Everyone needs a place to get away from stresses of everyday life. Some people build an indoor man-cave, or turn their attention toward the garden. Why not do both?
This article will prove to you that an outdoor shed is necessary, and we’ll give you some tips on how best to build your new sanctuary.
Decide Its Function
Before you do anything, it is important to work out what you want to do with your garden shed. Only then can you truly know how to progress. Is it for building, storage or gardening? Whatever you choose, keep your idea in mind when reading through the following tips.
Starting The Foundation
All good things must start somewhere, and you can begin constructing your new shed by creating a solid foundation. The most reliable foundation material for a garden shed is gravel, especially if you intend on moving the building at some point. The gravel option provides a waterproof under layer for your wooden floor which can help prevent rot.
However, if you would prefer a more permanent fixture, you may want to look into using a concrete foundation. Concrete is a tougher material, which means that you can store heavier materials in your shed. The downside to using a concrete foundation is that it is more expensive than gravel.
Keeping It Warm
The biggest enemy for spending time in your beloved garden is often the weather. Large downpours are a nightmare; however, the biggest issue for those of us in the UK, is the cold. Our weather patterns don’t really provide us with a lot of opportunities to spend time outdoors.
That is why it is important to insulate your garden shed properly to enable you to spend as much time out there as possible. This can be done in number of ways. First, try to opt for double glazing windows if possible. These super-thick windows are the best tool for keeping the cold out of your shed while still providing ample light.
Next, you should consider what you need to line the walls. You can treat your shed as a second home and insulate it with foam, like the inside of a house. This approach works but is rather expensive. Instead, try to research other materials. It might be a bit hard to get a hold of now, but bubble-wrap has always been used as a great insulation material for shed enthusiasts. Not only is it cheap, but it can provide a small waterproof barrier between you and the outside world.
The last thing on your list when building a garden shed should be to find an appropriate way to cover those timbers.
The most common material used for a garden shed is roofing felt. This roofing felt is light weight so as not to weight down the lighter materials that you will be using and provides all of the protection from the elements that you need.
Another plus of using roofing felt is that it is environmentally friendly. As times are changing, it is wise to future-proof your shed for the eco-friendly times ahead.
These tips are a good baseline for building a garden shed, but the most important thing to remember is to have fun. This project is yours, so get creative and see what you can make out of your new space.