5 Things to Consider When Building a Shed

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When you've got a large garden you likely have a lot of tools and other supplies that you utilize on a regular basis for maintenance. While you could easily store these supplies and tools in the home, no one really likes the hassle of dragging things in and out every time you need to use them. Not to mention, trudging the dirt through your home creates a mess that you'll have to clean up. Rather than having to lug everything back and forth through the home, you could consider building a shed.

Garden sheds are a great addition to any backyard. As long as you have a decent amount of room you can easily build a shed and store all of your gardening tools and supplies in it. If you're going to take on the task of building your own garden shed, there are a few things you're going to need to consider to ensure that the shed is built effectively. 

Before getting started, here are a few things you'll need to consider:

1.  Check Local Building Codes – Every city has certain building codes that both commercial and residential properties must adhere to. You will need to check with your local government or chambers of commerce to find out which codes you're required to follow when building a garden shed. The codes may be in relation to things such as where the shed is built, how it is constructed, and even the design of shed you can choose from. It is imperative to make this your first step as you don't want to construct a shed and find out that you're not up to code. This could result in fines from your city government and the need to rebuild the shed within the required regulations.

2. Choose a Style and Type – Once you've determined what the local building codes are you can then go on to determine which type of shed you're going to build. There are several different options available to you, and searching various shed building plans is often the best way to determine which one is best for you. If you're really not that handy with construction, you may want to consider something like a prefabricated steel building. Such buildings come in kits and are already cut to the accurate measurements that you request. It can be fairly simple to assemble prefabricated steel buildings, and so construction time can be cut in half.

3. Determine the Location – When it comes to building a shed, you'll want to make sure that you have considered the location where the shed will be placed. Since you're going to be using the shed to store your lawn and gardening tools and supplies, you'll probably want it to be located somewhere near the garden. You'll then need to look at your yard and determine if there is enough space near your garden for the shed to be built. Make sure you take accurate measurements so that you do not design a garden shed that is too large to fit in the space.

4. Check for Any Potential Problems – When building a garden shed you want to look around the construction site to ensure that there are no potential problems you need to repair. If you have trees in your yard, you'll want to make sure that there are no roots near the construction site that could begin to damage the foundation of your shed over time. You also want to make sure that the area you're going to build the shed on is level so that it does not causing draining issues later on.

5. Consider Features – Now that you've gotten the specifics out of the way you can incorporate various features into the shed to provide improved functionality. Since you'll be using it to store your lawn and garden supplies, you may want to look for nice shelving units so that you have adequate space to store your supplies. Also, consider any exterior features you might want to add to the shed such as outdoor trim, paint, or anything else that would give it more of an aesthetic appeal.

Building a shed to place all of your gardening tools in is a great way to add functionality to your back yard. It is also a great way to add curb appeal to your home, and increase property value should you decide to sale the home later on. Once you've got your garden shed built, you'll need to make sure that you do a few minor things to keep it well maintained and functional for all of your lawn and garden needs.


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