If you’ve found yourself with more time on your hands lately, now can be a good time to take on a DIY project. Building a shed is a project that can be enjoyable and rewarding. However, it’s not one that you want to take on lightly. You’ll need to plan and prepare to make sure the project is a success. In our guide on how to build a shed, we run through everything you need to know.
A garden shed is something that many of us take for granted. They’re often the forgotten structure at the bottom of the garden, unloved and neglected. However, there are so many benefits that a shed can bring. Whether you’re giving your existing on some TLC or building a new one from scratch, it can transform your garden. Here’s why:
So, you’ve decided you want to build a shed. But what type should you choose? Shed design is generally quite varied, so you’ll be able to choose how ornate or practical your new one will be.
There are also three main materials that are used in shed construction. Wooden sheds are ‘traditional’ designs. Wood is pretty versatile, so it can fit in with any garden. You can stain it or treat it to match your preferred style. However, they take a lot of upkeep and can be hard to assemble.
Plastic sheds are pretty robust. You don’t have to treat them and they require little in the way of upkeep. They’re also lightweight and fairly easy to assemble. Unfortunately, they’re not the most attractive, and the less expensive ones can fade in the sun.
Metal sheds are more the most heavy-duty and can withstand just about anything. However, as they’re so light, you’ll need to make sure your shed foundation is robust enough to keep it anchored. You also need to watch out for eventual rust.
Whichever material you choose, you’ll also have to think about design. Will you build a large shed? Or do you only have space for a small shed? For those with difficult angles to work with, an L-shaped shed can be a good choice.
If you’re struggling for some inspiration for your shed design, we’ve included some ideas to get your creativity flowing. Think about how each type/style would look outside your home:
This cute wooden shed is reminiscent of a beachside getaway. The vivid blue really makes it stand out, bringing character to your garden.
With this green shed, you get vibes of the American west. Its barn-style design is spacious and looks fantastic.
This compact and frankly adorable shed is the ideal tool storage solution. It’s discreet enough to fit just about anywhere, yet still practical and eye-catching.
This cosy shed uses both wood and metal to create a rustic-looking structure. It’s a versatile design that could be used for storage or as a hideaway spot.
If you’re looking for a spacious and open design, this wooden shed is just the thing. It gives you easy access and looks simply fantastic.
We often hear the question, ‘how big can I build a shed without planning permission?’ Thankfully, a 2008 law clears things up nicely. Essentially, outbuildings are automatically given planning permission provided they follow some rules.
The main requirement is that the structure is for ‘purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house’. This means that it can’t be for residential purposes. The other rules state:
In most other cases, you’ll need to apply for planning permission for your structure, the same as with an extension.
So if you’re looking for a project to spruce up your home, building a shed can be a great place to start. But what tools and materials should you use? We’ve outlined some of the essentials:
So, once you’ve chosen your design, figured out whether you need planning permission, and have all of your materials. It’s time to start assembling your shed. Here are some tips and tricks for the process:
So, we’ve covered all of the essentials you need to know about building a shed. Perhaps the most essential thing is that you do your research and planning before you get started. Know what it is you want from your shed, and how you need to go about erecting yours.