Finding A Good Site For Your Shed

One of the most important decisions when buying a shed is choosing where to put it. Read on to find out important considerations when choosing a spot for your shed.

Shed Purpose

Is my shed going to store a surfboard? A wheelbarrow? A rubbish bin?

Before you even consider looking at a shed you have think about its use. If the shed is going to be primarily used for storing garden tools, then it should be close to the garden and a reliable water source.

If you’re looking for a garden shed to hide your bins or provide a secure and dry area for your bikes, then it’s probably best to position your shed close to the street. In this case, a roller door shed down the side of the house might be your best option.

If you want your shed to be a work space, a man cave or a “she-shed”, then you might want to consider a spot that enhances natural light and has lots of ventilation. You might also want it plumbed and have electricity, so choosing a location with close proximity to water and electrical hook-ups might be important.

Shed Design

I want my shed to blend into the backyard.

Do you want your shed to be a stand-out feature or do you want it to blend in with the house? These decisions will affect whether you have your shed on display in the backyard, or down the side of the house. You might even want to hide it under an eave or tuck into a corner. Materials, colours and shapes will also play a huge role in how it will look.

Distance To Your Boundary (Setback)

Will I annoy my neighbours with a new shed?

It’s important when thinking about location to consider the setback distances suggested by your local council. The distance between your structure and your property line is called a SETBACK.

Every state in Australia has different setback regulations. Remember the roof overhang is typically 100mm but can be reduced to 50mm.

Level Ground

Do I have a slope, a hill or an uneven ground?

Although SteelChief can custom build a shed for mostly any site, a flat and level ground surface is by far the best and cheapest option. Look for space on your property that is flat. And if that’s not an option, consider positioning your shed so that the doors open up to a relatively level surface.

If you’re not sure where to place your shed, SteelChief can offer advice or do a site visit to suggest the best location. We offer site preparation to create a level surface which can involve digging, building retaining walls or subfloors. At SteelChief we know that each site is different, and we can work up a plan and costing for you, and also design a shed to fit a falling pathway or slab.

Water

Where are the driest spots on my property?

Your shed will last longer if it’s not in a spot that’s perpetually wet. Locations that have pooling water such as the bottom of a hill or a low lying area, are best to be avoided.

While SteelChief materials are durable and robust and will withstand the harshest conditions, constant moisture can rot wood, blister paint and cause mould and mildew to grow on items stored inside.

Ideally your site should be level with a slight pitch to the rear to encourage water drainage. In the event you have to build in a tricky location or low-slope area, SteelChief can help create a site with ample drainage and a concrete base. We can also build up a low spot with crushed rock.

Vegetation

Am I going to have to remove a tree?

It’s important when scoping out a site to consider trees. Low tree branches will need to be removed or cut back to make way for a shed.

Doors

I need to be able to wheel my lawnmower in? 

Form follows function when it comes to door design. Doors should be placed where they work well for your use. For example if you have a lawn mower then it’s important to include double doors that are not against a fence as you might need to drive a mower inside.

Choose a door opening to suit. A single door is 740mm wide which usually fits most things like wheel barrows and push lawn mowers etc.

Lighting

Can I see my tools at night?

Unless the door is open, sheds are typically dark spaces. Therefore it’s important when choosing a location to think about how much light your shed will get. Of course a torch is sufficient for the odd night visit, but if you want more light during the day you might want to consider adding a window or skylight especially if you have a great northern aspect. If heat is a problem, then we can put windows or skylights in a south facing position.

If you aren’t going to have a window or skylight then you might think about electricity so you can light your shed interior. Having a well-lit shed will extended the available hours of use.

9. Future

Will I be here in ten years’ time?

A final consideration is thinking about the future. Are you considering a renovation? Do you plan on installing a pool? Are you going to tear down your deck and switch to an interlock patio?

All of the above are significant considerations when picking the ideal shed spot. Depending on your circumstances you might want to hire a landscape architect to prepare a master plan prior to construction.