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What has happened to the good old Blokes Shed

A bloke just ain’t a bloke without a shed. So said Jim Hopkins in the classic 1999 New Zealand book and documentary Blokes ‘n Sheds. But fifteen years and massive property revaluations later, the shed has taken on a completely new look.

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It used to be that blokes’ sheds looked like this, piles of junk with rickety wooden structures built up around them, blots on the suburban landscape, dark, dingy places where no female dared to tread, mainly because she’d have to be out of her right mind to even want to go near the place.

 

 

 

 

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It is said that a shed is to a man what a handbag is to a woman. A place to keep things that may come in handy one day. But a true bloke’s shed is much more.   

But as the theme song of the Blokes ‘n Sheds documentary says:

“It’s my private little haven out the back
Where I can get my life back on an even tack”

 

 

 

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“The shed frames an individual portrait of its creator,” said Irish photographer Jasper White, who spent months photographing Australian blokes’ sheds like the one above, “and this visual impact of the unusual and the unpretentious is what I find so interesting.”

 

 

 

 

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The bloke’s shed of today shed isn’t much different from the traditional shed – still full of clutter and character. Except, of course, in this case there’s a little more space and a Porsche parked in the middle of it. Unpretentious, it ain’t.

 

 

 

 

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Sheds are traditionally a place you store stuff your wife or partner won’t allow in the house. Retro pinball machines are a must for any self-respecting modern shed.

 

 

 

 

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Lacking much natural light in your shed? Solve the problem by installing LED lighting EVERYWHERE!

 

 

 

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Lost interest in that classic car restoration you started 100 years ago? That’s OK – just turn it into a pool table, just the thing for any bloke’s shed.

 

 

 

 

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This bloke’s shed décor really floored us! Set some stone on a plexiglass sheet underlit by red LED lighting – and you’ve got the coolest molten lava floor. Don’t step on a crack!

 

 

 

 

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Aahhh, Reese Witherspoon before her disastrous facelift. What better place to experience a bit of nostalgia than in your own home theatre shed?

 

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