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What Should I Consider When Choosing Where To Put My Shed?

A shed can become many things: a new storage space; an innovative business location; a snug little hide-away for when everyday life becomes too much. Building a shed can be incredibly exciting when you have a plan for its use, whether that’s somewhere to store garden supplies or a place to indulge in your hobbies. But getting a new shed can be quite a project. The great news is that we can make it easy to find the ideal model for you. The better news is that we also have some great tips to help you find the perfect place to put your dream shed.     It is essential to check whether planning permission is required before you begin building your shed. Fortunately, all outbuildings are categorised as Permitted Developments in the UK which means you don’t need to apply for planning permission provided you meet set standards.
In addition to planning permission, you should also pay attention to building regulations. These regulations apply where the new outbuilding is within the boundaries of an existing property. They may affect where you place the shed, the design and how it is constructed. The last thing you want to do is build your shed only to find that you have not followed local codes correctly. It’s much easier to check before you get started.    
When choosing the location, consider how big your shed will need to be. Garden sheds come in a variety of sizes, so think about what size will be required to fit your needs, available space and money. Contemplate what you’ll store. If your shed will be a place to put the garden tools, then a small, single door structure will work fine, and you won’t need to set aside a large space. However, if you want a place to keep your lawnmower, you’ll need to make sure the door will accommodate its width and will invariably require a bigger shed and a bigger space to put it. Here at Sheds and Things we recommend always going slightly larger than you initially think.    Think about how high off the ground you want your shed. If you live in an area that can flood you may want to build it a little higher to protect your stuff. Keep in mind that you might have to build a heavy duty ramp or stairs to get into it. If you want it close to the ground for easy access, consider pouring a slab. The function of your shed will be important, and should have a big impact on the location. For example, if you want to use your shed to store your gardening supplies, then you’ll probably want it to be placed near the garden. It’s no fun to have a shed full of supplies if it’s a long walk to get to them.
If you’re going to use your shed as an office, you might require electricity. If you need electrical lights and receptacles in your shed the easiest way to wire it will probably be underground through specialised conduit. Think about other utilities that may be in your way or obstacles such as concrete patios or trees. It is generally worth having a locating crew come out and show you where things are underground.
Once you have a location in mind, you should look for problems near the construction site. If you have a lot of trees in your yard, then consider whether the leaves or branches will fall and cause problems with the roof or foundation. Tree roots can also cause issues. If you don’t have an open area, consider having a tree removed. Also, make sure that your construction site is level and offers good drainage, as you don’t want water to sit around your shed. Don’t place the structure over an old septic tank, as the weight can cause the tank to cave in.   
If you have any questions regarding location, get in touch with our team today. We are passionate about customer service and we are always happy to help you get the most out of your shed.