, or even an art studio or unique office space. Garden office buildings aren’t quite the norm in most backyards, but they can probably go a long way towards enhancing creativity and relaxation during the work day!

The options for places to purchase garden buildings are similar to those available for garden or storage sheds. Garden buildings can be purchased from companies that specialize in constructing these types of custom structures onsite or that offer a variety of styles in prefabricated form. They can also be found at some garden centers and home improvement stores (although there may not be as extensive a selection if you are looking for something to meet a unique purpose). Homeowners can even order garden buildings direct from manufacturers or online retailers that will then ship the structure. When ordered this way, the garden building is usually sent as a kit that is then assembled by the homeowner once the kit has been delivered.

Another option homeowners have if they are looking for a specific type of garden building or shed is to build one themselves. Garden building plans can often be found online and if you have some level of carpentry skills, building a garden shed or building can be a rewarding do-it-yourself project.

So, despite the fact that many Americans may seem unfamiliar with the term “garden buildings”, the truth is that they are often utilized in many backyard and garden designs. They are simply referred to by different names. In a similar fashion, there are other backyard, garden, or home-related structures that have names that differ from region to region. For example, uPVC conservatories are not a common term in the U.S., but are the same as the more commonly referred to sunrooms or “Florida rooms”. No matter what the term may be, garden buildings have a rightful place in many backyards or gardens.


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