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Creating a room of ones own as sales of garden rooms soar

Creating a room of ones own as sales of garden rooms soar

Literary greats over the years have often built or repurposed garden buildings when they sought to seek solace and refuge to write, so when 1 in 3* found themselves working from home during lockdown on a regular basis, it is hardly surprising that sales for garden rooms rocketed according to the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of quality wooden garden products, Forest Garden.

From Virginia Woolf’s re-purposed tool shed at the bottom of her garden to George Bernard Shaw’s revolving sun-facing hut where he wrote many of his most famous works, Mark Twain’s octagonal study where he brought Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer to life and Under Milk Wood’s Dylan Thomas’ tiny cliff top idyll, writers have famously written from their gardens to enhance their creative voices. In fact, Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon series describes her writing shed as an; ‘Island. A TARDIS, a refuge, a dream space. It could be anywhere, and it might be anything.’ Whereas His Dark Materials creator, Philip Pullman, famously sought the silent solitude of a shed when his son took up violin.

Creating a room of ones own as sales of garden rooms soar
Virginia Woolf’s repurposed tool shed
Creating a room of ones own as sales of garden rooms soar
Mark Twain’s octagonal study

Outdoor buildings big and small, repurposed or built to enhance the users experience have long helped to shape some of the greatest stories of our time,” said Forest Garden’s Marketing Manager Jenny Davis. “It’s amazing to think that Roald Dahl’s Umpa Lumpa and snozzcumber filled worlds were created in a shed where even the curtains were closed to shut out all distractions. Literary heroes through time have really harnessed their green spaces to shape the way that stories inspire us today.”

Creating a room of ones own as sales of garden rooms soar
Roald Dahl’s writing hut at Gypsy House, Great Messenden. Picture: Alamy
Creating a room of ones own as sales of garden rooms soar
Roald Dahl’s writing hut at Gypsy House, Great Messenden. Picture: Alamy

“We launched our range of Xtend garden rooms in March this year and demand for them has been unparalleled. It’s a straightforward to install, pre-cut modular Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) building which stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. At a time where the lines between our work life and our home lives have been blurred beyond recognition, it’s the perfect ‘Room of Ones Own’ to escape to.”

“It’s incredible to think of all of those businesses have been and will continue to be run out of a garden. It’s a trend that we aren’t seeing abating any time soon as demand is still high. Who knows how listening to bird song or enjoying the short, green-filed path to the office in the morning is going to change the way that we think and work in the future or how many more aspiring authors have blossomed in their shed of choice during lockdown – only time will tell.” She Concluded

The Xtend range from Forest Garden is available in three different sizes and offers a contemporary feel whilst being affordable, energy efficient, straightforward to construct and backed by a 15-year structural warranty.

Creating a room of ones own as sales of garden rooms soar

For full details and availability visit: https://www.forestgarden.co.uk/product-categories/garden-buildings/xtend-by-forest/ 

About Forest Garden

Forest Garden has been the UK’s leading and most trusted manufacturer and distributor of quality wooden garden products for over 50 years. As a British company, we’re proud to use sustainable, British timber, predominately grown and felled from managed forests across Scotland. Our range of garden buildings, fencing, decking and decorative structures are available online https://www.forestgarden.co.uk/ and in over 3,000 retail stores. 

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