Most of us can use more space, whether it’s for working, storing or doing hobbies. But adding square footage to an existing home can be time consuming and costly. That’s why many homeowners are turning to backyard sheds.
These freestanding structures often don’t require permits and are quick and easy to set up; their basic construction means a short installation time. Meanwhile, advances in prefabrication methods have spawned numerous businesses that will ship bespoke designs right to your door that can be assembled in half a day. So what would you do with an extra room?
Here’s what you’ll want to know to get started.
Project: Adding a backyard shed.
Why: To get extra space for storage or living.
Consider size and function. First determine what size space you need and what it will be used for. Do you need just a storage shed for lawn equipment? Will you use it for a gardening and potting? Do you want a home office? A pool house? A greenhouse? A kids’ playroom? A guesthouse? This will help drive the design. For example, you’ll probably want more windows for natural light if it’ll be a home office. If it’ll just be a storage shed you might not need or want windows.
Measure. A good idea is to measure all the items you plan to store in your shed, then accounting for storage growth over time. People try to go the cheap, small route and come back later saying they wish they had gotten a bigger one because they ran out of space so fast.
Check planning permission When it comes to sheds and other accessory buildings its best to ensure that you double check planning permission. Many restrictions will dictate the size of your structure and how far it must be from your property line.
If you are planning on investing in garden storage, Outdoor Living Rooms have a range of bespoke buildings to consider.