[box type=”info” border=”full”]Guest post by Crane Garden Buildings[/box]
One size does not fit all when it comes to garden buildings and there are no right or wrong answers in terms of what you should or should not have; it all depends on your individual needs. There are many things you should consider but we have detailed the main factors that will potentially influence your choice.
Perhaps the biggest factor when purchasing a garden building and you should go for the best quality that you can afford.
Although costing more initially, investing in a good quality building which will last in excess of 20 years (if correctly maintained and looked after) will ultimately pay you dividends. A combination of skilled craftsmen using superior quality materials, will ensure it far outperforms High Street products.
How much space you have in your garden will determine the size building you can practically have. If you have a smaller size garden a large 20′ x 20′ garden room, would clearly dominate your garden and limit your usable space.
Consider your lifestyle and how you may want to use your garden and garden building in the short, medium and longer terms.
Think about what you are going to use the building for; if you are using it purely for relaxation or whether you will combine storage of a lawnmower, garden furniture bikes and/or other bulkier items. It would be a useful exercise to lay everything out, to help you visualise what space you might need.
Partitioning a larger building to create a multi-use space for storage and relaxation is a good way of making best use of the space available and if you intend to use it as a hobby/project area, a workbench across one or more walls can provide additional storage space, together with a useable surface.
If you intend to run a business from your garden building and are likely to spend more time on a daily basis and during all seasons of the year, then you should factor in some additional options such as:
Lighting, heating, computer/IT equipment or power tools will all require some form of electrical supply. You could of course run an extension lead from your house to your garden building, but having properly installed electric sockets in your garden building is far more convenient, not to mention safer!
Over time, you could easily accumulate a substantial amount of valuable equipment within your garden building and without additional security measures, you could become the unwitting target of thieves.
Integral window bars, security screws and multi-lever anti-crop, anti-pick locks are excellent deterrents.
If you are likely to spend time during the colder months in your garden building, you should consider floor, wall and roof insulation to maintain a comfortable working temperature.
5) Location & Position
Consider the path the sun takes across your garden throughout the day and what you are going to use the building for; if you work full time and use your garden building for leisure, such as a summerhouse, you may want to position it to take advantage of the evening sunshine.
You may be planning on using a shed for storage purposes and it may be inconvenient to track long distances backwards and forwards if moving items between the house and the shed, so a position closer to the house would be advisable.
If your garden building is more than 2.5m (approximately 8 feet) tall at the eaves, you must locate it more than 2.0m (6.5 feet) from your boundary.
6) Planning Permission
Planning Permission is well covered in other articles on this site, so we won’t go into any great depth, but it is something that you should take into consideration if planning any particularly large garden buildings.
Concrete base or paving slabs? Paving slabs are offer a cheaper option than a concrete slab, but the right materials, installed correctly, should offer comparable performance. Whichever option you do choose, we recommend seeking professional help to ensure it is installed correctly.
We recommend a concrete base since it offers a uniform, consistent surface and has less opportunity for movement.
Paving slabs, over time and under certain conditions, have the opportunity to settle and move independently of each other, creating an uneven surface, which will put undue stress on areas of your garden building and will lead to problems opening and closing doors or windows and can lead to premature deterioration (and possible invalidation of any warranty)
About Crane Garden Buildings
We have been hand-building unrivalled quality garden buildings for more than 40 years from our Norfolk factory. Our team of skilled craftsmen use only the finest quality FSC Certified timber and joinery techniques to ensure an exceptionally strong and robust construction.
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