Storage is often a welcome addition to any home and with a garden shed, you can maximise your space in a way that's both functional and attractive. If you've yet to invest in a shed, then the summer months could well be the best time to get your project off the ground.
If you're new shed is going to stand the test of time, there are some considerations you'll need to make before construction gets underway. A shed can be a great garden DIY project, providing you do plenty of planning first!
Firstly, you need to think carefully about the size of the shed you want to install. It needs to be proportionate to your outdoor space - too big and it'll take up your valuable garden, too small and it'll easily get lost in its surroundings.
Bear in mind that in some parts of the country, you may need to seek planning permission for larger projects. Get in touch with your local council to find out what regulations apply in your area.
Choose materials wisely
Your shed will be exposed to the elements year in, year out, which is why you need to give plenty of thought as to what material you're going to use. Wood is the most traditional option, but make sure you select a treated product that will stand up against whatever Mother Nature throws at it.
While plastic and metal might be harder wearing, they are often considered less attractive and can be more difficult to work with.
Most sheds come with a concrete floor, which helps ensure their longevity. Think about connecting the shed panels to a timber frame before putting them on top of the concrete, as this will give greater stability.
You might need a concrete grinder if the size of the area you've covered is slightly too large. Make sure you only ever use specialist equipment for tasks such as this.
Keep the roof secure
Any shed will need a secure roof - if it's not properly fastened then all it would take is excessive rainfall or winds to cause damage. This will expose the contents of your shed and could cause destruction in other parts of your outdoor space.
Screws are often one of the most effective methods, although you might also want to apply adhesive for extra strength. Be sure to check the shed's roof in the aftermath of an extreme weather event.