If you’re an avid gardener, then having a shed to store all your tools and supplies is essential. For one, it’s a good idea to keep your tools protected against the elements, including rain and snow. And two, a garden shed is a convenient place to organize supplies, such as potting soil, seeds, lawn equipment, and other things that help keep your garden and yard looking its best. Below, you will find three tips for building the perfect garden shed.
Do I Need A Permit For My Shed?
Before you commit to building your garden shed you need to find out if your city, town, or municipality requires any permits for sheds. Some towns will require a permit for structures on your property if they are a certain size or height, and there are also rules for how close to a property line a shed can be.
Other things to consider when securing a permit for your shed are details such as; will it have a foundation and what the material will be, will the shed will have electricity and what are the intended uses of your shed?
It is surprising how many people would never even think of getting a permit for building a shed. Although you might not need a building permit you may be required to obtain a zoning permit.
If a permit is required and you don’t get one or you build in the wrong place, then you could face fines. In some states your shed could be moved or dismantled if you fail to secure a permit. It’s imperative that you do a little research and find out whether you will need a permit. It will surely pay off in the long run!
What Size Should I Make My Shed?
The next thing you should consider when building your garden shed is the size. Garden sheds can range in size from 80 square feet to 228 square feet.
Small sheds can hold a lawn mower and assorted tools. Larger sheds can hold oversized materials, all your gardening equipment, and even recreational vehicles. Deciding on the size of the shed should be determined by two factors: First, how much you need to store, and second, what size yard you have.
If your have limited yard space you probably don’t want your shed to eat up too much of your property. It’s important to measure your yard and also account for space to move around inside your shed when determining the size.
Another things to take into account is allowing room for future growth. What about the tools or equipment you own in the future? Also another great feature to have in a shed is a work bench. Even if it’s just a small area you dedicate to working on or fixing equipment when problems may occur.
What Material Should I Make My Shed?
Finally, you must choose what materials to use when building your shed. Sheds can be built out of metal, wood, plastic, or resin. If you live in an area with high moisture where mold is a potential problem, metal is a smarter choice than wood. Mold and mildew can be wiped from steel studs and panels quite easily.
But if your shed is made of wood, mold will eat away at the material and is difficult to almost impossible to completely get rid of. However, engineered wood sheds can stand up to rot as well as termites and come in a variety of colors.
Another great material for a shed is known as resin.
Depending where you live they might be called plastic ,high-density polyethylene or a vinyl shed. One reason that makes these sheds so attractive is their ability to be virtually maintenance free similar to engineered wood.
Some people might enjoy painting the shed every few years but I can tell you, I’m not one of them. The less maintenance something requires the better it is in my book. If building a shed isn’t your cup of tea you can get a very simple shed that is already built for you.
Ready Made Backyard Sheds
The company Rubbermaid for example has come a long way in recent years. Most people think of food storage containers when Rubbermaid is mentioned. Not anymore, check out these easy to assemble storage shedsthat they make in a variety of sizes and styles.
No matter what you choose, a garden shed can be a great addition to any backyard. However, before you begin building, the above steps are imperative. Remember, determine the size, material and use of your shed. Lastly, don’t skip out on researching if a permit is required in your area.
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