Storage Sheds Make A World Of Difference In Your Own Backyard
Of all the commodities most people never have enough of, storage space is one of them. Though more and more emphasis is placed upon designing storage-efficient homes, many older or smaller ones, especially, simply do not have it. What is more, even with a basement or lots of closets and cupboards in newer residences, there are simply some things that no one wants to store inside. For reasons of bulkiness, little usage, or inappropriateness, everyone can benefit by someplace outdoors to keep their lawn mower, pool equipment, seasonal decorations, and gardening tools. That someplace is a shed, the perfect solution for organizing and uncluttering one’s property and accordingly, their life.
Most storage sheds come in a variety of sizes, from small to quite large and roomy. Further, while it is possible to buy a shed pre-assembled and have it delivered, many people opt for the do-it-yourself kits with step-by-step set-up instructions. The most popular materials from which any sheds for personal use are constructed are wood and steel. Obviously, personal preference and climate influence this, as in hot dry areas, wood will not likely bear up as well as steel, for example.
When considering how a storage shed can make life better, there are a few other factors to evaluate. Size is important and can be best determined by deciding what the shed will be housing. There is a vast difference in needing a shed for storing garden tools, sports equipment such as golf clubs and skateboards, and beach supplies, along with, perhaps, some seasonal decorations, and another that is wanted for motorcycles and ATVs or small boats and the accessories that go with them. Thus, it is best to choose a shed that will not be quickly outgrown and preferably has a little extra space, too.
Moreover, it is important to choose the exact location site for the shed ahead of time. There needs to be an area where a level base, usually square, can be created for the shed’s foundation. An area that is sloped will require shoring up with support where it runs downhill, using cement, timber, cinderblock or other materials. Also vital to site consideration, is making certain the shed’s door will be able to open freely and be accessed at a good height. Also consider having a door that is wide enough for items that need such an opening, such as a riding mower, to minimalize any damage to either the shed or other stored items when taking a wide object in and out An area with good drainage, moreover, will keep the shed dry when rain and snow occur.
Today’s storage sheds, unlike the slim choices of yesteryear, come in a variety of styles, too. That is especially important for neighborhoods with restrictive HOA policies, where the shed must often conform to the look of the home and overall area. When that is not a factor, it is a matter of personal taste and, for that, there are styles featuring everything from barn to French mansard roofs, with exterior surface colors that can just as easily match the house as the landscape.
Regardless of style and color, though, one thing is certain. Provided it is adequately sized, a storage shed will quickly become one of the most popular spots in the backyard, a valuable asset, too, for a more organized lifestyle and a property with enhanced eye-appeal.