There are a lot of things worth keeping in mind when building a shed – and a lot that most people forget.
Download our checklist here to make sure you get everything right & avoid the pitfalls others don’t.
You can also read our list below:
1. You might need more space than you think.
Nobody ever thinks ‘we should have built a smaller garage!’. Extra space is always worth having.
2. Garages are multi-purpose.
You might think that you’re only building a place to store your cars. But garages become more than this. They might become a workshop, a storage area, an entertainment area. Built a garage that can be used for more than just one purpose.
3. Frame strength differs between builders.
This one is major. Cheaper shed builder will use C Section frames, which only have 3 sides and are made of a single sheet of metal.
RHS frames are thicker, have four sides, and are closed off. They are more than twice as sturdy and protect your investment long term.
4. Building permits.
Councils can be picky – even when you just want to build a shed. DIY builders can often get caught.
Check with your local council or get your builder to check. A good builder will already know what needs to be done and can handle the paperwork for you.
5. DIY shed kits aren’t permanent.
Simple DIY shed kits are great, but they aren’t the same kind of investment as proper, quality-built sheds and garages.
DIY sheds are a temporary solution that will last up to 10 years. This might be exactly what you need, or you might be better off looking at a long-lasting investment.
6. Your property value.
This should be central to your considerations: How much will your new garage or shed contribute to the value of your property?
A premium, solid garage or barn can boost your property value, especially if it’s large and well-placed.
7. Ground works.
The ground your building on needs to be prepared, often with a concrete slab.
The best way to manage this is to work with your builder so you get a concrete slab that is ideal for your garage.
8. Time costs.
DIY building can be a great option – particularly if you have free weekends and enjoy building.
But if that’s not for you – you need to consider what your time cost will be. Hiring a professional may cost more, but the time it will save you may prove worthwhile.
Your shed/garage needs to be placed someone on your property that makes sense. Ideally, you will find a place where it looks great, is easy to access and its fits.
Council regulations place limits in where you can build a shed. Many councils limit how close to a fence you can build, while some have other strict conditions.
Check in with your local council or make sure your builder can handle this for you.
Five steps to building a world-class indoor horse arena
Building a horse arena is a pretty big investment that you’ll likely put a lot of time and effort into.
You should be in complete control of the project so your arena ends up looking world-class.
This is all about the details, and there are a few simple things to remember that will make a huge difference:
Make use of existing trees & foliage
Dressage riding has always been about sophistication, skill and ceremony. Part of that is about beauty. A really world class horse arena makes use of the land around it.
If you have some existing gardens or trees with enough spare space to accommodate a horse arena, make use of it. We installed a horse arena behind a row of trees and it looked incredible (above).
Install wooden kickboards
This simple detail will make your horse arena look like a prestige show room. Wooden panels look absolutely stunning.
They cost a lot more than a rubber alternative but they look impressive and classy.
Get the base right
A high-quality arena will have a perfectly level base.
Make sure that your landscaper and surfacer uses angular stones for the base. They will lock together and stay even.
Make sure your fence posts are strong
An even fence is important to the look of the arena. Make sure your builder installs the fence when they put up the arena.
If you put up your own fence, cement your posts deep into the ground to ensure it always looks straight.
Make use of natural light.
The biggest effect on first impressions is lighting. The best arenas in the world are designed to draw in natural light.
Talk to your builder about this when you’re designing the arena. Open panels or raised centres aisles will capture natural light and make your arena look great.
A good company will take care of the handiwork and leave you to think about design. The little details are what turn a good horse arena into a great one.
Download our brochure for more ideas and photos of great horse arenas we’ve built in the past.