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Sheds aren’t the kind of thing you buy every couple of years or so. When you buy a shed, you want to make sure it’s going to last for a long time, so it’s vitally important you make the right decisions.
There is much to consider, but this guide will focus on the top 5 essential things you must bear in mind when undertaking this task. Have a quick read through and hopefully you’ll be in a better position to make the best choices.
1) Choose the best location for your shed
The best location for your shed heavily depends on the size and shape of your garden. You’ll need to erect your shed in the most suitable location possible, so spend some time taking measurements and drawing up an accurate plan of your garden.
People often place a shed in a corner towards the back of a garden so it’s out of sight. If you choose to do this, you might need to build a stepping stone path or another type of walkway so you can access it during the winter months without walking on a soggy lawn.
One of the main advantages of placing a shed towards the back or sides of a garden is that it won’t block the view. For many years my nan had a shed just four feet away from her back door. When she decided to relocate it, the garden felt huge simply because the shed was the first thing we saw when we stepped into the garden so it dominated the space.
2) Create a solid foundation for your shed
Much like building houses, it’s necessary that your shed is built upon a flat, solid, foundation. This can mean the difference between a shed that lasts for 20 years and one that begins to crack and fall apart very quickly.
3) Make sure there’s adequate airflow around your shed
One of the main problems people encounter with any wooden structure is rot. So, ensuring you do everything within your power to minimise the chances of this happening should be of paramount importance.
Creating the best possible airflow is by far the most effective way of doing this. Make sure you leave a gap between your shed and the floor, as this will allow air to circulate and reduce the chances of moisture accumulating there.
4) Install windows for natural light
As most sheds don’t have an electricity source, ensuring your windows are placed in the most suitable locations can make all the difference.
Also, if you have the option to install windows that open, this will help you out a lot in the long run. The summertime heat can sometimes be somewhat overbearing in small sheds, and being able to let more air in can only be a good thing.
5) Use a double door
If you’ve chosen anything other than the smallest shed possible, chances are you’ll be able to fit double doors. This will help with moving large items in and out, as well as increasing air circulation and keeping you from passing out from the heat.
Just remember to always lock your shed with a strong padlock if you’re keeping expensive tools inside.
Well, there you have it my friends. The top 5 things every man needs to think about when buying a shed for your garden (or elsewhere).