The Backyard Shed: Things to Consider Before you Start

When it comes to a backyard shed there are many things to take into consideration before you start the actual construction. A great way to decide what size of building your family needs for a storage shed is to make a list of everything you think you (and your wife) may want to store in that building.

Questions to ponder:

  • What size would best fit your situation and your property?
  • What will your shed primarily be used for?
  • What type of materials are you going to build with?
  • Will you build your own custom design or buy a kit that includes all the materials you need including a design plan?
  • Do the zoning by-laws even allow me to put a shed on my property?

    Before you do any construction you need to check the zoning by-laws for your area and or obtain an appropriate building permit.

    Backyard shed or storage shed plans can be as simple and practical as you wish or as complicated as you desire. If you have decided to build your very own storage shed yourself, let me tell you from experience that completing such a project can be very rewarding. It is very gratifying to stand back and look at the finished product. Taking pictures of the project at various stages is absolutely amazing to look at years down the road.

    The main advantage to the build-your-own type of shed is that you can completely customize it for your specific needs. The disadvantage to this is that it will probably cost more, and it will require more of your time and energy to complete. For some, the extra work and cost is worth it as long as you get exactly what you want and don’t have to compromise with a pre-built one.

    If you have decided that you would prefer to buy a shed kit and put it together you have some choice when it comes to sizes and construction materials. Construction materials should be chosen carefully depending on your location and can include materials such as vinyl, metal, plastic and wood. Shed kits are generally less expensive and easier to construct than building your own but are also less customizable. So, whether your shed is for garden, storage, utility, beach house, boathouse, clubhouse, or kids playhouse make sure it will meet your current and future family needs.

    More Things to Consider:

    Strength – Depending on your location you will need to make sure your backyard shed can withstand the weather in your area. This could include snow, wind, rain, and extreme heat.

    Affordability – With the economy these days you will need to make sure you get the maximum amount of use from your shed for the minimum price.

    Efficiency – Knowing the purpose for your shed will help decide the best design for maximum storage space for your specific situation. Be sure to choose durable building materials so they last longer.

    Simplicity - Keep the design simple. This will allow your backyard storage shed to possibly be used for a number of different things.

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