What home renovation would not be complete without the addition of a great shed or garage!
Depending on your needs and wants, there are sheds and garages to suit all homes.
Sheds can usually fall in to two categories being either a pre-fabricated shed or a custom-built shed.
Once you’ve identified the primary purpose and function of your shed, you will then be able to decide what shed best suits your needs.
Come in a variety of sizes, materials, styles and colours. Prefabricated sheds can be shop bought and delivered to your home as a flat packed kit that can be assembled by a handy DIYer.
The majority of times, everything you require will be included in the prefabricated shed kit except for the flooring or base.
As such, consider building a concrete slab or levelling an area in your back garden and pouring stones or pebbles as the foundation.
Prefabricated roof styles also vary from flat to pitched.
Depending on your size of shed, it will also be worth considering down pipes and guttering.
Zincalume and Colorbond are the most popular materials for prefabricated sheds as is treated pine.
If your prefabricated shed is going to be used as a work shed, it’s best to consider something with insulation and ventilation as otherwise it might be an unpleasant working environment.
Custom Built Shed
Unlike a prefabricated shed, you’re not restricted by pre-existing sizes, materials, styles or colours.
As the name indicates, a custom built shed is a structure that is assembled and installed by a carpenter or shed supplier.
The benefit of the custom built shed is that you can be highly specific with your requirements like height, length, design etc.
In general, it’s best to check with local council if there are any restrictions in your municipality when it comes to shed building.
When it comes to planning a garage renovation, there are several items you need to consider such as street access, space available for the new garage, the size and number of cars you want to house, if your garage will be used for other purposes such as a workspace etc.
Once you've identified these key requirements, you’ll then be able to select the best garage solution.
*Carports – are generally a less expensive choice than a garage due to their open nature. Carports don’t have walls and consist of just a roof. Because of their open nature they are obviously not as secure as a garage.
*Attached Garage – as the name suggests, attach to your existing dwelling or home. Conveniently, attached garages offer the opportunity of entering your home straight from the garage, eliminating get caught out in unfavourable weather conditions. Since the roof of an attached garage has to expand over the garage, they obviously are a more costly option as you also need to consider any load bearing walls.
Prefabricated Freestanding Garage – is similar to a prefabricated shed in that the entire unit comes in a convenient kit, along with a garage door. They can be self-installed however a professional would be recommended. Usually, the prefabricated freestanding garage is made out of steel.
Non-Prefabricated Freestanding Garage – allows for flexibility when it comes to the design of the garage. However, a builder will be required to ensure the structure is sound. As such, this can be a more costly garage solution however; the end product will be very complementary to your home design.
There are several different types of doors that you can use in your garage, or even in a carport or shed. All of the doors outlined below can be operated manually or electronically.
Tilt Garage Doors – consist of one, usually solid, panel that tilts open and closed without any rolls or folds. Given their tilting nature, the materials available for tilt doors to be made in vary from fiberglass to plywood to timber.
Sectional Garage Doors – consist of two tracks that are mounted to the garage ceiling. The doors have hinged panels that run along the fixed tracks to open and close. Like tilt garage doors, sectional garage doors can be made from a variety of materials and commonly come in timber, steel and fibreglass.
Roller Garage Doors – are the most common, and quite cost-effective, garage door available. Again, as the name suggests, they roll up and down upon themselves. Roller garage doors are generally made out of steel.