If you have finally decided you can no longer do without a garden shed, you will need to spend some time thinking about the location, and there are many things to consider. Personal preference does come into this, as you may plan to use the shed as a workshop and would prefer it to be some distance from the home, and the intended use of the structure would also be a factor to consider. Here are a few tips on making the right choice for the location of your new garden shed.
Look at the Terrain
Avoid locating your shed on raised or uneven ground, but that said, if there are no tree roots or other underground obstruction, then it is possible to move some earth and create a level platform. Remember the concrete base must be slightly larger than the outer dimensions of the structure, and if there are no obstructions, a wheelbarrow, a shovel and pick axe will help you to reshape the contour of the intended location. It makes sense to select the shed before thinking about positioning, and there are sturdy sheds for sale by 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, the UK’s leading supplier of garden sheds, garages and summer houses.
This is a major factor in choosing the best site for your shed, and you may have 3 or 4 possible sites that could be used. Obviously, you want to have a path leading right up to the entrance, as whatever the intended use, muddy feet are not welcome. If you found the ideal spot, but it lacks a pathway, this is not a major project, and using either stone pavers or some ready mixed concrete, you can easily build a path.
The concrete base must be constructed prior to the arrival of the shed, and if you take into account some extra mix for the path and make the preparations, it can be done at the same time as the concrete base is laid.
It is not a good idea to locate your shed on a wet piece of ground, as this will certainly cause the timber to rot, so make sure the intended site is well drained and not at the lowest level. If the ground is mainly clay, you could always hire a Bobcat and excavate down a metres or so, then fill this with gravel, and create the concrete base on top of that, which should change the drainage.
You would want sufficient natural light, so avoid choosing a dark corner that has overhanging branches, and you also want to avoid leaving the shed in direct sunlight, so it is a bit of a balance between lighting and shading. A little tree surgery might improve the situation, and if you are in any doubt as to the best shed location, you could always ask your local landscape gardener to pop round and give you an expert opinion.
In the summer, without adequate shading, the inside of the shed will resemble an oven, not to mention the damage it would do to the timber structure. Locating the shed close to one of the walls of the house is often a good idea, as this provides the essential shading, and don’t forget to install an outside light that allows you to access the shed in the dark.
It is recommended that you do not rush into buying a shed, as there are so many different designs, and with online suppliers, finding the right unit is easy.