The problem in most homes is the lack of storage so it’s important to consider all your options. And this is where the garden can help if you are lucky enough to have one. On older properties, certainly pre-war the gardens can be vast and this can provide ample opportunity to add a garden shed, workshop or even a summerhouse as well. Even up to the sixties garden tended to be quite large so still provided adequate space for outdoor buildings.
It’s only from the 1970s did gardens start to become smaller as many housing estates flourished and as young families started to buy their own homes. The size of gardens remains reasonably adequate until after the housing bubble burst in early 1990. The fall in house prices left many people in negative equity and many lost their homes. It’s hardly surprising considering the mortgage rate of about 15% (fifteen per cent). When I hear people today complaining of having to pay 5-6 % I despair. They don’t know they’re born. Perhaps I’m just very jealous or turning into a grumpy old man!
So depending on the size of your garden you can buy a garden shed or workshop to help with your home storage problems. Decide on the amount of space you can afford to lose out of your garden but do bear in mind that a garden shed, it does not matter how large, will always be filled so try to go for the largest size possible. Work out what you want to put in it. Will it be for gardening tools, bikes and furniture for instance – or are you considering general storage from the house to relieve the pressure on day to day living.
If you are thinking of storing materials, paper or cardboard items in there then I would suggest that you consider an insulated garden building, such as the Platinum Garden Workshops, which can be insulated. This will help to reduce any dampness in the air inside the building. This option would also mean you could use it during the winter and summer as it will be easier to keep warm in the winter and cooler in the summer (something which not many people think about).
You could consider a corner shed, such as the Diamond Storrington corner shed, which can be quite attractive if you have an unused corner however you don’t get as much room in these as you would a square or rectangular garden shed. If you have a small space down the side of the house then you could consider a narrow shed such as the Diamond Shoreham garden shed. This only needs 3 ft of clear space so can slot nicely down the side of the house. These sheds can even be made narrower than 3 ft if required which means very little bit of space can be used for storage.
Besides, the storage aspects do think about whether you are likely to want to work in your new garden building. If so make allowance for this and go for a larger building. Also, try to think about any future changes in uses you may have and try to ensure these changes are taken into account.
However, one thing to bear in mind, unless you only want storage for a very small amount of time and that is to ensure you but a well made garden building. This means staying clear of sheds which have chipboard or OSB board used in them. You will also find that these are described as ‘sheet materials’ to try to hide the fact they are being used. If it says sheet material ask, before buying, is it OSB board, wafer board, chipboard or sterling boards.
If yes – then steer clear as all these materials, when they get wet, will disintegrate making your new shed worthless and your valuables stored in the shed will become exposed to the elements.
So be prepared to do a little homework. If you do you can make a valuable contribution to your home storage needs when your new garden shed or workshop arrives. The easing on the limitations restraints in your home will become apparent and ensure more comfortable living.