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Find out how to set up a garden workshop that provides you the space to be creative and practical with your hobbies and business ventures.
 A Garden Workshop

A Guide to Setting Up Your Very Own Garden Workshop

The garden office seems to be the latest trend in garden additions for the many who are working online from home. But there are still many people who prefer to work with their hands in a different way. Many people still like to use their hands to cut wood, to craft, to build and to design, rather than typing on a computer. The only problem is, doing it in the home can be a bit tricky. The lack of space, the noise of tools and mess can all be issues. The solution is the garden workshop.

Have you ever wanted the space to be creative and handy without worrying about making a mess or noise in your home?

If that sounds like you, then perhaps it is time you built a garden workshop for yourself.

Reasons a Garden Workshop Is a Great Idea for you

Building anything in your garden is going to take time, effort and most importantly money. With so many amazing garden accessories and home improvements to be made, you may wonder if you can even justify a garden workshop just for your needs.

The best thing to do is think about the pros and the cons of the building first. Then make a measured decision. There will be unique pros and cons to your individual situation. However, here are some ideas to help you get started:

Pros

  • Any dirt and dust made by your workshop activities is contained and away from the house
  • The noise made by your workshop activities should be contained and away from the house
  • You have the freedom to listen to the music you want, whatever gets you feeling creative!
  • Organise your tools in an effective way
  • Contain the safety risks of any tools or products you use
  • Make better use of extra garden space
  • You can make more things because you will have more space
  • You won’t dust up a car or other things you might store in the garage with a temporary workshop
  • Potentially you can expand a business based on what you make, because of the extra workspace

Cons

  • Building it will take time
  • The space will take away from other garden uses
  • Building it will cost money
  • It might not get used as much as you would like
  • The running of the workshop might add your annual bills

It is certainly a great idea to go through the pros and cons if you are undecided about whether or not to have a workshop in your garden. You may also want to talk it through with your family. This was everybody feels they have a say in this new addition to your property.

Planning

Once you have decided to build a workshop, there is a lot of planning to do. This building won’t just be a shed. It will have a lot of practical use. So, the more planning you do, the more use you will get from the space. When planning your workshop build consider the following:

Where Is It Going?

The position of the workshop is really important. It will have a huge effect on the look and practicality of the workshop. The aesthetics of your property will be affected by this building in your garden. When you look out of the window, you will see it, and you will see it when you spend time in the garden. Of course you may have a larger garden or a garden with a nook or hidden corner which has an ideal spot for the workshop where it won’t be seen. Do check viewpoints though before setting on where you place it. Then you know you aren’t going to hate seeing it everyday.

As well as the aesthetics you have to think practically about the placement of the workshop. Do you need to be nearer to the house to use the amenities? Will you be connecting to the electricity and water from the house? Could you have the workshop further away with its own amenities? Think practically about the placement of the workshop before building it.

Who Is Building It?

All you need is a watertight building that is the correct size for your activities. There are plenty of second hand and new readymade sheds you can buy to use as a workshop. You can also adapt readymade sheds with windows and reinforced roofing if you need to. Alternatively there are a plethora of videos on Youtube and guides walking your through building your own workshop from scratch. This is a great idea if you are handy, love scavenging wood and want a budget cost for the project.

How Will You Add Amenities?

Most workshops need light and water to run so that tools can be used, hands can be washed and so that you can see what you are doing! You have several options for adding amenities. It depends on how permanent you want the structure to be and how long you will be using the workshop each session. You can buy generators to run electricity into the workshop. Potentially you can use a camping style foot pump sink. You could also get pipes and wires hooked up to the house to connect the amenities either temporarily or permanently depending on whether you bury the connections or not. If you are unsure at all, speak to a professional for help.

Safety First

It is so important that safety comes at the forefront of your workshop use. It should be built with safety in mind from the very beginning of planning. The structure itself, and the way tools are stored inside needs to be safe. You also need to have some basic first aid equipment, as well as an emergency phone that is always charged up. It also makes sense to always let somebody know you are there, in case of emergencies.

Budget

You must set a budget for your workshop project so you can ensure you spend the money on the right things. Smaller budgets should focus on a simple and cheap build, with an emphasis on great storage and money spent on necessary tools. Larger budgets can place a focus on quality and potentially upgrading facilities for a more convenient use of all the tools, storage and facilities in the workshop.

Planning will take a long time but it is worth planning well in order to get the most efficient, practical workshop.

Storage

Storage in your workshop is so important because it will have a huge effect on how useful the space is. The way you store tools and materials you use, will affect the ease in which you can get things done. It could even have an effect on your productivity. Be creative with the storage. Ensure any tools and dangerous materials are stored with locks and keep them dry and protected. Utilise the walls and ceilings for storage if you can. Use hooks and shelving for hanging things like gloves, hammers and other relatively small items. Any work benches or larger items could also incorporate storage for the most effective use of the space.

If you want more space and less storage in the workshop, consider getting an external storage box to use next to your workshop. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are made from all kinds of materials. So if you need a space to store items that you can keep outside of the workshop, this could be a great solution.

Security

As homes become much more secure, thieves are targeting outbuildings like sheds more than they used to. With that in mind, it is important to think about the security of your workshop. Your workshop will contain lots of tools and other items thieves would love to steal. You could remove any expensive tools and keep them in your house. Or you can get extra-secure safe style storage for your tools in your workshop. You can also make the workshop itself more secure using padlocks, or even an electronic lock if you want. A security light outside the door of the workshop as well as a faux (or real if you don’t mind investing) security alarm will help deter burglars. It all depends on how expensive your tools are and how much you want to protect them. Even low cost tools being stolen is very inconvenient. Especially as thieves can make a mess as well. So it is always worth protecting your workshop even in the most basic ways if you can.

Details and Decorating

Aside from the practicalities of the workshop, let’s not forget that it is your space to enjoy and be creative. For that reason, you should be able to enjoy the space being decorating and designed in your own style. If that means adding some vintage tile flooring and a bright yellow feature wall, then that is your decision. How about a comfy seating area with leopard print cushions and a radio? Your workshop, your choice. Don’t forget to add some personality to your workshop so you don’t just feel like you are going to work.

Comfort

Although a workshop is designed predominantly for practical purposes, you may want it to double as a space to spend time in away from the home. A corner with wall tiles, a space for making tea and a comfy seat could be a lovely place for a break in between projects. You might also want an audio system enabling you to listen to music, or even a television for your breaks. The space needs to have some level of comfort to it so that you enjoy using the space. And so you have somewhere to relax after an afternoon working hard on your latest project.

Year Round Use

To protect your workshop investment, ensure that you can use it all year round and not just in certain seasons. During winter, you will want to add some heating to the unit. A basic fan heater will heat the space up adequately and shouldn’t cost too much money to run. In summer, you’ll want some sort of air conditioning unit or some fans to keep the space cool. Keeping windows covered when you’re not in the space will also help to keep the workshop cool. Other weather related issues to keep in mind include:

  • A boot rack or easy clean flooring for raining days and muddy days (especially if you have to work through the garden to get to your workshop).
  • Keep in mind that the items in the workshop will react to the heat and cold. Wood shrinks and expands with the change in temperature.
  • Drainage around the workshop could be a good idea to void it getting flooded if we go through a particularly rainy period of time.
  • Ventilation is really important if you use solvents or create dust, but also if it is very hot.

The more weather protection you have, the more likely you will be to use the workshop all year round and avoid any damage done because of the heat or cold.

Your Workshop Will Work for You, As Long As You Plan It Right

Your workshop can work really well for your needs. But you need to spend the time planning it to ensure it really is your dream creative space. Seek professional advice for anything you don’t know how to do proficiently. It is also a great idea to do your research on the different options you have for the build and the storage. You could save a lot of money with some choices. Lastly, make sure the build is usable all year round and ensure it works for your needs. It is your creative space so it has to work for you. With the right planning and forward-thinking you could have the creative and practical space you have always dreamed of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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