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Backyard Sheds for Garden Living

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 16, 2006 -- Once the home of the English eccentric trying to escape the wife, the 21st century shed has undergone an amazing transformation and is now more likely to house a high-tech office or yoga retreat than old garden clutter.

Add to this soaring house prices, and space at a premium, and you can easily see why people are increasingly using garden buildings as affordable alternatives to loft extensions or basement conversions – with the added bonus of no planning permission (in most cases). The right shed can add 5% onto the value of a property at time when house prices are stabilizing.

Furthermore, modern houses are getting smaller and the current trend is to re-compartmentalise space and employ designers in our homes and gardens. All this has turned the “business of sheds” into a burgeoning industry where city and country inhabitants alike are opting for the ultimate hi-tech retreat.

With the latest MetroShed to hit the market we can easily see why sheds have long waved goodbye to their tacky-plastic ancestry. Metro Shed is a designer chic, up-to-the-minute and incredibly stylish alternative to the conventional shed or outbuilding – it’s the Angelina Jolie of the garden shed! And better still, it comes at an affordable price, representing considerable value for money: “modern architecture made affordable”.

Tastes and living requirements have evolved and the MetroShed is a reflection of that. As the must-have accessory for the modern home, it has cedar wood beam frame, stunning aluminium sliding glass doors (which can be double-glazed for added insulation) and tongue-in-groove wood floor panels.

So awe-inspiring once erected it’s hard to believe the MetroShed arrives flat packed for simple self assembly allowing you to add space to your home in just one day – and in most cases with no planning permission needed. Other key features include Insulated wall panels (ready to hang the heaviest of book shelves), UV protected polycarbonate roofing, termite-resistant wood floor joists and corrosion-resistant hardware.

One in five “Shedites” now use their sheds for non-traditional purposes*, from wine-tasting to novel writing to solariums. With the working from home population growing by the minute MetroShed uses are wide ranging to fit the needs of the individual and offer a light contemporary environment to work in. Uses include a Home office, Pool house, Guest suite, Yoga studio, Architects studio, Play room, Exercise room, Bar room, Dog house, Graphics or Art studio.

Giving its owners an architectural and exclusive design at affordable prices the MetroShed allows your garden building to blend in with its surroundings or be turned into a focal point. This means you can choose a shed that isn’t just a miniature copy of your home but one that complements details of your house and personality.

Plus it seems it’s not just another room - this creative space can impact on our ability to achieve. The roll call of shed-dwelling high-achievers is impressive: Dylan Thomas, Roald Dahl, and Rudyard Kipling did some of their finest work in their sheds, Trevor Bayliss invented the wind-up radio in his and the composer Benjamin Britten owed such a debt to his garden retreat that it's been classified as a Grade II listed building.

So invest in a MetroShed today to reward yourself with some garden designer chic - the new 'must have' for homeowners.

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The most popular MetroShed retails at $8,892 VAT and is 13 ft wide by 8ft deep; however MetroSheds can be joined together easily for larger sizes.

MetroShed is owned by UK-based design and marketing consulting company, GDM Ltd. GDM was created in 1995 by David Ballinger, the UK’s ex-brand / marketing director for reality TV pioneer, Endemol Entertainment (creators of Changing Rooms, Trading Spaces, Extreme Home Makeover, Big Brother, Ground Force and Fear Factor). GDM opened U.S. operations in Pennsylvania in 1999 and in New Jersey in 2000 to service clients such as Western Union, BMW, PepsiCo, as well as Daimler-Chrysler, Nestle, Mini, Rolls Royce, Kia Motors and Chevrolet and now operates in both America and the UK with regional facilities in Florida, California and London.