The two most important elements to consider when buying a garden shed

The two most important elements to consider when buying a garden shed
Summer has arrived and it’s the perfect time to get into the garden. The flowers and lawn need some TLC, your friends are coming over for a BBQ on the deck and the kids are making good use of the pool. It takes time, effort and equipment to keep your yard looking the way you want it to. But what do you do with all your equipment when you’re done? It needs to be stored and a garden shed offers the perfect location to house your blood and bone, blower vac and chlorine (or home gym and workshop). Although with so many options available, how do you choose a shed that’s going to be functional and look great in your garden? Here’s what you have to consider.

Location and sloping of garden shed

Knowing where to place your garden shed is essential. It’s common to build a garden shed up against a wall and slope the roof down towards the wall. While this might look more visually appealing, it leads to much greater problems. Obviously, water runs down a slope and if that slope travels towards a small gap between shed and wall, after consistent rain, water can build-up with limited space to escape. If rainfall is heavy enough it can place considerable pressure on the shed or wall - and one will give at some point and lead to a costly clean-up operation (particular if the wall backs on to your neighbour’s property). 


To reverse the fall of the roof away from the wall, ensure you inform sales consultant when designing your shed to leave more overhang at the front of a shed. If there’s enough height, and depending on door locations, gutters can be affixed to collect rainwater which will alleviate water build-up on supporting or neighbouring walls - two feet is generally agreed to be the maximum length of overhang. 


It’s also vital to take note of where downpipes and water tanks are (or will be) located and if your shed needs to be connected to them. A gardener’s shed will often need water to propagate plants away from the elements, and this means water is required onsite. 


Door and window positioning

The positioning of doors and windows is where Shed Bonanza can offer you a unique approach. Hardware stores often don’t give buyers the option to choose where a door or window can go - their garden sheds are premade and precut. So matching a door with a garden path, which makes sense, becomes difficult unless your garden shed is designed and built for your needs. Shed Bonanza take a similar approach to the placement of windows. Nothing will ruin the natural feel and flow of your garden and shed than a path that leads to a wall with the door positioned inconveniently out of the way. 


But this is often not known until hardware store-bought garden sheds are erected, leading to a shed that becomes an eyesore not an accompaniment to your garden. This is particularly true of garden sheds intended for working purposes - if windows don’t align with natural sunlight, your garden shed might need power (and that will increase expenditure). 


Depending on your requirements and location, doors and windows might need to swing or slide, and that’s something you have to know before you buy, or speak to a professional who can help you decide what’s needed. 


The location of your garden shed and the placement of doors and windows are the two most important elements in choosing a garden shed that meets your requirements, accommodates your needs and adds to the appearance of your garden. 


Shed Bonanza garden sheds are available in 14 colours and can be customised with extras, such as doors, windows, skylights, timber flooring and shelves. See our brochure to learn more about your garden shed options.