Tips on how to build an eco-friendly shed on your property

Anybody who cares about their environment should look to build an eco-oriented shed in their Garden. Not only will they gain a great place to keep equipment, but also a fully functional space which doesn’t damage the environment.

Here are 5 steps you can follow to build an eco-shed

Start with a location which won’t require too much clearing

Although most sheds are positioned at the far back edge of thegarden, the ideal place for an eco-friendly option should be chosen based on how much effect it has on the landscape. This will depend largely on the size and layout of the property you own.

Think about things such as trees, shrubs and gardens, waterways or ponds and direction and strength of the sun. Destroying anything established for a shed is not eco-friendly. Instead, choose an open and naturally cleared space for the shed.


Use recycled, carbon zero materials

Recycled wood, metal, glass and other materials can be found if you know where to look for them. Ask around the neighbourhood or post on a local social media page to see if anyone needs their old shed, pallets or any other useful items removed.

If you use new materials to build your eco-friendly shed, buy those that are rated to be more environmentally conscious like steel. Avoid cement foundations because they are not carbon efficient. Vinyl shed bases are preferred. Low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, stain and sealant should always be used as well.


Create a shed which works with the environment

Families who want an eco-friendly shed probably practiceorganic gardening and want to help the environment in other ways as well. They may not realise that the shed itself can provide benefits directly.

Consider installing solar panels on the shed roof. This is especially important and helpful if you want electricity in the shed itself for a light, gardening tools, electric burner or a radio to listen to while potting seedlings nearby.

Sheds can also help you collect rain water to use in your gardens as well. Install appropriate gutters that lead to a rain collection barrel.


Use mulch to slow down weeds

While a cement slab does a very good job of keeping weeds from growing, that is not a great option for eco-friendly sheds.

Use environmentally conscious mulch to keep weeds from growing and reduce maintenance needs in your back yard. The best option is always to use mulch types that are commonly found in the area you live in. This could mean pine straw, chopped up fallen branches, crushed scallop or oyster shells or corn husks.

If you do not have enough in-yard mulch options, eco-friendly types include industrial by-products like cocoa shells and chemical-free pulp or even shredded cotton.


Use additional space to create a rooftop or wall garden

Another example of having your earth-friendly shed do work for the environment instead of being a static part of it is to plant a rooftop, wall or window garden on the structure. Rooftop gardens (also called green roofs or living roofs) require a sturdy structure, waterproof lining and the right type of plants.

The best bets for shed roofs are various types of grasses and succulents such as low-growing sedum, such as Sedum Album, which is only about 4 inches tall, spreads easily and is very hardy.

Growing useful vines up the walls of the shed can not only make it look quite nice, but also provides more shade so it stays cooler. Consider pea plants or squashes that climb to realise a more delicious benefit.

Many homeowners and gardening enthusiasts need a shed in their backyard to hold materials, tools and other outdoor things. Choosing eco-friendly options for the shed such as reclaimed materials, solar panels and rain catchers and a green, living roof can fulfil all your needs while protecting the environment.

Hopefully this will give you some great inspiration on how to create the ideal shed space without causing damage to the environment.

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