5 Top Tips for Choosing a Log Cabin or ShedOn August 21, 2016 by Danny
Gardens quickly and easily become cluttered and many homeowners don’t even notice until it reaches the point of no return. With a combination of furniture, barbecues, tools and equipment, children’s toys and footballs lying around, plus any garden trimmings or waste you haven’t taken to the local recycling centre yet; it’s easy for even the largest, most picturesque of gardens to look messy and unkept.
Those lucky enough to have garages attached to their property have the same problems, especially once bikes and furniture get stashed away for the winter. Before you know it there’s no room for your car – the main reason you have a garage in the first place. While others will use the garage as a place to work, either as a recreational activity in the form of DIY or carpentry, or somewhere to just repair things; nobody can work effectively when they’re surrounded by clutter.
It’s at this point when homeowners usually decide that there’s nothing for it but to invest in a new form of storage, whether it’s a shed or log cabin or something specialist like a bike shed that will open up space somewhere else for you to put things away and bring your garden back to the condition where you can sit in the sun and think “I’m proud of this”.
Unfortunately, it’s never as easy as being able to go down to your local garden centre, purchasing a shed and putting it in the garden. For instance, do you want a traditional wooden shed or do you want something a bit bigger, like a log cabin? Different buildings serve different purposes and there are a wide variety of storage solutions and sheds from Garden Buildings Direct that will be up to the challenge, you just need to work out what those challenges are, so here are five to tips for choosing a log cabin or shed for your garden:
The traditional garden shed is made from wood, as we all know, but sometimes wood just isn’t up to the challenge. Firstly, it’s not the most secure of materials and they will need to be replaced much sooner than a metal alternative; but they fit more naturally into the garden surrounded by plants and trees. It is relatively easy to build a shed from scratch using wood, just screwing or nailing it together, while metal sheds built from scratch are often more expensive because of buying the materials. When bought flat-packed, however, metal sheds are much less expensive so consider whether you want the natural or long-lasting benefits.
It should go without saying but a lot of homeowners buy a shed without thinking about the space in their gardens. They go online or to the garden centre and buy a shed that they think will be big enough to store everything – the furniture, bikes, barbecue and so on – only to realise that it’s too large to go where they planned and it either has to go in a more inconvenient place in the garden where it might become an eyesore or block out sunlight, or it has to be sent back for an exchange or refund. By measuring the space you plan to use for your shed, often in a redundant area of the garden or a dark area which receives little or no light so you can’t grow anything there, you can avoid the potential for error and make progress on your construction and storage.
You also need to decide on what you actually want your shed or log cabin to do. In the case of a shed it’s usually one of two things – an area to do repairs and renovations, or an area to store your possessions and keep them away from the potentially damaging weather conditions. With a log cabin, it could be turned into a garage, home office or even a games room – there is a whole range of possibilities but all will be limited according to space and budget so it’s worth considering why you want the building before you buy it.
Potential thieves know that there is a good chance that possessions will be stored in sheds and often wait until they know residents have gone on holiday or until after dark to make their moves. The winter is particularly popular with break-ins because thieves know owners are less likely to pay attention to their sheds in the cold, dark months and take advantage of the longer nights to make their moves. It’s worth bearing in mind that wooden sheds are easier to break into just because of the materials, but they can still be made secure through good quality locks and even security systems and sensor lights; while metal sheds are by far the best option if security is your number one priority.
Finally, you don’t want to go blocking out all the sunlight in your garden, decreasing the amount of lawn or covering up some of your most colourful plants by putting your shed just anywhere. Consider the areas of your garden that you don’t often use or that receive little or no light – but also somewhere that you can keep secure – from within site of the window for example – to deter thieves.