Pub Sheds: The Best Backyard Idea Since Grilling

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Entertaining and enjoying life at home is great for your budget. A big new trend is the “backyard pub shed,” great for entertaining and craft beer fans.


When it comes to adding value — both monetarily and experientially — to homes, many homeowners today are looking beyond their four walls.

There, in the great outdoors, is where your life and home value can really reach new heights. With outdoor kitchens, play areas, and more, some properties are adding as much as 20 or 30% to their resale value.

These days, yet another trend has joined the fold. Enter the “pub shed.”

Why now?

Today’s beer-drinker is arguably the savviest ever. Here in North America, the craft beer industry is exploding. Collectors are cellaring beers, learning how to make it themselves, and even hosting tasting parties.

With the trend-factor of beer at an all-time high, so too is the price. Staying home for drinks is a way to cut back on costs, cut out all the distractions and chaos of going out, while still getting to have great times with good friends.

But why a pub shed?

If you’ve got space at a premium in your home already, it might be hard to argue that a room, or even a portion of one, should be converted to a drinking bar for parties.

A shed, though, can be converted from a crammed storage space or badly used utility shed into a “pub” without a lot of screwing around if you’re wanting to keep it simple. Or, if you don’t already have a shed, it’s easy to buy one for $1,000 to 3,000 for a simple/small design, like this one BuildDirect offers.

You can even kick off the pub-shed idea with a pub-raising similar to the old community “barn raising” idea. Get a shed design in mind (or find some plans online), buy the supplies needed, arrange a day for friends to join you, and erect the shelter, all in the promise of a few cold beers at the end of the work.

What are pub shed pluses?

Turning your backyard into a party zone during the outdoor-living months means you can keep the chaos–and your guests–out of your home. No more spilled beers, less housework, less mess to deal with after-the-fact.

With a proper outdoor entertaining area, a pub shed, and even an outdoor kitchen, you could add a lot of value and appeal to your home come time to sell it. Until then, you can keep alcohol and its accessories in one tidy area.

It also allows for one spouse to entertain outside of earshot of another. Boys’ Night? Girls’ Night? It’s easy to get the party outside and let life continue on inside the home.

What if there are no utilities in the shed?

Electricity, plumbing, and all that fanciness would be nice to have, but it’s really not necessary. With some patio lanterns strung from your house to the shed, a classic old-school huge Coleman cooler, and other throwbacks, you’ll help create an authentic space that recreates a feeling many of us grew up with.

If you’re really keen, you can easily look into a little solar-panel solution for lighting, but this is one of those projects that only needs to be as complicated as you want it to be. Start simple, see how much you use it, and add more if you’re really loving having a pub shed as an entertaining option.

Make it your own

Whether you’re going for a Caribbean-style beach shack or a roadhouse feel, there’s no “wrong” answer on what to do in your pub shed. It’s a great place to store sports paraphernalia, old movie and music posters, surf gear — whatever you have that suits that outdoor-living vibe you’re trying to stoke.

Pubs of all stripes exist out there in the world, and it’s up to you to find a style and feel that really speaks to your interests and passions. Make it a space that reflects you and the kind of socializing you enjoy doing, and I’m sure your friends and family will have as much fun hanging out by your pub shed as you do.

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