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VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A DIFFERENCE

Hollywood has a flair for the romantic. We’ve probably all seen a scene in which the hopeful hero sweeps the leading lady off her feet with a surprise romantic dinner date. It’s a moment made for the movies and it’s especially cool if the space is somewhere very unexpected like a street or a store room. There’s the rooftop date scene in Kate & Leopold, which sees a drab apartment roof transformed into a breathtaking […]

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SHED OF DREAMS: FROM BACKROAD SHED TO GLOBAL BRAND

Throughout the pages of business history, it’s not uncommon to find an unassuming shed to be the birthplace for an idea. After all, if you need an affordable, comfortable, practical space to start out, a simple shed ticks all the boxes. So it’s not surprising that many household names that today sit proudly on big city skyscrapers, got going with more humble headquarters. You see it from car manufacturers to computer electronics to a particular […]

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FROM CAVE MEN TO MAN CAVES

In Old English the words “shedde”, “shadde”, and “shad” meaning “separation” or “division” have been part of our language for centuries, but the shed’s history goes back a lot further than that. Sheds have been part of our society since pre-historic times and today they cast light on how we lived thousands of years ago. Since the dawn of humankind, every culture has had its own way of sheltering from the elements. Early shelters were […]

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THE NAME GAME: TOP SHED NICKNAMES

We love our sheds. Whether they’re hardworking tool sheds or hard partying man sheds, they’re part of our lives. Some of them are such a big part of the family, it’s hard to imagine life without them. And just like the family dog has a name, some owners have a habit of christening their sheds with all sorts of weird and wonderful monikers. Some are crude, some are simple, some are downright hilariously clever. All […]

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SHED

It seems as soon as people learned to put a roof over their heads, they started creating places to fill with work, life and play. Archaeologists have evidence that humans living in caves used smaller caves or alcoves. In early Europe people built them from mammoth tusks and skins. Even Eskimos built shed-like structures from blocks of snow and ice. Yes, the humble shed has been part of everyday life ever since we started living […]

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CHECK LIST TO GET YOUR SHED SHIPSHAPE FOR 2017

It’s a new year, which means some of us are resolving to do things like lose weight and get in shape. It’s also a good time to think about a few ways to keep your shed in great condition, so you’ll get more out of it for years to come. We’ve put together a little check list of simple things to do to get your shed ready for a great 2017. Pest control Critters make […]

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EARN HOLIDAY CASH WITH A BACKPACKER-FRIENDLY SHED BNB

AirBNB has changed the way people go on vacation around the world. Now ordinary people are opening their homes, rooms, cottages and even couches to travelers from around the globe and earning good money from it. There are many that provide near hotel-like accommodation for people with a bit of dosh, but what about the lower end of the spectrum? Is there a place for that time honoured Aussie tradition – the backpacker? Surfers and […]

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TEACH YOUR KIDS TO MAKE MONEY WITH A HOLIDAY BUSINESS IN A SHED

School’s out! Holidays are here and you know what that means. If you’ve got kids, they’ll either be causing chaos around the house, or parked in front of the TV. If you have space you could give them something much more interesting to do and teach them a few life lessons along the way. We’ve all probably done the lemonade stand back in the day, but that’s so 1985. Why not get them to start […]

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WORKING FROM HOME? HERE’S A FRESH TAKE ON WORK-SPACES FOR FREELANCERS

As Bob Dylan once said, the times they are a-changing. A large proportion of Australians are abandoning the 9-to-5 grind in favour of self-employment and better work-life balance. In fact, a study conducted by the research firm Edelman Berland found that 4.1 million Australians (32% of the workforce) had freelanced between 2014-15. The trend is so clear that its even been given a name. It’s called the gig economy. Thanks to the improvements in digital […]

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THE MISKIN’S SHED

Sometimes you’ll find our sheds in unexpected places, but just as often they’re right there in the neighbour’s yard next door. The ones close to home are no less fascinating to us and today we continue our exploration into some of the lives behind our sheds, with the story of Bev and Bill Miskin. Two self-described “typical Queenslanders” with a love of family and the good old Aussie life. Married for 42 years, the couple […]