Choosing The Size And Site For Your Garden Shed
When purchasing a shed the first and most significant choice you have to make is where you’re going to place it. Obviously, if you choose an area that is level and flat, you will save energy and time having to prepare the site prior to laying the base. It is now possible to purchase a variety of wooden and plastic bases in order to minimise the need of DIY skills. These bases will eliminate a small slope as well as uneven ground.
If you are left with no choice but to position the shed on a sloping site, then you must negate as much of the slope as possible. There are many ways of doing this, but the most popular is to build up lower point of the site with timber or brick. If a garden shed is assembled on a slope or uneven ground it puts the joints and framework under an increased amount or pressure, leading to excessive warping and twisting of the panels and could adversely affect the lifespan of the product.
Sizes of Shed
Choosing the perfect shed size? There are a number of factors to consider…
- Dimensions of site
- Size of items and equipment being stored
- Access to assemble and maintain the shed
It is typical of most people to buy the best quality and largest shed that their budget will allow. However you do need to be realistic about the dimensions of the place in which the garden shed is to be sited. You will need to allow enough space on all sides of shed to enable you to assemble the shed as well as maintain it in the future. It is also a good idea to leave this space to allow air to flow freely around the exterior of the shed, as this will prevent the build up of damp and help to prevent the garden shed suffering from rot.
Most manufacturers design and build their sheds is popular sizes. These sizes tend to be stated in feet i.e 8×6, 6×4 etc… Due to differing designs and manufacturing processes it is very rare to find a shed that is exactly the dimensions stated, so an 8×6 maybe 7ft 10” x 6ft 1in for example. If your site is quite tight it is worth contacting the manufacturer to get the exact dimensions of the item.
Over time most sheds become crammed full of items and it becomes very difficult to neatly organise and store your stuff. You can guarantee that the thing you want will be right at the back, so everything else has to be moved to get to it. If and when this does become the case, you could think about adding some shelves to the side panels of your shed and maybe even use the roof space if the shed is tall enough.
Another crucial thought, is where to position the door? Obvioulsy, you won’t want the door opening on to a fence panel or house wall, so that you cannot get into the shed once it is assembled. You will need to have the door or double doors on a side of the shed that allow them to open fully.
Once you have established the size of garden building required, you can then opt for a pent or apex style of roof. This choice usually comes down to personally preference, but there are a few things to consider…
- Overall head room
- Rain water run off
Apex shed tend to have a higher maximum height due to the shape of the roof, however the sides of the roof do come down quite low. A pent roof will usually be below the maximum height of an apex roof, although the pent will maintain the majority of it’s height across the entire span.
When it rains, which way do you want the water to run? Apex roofs cause storm water to run off both sides, while pent roofs will only allow water to fall from one side. This is worth considering when the shed is next to a neighbour’s house wall or fence. No one is going to be pleased with water running off your shed into their garden!
If you are unsure about this matter, you can ask help from experts or manufacturers. You can research online and read various reviews about the different kinds of shed bases and placements available.