Sheds provide an area for keeping your lawn equipment and tools tucked away and safe. Here’s how to choose the best one for your yard.
Sheds are an important extension of your home – you wouldn’t want to bring your lawnmower inside your house would you? But before you buy or build your own here are some things you need to consider:
1. Figure out the space you will need
Map out how much you need to store in your shed – measure the length and width of your lawnmower and other larger machines then take into consideration the tools you will also need to store.
Keep in mind that you will probably accumulate more over the years and that you may upgrade your machines to larger ones so plan for more space than you currently need.
2. Check your local bylaws
Even though I basically told you to go bigger than big in the last section you should know that some cities have bylaws as to how high or large your shed can be – even though it’s in your own yard! If you would like your shed larger than their standards you may need to apply for a permit…or consider building 2 sheds.
3. Choose your materials
There is a wide variety of materials sheds can be made of but I’m going to focus on comparing what most people consider the top 3 – wood, vinyl and metal.
Wood – generally the most attractive of all the sheds because these can be made to look like smaller houses and can be built into pretty much any design. If these are treated properly, and with follow up treatments, they can last a while but will take some time and expense to build.
Vinyl – probably the most durable shed you can find and usually a little easier than wood to build – but also among the most expensive!
Metal – these are typically the cheapest sheds you can go with – they come in a variety of materials themselves and they work well but can rot and leak a bit easier than others.
4. Decide if you want extras.
Installing windows and skylights in your shed lets in the natural light making it easier to find stuff. Adding shelves and cupboards will make organizing things a breeze and you may want to add a ramp so things like lawnmowers can be rolled right in.
If you have young children or pets who will have access to your shed, or if you leave it unlocked while in the garden, please consider having a secured area within the shed to store anything containing chemicals and other dangerous materials.
5. Find the perfect place for it
You don’t want your shed to take up your whole yard so you may want to choose an out of the way corner for it. On the other hand, maybe you want to show off your shed or you have a large yard and want it easily accessible from all areas so you would rather place it centrally. Wherever you decide is the perfect spot make sure it has a solid base but don’t raise it up higher than necessary – it will make it too hard to get things in and out.
6. Decide if you want DIY or custom built
This one is completely up to you – you can head on down to your local home store and pick up a kit that will take you only a few hours to put up, you can buy the materials and plan it out yourself, or you can pay someone to design and build it for you. It all depends on your skill level and how much energy you wish to put into this project.
7. Choose a lock
Since you are storing some pretty valuable things in there your shed will need a good lock. It’s a personal choice which type you want and most of them are fairly inexpensive. You do want to make sure it is good quality so it will deter break-ins and it can stand up to the weather.
Once you tick off everything on this list you’ll be ready to build – and enjoy – your brand new shed!