Storage Shed Review
Is it time to build that storage shed you’ve always talked about? Are your backyard toys and paraphernalia multiplying like mushrooms and becoming an eyesore for your neighbors?
Whether you decide to assemble a precut kit or choose a backyard storage shed plan from any number of sales locations, the addition of this small structure will definitely add value to your home.
One important detail to factor in is the types of items you will be using the shed for. Will it be for large riding lawnmowers (which may need a larger unit with a garage door-style opening and a ramp), or a collection of gear such as weed whackers, rakes, or other lengthy tools?
A storage shed can also be used by gardening enthusiasts as a place to do planting preparation, and store the variety of tools needed to create a spectacular, colorful yard that is the talk of the neighborhood.
Backyard sheds can also be turned into a getaway room to relax and unwind, or write the next great American novel.
Storage Shed Decisions
There are a number decisions to make when choosing the style of your storage shed. Here are a few tips before you start:
1. Buy a good set of plans (or a kit) that include both the drawings and step-by-step instructions so the building process is clear.
2. Check with local zoning codes to see if you need a permit to build. Even a small shed could cause major headaches if it breaks the rules.
3. Be absolutely sure where you want the shed, and why you need it there. If it is closer to the house, would the tools be put away more often? Or do you want it out of sight?
4. Ensure the ground is level. This may require laying gravel or using a backhoe to create a flat surface. If this is not done, the entire storage shed could lean, causing problems in the future.
5. Determine what type of things you will be storing in the shed. Will you need hooks for heavy items? Should the floor be concrete or would wood suffice?
6. What type of foundation will you use? A concrete foundation will ensure a longer life for the building. If you choose a wood post foundation, use concrete for the base around the posts to protect the wood from frost or moisture.
7. If you are using wood for any part of the shed, from foundation to roof trusses, use treated wood to avoid rot and wood-eating insects.
If your budget will allow, choose cedar as it is naturally the most durable product. Pressure-treated wood will also protect the shed from drastically changing climates.