Posted on February 18, 2018
The garden shed is the Mary Poppin’s handbag of the garden. A seemingly endless treasure trove of tools, lawnmowers, bikes, garden furniture and anything else that won’t fit in the loft, a shed plays a vital role. Because of that, choosing the right one can often be tricky and there’s a lot of pressure to make sure you invest in the correct one that stands the test of time!
The Posh Shed Company has five top tips to ensure your new shed is just right.
1. Size is everything!
The first thing to decide is how much storage space you need, not only that but also what would still be in-keeping with your garden. You may think you need the world’s largest shed to store everything, but you also need to consider what looks the most natural. Alternatively, if space is limited, perhaps look into move unique solutions like the Allotment Shed which has a plantable roof to add greenery for those with smaller spaces. Posh Sheds are available from 6’ x 3’ to 10’ x 8’, or bespoke creations can be made to your exact measurements and specifications.
When positioning your shed, bear access in mind to ensure you can easily get to its contents – (even in the rain). It may be helpful too to place it near a path to save walking over the lawn. If your shed is to serve a practical purpose then you will appreciate it being nearer the house, but if it’s to be your new sanctuary or an additional room for some peace and quiet, or even a home office, then you’ll soon thank yourself for having it as far away from the house as possible!
Planning permission is not usually required for a new shed, however if you are concerned we recommend contacting your local planning authority just to check.
A sturdy base is the foundation of all great sheds! Below the base of the shed, you will require a sub-base, i.e. something for it to stand on. This can be gravel, slabs, concrete or tarmac, and we can assist with this. If the sub-base is larger than shed’s footprint then guttering is recommended.
3. Built to last
Your shed should be built to last. It should be durable, strong and ready to take on the elements. We always use a high quality redwood timber to give superior strength, which is then pinned together for additional resilience and fully treated with timber protection.
Posh Sheds’ floors are made with an 18mm plywood, with the upper surface having a coat of preservative, tanolised timber bearers and a waterproof membrane are added for extra protection. Our walls are uniquely built using a triple wall construction, not available from any other shed manufacturer. We use a redwood timber frame, then a 6mm WBP Plywood skin fitted to the inside, with cladding, again made of redwood timber, on the outside. A fully waterproof and breathable membrane is also fitted between layers.
4. Style – our forte!
A shed is no longer just a wooden construction that people want to hide. It should be the star of the garden, a perfect way to add some extra style. Whether it’s for storage, practical gardening and potting, or something entirely different, there is a shed style for you.
From traditional to potting or gothic to beach hut inspired; with built-in storage, facias and windows there are many things to choose from. That’s before you get to the roof! Our roofs are all finished with a layer of weatherproof membrane and then either slate effect tiles, wooden cedar shingles or felt shingles.
People spend hours deliberating over the paint choice for inside their house so why not have the same approach for your shed? We use high-end paint brands to give our sheds a perfect finish in a whole variety of colours to really help personalise your shed.
You can personalise your shed through accessorising. A bespoke creation allows you the freedom to pick your windows, the placement of them and the fittings for them. Likewise, you can choose the details for your doors with our furniture available in black, chrome or brass effect. Our windows and doors, with the option of toughened glass, are in robust frames, hinged to keep the elements out. We recommend guttering to extend the longevity of your shed and to protect the wood from the varied British weather.
Inside the shed you can add shelving, work benches, hooks, racks and cupboards. You can even now have solar power, so you can stay outdoors longer by powering a lamp and even your phone charger.