For many busy mums, finding a space to work, relax, or work on hobbies is impossible in the house. There is a new trend growing for she-sheds, which provide an inexpensive and easy to install area right in your backyard. Sheds have traditionally been used as spaces for men, a place to store tools and work on woodwork projects. However, with a little bit of work, a traditional garden shed can be transformed into a garden haven.
Choose your shed
There are an enormous number of different sheds available on the market. The one that will suit you best is one that fits your budget, fits into your garden, and is big enough to fit your needs. It's a good idea to choose one that has built-in windows to let in natural light and reduce the need to leave the doors open, especially during the winter months.
You can buy sheds in kit form from many shed suppliers and hardware stores. If you don't think that you have the skills to erect the shed yourself, then your shed supplier can generally deliver and erect the shed for a small extra cost.
Insulate your shed
Whether you live in a cold or warm climate, insulating your shed is a wise idea. Not only will insulation help to regulate the interior of your shed, it will also act as a noise barrier for when you're using the shed.
You can buy ready-made insulation panels that can be ordered to fit the exact dimensions of your shed's walls and ceiling. If possible, it's a good idea to use structural insulated panels. These have a smooth finish which can be painted or wall-papered over, which means that you won't need to cover the insulation with plaster of timber. This will save you both time and money.
Sort out your electricity supply
Whatever you plan to use your shed for, you'll need an electricity supply for lights, devices, heating, and cooling. If you're planning on using your shed as a home-based office that will require multiple devices, then it's worth employing an electrician to re-route your home's power to the shed and install power points.
If your electricity usage will be minimal then it's cheaper and easier to simply run an extension cord from your home to the shed. Make sure you get a heavy-duty extension cord that is suitable for outdoor use. You should also make sure that the extension cord is long enough to span the entire distance without the need of any connections. Connections can be inadvertently pulled apart, which can be an electrocution risk, particularly if there is any water lying around in your garden.
The final step is the fun part. Once you have all the practical elements sorted out, it's time to dress your shed with furniture, fabrics, and decorations. The look you decide on is entirely up to you, and soon you'll have your own unique haven away from the hustle and bustle of family life.Share
16 October 2015
Welcome to my blog! My name is Richard and my big passion in life is looking for old buildings to restore. My love of old buildings started when I was seven years old and I visited my grandparent's house in Alice Springs. It was a large Victorian building which looked magnificent even though it was in a bad state of repair. Once I grew up and made some money, I decided I would like to invest in old buildings to bring them back to life. I hire a range of different contractors to complete the work on my behalf but I take a keen interest and I have learnt a lot of things.