Me, Myself And My Garden Shed.

By on November 21, 2012

Clutter is one of the biggest frustrations for many home owners, but a simple yet effective piece of architectural beauty can abolish any bumping into and shuffling around items. We’re talking, of course, about sheds.

Sheds have now become a part of your household that you may well want to show off and so you don’t want to make a rash decision resulting in an annoying stain on your household’s overall look. There are many things you need to consider when you’re in the process of buying a garden shed as storage isn’t their only purpose any more.

Size
Are you getting a shed purely for storage reasons? It might be for garden equipment, junk from the house, kids’ toys, bikes – the list goes on. Storage is an important factor, but it isn’t the be all and end all. You may want to enjoy your shed. Therefore you’ll want to consider the interior.

You might want to enjoy the summer months by creating a garden room or a summer house. You may want your own little getaway at the bottom of your garden. Garden workshops are very popular amongst many DIYers and artists. So if you’re one of those people who like to hide away and build your own little devices or explore the depths of your creative abilities, you may want to consider your shed’s size and scope.

Design
A flat roof or a pitched roof? This may seem insignificant, but the roof can give you a lot more extra space. Having a pitched roof will allow you to stand and stack garden objects and all the other useless items you’ve picked up over the years. Then why would you want a flat roof? A protruding roof might be offensive to your neighbour if your shed rides up against the shared fence.

Material
In terms of aesthetics, the timber shed is probably the most attractive as it is visually suitable for almost every property. However, there is a downside to having a timber shed because if you move house, it isn’t the easiest to bring with you, while the cheaper timber sheds can be fragile. Timber sheds also require a lot more attention compared to other types of sheds as they need re-coating every once in a while to maintain their appearance. On the other hand, there are hundreds of shapes and sizes to choose from, they’re economical and they can be painted to stay contemporary.

Then there’s the plastic shed. Plastic may not be the most attractive material to look at, but they do have some advantages. They require no maintenance, they can be moved effortlessly and the assembling of them is as easy as pie.

The daunting and intrusive metal shed doesn’t really inspire relaxation. The material is cold and unattractive and shutting the doors usually entails a loud, offensive clang. But spare a moment’s thought for the big old ugly shed as it provides some great security for your belongings and it’s also quick to assemble.

The message here is to think about what you want out of your shed. Is your shed for relaxation or storage? Are you looking for pleasure rather than practicality? Whatever your reasons, just make sure the shed suits you and its surroundings.

Hannah Kimber recommends garden workshops from http://www.yorktimberproducts.co.uk/

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