What to Consider Before Building Your New Shed

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There are many things to take into consideration when you decide to build a shed in your backyard. If you are planning to build your own from scratch you will need to go down to the municipal building in your city and apply for a permit. That is probably the least enjoyable part of the whole process, but you want to get started off on the right foot. They will let you know if there are any size or location restrictions in your area.

Once you have your permit you will want to decide the location of your new addition. You will want to place it in a convenient spot so that it is not a pain to go to and from it. If you have a large back yard and you place it away from the house you may find yourself leaving your equipment lying around because you don’t feel like walking out to the shed. So closer to the house is better for this reason. You also want to make sure you don’t place it at the bottom of a hill or anywhere that water accumulates. In the sun is usually better than the shade, especially if it is a wood shed, so that it dries out from any rains. Lastly, ensure you do not build on top of any power lines. If repairs need to be done underground, you don’t want your shed on top of the area that needs repair.

Okay, so now you have your permit and have selected a location. Now you must decide what kind of shed you need. What exactly are you storing? How big does it need to be? What will you build it out of? Think of everything you may want to store in the shed and how you may want it all laid out. Then review several plans for a shed and find one that best suits you.

You will find plans for a shed that use wood, plastic or metal. With a plastic shed you don’t have to worry about insects or water damage. The bad thing is once you have it together you are stuck with what you have. There is no going back and adding a door or a window. The metal sheds have the same benefits, but you have to worry about dings and dents and rust. It is also very difficult to modify a metal shed. Wooden sheds need more maintenance, to prevent water or insect damage, but they can be easily modified and usually look much nicer.

Whichever material you choose, I would recommend reviewing many storage shed plans before you begin. Your new structure will be something you will take great pride in and use for many years to come, so make sure you find the perfect one!