Garden sheds are well established as being very versatile as well as being adaptable to the shed owner's use which is not surprising considering the sheer number of choices and sizes available. Certainly from the shed companies, such as 1st Choice, which remember that they should produce a building to suit YOU and not what suits them. Also garden workshops, summer houses and log cabins lend them self to being adaptable.
You will find the cheap shed companies only offer sheds in just a few set sizes and just a couple of basic designs. Which can be OK if that is what you are looking for. However would it not be good to utilise your garden, which in modern houses is smaller and smaller, to the full with a shed to fit your garden. How about the door and windows, or no windows, or to be situated on a side to suit you. A wider door or double doors - why not?
Companies such 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, who have been involved in the manufacture of garden sheds since 1979, when Margaret Thatcher had not even become Prime Minister, and over all those years have listened to their customers about their requirements. That's right - listened - what a novel idea. This values were instilled into the owners from their parents and grandparents, who were master butchers in Cleethorpes, and where service was a watch word.
The choice of garden sheds is yours so it is understandable that in many cases they are more popular than home extensions. There are many reasons for this but the fact that a garden shed can be delivered and assembled within a few weeks after ordering and be working for the owner is a prime reason. They don't normally need planning permission provided they are less than 2.5m high (there are a few other restrictions but not many).
A home extension can be a long drawn out affair with architects being involved in the design of the extension. These normally would have to be submitted to the council for approval, which can take 6-8 weeks before anything can happen. You will also find that building regulations need to be met as well, for good reason, before building can commence.
The virtues for a home extension is that it will add value to the home and make it more appealing to buyers in the future. You also have more space within the home for everyday living. The downside is the time it takes to build and the cost which can be substantial. This can often be added to your mortgage which can make it more affordable. Also, even though your home will be more appealing to home buyers there is no guarantee you will recoup your layout.
The virtues for a garden shed are that it can be very quick to be assembled and in use and it can provide an area away from the home, which can sometimes be a good thing. They don't normally need planning permission or building regulations approval, They are very affordable and the addition of a garden shed in the garden will help future home buyers. I would say that most home buyers would EXPECT to see a garden shed with their new home.
The downside is that they do need some maintenance, unless you go for the pressure treated garden sheds. Beware of shed companies offering 10 year guarantees as these normally insist on the shed being treated EVERY year and if you don't the guarantee will be null and void. You will find these details in their terms and conditions, if you can find them. Clearly these are worthless guarantees. With pressure treated garden sheds then you would expect 15 years without having to do anything, which is great.
So maybe now is the time to take a look on this web site and see that will suit you. The beauty is that you can also visit their garden buildings display site in Surrey so you can make your own mind up. Unlike the nasty shock you can get if you buy one of those cheap sheds on the web and it turns up on your door, if you go down that route.