What to consider when positioning a shed

It could be said that British gardeners have it a lot easier than most when garden sheds are considered.

Including a lack of large animals that are known to break into sheds and cabins in places like Alaska, and adverse weather conditions in places like Scandinavia, British gardeners don’t usually have too much to worry about.

That said however, that are always some aspects that you must consider when planning a new shed for your garden.

From summer sheds through to log cabins and playhouses, here are our top tips to consider when choosing the positioning of a new shed.

Know your boundaries

As we’ve all seen in tabloid newspapers, placing new structures against garden fences and other boundaries can anger neighbours.

With that in mind, you need to ensure that if your shed or summer house is more than two and a half metres high, it cannot be placed within two metres of a property boundary.

If you snub this rule, you could be ordered by law to demolish your new shed or move it to another area of the garden.

Consider overhanging trees

It’s always best to place your shed away from overhanging trees or shrubs.

This is because leaves and sap can cause roof felt to deteriorate more quickly. Moreover, sheds that are placed near large plants and trees tend to suffer more greatly from damp.

That said, however, try not to place your shed in a totally open place, as it will need some protection from the elements.

A shed that is left totally exposed to wind can, over a period over many years, weaken to the point of structural damage.

Think about the position of the sun

Although everyone likes to sit in their summerhouses in the midst of summer, if you’re merely storing property in your shed, or growing vegetables, you will need to think about summer heat.

On the other hand, a place in a shady location may only add to the shed being too cold in the winter.

This means therefore, that you must consider what you will use your shed for before planning where it will be in your garden.

Check ground surface and reliability

Once you’ve thought about the above, you’ll need to check whether the ground around the placement of your shed is suitable.

If at all possible, it is best to erect a shed on a level part of a garden. If this is not a possibility, however, as it can often be in some parts of the country, you may need to consider landscaping to ensure that the ground is level.

This is so that the shed can be assembled correctly so that the walls do not warp and that the doors can fit securely into position.

If you’re unsure, ask the experts!

Here at Total Sheds, we’ve been designing and creating quality sheds for people all over the UK since 2007.

With that in mind, we’re experienced in just about every gardening situation and dilemma, so we know just about everything there is to know about sheds and gardens.

If you’re unsure about where to put your garden, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.