5 Essential Questions You Need to Ask Before Building a Shed
So, you’ve decided to build a shed – now what?
Did you know that sheds come in many shapes and sizes and suit a variety of different purposes? To ensure you’re picking the right shed for you, there are five essential questions you need to ask yourself before you build.
1. What Will the Shed be Used For?
Why are you building a shed in the first place? Do you need a space to store all your domestic tools or will it need to hold hay, livestock or machinery for your farm?
Make sure the shed you pick is the right size to suit your needs and consider how much space you require – both now and in the future – for the items that need to be stored.
Sheds can be used for a multitude of purposes that can include but are not limited to:
- Garden equipment and tools storage
- Steel storage
- Industrial workspace
- Detached office
- Hobby room
- Storage of household items
- Farming equipment storage
- Shearing shed
- Pigs, dairy and poultry
- Fertiliser and grain storage
2. What Type of Shed Do You Need?
Once you know what the shed will be used for, you will have a better idea of the type of shed you need. Industrial sheds, farm sheds and domestic sheds are vastly different from each other and each has its own features and purposes.
Visualise how your items should be distributed around the shed, the type of space you will need to be able to fit all your belongings and any extra features you’ll require. For example, a truck shed needs to be taller than an average shed, a shed used as a hobby room may feature windows and sliding doors while a garden shed is more compact and should include lots of storage space.
3. Where Will the Shed be Located?
The function of your shed is going to play a big part in where you decide to locate it. Most domestic garden sheds are in the backyard so that all the gardening tools are nearby when yard work needs to be done.
If you’re building a farm shed, consider how near or far you want it to be to your property. As you have ample space available, you have a lot of choice! Whatever type of shed you build, it’s also preferable to place it on a flat and level piece of ground.
How about flooding? If your yard tends to fill up with water after a downpour, try placing the shed in an area of your yard that has higher elevation and good drainage to keep the belongings in your shed protected from rising water.
Are there any trees in the area where you plan to place the shed? If so, take note that the growing roots of a tree could negatively affect the shed’s foundation over time. Overhanging branches could also cause leaf litter to clog up the drainage on your shed if you’re unable to keep the roof clear of foliage.
If you think the trees will be close enough to the shed that they could result in these problems, consider cutting the trees down or choosing another location for your shed.
4. How Do You Want the Shed to Look?
Aesthetics is more important for some people than others, and this largely comes down to where the shed will be located and
its purpose. If it’s a domestic shed, you may want the exterior colours to match your house. You may also want to consider the style of your property and ensure you get a shed that’s complementary to your home.
If the shed will be functioning as a hobby room or a detached office, you may want to include features that make it look homely such as sliding glass doors, windows or even an undercover patio.
5. What Features Should be Included with Your Shed?
How much benefit you get out of a shed also comes down to the features that go with it. A wide variety of features can be included with sheds such as:
- Sliding glass windows and doors
- Roller doors
- Skylight sheets
- Vermin seal
Maybe you need to include shelving so there’s a place to store all your belongings or perhaps roller doors will suit your needs more than standard swing doors?
Consider what your must-have features are so that you can get the most out of your shed.
Build Your Shed with Queensland Shed Markets
At Queensland Shed Markets, we can help you answer every one of these questions to ensure the best shed possible is chosen to suit your needs. We offer every type of shed available in a range of colours, sizes and styles.
Speak with a member of our team today on 1800 200 780 for advice and to receive a no-obligation quote.