When it comes to our gardens, we love to do it ourselves. Nothing sets our outside space off better than a wheelbarrow planter, or even a homemade bench. There’s just something appealing about getting rustic outside. And, as a quick search online will reveal, there’s no end to what you can make yourself in a dream garden.
Of all the things you need outside, though, there’s one which most of us would never DIY with a barge pole. That is, of course, the garden shed. It’s the ultimate in outdoor space saving, and most of assume we would never be able to do it justice. That’s why we spend near enough as much on one of these as we did on our house itself. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But, buying a shed new is far from cheap. What’s more, there’s no need to waste your money this way.
We’ve all seen what happens when doing your shed yourself goes wrong. Rot sets in and things soon start leaning. That’s if they ever manage to stand straight in the first place. If you don’t do this right, your garden tools will soon start rusting. Then, you’d face a larger bill than if you’d bitten the bullet to start with. But, there is hope.
In reality, it isn’t all that tricky to build a sturdy shed. All you need to do is consider the following before you start the project.
You Need The Necessary Tools To Hand
Once you start building your shed, you’re going to want to finish it pretty sharpish. If you take longer than a weekend to do this, after all, you leave your shed foundations open to the elements. If it then started to rain, there would be nothing to stop it rotting from the inside out. Make sure, then, that you don’t need to rush out for any tools along the way. Instead, stock up on everything you could need beforehand. Obviously, you’re going to want a reliable drill with a variety of heads on it. You’ll also want to shop for glue guns ahead of time to help you with the windows and roofing. Aside from that, make sure you’ve got a spirit level to help you keep everything on an even keel. And, of course, make sure that you have all the materials you need before you even think about getting stuck into this challenge.
A Sound Base Is Essential
The base is where the majority of DIY sheds fall down, as it were. There are no two ways around it; a sound base is essential if you want to stand any chance at success here. Your best bet would be to opt for a professionally done concrete base which you can build your shed on. This may seem like a cheat to some, but your hands will still create the shed itself. Still, taking the time to buy a decent base means that you’re building on a good foundation. And, that’s half the battle towards success here. If you’re looking to build a large shed, you may even find it beneficial to get experts to create concrete pillars. Again, you needn’t think of this as a cheat. You may have to spend a pretty penny to get it right, but even the best-built shed won’t stand the test of time without. As such, you could argue that this is all about spending to save on the materials you’ve already bought. Remember, too, that you would’ve needed a base like this for a brand new shed. As such, you’re still saving yourself most of the money you would’ve spent on this.
You Should Choose Materials Wisely
It’s also worth noting that you need to choose your materials wisely. If you don’t, your shed will never stand a chance. Your best bet here would be to choose low-maintenance materials like PVC trim boards which will last a long time. These will cost a little extra at the outset, but they’re still worth your while. If you attempted to build with more traditional cedar options, for instance, you’d need to a do a whole load more work on your panels themselves. You would have to consider damp and weatherproofing, as well as forking out for varnish. Even then, there wouldn’t be any guarantee that your shed would stand the test of time. By comparison, PVC can stand up to everything from pesky bugs to weather. It also won’t need painting anytime soon. Don’t worry if you don’t like the look of a PVC shed, either. Alternative wise materials include fibre cement or aluminium.
You Should Never Go In Blind
With many DIY projects, you can pretty much get away with making things up as you go along. You may get a few rough edges, but that’s all part of the charm. At least, it is most cases. With a shed, though, a ‘rough edge’ or two could see your structure struggling in no time. That’s why you should also have a sound project plan before you so much as drill the first hole. You can develop this by watching tutorials, and just taking time to consider what would or wouldn’t work. You should develop reliable blueprints and a step-by-step guide of what exactly it is you plan to do. You can benefit from doing this in a few different ways. For one, your guide ensures you build a shed which will actually stand. Planning also helps you know what you’re doing and speeds up the process. That’s essential given that, as we’ve already mentioned, time is of the essence. If you want any shot at a sturdy shed, then, you’re going to need to get down to planning beforehand.
Take these pointers into account, and you should find yourself with a shed you can use for a long time to come. There’s no denying that this is about as extreme as DIY projects go. But, there’s no reason why an expert like you can’t make it work.