Building a garden shed

Garden sheds come in all different shapes and sizes: from small and basic designs for storing garden machinery to larger and more luxurious affairs with glass windows and electricity.There are many choices to be made when looking for a garden shed and this article is designed to give an idea of the options available to you.

What are sheds used for and what sorts are there?

It is an old joke that men spend their weekends, locked away in a garden shed, tinkering with old tools but garden sheds have actually got many uses.A traditional garden shed can be used to house items that you do not want to leave outside (like lawnmowers and garden machinery). Larger sheds may also act as a workspace for timber work or other such things.There are, however, other uses than storage: many people opt to build a garden shed with electricity and mod cons. Recently, the BBC even ran a news article about people using hi-tech garden sheds as mobile offices, which suggested that these luxury sheds could even add to the value of a house!Another common use for a luxury garden shed is as a form of extending the house. These 'live-in' sheds can be fitted with all the mod cons like electricity and a phone line and provide an extra bedroom for the house at a lower cost than building a traditional extension.You can choose to buy an off-the-shelf shed at a local garden store or have a local builder design and build one for you.When choosing where to install the shed, you should remember to think about general access to the shed and how much natural light it will get – if there are young trees or foliage all around a potential spot, bear in mind that when they grow it will lose some sunlight, for example.

What are the benefits of using a professional builder over a D.I.Y. job or a ready-made shed?

There is actually a wide range of ready-made sheds in the UK. There are several limitations to them, however: the main problem is that you cannot design them yourself and will probably have to compromise and the second being that you normally have to construct them yourself, which is a fairly difficult process that involves creating a base for the shed.If you choose to appoint a professional builder, you save yourself a lot of time and effort and will get a better level of workmanship and choice of design.Using a professional allows you to customise your shed and have it built to your exact specifications. In addition to this, a good workman will probably guarantee his work so you know that it will last.