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Gone are the days when garden buildings were the preserve of men. The 'She Shed' has arrived and we've rounded up our favourites.

It was once the unspoken truth that any hut lurking at the bottom of the garden was ‘his territory’ – a space harbouring peripherals such as weathered garden tools, a wind-up radio and (horror) a tiny model railway set complete with bridges, signals and rosy-cheeked school children.

Oh, how times have changed. Turns out that that forgotten dwelling nestled in the undergrowth is now being rediscovered by savvy women intent on carving out space away from the family to be creative, purposeful and, you know… alone. From architect-designed units to space-age pods, she sheds have come a long way. Now, these often highly stylised dens have truly become a room of one’s own. And there’s not a lawnmower in sight…

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Bucolic escapism in your own back garden is within reach with a bespoke shepherd’s hut from Northants based artisans Culworth and York. These beauts offer a locally-sourced (and totally chic) solution if you’re looking to up-level your home-working space. Or you could style yours as a bijou yoga retreat, writing room or just somewhere to hide from the Mudlets (did I say that?).

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SCANDI COOL

Offering modern designs with clean lines and gorgeous wood cladding, Broadstone Garden Rooms are the brain child of a local building firm, so will create your she-shed to your bespoke specifications, whether you’re after a home office, gym or art studio, you tell them what you want and they’ll make it for you.

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INSIDE OUTSIDE

The lovely folks at Woodhouse Toad are all about zhuzhing up your outside space to make it part of your everyday living space with a little bit of luxury, from outdoor kitchens to lounge areas, pergolas and garden hideaways, they’ll make everything bespoke in their huge workshop.

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SPACE POD

Yes, it’s still technically summer but you can’t always trust the Great British weather, so how about one of these space-age garden pods from Muddy Awards finalist Alan Muxlow to escape to for a morning coffee or sundowner? Now we’re talking. They’ll design and landscape your garden for you and, while they’re at it, install a dining pod or garden room from their range, all on display at Bell Plantation in Towcester.

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