When you order your garden shed, you will have to decide where you want it to be positioned. If it is a summerhouse style, you will most likely want it in the prettiest part of the garden or where you have a view.
Depending on where you live and what your climate is like you will place it either to catch the sunshine, or in the shade. The direction it faces is important. The first consideration is what your view is. The second is that it should, if possible, face South, South East or South West. If you place it under a deciduous tree you will benefit from shade in summer and sun in winter.
You may want paving around the summer house, or simply extend the flooring or decking of the house itself to allow usable space for extra chairs, barbecue, etc. If you add planters, window boxes, trellised vines, and hanging baskets, you can have a lovely feature in your garden. This kind of central feature lends itself to a garden design that offers enticing glimpses of your summerhouse through the shrubbery.
A child's playhouse needs a similar position. Most of them are so attractive, that they do not need to be hidden away, but actually add to the look of the garden.
If you have chosen a garden shed, although not as good looking as some of the other sheds, they are seldom unsightly if they are made of wood. You will very likely want it in the most convenient, but less conspicuous part of the garden.
Many garden sheds come with built-in wooden flooring, sometimes set up on low stilts. Others require a concrete slab to be thrown first. You need to check up wherever these are included in the quote, and whether or not construction of the shed is included. Some sheds are available in kit form that you put together yourself. If they put it up for you, will they see to the flooring, or are you expected to prepare a concrete slab, concrete blocks, or other paving before the team arrives to construct the shed?
The finish you have on your shed is very important. Obviously it needs to be weather proof and the wood needs to be preserved. If it is painted, it will need repainting from time to time. Try and avoid varnishes, even marine varnishes. When these begin to wear, you will need to strip down the whole shed before you can retreat the wood. Before you are half way finished you will feel sorry that you ever thought of buying one!
Try and get material treated with a high quality polyurethane wood finish. When these finishes wear and get weathered, all you do is give your a a brief rub down with steel wool and then repaint with more polyurethane.
Polyurethane coatings are available for all types of finish, matt, glossy, right up to marine grade. They are also stain resistant, and you can make the finish last longer by treating it with the matching oil to the polyurethane product, which nourishes the wood. After several oil treatments the wood grain will show up with a mute glam and look like a piece of furniture.