Build Your Own Garden Shed! Five Tips to Select A Design

By Angus Martin

While planning to build your own garden shed, you first need to decide how large to build it, as well as, the type or shape. There are many different shed designs to choose from such as, a barn type, a square type with gable roof, a diamond shape to fit into a corner or a lean to shape. While driving around the neighborhood and to building suppliers such as Home Depot or Lowe’s, you should look at the various shapes and designs. The following five tips as well as, your particular appeal, can help you plan which type or design of garden shed to build.

1. The amount of shed space needed; The shed should be large enough to house all your garden tools and equipment, as well as, provide workshop space to do small jobs indoors like building, repairing or painting small projects and therefore, keep paint odors and dust out of the house. The extra space you free up in the garage can then provide room for the car. Remember also, that the size of the shed must conform to local building codes.

2. The size of your lot or yard; In a small yard there may be only enough room for a small shed, but in a large area the maximum shed size would be determined by building codes. In the country, this may not be a problem. A larger shed can provide more room for shelving, work space and additional equipment.

3. Blend in with other buildings and landscape; The appearance of the garden shed, it’s shape, size and color should blend in with other buildings on your property and perhaps those of the neighborhood so it will not stick out like a sore thumb. The landscape including trees, lawn and slopes can also influence your decision.

4. The size of your budget; If you don’t have enough money to build the garden shed you really want, consider building it in stages. Start with a basic shed and design it so that windows, vinal siding, trim and electrical wiring can be added later as your budget allows. You may also try to get good used lumber and sheeting by looking in newspaper or Kijiji ads or buy new lumber in clearance and economy areas where available. Building the shed yourself instead of having someone else building it for you would save you a considerable amount.

5. Weather conditions in your area; To build an attractive and long lasting shed, the kind of weather, heavy rainfall, depth of frost or snowfall and high winds or twisters must be considered. In a generally wet area, sloping ground, deep frost, high windy or twister zone you should consider a concrete foundation with the remainder of the shed well anchored to it. On level ground and moderate weather, a foundation of treated lumber on a gravel base may be satisfactory. This may also lower the cost.

With the large number of shapes and designs of garden sheds and building plans to choose from, you should be able to select one that fits perfectly into your back yard; One that is both practical and attractive. Therefore, planning and building a garden shed should bring you much enjoyment and satisfaction.

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