Building a Wooden Shed or Need a Building Extension?
MasterPro have been building sheds and building extensions for clients around London for ten years and believe us, they come in many shapes and forms and have all kinds of purposes. Whilst you can buy kit sheds really cheaply, a purpose built shed as an extension to your home will be an asset that not only improves your own quality of life, but adds character and value to a house.
If you are uncertain as to whether you only need a wooden shed, or really could do with a brick built extension to your home, the following advice will help you make the decision of what kind of shed is best for you and your family’s needs. He recommends you consider the following:
- Consider what your shed will be used for: DIY, gardening, storage, outside room, room extension?
- How your shed look in your overall garden design, or as an extension to your house?
- How large do you need the shed to be?
- How will you make sure your shed is fully secure?
- Does your shed need planning permission?
Sheds and Planning Permission
If you live in a listed building, or in a conservation area, planning permission is required. If not, then a building up to 30M2x 4 metres high is permissible. However, you also cannot connect your shed to your main property; it has to be a metre away from the boundary, to not need planning permission. However, MasterPro always recommend that you should check with your local planning control department anyway. Alternatively, speak to us.
Longevity of Your Shed or Building Extension
Obviously depending upon some of the above considerations, you may decide that a modest wooden shed is ample for your needs. However, we recommend you set down a concrete base and floor, to limit rot. Your concrete base should be 150mm wider and longer than your planned shed. Similarly, you need to dig 150mm into the ground to lay 100mm of hardcore, and then lay your 100mm deep concrete base on top of this, using wooden buffering around the edges to keep the concrete above ground in place. For stability of your shed, fix its sides to a pressure-treated timber plate, which you can fix to the concrete base with anchor bolts. This allows you to screw your shed sides onto this plate. Bolt the plate all the way around the edge of the concrete base and only cut out the bit of wall plate where the door will go after you’ve put the shed walls and roof up.
Shed walls and roof space can be insulated, with blown-polyurethane insulation, such as Celotex. It’s good sound-proofing too if you like your power tools. Get a qualified electrician to wire up your shed for lighting and power.
Obviously, building a brick shed is even more complex than our basic wooden shed building instructions. If your building project is to adjoin your house, then if you want it in keeping with your existing property, it is advisable to have a building firm, such as MasterPro, who can call on their teams of tradespeople for each stage of the build, from your original idea to build your house extension, through agreeing an architect’s plan, to build and certification from your local planning department.
We will handle all of the paperwork for you, establish a schedule and complete with the least amount of disruption possible, all within your budget and to a high standard.
If you are planning house refurbishment, or an out-house or extension of any kind, please tell us about your project by filling in our contact sheet, emailing us here: firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply call us on: 07888 854464 and we can arrange a convenient time to view any work to be undertaken and quote you.