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The following are for general information and ideas. Be sure to check with local authorities with regard to rules and regulations that apply to the construction/installation of sheds, carports and other garden structures in your area. Links to many councils in Qld are provided on the Regional pages
Ideas for disguising a shed
Sheds aren't usually pretty, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce the visual impact. For example:
» if installing a shed, first ask if you really need one. Or can you get by with a smaller one, and downsize the clutter instead?
» dark colours (shadowy dark greens or greys) less obtrustive than pastels or silver metal
» or perfectly colour match nearby walls or fences
» vegetation alone or on a trellis
» coverups such as bamboo or reed screening products
A combination of above could be used eg. a dark shed with interesting tropical foliage in planted in front to distract the eye and break up the outline of the shed.
Note that vegetation or materials on the shed could possibly encourage pests etc.
The typical backyard shed is bolted onto a concrete slab, but if you have uneven ground, you might consider a shed on a raised floor on posts. An added advantage is you won't be left with a massive slab to dispose of if you decide to remove the shed later. Obviously, such construction is better suited to small dometic sheds and lightweight storage needs than large loadbearing.
Shed clubs allow the sharing of tools and working space, plus social and educational opportunities. For more information visit the Australian Men's Sheds Association - (AMSA) website.
Flaunt your shed
Rather than hide their sheds, some people turn their outbuildings into something spectacular. Check out:
UK website where "sheddies" can find photos, shed competition, shed blog and more
Blog associated with Readers Sheds and home of the Shed of the Year Competition
The Tin Shed Observatory
An illustrated account of how an astronomy enthusiast converted an ordinary garden shed into an observatory