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Man-caves and she-sheds: Grownup playrooms

By: Leslie Massey, leslie.massey@gazette.com
July 23, 2016 Updated: July 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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Years ago “man-caves” swept the nation as the ultimate home addition. Whether a basement, a garage, an attic or a shed, the man of the house wanted a refuge tailored for his interests. It wasn’t too much time later that wives and moms started mentally decorating their own sanctuary spaces.

Meet the “she-shed,” a backyard haven for busy folks seeking a quiet reprieve from the world. All across the country, women have commenced constructing their own whimsical hideaways to tune out all the chaotic noise in their lives.

In truth, the gendered labels are unnecessary and suggest that the types of spaces people choose to retreat to are based on their particular gender. In fact, there are no set rules or regulations for creating your own "she-” or “he-” shed, “mom-” or “man-” cave, except that it aligns with your idea of an unspoiled home hideaway.

If you don’t have extra space available inside your basement, attic or garage to accommodate your hide-out, crafting a backyard shelter isn’t completely rigorous. Although the idea of building a shed from scratch or cleaning out an old tool shed might seem daunting and dirty, it will surely be worth it. And, it’s not about spending lots of money—it’s simply about a space to feel delightfully undisturbed.

Creating a shed or cave economically can be done by converting existing backyard sheds, garages or outdoor spaces into a serene and relaxing space. Buy furniture and décor from secondhand stores and look at flea markets, antique shops or estate sales for unexpected finds to complete your space. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. There are plenty of materials that can be recycled or repurposed to help keep it cheap. Or, if you like, home improvement chains have do-it-yourself kits and how-to videos available.

 

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