Thanks to an excellent suggestion by Andy (Hall) I now have a fairly
good idea of the garden shed I'm looking to invest in - it's the
Malvern Bewdley Apex 8x6 or something close to it:
Berkshire Buildings (http://www.berkshirebuildings.ltd.uk /) have a
special deal on at the moment for this shed - £380 including delivery
and erection. Looking around the web that seems like a fair deal.
And as Andy advised, I would highly recommend Berkshire Buildings at
the Wyevale nursery east of Reading - they've got a fair sized area
with many different products available for inspection.
My previous experience of garden sheds is limited, and I am concerned
that being a wooden shed it will get damp in winter, which wouldn't be
good for garden tools, bicycles and what have you. So I'm looking for
suggestions about what I should and shouldn't be considering as the
shed is made habitable.
My initial thoughts are to have this shed installed on top of paving
slabs - we have a firm flat area of garden where the shed is going to
go, so the amount of ground preparation should be minimal (we are on
top of a hill so it never gets waterlogged in our garden). On top of
the paving slabs would be wooden bearers which have been treated, then
the shed on top of those. Just as an aside, we've got an adjacent
section of garden which has had paving slabs on for a good couple of
years, no sign whatsoever of movement.
BTW, the purpose of the paving slabs is primarily to keep the wooden
bearers out of the wet stuff - if the bearers were laid straight onto
turf then they would rot that much quicker (IMHO). I know bearers are
generally considered to be sacrificial in terms of re-usability.
Once the shed is up I would then be tempted to give it a damn good
dose of creosote substitute on the outside, so as to repel water. Not
sure if this is appropriate or not - I'm always suspicious of
pre-treated fencing and tend to take the attitude that you can't throw
too much preserver at something which is going to be open to all the
Have I missed anything obvious in getting the shed ready for use?
Obviously if applying treatment to the inside were recommended this
would be a lot easier when it is initially installed as it would be
completely empty, but I'm not considering that option presently.