Time has come to put a shed in our small garden for storage and
occasional whittling. 8x6 should do it nicely and this style looks just
Couple of questions:
There seems to be quite a range in price and specification. Local garden
centres (Derbyshire) are roughly double, for example, although these
include assembly. On which:
How difficult are these to assemble? All looks quite straightforward to
me from the guides.
Shed is a doddle to erect about an hour for two people should do it easily
felting easy from a pair of stepss for this size
creating a suitable base is generally more time consuming and harder work
I have gone for a 4" concrete slab for the 2 I have just done but both a bit
bigger that the one you are looking at
level slabbed area would work well
an arrangement of bricks or blocks with timber bearers the opposite way to
the floor support on the shed works
getting this level can be a bit of a faff
However the joy of dropping the new shed floor onto a nice level surface
cannot be underestimated
You do need to look at the specifications carefully. I have one 6' x 8'
shed that is quite lightly made, with the thinnest of timber and roof
sheets and lightweight roofing felt. It usually feels damp inside and
any breeze passes through the gaps.
I have another 2.4m x 4.8m shed that uses substantial, well braced,
timber and heavyweight roofing felt, which results in a very good
weather and wind resistant interior. Size for size, that shed range cost
about three times as much as the other shed.
It is quite straightforward with two people. For a small shed, it is
probably possible to bodge it with one person and temporary braces, but
two people make life a lot easier, as does choosing a day without a lot
Make sure it has a good base and that it is well secured to it. Strong
winds can move surprisingly heavy sheds. My small shed has a 4inch
concrete slab. The larger one is built on a waterproof 22mm chipboard
floor, which is mounted on 6" x 2" joists, joined by 3/8" thick
galvanised brackets and heavy carriage bolts, the whole being kept off
the existing paved area by surplus industrial grade 15mm thick UV
resistant plastic grid matting.
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