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Shed Designs: What You Need to Consider Before Choosing One

May 12th, 2011

There are many shed designs available from which you can find something that will fill your needs. Your first step, however, in the process of building a shed, is to decide how you are going to use your shed. In the following paragraphs we’ll be discussing some of what you need to consider before deciding on a final design.

The first thing you have to determine is how you are going to use your shed. Will it be just a general purpose storage shed or do you have a definite plan in mind. Maybe you’re thinking about a garden shed where you can store pots and planting soil. On the other hand maybe you want a shed to store your garden and lawn equipment such as tractors, trimmers, and rakes.

For these types of sheds a simple design such as a gable or gambrel roof shed will work fine. You may even want to consider a saltbox design if you’d like something a little different from the usual shed.

If you want something that is more architecturally interesting such as a kid’s playhouse for example then you may want a shed design that’s more elaborate in design. This structure could include several windows and more ornate woodwork to give it that ‘gingerbread’ house look. These are some of the decisions you’ll need to make when you’re considering shed designs.

If you just can’t come up with any shed designs that you like there are three resources that can help. If you go to the internet you’ll find a wealth of information that will give you some great ideas. Your next stop should be at your local library where you’ll find books and magazines on handyman projects. Finally if there is a good size bookstore in your area you’ll want to check out their books and publications as well.

When you’re thinking about shed designs keep in mind that a shed becomes an integral part of your home landscape and should be an attractive asset. If the shed is built in relative close proximity to the home it becomes even more important that it compliments the house design. Since most sheds should be conveniently accessible it’s likely that it won’t be located far from the home.

The shed floor is, of course, an integral part of the shed design and the type of floor will be determined by how the shed will be used.. For most sheds a plywood floor will be ample. If you’re going to store heavy equipment such as a garden tractor you need to use plywood that is ¾ of an inch thick as anything less won’t hold up under the weight.

If you have larger or heavier items then you’ll most likely want a cement slab or gravel floor.

If your shed will be used as a place to start and grow plants you want to provide plenty of sunlight and ventilation. In this case skylights in the shed roof are something you may want to include in the design.

In summary you should take your time in choosing the right shed design. If you think about some of the things we’ve talked about here you’ll find a design that’s right for you and will fulfill the needs that you want.

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