If you’re looking to buy a shed for your home in the Northern Suburbs or elsewhere in Melbourne here’s a great place to start. Whether you just need more storage, you want to protect your cars, boat or machinery or you just want a simple storage shed, you need to work out the perfect size you need. You don’t want to end up with a shed that’s too small or one that’s so large it takes up all your backyard.
Does size matter?
Yes of course, it’s really important. It’s all good if you have plenty of space, but if you don’t and you buy on a bargain price, you could end up not having enough space. A shed that’s too small can also look ridiculous in your backyard. Conversely, if it’s too big, it can completely dominate your beloved backyard and impact your lifestyle.
Other important things for a home owner to consider are: will you need council approval to build a shed (sheds under 10m2 don’t need council approval) and how far from your boundary line can you build your shed.
Luckily Northern Sheds are here to help you through the process of deciding the how, where and why. We’re experts at building sheds for homes, farms, industrial properties. We’ve proudly built loads of sheds in Northern suburbs and all around Melbourne and it shows. So, here are some useful tips to help you plan your new shed.
Carefully choose the location
You know the saying… location, location, location! In many cases, the size of your shed will be determined by the space you have, so take a good look at your backyard. Measure it out, even do a rough drawing on paper of your backyard and where you think you want your shed. If you’re not looking for a ‘feature shed’ then you’ll most likely sit along your fence line to maximise the amount of space, you’ll have left after your shed goes up.
Also think about the alignment of your shed. Which side do you need to access it from? Are you wanting shed windows or a path leading to it? Generally, sheds have concrete floors, so check your site for trees, obstacles or soil that may need to be removed to make way for your shed. Other things to think about include:
• If you’re storing a boat or caravan, do you need a ramp? And will a roller door be better than a sliding door?
• How much height do you need? If lots, consider installing a mezzanine floor to give you valuable extra space.
• Do you need shelving or racking? What about space to hang tools, bikes or fishing rods?
Time to measure
Once you’ve decided on the best site and know exactly what features you need, it’s time to measure up. The first thing you need to know is which side you need access because that’s the side you need the maximum width. Then work out how long you want your shed. Grab a can of spray paint and mark out your dimensions on the ground. This will give you a very clear idea of how big/small your shed needs to be.
Now consider height. Many sheds feature a standard wall height of 2.4 metres but you can get taller heights. Finally, the roof pitch determines the peak height of your shed (more on this next).
What style of roof do I need?
There are many styles of shed roofs and you’ll find one that’s perfect for you. Factors you need to consider are weather, the location of your backyard, whether you need additional storage space in the roof space and of course, your personal taste. There are pros and cons to each type of roof, and Northern Sheds will happily chat you through all your options and what might be best for you. As an overview here are some roof styles to consider.
Gable roof: The traditional pitched roof style that features a peak at the centre of the roof.
Sklllion roof: A sloping roof where the highest point is either at the front or rear of the shed
Barn roof: this style gives the look and feel of a traditional barn?
Your next step
If you need a hand with your shed or are stuck deciding what you need, call the Northern Sheds team now. We love building sheds for home, garages, carports, Quaker Barns and big industrial sized sheds in Melbourne and surrounds. Call 03 9359 9905, email us or come visit Northern Sheds at 298 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown.
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