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How to choose your garden shed

Owning a garden shed, many of us dream or think very strongly especially when approaching the beautiful season and offers abound in DIY stores. Very practical, the garden shelters are a way to offer you extra space to store, store or enjoy a living room outside the house. This is a very well known way of landscaping your garden, but you still have to ask the right questions rather than jump on the first opportunity. In this article, Handyman makes a tour of what you need to know about garden shelters.

What the law says.

First of all, it is important to know if the construction of a garden shed is possible. Under French law, garden sheds are fully-fledged constructions and only shelters of less than 5 m2 can be built without administrative procedures. Garden sheds of more than 5 m2 and less than 20 m2 require a prior declaration of work and for larger models, you will need a building permit.

The regulation of garden shelters

In addition to the national law, some subdivisions or condominiums may simply prohibit shelters and garden sheds. So, find out before you start.

Finally, know that you can install a garden shed at the boundary between your property, in a space between a few centimeters and 3 meters from the border with your neighbor on the express condition that a complete evacuation system of rainwater be planned. If this is not the case and a runoff is likely to occur, your driver's license application may be refused unless it is more than 3 meters from your neighbor's lot line.

Think carefully about her garden shelters project.

Like any project, the installation of a garden shed requires reflection. Two essential tracks for this: the desired utility and the necessary size. The first strongly influencing the second. Classically, the garden shed is used mainly to store gardening or DIY equipment, it can also lighten your basement or garage by hosting your lawn chairs, your barbecue and umbrella. If this is his only use, a few square meters will do just fine. Same thing if you use it as a storeroom.

On the other hand, if your garden shed is destined to become a workshop, a minimum of 6 to 8 m2 will be necessary even a little more to be very comfortable. Similarly, a garden shed of at least 15-20 m2 can be transformed into a playroom for children or in room and more for visitors. For these structures, models with windows and shutters should also be chosen so that the light can enter the interior and air if necessary. It can also be considered to connect to electricity for convenience.

What material for his shelter?

The different materials used for a garden shed

Very widely used for garden sheds, wood is the material that offers the most aestheticism with its natural and warm side. It fits perfectly into the world of your garden, with this charm holding, for one part of the cabin and the other cottage. Favor preferably the relatively thick wooden walls, they will be at the same time resistant and a little more insulating. The whole will certainly be more expensive, but of better quality and more durable. The choice of models is also more diverse, because the wooden shelters allow in addition to their classic sloping roof, to have a shelter flat roof or rounded roof for more originality. The big disadvantage of wooden shelters is that they will require a high level of maintenance, to be repeated regularly. The only solution to do without it almost entirely would be to invest in an autoclave wooden shelter that is rot-proof and resistant to insects.

On the other hand, metal and PVC shelters are much less demanding and need no maintenance apart from dusting. A saving of time and simplicity. On the other hand, although PVC shelters retain a certain aesthetic appeal, metal shelters are still lagging behind. Other advantages of PVC or resin shelters, they are light, durable and resist well to the changes of temperatures. The best is to choose a UV protected model so that it does not fade over the years. Contrecoup, PVC shelters are on average more expensive than the others with beginnings of ranges around the 400 €, against 300-350 € for those in wood and 250-300 € for those in metal.

Metal garden shelters are therefore the most economical version. They can be steel or aluminum. For steel, anti-corrosion treatment is essential. Also very light and durable, the metal garden shed has the disadvantage of being very subject to temperature changes, quickly becoming hot or very cold to the touch. In addition, its thin metal thickness makes it quite noisy.

Establish your installation.

Orientation and location are also important. According to its usefulness, place it either at the bottom of the garden or, on the contrary, close enough to the house so as to limit the round trips. Above all, avoid pointing the main façade to the north. An orientation towards the south (east or west) is more indicated, for a better luminosity in particular. In the same way, make sure that once in place, the shadow cast by your garden shed will darken a plant that needs direct sunlight or a corner of your terrace. Too much wind can also be harmful.

Establish your garden shed

Depending on the type of model, the material, the quality of the elements and your level, a garden shed can be more or less easy to assemble. For example, wooden shelters will tend to require more handling, just by the weight of the panels that are heavier to carry. But, rest assured, many designers have made efforts to make your job easier. Some brands even offer metal garden sheds that mount without tools in just 30 minutes!

And for the more ambitious, who would like to exceed the garden shed while maintaining its functional aspect, it is also possible to move to the superior range with garden garages. Although larger, these maxis shelters are able to contain both a car and a storage space. A real extension of your home, which allows to build a second garage quickly and cheaply. Or, turn the old one into a real room to expand the living space inside your home.

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