5 Steps to consider when choosing your shed

Follow these steps thoroughly and you’ll end up with something every Aussie bloke dreams of - your very own shed.

Step One - plan:

- Measure your space and draw up an accurate plan

- Check potential problems such as trees, pipes and drainage. This is important for council approvals or, for smaller sheds, ensuring you have enough room for access, avoiding damp problems and so on

- Where possible, choose a site that takes advantage of what’s already there such as pre-existing access or paved areas

- Most sheds are built on concrete slabs so a pre-existing slab will save you time and money

- If you need to pour one make sure you’re far enough from boundary walls

- Your supplier will also be able to advise you on appropriate footings.

Step Two - List:

- Write a list of everything you’ll do in the shed

- List all furnishing you’ll need such as shelves, benches and worktables

- Now list and measure everything such as mowers, ladders, bikes or boats

- If you’re housing large machinery calculate any turning space that may be required

- Will you need power and lighting? What about water, sewage and gas?

- If you’re not lighting your shed but intend to use it as workspace you’ll at least to need to allow for natural light. Clear roofing panels are good

- If you’re considering attaching pulleys work out the loads you think you’ll be lifting

- A hoist, for example, will require extra-height walls

- If you’re welding or generating fumes you should install a ventilator. These can also help regulate the temperature in your shed

- If you’re storing expensive equipment, safety measures such as floor anchors and roller-door security should be considered.

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Step Three - Calculate:

- Draw a plan to scale on graph paper then calculate the spaces required for furnishings, shelving and so on

- If it’s a work shed leave enough room to move around easily. If you’re working on large items such as a car, make sure you can open all the doors if needed

- Consider alternative ways to store things. Hanging bikes from wall hooks or storing bulky items above head height are good uses of space. Alternatively, consider a design that provides higher wall heights

- If your shed will be used for business purposes, including agriculture, think about potential requirements later down the track. Good thinking now can save you money and inconvenience later.

Step Four - add extras:

- What extras should you consider? Water tanks for bigger sheds are a great idea and can help get your plans past council

- Think about the colour of the shed and how it will blend with your property or garden. Also, consider the pitch of the roof along with trims

- If your shed has a roller door consider installing an ordinary door for easy access

Step Five - shop:

- Get shopping. The best way is to find a local Steeline store, send them your specifications and ask for written quotes. Try to get at least three.

- Naturally, costs will vary depending upon whether you’re building it or the supplier

- Finally, check with your council regarding any approvals you may require

Follow these steps thoroughly and you’ll end up with something every Aussie bloke dreams of - your very own shed.

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