Garden wooden sheds are great for small offices due to their price and ease of installation.
But let’s face it: a big wooden box standing in the middle of the garden isn’t appealing or eye-catching. Most of the time, it just looks like something you’d build in your first days of playing Minecraft. Fortunately, you can keep the looks of your pretty garden, even if you have a blocky shed structure.
The lackluster structure of a wooden shed is one of the reasons why a huge amount of homeowners adds a patio or a veranda.
If you’re planning to create an additional structure to your shed make sure you’re following your area’s building codes. Without further ado, here are the reasons and steps in making the ultimate garden office veranda.
6 Reasons To Add Veranda In Your Garden Office
Whether it’s the traditional wooden shed or contemporary modern builds, a veranda can make your builds a whole lot better. It only needs materials for roofing and support, with the option of adding railings later on.
Building it only takes a day or less. Not convinced yet? Here are other reasons why your building a veranda should be added to your garden improvement list.
1. For “Break Time”
Break times are necessary for work-at-home office setups to maintain productivity.
It’s important to get away from the computer screen and rest every once in a while. You can take your coffee and snacks without leaving your office space if you have a break-time veranda. Although optional, a spacious break-time area is overall a nice thing to have.
2. Better Aesthetic Connection With The Garden
One of the reasons why a garden shed usually ruins the look of the garden itself is the lack of smooth landscape transition. Hence, the reason why most homeowners choose to build their garden sheds near the corner, away from the main path of the property.
A veranda can act as a decor to smoothen out the transition from your shed to your luscious garden.
3. More Decorating Options
If your shed doesn’t have a lot of decoration options, the veranda can come in handy. You can add more colors and organic elements that can integrate your structure to the garden outside.
Imagine adding Christmas lights for additional lighting on holidays, or setting up a relaxing chair that you can use during your break time.
4 For Fixing Uneven Landscape
Verandas are not purely decors, they can be a functional part of the structure too. When building a veranda, the additional deck can flatten and fix the uneven landscape.
It also allows the installation of staircases and additional decks to make stepping inside the property easier and more comfortable. The last thing you would want to do when going to your office is trekking in an uneven, unelevated space.
5. Aesthetic Depth In The Garden Shed
As mentioned before, garden sheds are structures that are often blocky and don’t have depth and dimension. With the deck-and-veranda combination, it isn’t the case.
Because of the open structure, the veranda gives a sense of additional depth, which makes the overall aesthetic appeal better.
6. Make Your Design More Organic
And last but not the least, a veranda can make your design more organic with the addition of bushes and plants as decoration.
Additionally, the open space protects you from the rain without removing the fresh air that comes with it. Which is always a lovely addition if you want to get some coffee and peacetime.
Adding Veranda To Your Garden Office
Veranda kits are already manufactured and sold in the market, so you only need basic tools (hammer, tape measure, framing square, drilling machinery, etc.) Treated wood is often included in these kits, so you only have to assemble it. #
If you source your material, make sure to treat the wooden part, especially the ones used for beams and rafters.
The measurement will also depend on the size of your office and your preferred space veranda coverage. If you have a standard-size shed, there’s a big chance that a standard-size veranda is available.
It’s also up to you if you want to add side structures such as glass or polycarbonate railings.
1. Measure The Area And Clear Out Surrounding Space
First thing first, measure and clear out the area if you’re going to add a deck. Clear it with stones or other structures that might obstruct the area (bushes, flower pots, etc).
You can ignore this step if you’re going to incorporate the grass or the pathway in your veranda. Clear out any tree branches if there are trees nearby. And last but not the least, determine the location as to where you would install the ground anchors or upright supports.
2. Install The Ground Anchors And The Ledger Beam
The ground anchors are the pillars that will support your ledger beam and the whole roofing structure. Typically, three anchors (on each side and in the middle) are installed to support the rafters evenly. But this will section will depend on your structure and your veranda kit.
Take note: the anchors should be at least 3ft deep in the ground. Use pressure-treated wood for the pos. Call your city before digging to avoid unwanted damages to public structures.
Once the anchors are positioned, pour concrete on them and give them a supporting framework to keep them in place. Once dried and solid, you can follow up by installing the ledger beam.
Use a level on this part to make sure that the beam is perfectly horizontal.
3. Add Braces For Support
To distribute the load of the roofing and the rafters, adding braces is recommended. Support braces will also make sure that wind loading impact is distributed evenly among the upright posts.
For the best results, cut your braces at a 45-degree angle and add nails or screws on that angle once it is in the right position.
In this part, you might also want to attach your ledger board. This is where your rafters will be temporarily attached before securing it with a hanger. Make sure that your ledger board does not obstruct the way to your door.
4. Put The Rafters Securely
As long as you didn’t put the hangers, you can adjust the position of your rafters. First, attach the rafter to the ledger board. Decide on how you will attach the rafter to your shed.
There’s a lot of ways to do this, but the most popular option for garden sheds is by attaching the rafter just below the overhanging roof of the shed.
Once the adjustments are done, secure the rafters with your hanger. Make sure that this is the right position for your rafter before drilling the screws.
5. Add A Sheet Of Plywood To The Roof
Put a sheet of plywood right above the rafters. This sheet will be “sandwiched” between the rafter and the initial roofing material. Once the plywood is completely aligned, drill the sheet with screws. Install your roofing material, and you’re ready to go.
Take note: the installation will depend on what kind of roofing material will be used.
6. Patch The Gap
And last but not least, attach a metal flashing right on top of the space between the shed roof and the new roof. This is to make sure that leaks will be prevented to flow during rainy days.