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Is your shed looking too old and worn-out? It is high time that you consider renovating it so you can have it more functional once again. Nowadays, sheds are not just mainly for storing your gardening tools. Many people have repurposed their sheds and made it a place for entertainment, work and what have you. If your existing shed is nothing but pure mess and looks like a ransacked room, then do not lose hope. There are plenty of ways to renovate it and make it look brand new again. Do not worry about spending some amount of money for your shed renovation. Rest assured that everything will be paid off later as survey reveals that a decent sized shed is already enough to boost your home value. This is according to a survey conducted among property professionals. With more than thirty percent of Brits who claim to be spending more time in the garden than almost eight years ago, having a functional and nice shed has also become more in demand now than ever.
Survey the overall structure
The very first step in renovating an old shed is to survey the entire structure first. This is important especially if your shed has remained unused and unloved for quite some time. The professionals from WhatShed.co.uk suggest that if you plan to renovate your shed, you have to conduct a survey first. You need to survey the entire shed so you can see what part needs repair and which areas need total replacement. The presence of leaky roofs and uneven floorboards could warrant repair or replacement depending on the severity of the issue. If you begin with a solid structure then chances are high that the rest of your shed’s build will become smooth and will less likely to cause headaches once you start using it. These repairs could be your DIY project, that is if you have carpentry skills. If not, you may choose to hire someone else to do the repairs for you.
Check the sliding door
If your shed is made of metal then chances are it already needs some fixing. Metal sheds usually have sliding doors as opposed to pull-out doors that are common among wooden sheds. But, if your shed is old, you may find that your sliding door has been damaged, broken or has already fallen out of place. Sliding doors often have small plastic parts that help keep it in place but if these too are broken then you may have to replace the door instead. If the door is still intact and just needs the small parts to be replaced then do it. You should also check the tracks where the sliding door sits to make sure it is not damaged and make the sliding door function smoothly.
Fix the floor
Your shed’s flooring can greatly make a difference not just in terms of looks but it also largely dictates how comfortable and functional it can be. A shed that has damaged flooring can pose tripping hazards and any other dangers. However, a shed should be devoid of a dingy mess, dirt, and damages to make it look more inviting and functional. If its damage is not too much then small repairs can be done. But, if it needs total replacement then better do it right away. If your shed floor is made of concrete slab then you would definitely be stepping on a cold floor. If it is made of concrete you may not be able to stay longer in your shed because your feet easily feel tired on the hard floor. If it’s too slippery, then the shed will not be usable during the wet season or you run the risk of having an accident.
You can use an epoxy coating to spruce up and seal your concrete shed floor. Just do not forget to also buy the non-slip additive for your epoxy coating to prevent the floor from becoming slippery when wet. Another great option would be to use cement sheets that work well with many types of shed floors. The best thing about cement sheets is that they are durable and moisture-proof. It also provides a high level of stability. If your shed needs a subfloor, then choose plywood flooring sheets. In fact, you can have lots of options when it comes to giving your shed floor a new look and a new life. Choose the one that suits your budget, type of shed, and the level of comfort that you want to achieve.
Re-shingle your shed
Reshingling your old shed is a must especially if water has been found dripping through its roof. Otherwise, whatever you put inside your shed is all at risk of getting wet and rusty when the rainy season comes. Shingling may entail stripping first your old roofing materials, followed by the application of roofing paper and then the layering of shingles. But if you are not confident about your skills, an expert on this can be hired. If shingling is done properly and if you use thick shingles, then your shed could last for decades without the need for you to worry about leaks and drips. These thick shingles are able to withstand high winds and heavy rains although they can be pretty much expensive.
Install a thermal insulation
A thermal insulation would make your shed highly functional because it will allow you to use your shed all year round. Choose a specially designed insulation that will help ensure that your shed will remain cool when the heat of summer comes while also keeping it warm when winter comes. Another benefit of having thermal insulation is the amount of money that you will be able to save on heating during winter.
Create on-the-wall storage spaces
If your shed is big enough to be able to house everything you need to, then storage spaces won’t be much of an issue. However, if you will be renovating a small shed then you need to create on-the-wall storage spaces. One way to do this is to kit it out using shelves and hooks. This way, you can just hang your power cables on the hooks. You can also organize your paintbrushes and any other gardening tools on these shelves and hooks that would otherwise only take up much space on the floor. You may also need to install sturdy hooks that are capable of storing a heavier tool or equipment. If you have little children, make sure that these hooks are placed high enough so they couldn’t easily reach these tools for the sake of safety.
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Give it a new look with new paint
Repairing your old shed is a must for old wooden sheds. This will greatly bring your shed back to life. Choosing the perfect color for your shed can be an interesting task but it could also be daunting if you are not sure which kind of color and paint lasts for years. The right kind of paint is not prone to peeling and fading. You also need to know the right painting technique that ensures you won’t have to find yourself buying new paint again in the next couple of months. When in doubt, always ask the experts from your local hardware store. The exterior paint may not be the same with the one that you will use for the interior part of your shed. The exterior may need a bright-colored paint if you want your shed to stand out and be the focal point of your garden. If you want your gardens and foliage to take the center stage, then might as well choose a dark color for painting the shed’s exterior. Choose neutral colors for the interior so as to create a more relaxed atmosphere on the inside.
Add enough ventilation
Proper ventilation is also necessary for your shed if you want to make it more functional. It would be too hard to relax or enjoy reading a book in your functional shed if it does not have proper ventilation. This is a must if you want your shed to be your “me” time-space instead of just having it as a storage place for your gardening tools. It is best to install two vents, where each one is placed on each gable wall. These two vents will help ensure that the shed will help guarantee that enough flow of air reaches the innermost parts of it. But, remember that vents must be installed in a way where they are properly mesh-backed to avoid bugs from making the shed their dwelling place. In addition, you may also install venting roof lights which could be made of opaque plastic which will also help the air to circulate better and let hot air out of the shed. These venting roof lights will also enable fumes from petrol and paint to easily escape. If you have a metal shed, note that poor ventilation increases the likelihood of your tools, equipment, and entire shed to develop rusts soon. Poor ventilation allows the build-up of condensation, thereby creating a perfect place for rusts to develop. Therefore, you have to find a way to properly ventilate your metal shed.
Adding electricity to your shed can indeed make it more functional. When there are electrical outlets ready then you won’t have to go outside looking for outlets to plug in your power tools when you’re working on something that needs it. Some people choose to run electricity in the shed because it is also where they store their spare freezer. Others simply want to repurpose their shed, make it an outdoor bar, a cinema room or an extension to their barbecue place. You simply can’t just install wires that run through your shed and then hope for the best. Running electricity to your shed could be a complicated task and a dangerous one too. So, if you are not an electrician, might as well ask for help from a professional.
Install WiFi connection
One of the best features that a functional shed can have is a wi-fi connection. Today, sheds are more likely to have a wi-fi connection than a complete set of gardening tools and a wheelbarrow. This way, anyone who decides to stay in the shed will be able to connect to the internet. This is important if you want your guests to enjoy their stay in your newly repurposed shed and more so if you will be using the shed as your extended office. Working at home can bring about difficulties if the house and office are located in exactly the same place. But, if you upgrade your shed and turn it into a workspace by installing electricity and wifi then working from home would become even better! The best thing about having wifi connectivity in your shed is the fact that you can enjoy movie and music streaming and make the entire shed truly a great place for retreat. But, you have to check your router first and see if its wifi signal is able to reach your shed. You may need to purchase additional ethernet cables, powerline adapters or a signal extender. If you are not sure how to make this possible, better ask the experts.
Add vinyl shutters
Adding vinyl shutters to the windows of your shed will make it look more attractive. Besides, shutters will also make it easier for your shed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment and your neighborhood. You can also add decorative flower boxes with seasonal flowers in them. This adds a totally great curb appeal to your shed. You may also consider putting some plants that are capable of repelling bugs and other pests. You may also choose vegetation that doesn’t require much upkeep.
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Sheds never fail to add character to a garden. It also greatly reflects the personality of the person who owns it. If you think about selling your property in the future, then a buyer would certainly be impressed seeing a very functional shed.