Most professional landscape gardeners would agree that a well-built - and strategically placed - garden shed can make a huge difference when it comes to maintaining a landscape design scheme. By building a garden shed, you'll have a convenient place to store all of your supplies and tools; in turn, taking care of your property will be that much easier. Like anything else, though, there are things that you should know about building a garden shed - the following information can help. The Benefits of a Garden Shed - You don't have to be a professional landscaper in order to enjoy the benefits of a garden shed. When working out on your home's outdoor area, having to go back and forth to the house can be quite tiring. Storing your tools and other supplies out in the open can make your property look unattractive. By building a garden shed in the right place, and making it the right size, you can make short work of your landscaping chores. Building Approvals - Most of the time, a formal building approval is not required in order to build a garden shed. The size of your shed and its location on your land will largely determine this, so we recommend you do check with your local authority if you have any doubts. As long as its area is 10 square metres or less, its sides or no longer than 5 metres and it's not taller than 2.4 metres, you should be good to go. All of these points must be met, though, if you want to ensure that a building approval is not needed. Planning Approvals - Like building approvals, planning approvals aren't usually needed for garden sheds. Of course, it will have to meet the requirements of the City Plan; chances are, though, that you'll be able to do without one. Things like the location of your property, whether or not it's in a Demolition Control Precinct, whether or not it's exempt from City Plan regulations and whether or not it's on a small lot all come into play. Just to be safe, you should always double-check these points with the city. That way, you don't waste a lot of time building a garden shed that violates local codes. Garden Sheds: Worth the Effort - Even if you end up needing a building approval or a planning approval, building a garden shed is sure to be worth your while. Once you've jumped through all of those hoops, you'll have an attractive and suitable place for storing all of your landscaping tools and supplies. When you go out to do your landscaping-related chores, everything that you need will be readily accessible. Most importantly, your property will remain neat, tidy and uncluttered. Without a doubt, your neighbor are sure to appreciate that particular fact.