Do you want to build a shed in your garden as your new year task? If the answer is no, you may want to reconsider. A shed can be a wonderful addition to your home. It’s not just a place where tools can be stored, it could be a small study, detached from the rest of the house or it might be the perfect man cave. You could even design it as a play area for your children. If the idea has intrigued you, keep reading. We’re going to walk you through exactly how to build one in your backyard.
Step 1: Decide What You Want Your Shed To Be
Your first step is to think about what you want your shed to be. This is going to have a huge impact on how you design it and how much work you need to do. For instance, if it’s just a place for storing tools, it just needs to be a basic structure that is secure. On the other hand, if you’re looking to build something a little more interesting, you need to think about insulation. Otherwise, it’s going to be too cold to use for long periods of time. You also may need to consider how to get electricity to the shed. These are they types of issues you’ll need to consider.
Step 2: Completing The Groundwork
If you’re improving a shed that’s already built, you can skip this step. But, if you are building from scratch you will need to prepare the ground first. Site leveling is a difficult task and one that will require the work of a professional team of experts. You can try and complete the job yourself, but you probably won’t have the necessary equipment and tools. It’s important to level the site otherwise you will be building the shed on a weak foundation.
Step 3: Buying The Materials
You can either buy them from an e-commerce company online; this is how you’ll get the best prices for the individual materials you’ll need. Or, you can buy the whole shed from a specialized company. They’ll give you everything you need to build the shed, but you will probably still need to set it up yourself.
You also need to think about what materials you’re going to build the shed out of. If you’re just looking for a place to store items, then a wooden or metal shed will do. But, if you are going to be working in their or use it for entertainment, brick is better. This will provide you with more insulation in the winter months.
Heating + Electric
Again there are two ways you can set about providing power for your shed. You can set about adding the shed to the electric and gas lines of your house; this is quite an expensive and time-consuming task. Or, you can use a portable gas heater and a portable electric battery. Both will require a significant first fixed cost. But, after you’ve bought them you can set them up easily and provide both heat and power to your shed.
By following these tips we’re sure your new shed will be terrific once it is complete. Ready to get started?
Photo by Martin Kníže
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