The choosing of a garden shed, summer house, garden workshop or log cabin is an important one and you should take care to ensure that you are not sold a 'pup'. You can achieve this by doing your homework, ideally viewing the shed before you commit your self so that you can see the quality of the building.
You will find that most of the cheap shed retailers on the web don't give you an opportunity to view before buying. The reason for this is so you can't see the cheap materials and, in many cases, totally unsuitable materials used such as chipboard, sterling or wafer board sometimes known as OSB (oriental strand board). On the web pages you will often find these boards described as sheet material and the reason for this is that they don't want you to know they are using those unsuitable materials.
Where ever possible try to visit a garden building display site, such as this one, to examine their buildings in detail. You will be glad you did due to the peace of mind it will give. If you rely just on a web page, flashy brochure or leaflet you may regret that decision when your new garden structure arrives for your garden.
Which garden shed are you going to buy?
You will find garden sheds are available at your local garden superstores (often known as 'sheds' in the trade) or online, where you can click through a multitude of different sizes and shapes of sheds to find one that suits your need. Most sheds online are provided to you in kit form for self assembly. Bear in mind your shed base will need to be ready and in place before you can construct your new shed in situ.
Progressive shed firms, such as 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, will actually save you the trouble of building the shed as they will do this for you at no extra cost. Well worth considering if you don't want the hassle, or if you are a little unsure of your shed building skills or would rather be having a drink instead of exerting yourself building a shed.
It's best, if you are able, to consider the areas surrounding where you wish to place your garden shed as these may have a long-term effect on your ability to maintain your it. Beware of young trees that may grow into giant oaks. You also wouldn't want to stop all natural light going into your timber shed if you're going to use it as a workshop. You might also need to consider the position of your shed if you are intending to run an electrical supply from your home down into it.
When you have made your choice, although you should think about the base before buying a shed, you need to ensure that you have an adequate base for your new garden shed to go onto. Like all structures it is important that it is placed on suitable foundations. Without that, even the most expensive garden shed will struggle and you will have problems over the years. This is the most important part in the purchase of a shed or summerhouse.
Do you need to check about planning permission?
Most garden sheds and summer houses can be built in your garden without the need for planning permission. It is best that you check before buying a garden shed log cabin etc, just in case as some models will fall outside of the size that local authorities allow, but these are often only the very largest timber sheds. If you intend to build your new shed within 2 metres of the boundary you need to ensure it is less than 2.5m tall. If it is taller then you will need planning permission. Be very careful, certainly if you don't get on with your neighbours.
If you live in a particular conservation area or your property already has special billing with your local authority, it is best to check whenever you are thinking of installing a shed. It makes common sense to advise your neighbours about your plans just in case they have any objections.
These simple guidelines can help you choose a garden shed which will meet your needs. Like many other purchases take a little time before committing yourself. It might mean a few more weeks before your have a new building in your garden but bearing in mind it will be there for a great number of years, with the exception of the cheaply made ones, it best to get this right.