What things to consider before buying a building shed?

If you’re thinking to buy or build a shed, whether it’s a farm shed, garden shed, warehouse, or children’s shed, you’ll need to prepare some groundwork first. Of course, building vs. purchasing a prefabricated shed is a different option entirely, but considering these four considerations will make your task simpler in any case.


What is the shed’s primary purpose? It may seems to be a dumb question, but sheds can be valuable to your home. We recommend that you consider how you’ll use the space in the long run, rather than merely in the near term. For example, will it be a backyard workshop, a carport, or just a place to store your DIY tools? It will make selecting materials more straightforward, but it will also help you budget for overhead expenses like lighting and heating/cooling.

Approvals from the City Council

Is it necessary to seek permission from the council in order to construct a shed? Many consumers believe that because sheds are not livable spaces, they are free from construction permits. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You’ll need authorization from the local government if you intend to use the shed as a workshop or a temporary living place.

Prefabricated steel farm shelters usually do not require approvals, although exceptions exist. It’s always good to double-check with your local government or a building surveyor. Steel Supplies assists our customers in navigating council regulations and obtaining permissions as needed.


Sheds must be constructed of durable, weather-resistant materials because they are outside structures exposed to the elements. Steel is a low-cost, low-maintenance material ideal for storage sheds since it is weather-resistant and repels water. Farmers frequently need to store crops, feed, and equipment in a well-ventilated space; thus, it’s becoming a more common material for farm buildings.

Solid Base

If you build a shed on a solid foundation, it will last for many years. On the other hand, creating a hut in a low-lying region that can collect rainwater is never a good idea. Most garden sheds are built on existing concrete slabs, but slabs are a low-cost, solid option found in home supply stores. Timer frames, piers, and gravel are among other typical foundation solutions.