How to Choose a Workshop – A Handy Guide

When purchasing your first workshop, or updating an old, sad-looking unit, knowing how to choose a workshop isn’t always easy. With so many designs, sizes and styles available, it’s hard to know which one to pick.

But if you use our guide, rest assured that you’ll find the perfect garden building that will suit your workshop needs. Let’s get started!

How Will You Be Using the Workshop?

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BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop

Whether you need a workshop for small DIY jobs or fancy creating a home business from your garden, how you plan on using your workshop will reflect which is the right garden building for you.

1. DIY Workshops

If you’re looking for a small to a medium-sized workshop for DIY purposes, a traditional apex workshop will do the job perfectly. Workshops range from 6×8, and a compact building does the perfect workshop for a small garden.

2. Large Workshops 

A large workshop is excellent if you need a space to manoeuvre large items or plan on adding plenty of DIY equipment into the building. Reverse Apex workshops are great for storing for long or bulky items. Double doors are essential for easy accessibility.

3. Heavy-Duty Workshops

If you intend on using your workshop all year round, you should consider a workshop which has a stronger construction such as a log cabin. For extra storage, you can even add a lean-to on the side of the building.

If you’re planning to spend most of your time working in the garden, the BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex workshop could be your best bet to becoming more serious about working in your garden.

This high-grade, large garden building is also suitable for use as a garden storage solution. Ideal for those with larger gardens and needs, the Expert could provide you with the ideal space to store all of your garden essentials, bikes and much more. With its strong construction and durable T&G flooring options, the Expert can even be transformed into wooden vehicle storage if you wish.

Finding the Right Style of Workshop

1. Traditional

Apex and reverse apex are the most traditional style workshops. These look great in any garden and will complement a traditional setting.

2. Modern

If you prefer more contemporary units, you might want to opt for a pent workshop with modern windows, or even a corner unit.

Metal or Wooden Material?

1. Wooden

The most traditional material used for garden buildings. If you want to add windows or shelves, it’s easy to do this with a wooden building.

2. Metal

Although not as attractive as their wooden counterparts, metal workshops are incredibly secure and weather resistant. They require little maintenance as they don’t need annual treatment.

Wooden Construction

1. Heavy Duty Construction

If you need a wooden workshop for heavy-duty use, you’ll need a strong building with solid construction. It would be best if you considered a log cabin or a T&G build with a large panel thickness. Anything from 19mm upwards is recommended and log cabin workshops are available in up to 44mm log thickness.

2. Standard Workshops

The construction of a standard workshop will vary depending on your requirements. 11mm interlocking T&G buildings are great for a standard DIY workshop in your garden.

Consider Access to the Building

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BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop

1. Security

What kind of locking system does your workshop need? Will you need to add a padlock? If valuable items will be stored inside the workshop, security is a factor you should consider when purchasing a workshop.

2. Windowed or Windowless

Workshops with windows offer light into the building and a comfortable environment to work in. However, for maximum security, you may prefer to have a windowless garden workshop.

Here at Garden Buildings Direct, we provide both windowed and windowless options. The windowless options provide you with maximum privacy, both for when you’re working and storing items inside. The windowed option, on the other hand, offers natural sunlight to the building, a benefit for if you are working inside.

3. Doors

Will you be moving large objects in and out? Double doors make accessing the unit as easy as possible, and this is featured workshops generally. Double-braced doors add strength to a workshop.

Choosing a Floor and Roof

1. Heavy-duty

19mm T&G floors are great for heavy-duty use. In terms of roofing, you should consider an 11mm T&G roof with trusses or a 19mm T&G roof. These are both suitable for the job. For ultimate roof protection, consider shingles, offering the look for a tiled roof and great cover.

2. Standard Use

Durelis solid sheet floors and roofs are well equipped for standard domestic use. It’s recommended to have roof cover on a workshop, mineral felt, or sand felt will protect it from the worst of the weather.

3. Budget Options 

OSB flooring is a budget option that is suitable for lightweight use only. If you are using the workshop regularly, consider investing in a thicker roofing option such as the durelis solid sheet.

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