When you’ve got hardly any room to manoeuvre in your garage or there’s garden equipment scattered across the patio, it’s probably time to build a shed.
Outbuildings are a great way of storing all kinds of tools and belongings such as bicycles, lawnmowers, ladders and more. There’s no better way of gaining the motivation to create a new outbuilding than by taking up a DIY project, so here are some steps you can follow to ensure your new DIY shed is built to perfection.
Take the higher ground
When picking a location for your shed, it’s wise to consider burglary prevention plus building and construction requirements. In terms of the construction process, you should choose an area of your rear garden that’s dry, level and accessible.
Never construct any outbuilding in a sunken area of land where flooding is possible. You don’t want to have to put up with rotting wood whenever it rains, while cement may also struggle to set if too much water is present. Hinges will rust, mould will grow and paint will blister, so you should always look to construct your shed on higher ground.
You should look to use solid blocks for a shed foundation, with small to medium sized sheds benefitting from solid concrete blocks or pressure-treated wood timbers.
Hollow blocks are far more likely to crack under any weight which will cause your shed to lean or even collapse. Permanent foundations are almost always required for larger sheds over 250 square feet, so you should look to dig to a satisfactory depth before pouring concrete for a sturdy and reliable foundation.
Avoid trees, fences and shrubbery
If you place a shed in a crowded space, it will not have access to wind and sunlight that it needs to dry after rainfall or frosts.
Consider the fact that mould and mildew cannot thrive in intense sunlight, so you’re far less likely to experience any problems with your shed in terms of rot, especially in the summer. If you’ve got that extra space available to you it gives you the option of carrying out repair or paint work with ease.
Beat the burglars
To prevent burglars accessing your shed, make the most of effective barrel or tower bolts designed for outdoor locking security. Remember to keep screws covered or filled in to prevent them being removed. You should also make sure your shed is in clear view of your home’s rear windows so that any potential burglars can be spotted early.
There’s nothing wrong with seeking out the experts when you run into some trouble with your DIY project. Shed-building can be difficult and time-consuming, so it’s a good idea to get excavators onboard where necessary to level out building sites or perhaps hire an electrician should you wish to incorporate electrical lighting into the interior design of your shed.
Article provided by Mike James on behalf of Yorkshire-based garden furniture specialist Quality Ironmongery.