When considering a new shed there are a few questions you should be considering before making the final call.
There are various different design and styles available to choose from, some of which are in themselves modifiable or fully customisable and some aren’t.
Here are 10 Questions you should ask yourself to determine what exactly it is that you need in a shed:
- Use: What will you use the shed for? Tractor, ride-on lawn mower, trailer, bike, boat storage? Hay? Animals? The list of possibilities is long so have a good think about what you need your shed to be usable for before thinking of anything else! It will help you determine size and everything else about your shed. Do you want to be able to combine options? Even that is possible!
- Doors or No Doors: that is the question: Obviously this depends a lot on what you will use the shed for. However, more often than not the ability to shut and lock your shed will be very handy. Especially so if you are storing something perishable in it that you might have to protect a little from water and / or sunlight. Also a ride-on or anything motorised is definitely safer in a lockable shed.
- Steel vs Timber: Of course both have their advantages, but in today’s busy lifestyle, with so much to do, timber does tend to lose out a bit. Although wooden sheds can be painted or stained in various colours, steel does come in variety of colours too. And on top of that, you save yourself the time, effort and money of maintaining the stain on your timber shed.
- Choosing Colour: Have a look around your property, what colour is your house, what is surrounding it? What do you like? Do you prefer a light or darker look? Traditional zinc or colour steel? Thinking about it now will save you time later on, not to mention help you to visualize and dream in colour now.
- Size: One of the most important questions! But rather than just thinking about all the things you will want to fit inside the shed, please also consider how big a shed you can fit on your property. Consider future uses and what may change … are you planning on a bigger boat in the next few years?
- Location: Once you’ve become a bit clearer on the size of shed you’d like, have a think where on your section it would fit nicely. Consider view, sunlight, wind and weather (especially so if you’re opting for an open shed), easy access and practicability.
- Foundations: Again, depending on your individual needs and use of your shed, the floor is another aspect to consider. Will you be working on cars, storing hay or setting up a gym?
- Power and lighting: Will you be running electricity and lighting in your shed? Will you require it? It is worth looking into this and the costs of getting power to your shed now, so you know what is coming at you. This will also help with your location decision.
- Insulation: Have you considered adding wall insulation (and ceiling for that matter) to your shed to make it even more suitable for your needs?
- Council: Check with your local council about certain requirements and guidelines to apply for consent for your new shed? This aspect might be a time-consuming exercise but don’t get frustrated, it will be worth it at the end. Think my man cave!