A garden shed will keep your garden tools and equipment and garden supplies dry, clean, and organized. Avoid long hours looking for tools, open the door of your shed, reach out for the tool in the designated area, and enjoy your gardening.
Improve the appearance of your garden by stocking garden materials and tools in the shed, only lush greenery and bright colors will be seen in your landscape.
Even if you are certain in a garden shed constructing one is quite a project if you don’t know where to start. Consider these steps when building a garden shed.
Local Building Restrictions
Check the local building codes in your community before the first nail is hammered in your garden shed. Your design, location, and size is not entirely in your hands, there are zoning requirements that you have to comply and building permits that you have to secure before construction starts.
Information from these codes will help you build the right shed and find the perfect location. You don’t want the building officer knocking on your door and ordering you to stop construction because of non-compliance to local codes. Delays are expensive and annoying.
Selection of the Style
Choose a style for home and landscape. There are numerous garden shed designs to choose from. You can use a plan and build it from the ground up or a DIY kit.
If the building is not your bag, you can buy a prefabricated garden shed from home stores that is assembled and ready to mount. It comes with an anchor kit to keep the shed safe from strong winds. This must be put in place before the shed is laid out.
There are myriad choices of materials that include wood, metal, or vinyl. Consider your budget, long-term maintenance, and the things that you’ll put in the shed.
Determine the Size
To determine the size of your garden shed gather the items you will store in the shed. Place these things on the spot where you will build the shed. Use a measuring tool, stakes, and strings to rough out the measurements. Plan for additional space in case you are going to use it for other activities.
Choosing a Location
Choose the best spot in your garden that would make it convenient to store and retrieve garden supplies. Think about the proximity to electrical and water hook-ups and ventilation too.
Avoid building it close to structures or trees that will block sunlight and fresh air from coming in. Leave some space on all sides of the garden shed for repairs or a repainting job.
Most garden sheds are built on level ground if it is on steep ground you might need a drainage system. Ideally, it should be fixed at least six inches off the ground for a good airflow. Consider a ramp if you are storing a lawn mower or a wheelbarrow.
Look for Any Issues On or Near the Construction Site
Check the site of your garden shed for any issues and address them before construction begins.
If there are trees in the area, consider how this will affect your shed. Cut extra branches that might break and cause problems. If a tree is in the way of your building site and there is no open area for the shed the tree has to be removed. Hire the services of a tree removal specialist; they have the expertise in tree removals and they can provide you with all the permits for the removal. Include the roots, they provide tree stomping services to get rid of it.
The construction site must be on an even level with a good drainage system.
Consider Special Features
The garden shed should enhance the look of your landscape and there are extra features that will improve the functionality of your shed.
Keep your floor space free from any obstructions by maximizing the storage capacity of your shed. Rack up your garden tools, use your vertical space to store things. Mount shelves and hooks to hang them, consider the ceiling and exterior portion of the shed to avoid clutter.
Make your shed look lovely with decorative, trim shutters and a nice coat of paint.