5 Tips for building a shed in your garden

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A shed can be used for a multitude of things, which is why people like to build them in their gardens. Aside from the functionality and the extra space it provides, a shed also adds value to your property. Depending on the size, building a shed may take quite some time (and some serious construction skills!) so there are many things to consider before building one. While you can hire someone to build it for you or buy sheds that are already assembled, going for the DIY option can give you much more flexibility in terms of space, design, and features that will fit your requirements. If you decide to go DIY in building your shed, these tips may help…

  1. Plan the Location

You may not have a very large garden, but you need to think where to place your shed. Would it be at the back of the house, the side, or a few meters out front? The location of your shed can be dependent on how you will be using it. If it is for gardening, then it needs to be near the veggie patch or flower borders. If you want to use it as an extra room for your home, such as an office, you may want to place it beside your house. Remember, you need to decide where to place it beforehand because moving a shed is hard work – trust me, I’ve done it!

  1. Draft the Size and Design

Sheds come in various sizes and designs. Of course, this will depend on how you are going to use the shed int he future; is it a summer house? a home office? a storage space? Sheds that will be used as workshop may need a larger space inside with space for cabinets to store your equipment. If it will only be used for storage, you might opt for a smaller shed with different dividers, and hooks for hanging tools inside it.

  1. Determine Where to Source Materials

The durability of your shed depends largely on the materials that you will use in building it. Decide on what materials you will use as it can be wood, plastic, or a combination of different materials. More importantly, you have to decide where to buy them so you can get the best quality for a fair price. Don’t always assume that it’s cheaper to buy online – try your local timber merchant, as their delivery prices might be much lower (or free!) than a heavy shipment coming from far away.

  1. Arrange Equipment Rental

You may need some heavy equipment for building your shed, so find an equipment rental firm and hire in the machinery you need. For example, renting an excavator will help ensure that the shed is placed well and that the ground beneath it is good for construction. If you’re planning to landscape your garden, it could be a good idea to do all the digger work on one day – saving you money on hiring the machinery a second time in the future.

  1. Create a Time Frame for the Project

A shed, especially a big one, is not something that you can just build overnight. You need to plan out your work schedule and allocate a target date for its completion. This way, you will have a more realistic and doable time frame to follow.

With good quality materials and the right equipment combined with some really good construction skills, you can have a shed that will serve you for a long time. Let me know if you’ve already built a shed in your garden, and please share any advice you have in the comments below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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