Let’s talk about sheds. “If you are a lady reader you have blanked out, but if you are a bloke, I have your undivided attention,” said QM Properties Sales Manager Damien Ross.
Men’s sheds have now been elevated to an international movement dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the male of the species.
The Men’s Sheds Movement, which has several groups in the Caboolture area, provides venues where men can find social support and camaraderie.
“There are now over 650 Sheds in Australia but many still prefer their own shed,” said Damien.
Developers may be spruiking that large lots in cities went the way of dial up internet and phone boxes, but the bottom line is that Aussies love their ‘bit of dirt’ for a shed.
“We are finding that developments like Central Lakes are popular as they have larger lot sizes than our competitors nearby and in Brisbane,” said Damien.
Satellite areas like the Caboolture area offer 700, 800 and 900 square metres of land which is ample to place a shed at the rear of the property.
Many of their blocks have park frontage or lake views, with prices ranging from $225,000 to $270,000.
“Central Lakes is one of the last developments close to Brisbane with lot sizes large enough to put a 6 metre by 6metre double shed,” he said.
The modern shed is unobtrusive with a colour bond roof, and blends into the design of the house in front.
“People love their sheds, which allows boy toys like boats, bikes, caravans and trailers to be neatly and safely stored,” said Damien. “We are enjoying more and more leisure related vehicles, but less and less space.”
“This land at Central Lakes is a result of older council approvals, so it is 30% less in entry price to newer developments,” said Damien. “We have kept the price down from the original approvals dating from nearly 10 years ago.”
Central Lakes residents John and Chris Saly are the proud owners of a brand new home in Central Lakes, with the shed integrated into their landscaping and design plan.
The Saly’s relocated from Victoria to be close to their children and grandchildren settling on a 618 square metre block in the development.
“I agreed to come to Queensland only if I would have my man cave,” said John.
“The land was big enough to build the house on the front of the block with a shed at the rear opening onto the landscaped pool area with glass sliders.”
John’s shed is coloured in the modern taupe with chocolate trims to tone in with the house.
The shed has two zones separated by an internal wall with a storage and games room.
The games room is man cave heaven, with a beer and wine fridge, a large flat screen TV and poker table, where John hosts regular weekly games.
Renee Smith and her partner have also moved into Central Lakes to be closer to family, although she grew up in the area.
Renee built her home over a year ago as part of a House and Land package, and a two bay shed was integrated to the project.
“We love the neighbourhood as it is peaceful and semi rural and everyone is so nice and friendly,” said Renee. “And most importantly there was room for a shed!”
Renee’s shed is filled with mainly boy’s toys including boats, kayaks and fishing gear.
Built in a sandstone colour with coffee trim to blend in with their low set house, the Smiths love their shed.
According to Dean McCombe of Titan’s Sheds at Morayfield, it’s not just men who love sheds, having sold special sheds to ladies for quilting, craft and scrap booking.
But he does concede that it’s the boy’s toys storage that is most popular, including whole track setups for model trains and slot-cars. Man heaven.