Posted: 09/01/2013 at 15:38
My next door neighbour (who appears to collect sheds) swears by treating the timber every year. One of his sheds is in its teens and looks brand-new.
Some timber needs to weather a little before it'll take the wood paint well, but I'd opt for two coats as soon as you can.
I moved my shed last year so that I could check to see if the door is left open (by me or riff-raff) from the house, but as that created more shadow, i also painted the inside with cheap white emulsion paint. It's soaked in a little and won't win me any prizes but I can find things easier than I could before. I plan to add a little window when I've got time as well to help. Solar lighting is also an option.
Shelving is important, but be prepared to redesign/move it when you realise that your initial idea at an ordered shed gets covered in bits and peices.
I'm planning on extenting my shed and adding in guttering and a waterbut. Don't want to get caught out like I did with the drought last year! Good places to look for waters butts to buy are your local water authority or council website. You can often get them cheaper than other shops/sites. The link from Northumberia Water (http://www.nwl.savewater.co.uk/) has the cheapest I found assuming you go for the buy one get one half price.