Garden outbuildings: tips for an upgrade

Ideas for updating a run down shed, garage or workshop.

By Becca Green | 1 December 2020

Tips for upgrading garden outbuildings from architect Richard John Andrews.

A home office in the garden with build-in storage and desk

Invest in built-in storage to maximise the floor area in a small space. Image: TE-Architects

Tackle the exterior

Check with your local planning department that any change to the exterior, such as upgrading the cladding, is permitted. Then do your research. There are so many amazing materials out there, from bitumen roofing paper stuck over plywood to MD cork facade board, to traditional Japanese timber-cladding methods like Shou Sugi Ban. Zinc and metal cladding systems such as interlocking panels or bespoke diamond-format tiles can be used on the roof or walls.