Not sure what size shed to build or where to put it? You’re not alone. Shed Placement is one of the most common predicaments homeowners find themselves in during the planning stages of their shed build. In our experience, bigger is often thought to be better, but this is absolutely not the case. Your shed shouldn’t overpower your block and it needs to comply with Council regulations. A shed is a worthwhile investment, but it’s important to get it right the first time to avoid costly revisions down the track.
Here are some factors you will need to consider before deciding where to place your shed.
Council Regulations & Shed Placement
Every council in Australia has different regulations regarding development. The distance of the shed to boundaries and easements, the size of the shed and the material and colour of the shed (particularly in residential areas) will all need to be considered to ensure compliance. Bushfire prone land will also have a specific set of regulations. We recommend getting in touch with your local council before you set your heart on a specific design. If you need help, ask us about Council. We have been dealing with councils for over twenty years and can guide you through the application process.
Homeowners often decide to place their shed at their back of their block without properly considering accessibility. If you will be using your shed to park vehicles or watercraft, you will need driveway access. A long driveway will add to the cost of your project and take up valuable space, however, it can also double as a cricket pitch, race track or space for other activities such as basketball and tennis if you have children. You will also need to consider the turning circle if you are wanting to store a trailer, caravan or boat.
Light and Heating
Placing your shed to make the most of any available natural light will eliminate the need to install extra lighting. Skylights and windows can help improve visibility in your shed. If your shed will be placed in a shady location or you want to be able to work in your shed at night, think about installing solar-powered lights or talk to an electrician about running power to your shed.
Colorbond Steel is thermally efficient, helping to make the temperature inside your shed more comfortable. However, if your shed is in direct sunlight all day, it will quickly become too hot in summer and you may need to consider running electricity to it if you will be working long hours there. Conversely, in winter, you will need a source of heat to continue working comfortably. Consider these safe ways to heat your shed.
Consider The View
Last but not least, think about what your new shed will look like from your house and your neighbour’s property. Which windows will look out at the shed? Will it obstruct any views for yourself or your neighbour? You will also need to consider how much shade the shed will cast and what your plans are for the surrounding ground.
Deciding where to place your shed requires careful consideration. If you’re not sure where to start, talk to one of the professionals at Aussie Made Sheds. We can arrange a free consultation and help you find the best location for your shed.