Before you purchase a shed, it’s a good idea to plan it out to ensure you make the best decision and choose a shed that will meet all your needs. Here are a few handy things to consider:
1. MeasureMeasure the area where you plan on erecting your shed, and make a note of any possible obstructions such as overhanging trees and underground pipes. This will allow you to fix the problems in advance if you can, or have them looked at by a professional if it’s not something you can solve yourself.
3. Think BIGThink bigger rather than smaller. You will find use for all the area in your shed, so in terms of size, if you have the space for it, it’s better to go BIG. You should also consider how to best use the space, and whether you will need additional shelves or storage so none of the area is wasted.
2. PlanDecide what you will be using the shed for and what you want to store in it. This will give you an idea of how big you’ll need the shed to be and what additional features you will need, such as power and lighting, windows, ventilators or security locks if you’ll be storing expensive tools and equipment inside.
4. Contact Queensland Shed MarketsOur experienced team can offer you important advice on the location of your shed, preparing the site, and meeting Building Code, local council and environmental guidelines and regulations. Learn more about our sheds here.
It’s helpful to note however, that if you do find that you need more space down the track, then Queensland Shed Markets can add on to your existing shed to extend it and create more space so that you don’t have to buy and construct a whole new one.
- Try not to erect your shed on low lying ground where water can pool and build up when it rains. This mean your shed gets flooded and its contents inside getting damaged.
- Make sure the site where you plan on erecting your shed is flat and level. If you want to avoid extensive and time consuming ground work, consider purchasing a floor framing kit to ensure a strong and level foundation.
- Remember to allow for space and door openings where you want the front of your shed to be, so that you can easily move belongings in and out.
- Consider the environment and surrounds of where you plan on erecting your shed, and how visible it will be in your yard so you can choose a colour option and design that is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t interfere with the surrounding area in an unsightly way.
- Make sure you look into any local regulations or restrictions for your area so you are compliant. Some areas will have limitations on the height of your building and the colours it can be painted.
- Think about additional extras you will need. Water tanks can make good use of the drainage from the shed roof, roller doors and personal access doors can help with moving in and out easily, and carports can add valuable protection and extra workspace. We have a range of optional additions and extras to enhance your shed.
Important Building RequirementsTo help you get the most from your purchase, it may be important for you to have an understanding of the building classes and what they are allowed to be used for as per the Building Code of Australia. Below is some information on appropriate uses. Please note that a shed should not be used for a dwelling unless it is a class 1 building or structure.
- A class 10 building i.e. a shed, garage or carport is a non-habitable building or structure and as such cannot be used as a dwelling.
- A class 1 building i.e. an engineered designed house is a habitable building and as such can be used as a dwelling.