Garden Sheds More Than Just Storage
It’s possible that you already have a garage or a shed in your garden or backyard, and that the idea of adding a garden shed hasn’t even crossed your mind. If this is the case, a garden shed may not be necessary for you at all. Any garden implements could easily be stored in the garage or utility area. However, a garden shed is so much more than simply an everyday storage facility, as it may have a character all of its own. In addition to its practical applications, it has a wide range of potential applications.
You can use a garden shed as a place to plan and plot the development of your garden, or you can use it as a place of sanctuary and reflection on its own. In addition, a garden shed can be used to give a garden more dimension and personality, or it can even serve as the focal point of the garden, with the rest of the garden being designed to complement the shed. For those who aren’t in the know, a garden shed is the same thing as any other shed. However, there are a wide variety of styles, each of which has the potential to impart its own special allure and personality to your garden.
Pick the location.
The first thing you have to do before constructing a shed is to explicitly pick its position. The location of the shed will help determine its size and style of the shed. You need to consider many different things such as ease of access, how the shed will look in the chosen area, security, practicality and so on.
Lay the base.
When the location has been decided and the size of the shed determined then the next thing to do is lay the base. You may use a layer of gravel or create a concrete basis. Whatever the base though, it should be level. Do not consider putting a shed right onto the lawn. While this may seem obvious people will do it! It is important that the wooden shed should not be in contact with the ground to avoid the wood rotting. You also have the option of laying the shed directly on timbers.
Buy a shed kit or DIY?
Another important decision is whether to build the shed yourself or get a professional to do it. Although shed kits normally provide you with big savings, they need considerably more time and labor. Before you can even begin constructing with certain kits, you will need to first cut the timber to the appropriate dimensions. Having said that, the decision is not particularly difficult if you are truthful with yourself about the level of your do-it-yourself skills.
Check planning permission.
It is unlikely that you will need planning permission to build a shed on your property unless the shed is unusually large or unusual in some other way; however, you should always check. You don’t want to relocate a full-sized shed many feet, so you want to be sure that you have it in the appropriate spot from the very beginning.
Choose the design.
The most common types of garden sheds are called pent sheds and apex sheds. These come in several sizes ranging from 2 x 1 meters or 5 x 3 feet onwards. A good idea also is to use the sloping roofs to capture water, which is essential through long hot dry periods.
Choose the material.
The type of shed is an important decision. You have the option of purchasing a straightforward shed made of metal, plastic, or wood. These three fundamental materials are used for the construction of every structure in your garden, and their properties are consistent regardless of the type of structure. Wood provides the classical look, plastic is cheaper and metal is stronger. If at the end of the day the shed will be visible to the general public, then wood is the material of choice. An unpleasant-looking plastic or metal shed may spoil the beauty of a garden.
Add protective coating.
Once, the shed is in place you need to give the wood some protection. While the materials will come with a guarantee, you should still regularly add a protective coating. If you are putting together a kit, a good tip is to paint as much of the shed as possible before assembly, since it is much easier to paint some parts of the shed before assembly, rather than standing on a ladder to do it.