Choosing a garden shed, instructions for use

Choosing a garden shed, instructions for use

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The so-called "cabins at the bottom of the garden" have diversified well. Exploiting their potential in terms of use, size, materials and decorative possibilities to the full, outdoor shelters now offer an extra wide choice to adapt to all tastes and desires. Now, we have to ask the right questions to determine the model that suits us best.

1: I determine its function

First question: what will the garden shed host? A DIY or secondary gardening space? An artist's studio, a music studio or an adjoining room (for guests or a child looking for independence)? A storage area for garden equipment (bikes, barbecues and others like a garage) or a summer kitchen? In short, three main possibilities are to be considered: either the garden shed is intended to become essentially a storage space, or it is intended to be arranged as a separate room, or it is planned to be inhabited. It is this answer that defines the ideal model to choose, because it allows to assess the size to be expected (in terms of surface and height), the construction material (basic or more solid), the necessary insulation (coatings , heating), the presence or absence of a floor (depending on whether you plan to live there or not), the creation of openings (optional or imperative)…

2: I determine the ideal surface

Once the first step has been defined, we can move on to the rest. First, the area required, knowing that there are 5 square meters or even less when it comes essentially to storing equipment, between 5 and 15 square meters for a workshop, DIY space or more imposing storage , while beyond, the space becomes comfortable for a fully-fledged living room! Each garden shed has its ideal surface according to its basic utility ...

3: I determine the material of the structure

The following ? Determine the material that will make up the structure. Several possibilities are to be considered (wood, metal, resin ...) but each of them having its pluses and minuses, it is better to weigh pros and cons on a personal basis, always according to the primary function of the garden shed. First option: raw wood. Its advantage? Blend harmoniously with the natural decor of the exterior. Only problem? It involves particularly solid foundations based on concrete blocks, concrete or slabs. In the same vein, the other "natural" possibility is none other than painted wood. If it is aesthetically ideal in a seaside style decor, its maintenance is more difficult since it must be regular. Conversely, the metal structures are very easy to clean (a simple jet of water is enough), while those in galvanized steel are not afraid of rust and that the resin, in the very "Californian" style, almost involves no maintenance.

4: I determine the additional arrangements

The final word ? Determine the necessary additional arrangements. In a garden shed for storage, simple columns of shelves, boxes and others will do the trick. In a garden shed intended to become a separate room or simply a living room, the question of the choice of windows (roof window, double glazing, etc.), floor (parquet, tiling) and solid insulation is essential to her…


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  2. Adron

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  5. Lucio

    It was specially registered at a forum to tell to you thanks for council. How I can thank you?

  6. Esdras

    I apologize for interfering ... I have a similar situation. You can discuss.

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