How to build your own outdoor workshop

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Have you been running out of room for tools in your home? Are you looking for a way to spread everything out and have space to work? If so, an outdoor workshop could be exactly what you need. You can build a workshop that is as small or large as you like and can be used all year-round, and that’s exactly what I’m hoping to do next year. Here are some tips and factors to consider before going ahead with your project.


If you’re working on a limited budget and you want to be sure you stick to it, then manufactured buildings such as wooden or steel self-builds can be exactly what you’re looking for. Choosing a structure that is pre-manufactured can help with your budget, as you know exactly what you’re paying for before you get started – and there’s no chance of materials costing more once you’re half-way into the build! Companies such as Armstrong Steel can provide a low-cost service for their steel manufactured buildings. If you were to go out and buy all the materials on your own, cutting everything down to size not only will you spend more money, but you’ll end up spending a lot more time on the project too. There is also the fact that when you choose manufactured buildings for your outdoor workshop, you know it will be durable and hold up well over the years. This means you won’t have to think about rebuilding the structure a couple of years down the road.


It’s also a good idea to include south-facing windows in the design/layout of your workshop. Not only will it provide natural light, which will be extremely useful as you work, it also helps to keep the space warm during the cooler months.


If you want to be able to truly use your workshop year-round then you also need to think about temperature control. This means adding insulation to the structure and possibly using a portable heater or air conditioning unit.


Your workshop will probably be home to a rather large selection of tools, so why not make use of wall space as a storage solution. This will help to free up floor space and make your tools visible and within reach. Installing hooks, and even hanging cupboards can all help to keep you organised.


As for the flooring, you’ll want to choose something that is durable, a hard surface, and is preferably non-slip. Carpeting isn’t usually a good option for a workshop, as it gets dirty very quickly and then is very hard to clean.


While your first thought may have been to run various extension cords from your house to your workshop, this really isn’t ideal, nor is it particularly safe. Instead, you will need to install a separate circuit with its own consumer unit. If you aren’t qualified to do the job, have a licensed electrician come in and take care of the job.Building your own workshop takes some time and planning, but by doing it yourself, you’ll be sure to create the perfect workshop to suit your needs. You’ll get the right size for your plot, have all the storage you need, and can plan out your work space for the tasks you want to do. Let me know if you’ve already built your own studio in the garden and please share any advice you have in the comments below.

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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