Of all the property trends to gain substantial popularity during the recent spate of lockdowns, it is the garden outbuilding that has perhaps caught on most. Whether a shed conversion, summer house installation, or log cabin construction, gardens across the country are becoming the stage for a number of creative outbuilding projects. 

If you haven’t already caught on to the idea that your shed might be useful for more than keeping your bicycle dry or that your green grass could be better used to host a private creative studio, then we’re here to help spark the idea, sharing not only the numerous benefits, such as increased property value, but eight brilliant reasons why it could be a great idea for your garden.

Guest Room

With a single, simple purchase your home could have an extra bedroom. Guests can enjoy their own stay, separate from your home and with their own comfortable living space. It’s ideal for those seeking to host regular visitors, as well as those looking to start an endeavour into the world of Airbnb.

Yoga Studio

Having the space to experience tranquillity inside the home can be a challenge, especially when there’s the potential calamity of family life! This is why many want to buy log cabins as it helps them to create an idyllic space free from distraction and designed in a way that maximises their relaxation.

Online Workshop

Teaching or learning a foreign language online? Returning to school via online classes? There are a number of reasons why a person might require a space to stream and study, especially one that is private. A log cabin can be a great way to go about this.

Personal Bar

When you’re hosting an outdoor gathering, there are few things better than offering drinks from your very own private bar. Log cabins and other such outbuildings can be fitted with a number of features with one of the most popular being a selection of drinks and comfortable seats. The perfect way for you, and your friends, to unwind.

Cinema Room

Turn the volume up and pull the blinds down, cosying up in your own private cinema. Even a modestly sized cabin can host a screen, chairs, and perhaps a small refrigerator too, making for a fantastic viewing setting for your favourite blockbusters.


If you want to give your children their independence in the form of an area that they can call their own, then a log cabin is ideal. Parents can set up their log cabin with simply child-safety elements, then allow their little ones to unpack their toys and games.

Private Gym

No more membership fees and travel, simply step outside and enter your own private gym. This is a popular use for cabins, especially following the lack of gym accessibility during lockdowns. Just be sure to add secure flooring or a matt for when heavy equipment is dropped!

Home Office

If you, like many others, are now working from home, it can be a huge help to separate your professional life from your personal one. Simply convert your log cabin interior into a professional space and you’ll find yourself more comfortable at work than ever before.

By Sawyer Cole Harris

Sawyer Cole Harris: Sawyer, a DIY enthusiast, shares home project tutorials, woodworking tips, and creative ways to personalize your space.