Outdoor Storage Shed
Outdoor shed is a great storage solution to extend your garden and backyard space for garden tools and equipment. Spacious walk-in outdoor storage sheds are perfect to keep bicycles, lawnmowers, gardening supplies, tools and others neatly. If you are a keen gardener, you have many tools and do not know how to store them, a shed will be your great solution.
The Factors You Shall Consider When Buying Outdoor Shed
When you are going to pick an outdoor shed, the size is an important factor to consider. Leave an open area and choose a shed of proper size. Generally there are 4x9, 8x6, 8x8, 8x10 ft or bigger shed sizes for you to choose from. It depends on your need. The height should be considered as well. When you go into the shed, you do not want to bent for the low porch entrance.
Metal, wood, and plastic are the three most common materials for storage sheds. Metal shed of good quality is resistant to insects and bad weather, which allows it to stand the test of time. Its shortage is that it is easy to be hot on a hot day. You can put some insulation material on it.
Wood sheds often have stud-framed walls that are covered with plywood siding, similar to a home or garage. Plywood sheathing may be used over the studs in more upscale wood shelters, with standard lap siding applied over the plywood. Wooden roof frames and common roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, are also seen on wood sheds. However, wood shed is venerable to insects and easy to be damaged to some extent.
Flooring and the Foundation
Some sheds come with a floor and some don't. Standard framed floors with plywood flooring are common in wood sheds. Flooring is offered separately from the shed frame in most metal and some plastic sheds, and you can choose between the manufacturer's floor system or building your own. In any event, a floor can increase the total cost of the shed by $100 or more.
For sheds without a floor, it is suggested that it should be placed on hard ground such as stone, cement or pitch ground. Some build a raised platform that is slightly higher than the ground to prevent rainwater from coming in. Some outdoor sheds are designed with detachable floor frames. You can choose to install it or not. Install the floor frame and put a wooden board on it, you will get a great DIY floor. Sounds good? Just try!
Adapting to the Environment
Consider how you can incorporate your outbuilding with the surrounding environment. Plants may help outdoor sheds fit in with their surroundings rather than stand out like a sore thumb. Garden beds can be built around a shed and filled with annuals or perennials. If the shed has wood siding, you can use trellises to grow vine plants against the walls. If it's a metal shed, you can place it beside a tree or grow some plants and flowers around it. You can also build a small road to the door of the shed with stones or bricks. It will look great and add an addition to your backyard or garden.