You have established a lovely garden and a delightful yard, but you need a place to store your tools. Sheds don’t have to be an eyesore to your home- they, too, can be a compliment to your house’s style and design. By establishing your shed’s priorities from the beginning, you can make a choice that will give you the most pay off in the long run.
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Which material should I select for my shed?
Traditionally, wooden sheds were the most common type of shed and were an easy option to customize in shape or size. This style of shed can also be painted to match the color of your house or to blend in with the landscape of your lawn. Shelving and cabinets can be easily installed into a wooden shed.
Despite those many perks, wooden sheds can be difficult to clean and maintain. They can also be an attractive option for insects to create a home. This style of shed tends to be more expensive than the other styles.
Wooden sheds require a lot of maintenance as well. They are susceptible to weather and are at risk of rotting. Paint on wooden sheds can also chip and fade, so repainting can be part of the standard maintenance as well.
Metal sheds are made of galvanized aluminum or steel. Metal sheds are the least expensive purchase amongst the shed options, but these sheds are also the weakest in strength. This shed option is also vulnerable to rusting and denting.
In the realm of attractiveness and design, metal sheds can often fall short and their variety is much more limited. It is difficult to build in shelving or cabinets for the interior aspect as well.
Resin sheds are swiftly becoming the most popular shed option around. These sheds require the least amount of ongoing maintenance; their material does not stain and they are UV-resistant to prevent against fading and cracking.
Resin sheds are easy to upgrade with shelving, cabinets, or windows, but they are not able to be painted to match your house. However, many people find their neutral colors enjoyable for blending into a garden. This option is not as strong as a wooden shed, but are still fairly strong and meet the average customer’s needs.
Where should I put my shed?
When deciding where to put your shed, you should keep the following items in mind. Primarily, you want to make sure you have a shed that is appropriately accessible- if it is a garden shed, the shed should be near the garden.
You should consider the aesthetics when placing your should. Which areas of your yard would it be easiest to blend in? Make sure the shed does not obstruct your (or your neighbor’s) view. Take care it isn’t blocking the sun for the growth of any flowers or grass around or beneath it.
Take into consideration the longevity of the area you are eyeing for your shed. What is this spot like in the winter? In rain? During bright, summer days? Consider how your shed will hold up in that area over time and weather.
What sort of foundation should I build my shed on top of?
A shed needs to be built on top of a level surface. Even if the shed is being built on a hill, the hill needs to be a level hill without any bumps or your shed will not assemble properly. Some foundation options are compacted pea gravel or a cement patio. If your shed is sitting in a drainage path of your yard, make sure your foundation takes that into consideration.
Do I need a permit for my shed?
Sometimes you will. As soon as a second roof is being built or placed on your property, you should look into the codes of your neighborhood. Some neighborhoods may restrict the size of your shed or require your shed to be built a certain distance from your property line.
What is the purpose of your shed?
When choosing the proper design, material, and placement of your shed, you need to first establish the purpose of it.
If you are planning on spending time inside your shed, you need to take into consideration the type of material that will work best for insulation. You don’t want to cook yourself in your shed during the summer or freeze yourself during the winter.
You will also need to consider lighting. You can choose to add more natural light options by adding windows or a skylight. If you would like to install electricity, take care to make sure your shed is not built over any utility lines.
If you plan on using your shed for storage, take into consideration the size of the storage items. If you have a large lawn mower that will be going in and out of the shed, you might want to consider a shed with a large doorway or double doors.
Ventilation- If you are planning on working inside your shed, windows that can open and close are a great option to get airflow into your shed.
Pathways- In adding to the accessibility of your shed, you can create a path leading up to it. Take into consideration not to obstruct the door and you will need to maintain this path. You can use bricks, stones, slabs, or gravel to create the path to your shed door.
Frame- If you are building your own frame, you need to make sure your shed can endure harsh weather and frequent usage. Your shed needs to be strong, but flexible to withstand winds and any settling the foundation may undergo.
Blending in- You should try to make your shed blend into your landscape. You can accomplish this by planting a garden around the shed (keep in mind any blocking of sunlight for the proper choice of plant species) and adding trellises up the side. You can further blend it with the selection of paint color. What shed?
Budget- The cost of your shed can range depending on its size, type of material, and if you are building it yourself. The average range of cost for a shed can be $300- $5000.
Organization- Organizing your shed is a very important matter. You should install shelves and cabinets. Have an abundance of hooks or Velcro tidy straps. Consider installing a pegboard. You can utilize your ceiling for additional storage or even build in a loft.
Floor– When deciding on what sort of flooring for your shed, you should keep in mind that water and wood do not get along. For this reason, it might be a better ideal to steer away from wooden floors.
Concrete can be an excellent flooring option. Concrete is highly durable, easy to maintain, relatively inexpensive. Prior to installing a concrete floor, lay down a vapor barrier to prevent any moisture from the soil permeating into the concrete and cracking it.
If concrete isn’t an option and you do need to install wood for your floor, make sure to use treated plywood and treated joists for the flooring. This will prevent the floor from rotting should it get wet.
Doors- Doors are a huge consideration for a shed. You need to make sure you are able to open the doors as wide as they need to go without obstruction from a fence or a tree. If you have a lawnmower you will be taking in and out of the shed, the doors may need to accommodate a ramp. Doors can also be a surface for additional storage.