A Quick History of Garden Sheds


Garden sheds have been around for thousands of years, ever since our prehistoric ancestors started building the first shelters for themselves. The word “shed” derives from an old English word dating back to the end of the 15th century. It was originally used to describe a small space for animals or for storing tools. Other civilisations such as the Ancient Egyptians built underground sheds to store their tools and goods and early Europeans built sheds using mammoth skins.

There is significant archaeological evidence that supports the fact that storage sheds have been around for a very long period of time. Archaeological findings not only inform us about how people used to store their gardening and agricultural tools, but also what they hunted, how they farmed and even what animals they managed to domesticate. Excavations on Roman sites in Italy have revealed that the Romans were among the first people to build durable and efficient storage sheds. Some of the oldest ones date back to 330 BC and were 5.5 metres long and4.5 meters wide.

Modern Garden Sheds in New Zealand

Modern garden sheds in New Zealand are made from a variety of different materials each with its own advantages. Wooden sheds are popular because of their cost-effectiveness, while metal sheds are known to be long lasting and durable. There are also plastic garden sheds on the market that are lightweight and easy to assemble. Many New Zealanders use their garden shed to store their gardening tools and other outdoor items like garden furniture.

More and more New Zealanders are discovering the benefits of growing their own fruits and vegetables. Once you have set up a vegetable patch a small to medium size garden shed can be used to store all the essential equipment you will need to maintain your vegetable patch including compost, watering cans and wheelbarrows.

Some larger garden sheds are used for a variety of reasons like storing and working on cars or motorcycles, storing sports equipment, and they can even be used as a ‘man cave’ complete with games, furniture and a mini bar!

Regardless of the reason why you have decided to get your own shed you will want to choose from the best brands and types available in New Zealand. The Riverlea Group is one of the most renowned garden shed suppliers in New Zealand. They offer their customers a wide range of garden sheds including traditional cedar sheds and ones made from high-quality Duratuf material. For more information on the types of garden shed offered by the Riverlea Group, visit their website and their team will be happy to help you find the perfect garden shed for your needs.


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