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Building something from scratch can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
With home improvement projects at an all-time high, creating something new for your house can be exciting, collaborative, and a good stress reliever.
However, before you go ahead with your project, there are some things you may need to consider.
For example, you will need to debate the size, wood type, and installation process, along with things like how to keep bugs away and how to keep your items safe.
You may be building a she shed in an effort to improve your mental health, which you can read about in this article.
Below, we will review everything you need to know about your she shed and help get you right to work!
What is a She Shed?
A she shed is truly just a fun phrase to describe an outdoor space, likely for a woman, to keep things.
The only distinction between a regular shed and a she shed is simply that the concept of a she shed originated as a woman’s equivalent to a “man cave.”
It is designed to be a personal space for the woman in your life to do with what she pleases, especially if the concept of separate spaces appeals to those in your relationship.
Some people prefer to do everything together, while others need a room of their own for the purposes of individuality.
What Can It Be for?
If you are building your own she shed, you probably already know what you would like to use it for.
If you are building a she shed for someone else, you should first ask about their intentions for the area.
Here Are Some Common Uses for a She Shed:
If you love to paint, draw, or design pottery, having a semi-outdoor space can be the perfect place to relax and let your creativity flourish.
If you are working from home, or tend to bring your work home with you, having a small workspace to escape to can be a great way to get your work done without being distracted or interrupted.
Happy Hour Oasis:
Whether you want to enjoy a little bit of a happy hour by yourself or with your friends, she shed can be an aesthetically pleasing space to do so as a bar area.
There is no better way to kick off your morning than to enjoy your morning cup of coffee in a quiet outdoorsy place.
In every season, having the perfect chair to curl up and read in is essential.
Put that chair in your she shed and you suddenly have an entire reading room!
If you have a green thumb or you are an aspiring plant connoisseur, you can use your she shed as a greenroom, potting place, or overall plant sanctuary.
When you need to get over writer’s block, escaping to a safe, quiet space can be the perfect remedy.
If you are a sports fanatic, you can turn your she shed into your favorite place to watch the game, possibly incorporating elements of a sports bar.
If you are a biker, kayaker, or rock climber, or participate in other outdoor activities, you might prefer to use your she shed as a literal shed for your equipment.
You could collect other things related to your hobby here as well, such as construction, crafting, or gardening tools.
Get to Building
When you begin to build your she shed, follow these steps for some of the best results possible:
Select the Area:
Pick an area in your yard that gets sunlight, and is far enough away from any rotting trees to avoid the potential of one falling.
Ensure you are following any local rules related to building in that area.
Level the Ground:
Make sure your she shed will be built on a level surface and check for any necessary drainage.
Decide beforehand if you wish to have skylights, windows, French doors, or electricity, or if you will need a cable extension to your she shed.
Wood vs. Paneling:
Once you decide what you wish the outside of the she shed to be made of, you might consider hiring a carpenter to help build it.
If you live in a colder environment and need insulation installed for winter, this will be a necessary step early in the process.
Installing drywall in the interior of your she shed can be a good option for those looking to cut costs.
Once your she shed is built, you can get to priming, painting, and decorating!