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Eco-Friendly Shed Options

Keep your shed eco-friendly and check out this list to find out what type of materials to use when building a shed.

| August 2018

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    Use salvage or reclaimed materials to build a shed and keep costs down.
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    The interior lined with timber and painted.
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    "How to Build a Shed" directs readers through the many steps of building a shed.
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In How to Build a Shed (Laurence King Publishing, 2018) by Sally Coulthard, readers will find step-by-step instructions for building a shed and detailed directions for everything from the floor to the walls. If you are new to building projects, this book will quickly become a favorite as it will help you from start to finish of the project. This excerpt can be found in chapter 5, “The Shed Interior.”

The shed is an ideal candidate for a low-impact ethic – you don’t have to find a huge quantity of reclaimed or eco material to transform the entire space, and there is an abundance of eco-friendly choices at your disposal.

 Eco decor is no longer a niche aesthetic, and many of us incorporate recycled or sustainable materials into our lives as a matter of course. When it comes to your shed, there are a few ways in which you can be eco-friendly, from using recycled or reclaimed materials, to buying products that are sustainable, non-polluting and non-toxic. Here’s just a selection of what’s on offer to the eco-minded shed builder:

Flooring and Wall Cladding

Bamboo: One of the biggest recent interior trends, bamboo is sustainable, non-toxic and durable, and can be bought as solid flooring or engineered boards. A great choice if you want the look of a wood floor without the price tag.

Sustainable timber: From Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) timber to reclaimed planks from demolition sites, there are dozens of ways in which to use wood ecologically. Hardwoods, such as oak, are more expensive than softwoods and, as a general rule, the wider the board, the pricier it will be.

Cork: Lightweight and moisture-resistant, cork is an effective thermal and acoustic insulator, that comes from a sustainable source. It can be purchased as tiles or planks, both of which can be used on walls and underfoot.

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