There are a lot of things worth keeping in mind when building a shed – and a lot that most people forget.
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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.
10 Awesome Horse Riding Outfits Ideas
1. Moss green cable-knit jumper.
A classic look that’s also practical – it’ll keep you warm, won’t show too much dirt and will be highly durable.
The subtle colour is also perfect for trail riding.
2. A hardy rancher jacket.
These jackets are made to be highly durable. They’re tough and they have a knitted lining, perfect for long rides.
3. A red flannel shirt.
The all-time classic for horse riders, you can’t go wrong with a simple flannel shirt. They will last, they’ll keep you warm, they’ll make you look like you’ve been spending time in the barn.
4. Denim breeches.
If you want to keep a casual look, but find regular jeans uncomfortable, a set of denim breeches are perfect. The perfect balance between practicality and comfort.
5. A classic polo shirt.
Another absolute classic is a crisp polo shirt. They’re easy to find, they breathe well, and they come in any colour you could want.
6. A vintage vest.
A nice earth-tone riding vest can be an excellent decision, bringing a little bit of sophistication to your outfit.
7. The crisp white shirt.
This one is a bit of a risk – it’s extremely easy to get yourself dirty (but at least you know you’ve been working!).
A classic, elegant look.
8. A necktie.
For a little bit more extravagance, add a necktie to the mix. This adds a little bit of fun & class.
9. The jumper and jacket combo.
If you really need to keep warm, throw on a jumper and a jacket for a high-country look. Excellent.
10. A tweed jacket.
The ultimate classic, you can never go wrong with a tweed jacket. This will look classic wherever you’re riding.
BONUS – Anything you want to wear!
We love going through interesting outfit ideas, but it’s also about feeling comfortable. Wear what you want, how you want and enjoy yourself. That’s all that matters!
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Top 10 Farm Stories in a Sentence
- 1. Sheep at a second farm in North-West Victoria have died of anthrax, following similar occurrences on a Swan Hill farm. It has not yet spread to humans.
- 2. The majority of new farming debt is going towards expanding existing farms, sparking concerns that young farmers will find it difficult to break into the market.
- 3. Indoor farming is becoming increasing possible, with LED lighting costs dropping by 90 per cent and doubling their lifespan.
- 4. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that by the end of this financial year, Australian farm production will hit a record gross value of $63.8 billion.
- 5. Glencore Grain hosted a three day tour for a Japanese liquor company looking to improve commercial relations with Australian grain exporters.
- 6. Entrepreneur-billionaire Elon Musk has said that he would consider building a 100 megawatt solar electricity farm in South Australia in 100 days, prompting the SA Premier and Prime Minister to scramble to accept the offer.
- 7. A Chinese company has claimed they are soon to purchase Australia’s biggest avocado farm for $192 million. The farm itself, however, has refuted the claims, saying they are still arrange sale and are still considering Australian buyers.
- 8. Leftover brewer’s grain used by major beer manufacturers is being fed to cows to increase milk productivity, also saving dairy farmers money.
- 9. More than 87% of Queensland is officially in drought, with warnings that circumstances are likely to worsen before being alleviated.
- 10. A series of Australian-style butchers are gaining popularity in China, with four shops already open & 16 more in planning. The stores import and sell 100 tonnes of Australian beef a month.