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Converting Your Shed

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider


You have a shed, but it's a necessary eyesore you stuck in a corner of your yard, filled with things you rarely use and hope your guests don't notice. Take a closer look at your shed. It may be a diamond in the rough, just waiting to be polished into a sparkling jewel.

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There are many reasons why you might want or need to convert your shed. Maybe your son or daughter came home from uni and needs a room to stay in until they find a job. You are working from home and need a private office space. Perhaps you're just tired of looking at that disused eyesore and want to give it a reason for being there. Whatever your reason, there's a solution and converting your shed could be the best and cheapest home improvement project you've ever tackled.

Designing Your Shed


The first step towards converting your shed is designing it:
  • Start by measuring the interior space. Is there enough space for your intended purpose? You might be surprised by how much space there is even in a smaller shed.
  • Draw a floor plan on a piece of paper and add the furnishings you need in your shed. Is there enough room for everything? If so, go to the next step.
  • Add windows to your floor plan. Windows will turn even small, cramped sheds into compact but comfortable living spaces.
  • Look at the existing door. Some sheds have double doors or garage doors. These can take up valuable space and may not be necessary for your shed conversion.
If you're satisfied that your shed conversion idea is "doable," take a cold, hard look at it from a distance. Would it look better with timber cladding? Would you be more tempted to use it if you did a little landscaping around it, added some natural stone pavers, or even a verandah?

Converting Your Shed


All you need to do to turn that dark, stuffy space into a cosy "second home" is add what's missing. In most cases, that will be:
  • Insulation
  • Interior cladding
  • Ventilation (windows)
  • Flooring
  • Electricity
Because you are working on a small scale, the project won't be expensive and you will probably find your budget will allow you to do all the exterior renovations you like as well.

If it is inexpensive and you are not converting a large shed into a self-contained granny flat, you may not need council approval, but check with your local council first, just to be sure. For more information about situations where council approval may be needed, read Council Approvals for Building a Shed.
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