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The UK’s notoriously unpredictable climate is set to strike once again this Easter as the country prepares itself for a heatwave that could see temperatures exceed 26 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit). According to some forecasts, UK temperatures could top those in Greece, Spain and North Africa as high pressure and an unusually fluctuating jet stream brings some blistering heat to the country.
Of course, hot weather on the horizon means more time spent outside and, in particular, more time enjoying your garden. The unexpected heatwave will provide a great opportunity to invite friends and family over for garden parties and so it’s important that your garden is looking its best, and that includes your shed.
The humble shed is a great British institution and provides both a practical and aesthetic boost to your garden. Buying a new shed can make an excellent topic of conversation when inviting guests outside and certainly looks a whole lot better than that leaky shack that was there when you moved in.
Aside from improving the look of your garden, a new shed can also prove extremely practical during the warmer months. Sheds come in a number of varieties, but a more spacious offering can double as an outdoor place of work during summer (or a record breaking spring). If you work from home or have a personal project you’re working on, a shed can allow you to enjoy the great outdoors while remaining productive.
Plus, if you’re worried about the practicalities of getting work done in your garden shed, there are a whole host of accessories available to help. Solar powered lighting provides an environmentally friendly solution to outdoor work, while security concerns can be easily covered by padlocks or a shed alarm system.
In fact, while a new shed could make the perfect workspace for the warmer months ahead, the shed itself could form the outdoor project you’ve been looking for. Sheds are generally made out of either wood, metal or plastic, with advantages and disadvantages associated with each material. One of the first things to consider is which shed is the right one for your garden and then you can set about ordering it and getting ready for construction.
Building a shed only requires two people and should take no more than three hours, making the oncoming heatwave a perfect opportunity to get the toolbox out. However, once the shed is up, there’s nothing to say your project can’t continue. Customising your shed, whether that’s by painting, if you’ve purchased a wooden unit, or through various accessories, can also be a rewarding outdoor pursuit.
Sheds also make for excellent storage space, which could be needed more than ever as temperatures start to rise. Summer activities may well start early this year, so you might need somewhere to store that paddling pool, hammock or barbecue sooner than you think. With one of the hottest Easters on record fast approaching, now is a great time to invest in a new shed and, as long as the walls are thick enough, it could even double up as a winter retreat later in the year.
If you want to know more about building a shed, take a look at our informative instructional video below.