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MY SHED AND HOW IT WAS BUILT: 50 Inspiring Sheds
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Sheds have long been thought of as a male preserve, the antecedents of today's "man-cave", and while it is true that the majority of the 50 magnificent examples here are man-made, some of the most striking were built by members of the fairer sex. Formerly the place to store gardening and DIY paraphernalia that was not allowed in the house, then a store for the intimate stuff, today one's shed's content, style and construction reveal as much about their owners as does their home. This is an illuminating and humorous journey to that otherworld at the end of the garden, life journeys that 50 shed owners made as they created buildings unique to their own needs, overcoming problems of size, sturdiness, lighting, power, aesthetics, location and occasionally planning regulations, and scouring skips, timber yards, building sites, other people's gardens and even the seashore for unorthodox but effective materials. Many here are of good old-fashioned shiplap timber, but others are built of bricks, blocks, corrugated iron and asbestos (!), glass, wattle and daub and even plastic sheeting which was once the surface of a roller-skating rink! Here we have workshops, music rooms, art studios, a ferret commune, a dressmaker's, writer's cabin and a model railway heaven, to name but some. 202pp with 500 plus colour photos, a potty potting shedder's dream.

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