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Garden Storage Shed Guide

 
white garden shed Who couldn't use a little more storage space?  When it comes to storing tools, lawnmowers, snow removing equipment, and other things needed to keep your home in tip-top shape, it seems that areas like attics, basements, and garages quickly become full.

So what's the best way to cut the clutter?  A garden shed!  Not only are garden sheds a great way to store and organize extra things you need to keep your home in order, they are inexpensive and easy to design and build.  Best of all, a good-looking garden shed can actually improve the appearance of your home and yard.  Of course, if all you need is a roomy storage shed, this Storage Sheds website has some good information about utility shed selection and construction.

Garden sheds can be purchased from a home center or online retailer as a kit and then assembled at home, can be built using plans, or can be designed and built from scratch.

garden shed with red door Your first considerations when building a garden shed should be how you plan to use your shed, as well as how much time and money you are willing to spend on it.  Some people need small but simple sheds for storing small tools, while others want to store large machinery such as lawn mowers or tractors.  Still other people erect sheds to use as artist studios or playhouses.  Once you've determined the primary use of your shed, you'll also want to set a budget.  No matter what its use, a shed can range from simple and inexpensive to elaborate and costly.

Once you have determined the shed's main purpose and have set a budget, you'll need to choose a shed size.  With the right type of shelving and storage space, a small shed can hold an amazing amount of tools.  That being said, a good rule of thumb is to consider the floor space each item will occupy, and then leave enough room to be able to walk around the shed comfortably.  Make sure there are at least 12 inches around equipment, and if you are planning to work in your shed, be sure there are at least 36 inches between workspaces.  Finally, when determining the size of your shed, make sure its proportion is in harmony with the other structures on your property.  Another factor that will have an impact on size is where your shed will be positioned on your property.

garden sheds After you have determined the size of your shed, it's time to pick an architectural style.  There are literally hundreds of shed styles to choose from!  So what determines an architectural style?  Well, in most cases it's the materials used for roofing and siding.  The most important thing to consider is how the shed's architectural style matches that of the other buildings on the property.  You can further align your shed with the other buildings on your property by adding embellishments like weather vanes, shutters, and window boxes.

Finally, before building your shed, make sure that you are complying with all local requirements, including setback requirements, covenants, building requirements, and building codes.

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Garden Shed Manufacturers

  • Suncast
    The Suncast® line of garden sheds is a good solution for garden tool overflow.  Their clean lines, neutral colors and over-all utility fit the outdoor environment and provide an attractive backyard storage solution.
    www.Suncast.com
  • Lancaster Barns
    Based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, this firm offers wood storage sheds, horse barns, gazebos, and playhouses made by Amish craftsmen.
    www.LancasterBarns.com
  • FlowerHouse
    Offers a diverse line of lightweight, portable greenhouses and storage houses for gardeners.
    www.FlowerHouses.com

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