Which shed should you choose?
There are so many options for your new shed, but choosing the perfect one for your needs is simple if you follow these five steps:
1. Measure the space where your shed will be located, record your measurements and draw up an accurate plan.
- Are there any problems on the site? (Overhanging trees, pipes and conduits under the proposed shed footprint?).
- Where are the nearby buildings, walls and drainage? You’ll need to know this for council approvals.
- Take advantage of your site’s features, such as existing driveways or fencing, and work with these to save yourself time and money.
- Does the site have adequate space for a concrete slab? (Consider distance from your boundary walls and whether there sufficient access to the site).
2. What do you want to use your shed for?
- Make a list of everything you’ll need—including shed furnishings (shelving, benches, and work surfaces)—and calculate how much space each item will require.
- Include items that won’t be stored on shelves (appliances, machinery, lawn mowers, ladders, tool chests, bikes, cars, boats and any farm equipment or plant).
- Calculate the turning space you’ll need for any farm machinery and plant, so you can manage heavy attachments without first removing them.
- Consider your power and lighting supply needs, and whether you will need water, sewage or gas connections, or provision for wifi or data ports.
- What about lighting? If your shed is to be used as a workspace, you’ll need natural light, as a minimum. If you’re not planning to connect to mains electricity, consider using clear roofing panels or solar lighting.
- Think about efficient ways of storing your equipment, such as suspending tools from the walls or roof. If you need to install pulleys, make sure you calculate your expected loads.
- If you need to include a hoist, mezzanine or storage for long or tall items, your shed will need extra-height walls.
- Any welding or work that produces fumes will require cross-ventilation or a ventilator to be installed in your shed. If your shed is to be used as a workspace, including rooftop ventilators can help regulate heat.
- Your valuable tools and equipment should be protected with additional safety measures, including floor anchors (which can be retro fitted into an existing slab), roller-door security locks and shed alarms.
- If your shed needs to accommodate hard-to-reverse vehicles, use any space behind the shed, or install side doors to enable you to drive-in/drive-out.
3. Calculate the size of the shed you need—and then make it bigger.
- Having extra shed space is a lot better than finding your new shed is too small. Allow for extra space when deciding on the size of shed you need.
- Draw up a plan of your new shed that includes everything that will go inside the building, to make sure you’ve allowed enough space.
- If your shed is going to be a workspace, allow room to move around your projects and to open your doors, particularly for larger-scale tasks such working on a car or boat.
- Think about options for storage—installing hooks for hanging bikes, using pulleys to lift small boats above head height, or storing timber or ladders across rafters. Variable wall heights are available, so think about whether you need a taller shed to make the best use of your floor plan.
- If you’re planning to use your shed for industrial or agricultural purposes, plan now to future-proof it as much as you can.
4. Do you need any added extras?
- Make the most of run-off from your shed roof by installing a water tank. This can also make council approval easier for larger structures.
- The look of the shed is important too. Do you want your shed to complement the colour scheme of your house or garden, or will it be a stand-alone feature? Think about the angle of the roof pitch as well, and any trims you’d like.
- Larger sheds or garages with roller doors can have a personal access door or sliding doors fitted, to enable quick and easy access.
- You can create extra workspace or protection from the elements at minimal additional cost by adding awnings or a carport to your shed or garage.
5. Choose your preferred shed and contact Unbeatable Sheds for a quote!
- Contact Unbeatable Sheds with your specifications for a face-to-face consultation or online quote.
- Quotes will vary according to your needs. Just let us know whether you’re looking for a DIY shed kit supply only, or would like us to supply and build. It’s also advisable to check with your local council about any approvals you’ll need before you buy and build, to make sure the process of building your shed is as smooth as possible.