Thursday 22 June 2006

A Woman And Her Shed

So this has been our latest project - well, Jenny's project. I'm just the forced labour. In our never-ending search for space, she wants to clear out the garage for her stuff by putting the stuff that's there into this new shed. It's about three times the size of our old shed.

If you're interested, it's a 10'x10' "Waltons Groundsman Workshop" from Garden Buildings Direct. Quality-wise, it's so-so but it was pretty cheap. The panels are flimsy. I've warned the children not to play "Three Little Pigs" inside since they might blow it down. We need to cover the floor with plywood to make sure a heavy object doesn't fall and break it.

Jenny can now join that great British institution of "Men and Sheds":

"....a shed is to a man what a handbag is to a woman."

Hmmm. Maybe I should get my own shed? His 'n' her sheds! Out of interest, I checked the building regulations. No planning permission is needed if:

  • outbuildings don't cover more than half the area of the garden

  • it contains no sleeping accommodation

  • the floor area does not exceed 15 square metres

  • no point is less than one metre from a boundary

  • it is not more than 3m high for a flat roof, or 4m with a ridged roof

  • no part projects beyond any wall of the house that faces a road

  • it's used only by those who occupy the house

  • it's at least 2 metres away from the main house if built from wood

Hey! I could build a log cabin at the bottom of the garden!

1 comment:

  1. That's interesting because the planning laws seem to be significantly different where we are (5 miles from you). In our district you can build an outhouse of up to 30m2 and the distance from the boundary doesn't seem to matter!