Backyard Buildings

Have you been thinking about getting a backyard building for those things that clutter your home? Whether you want an air conditioned cove for your valuable collectibles, or you want a permanent trash can to store your junk in, a storage shed can provide you with space outside of your home. 

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If you have little experience putting together a shed you might think that wood is the best material to use. You might envision hammering together some posts and being done. This is not a very realistic scenario. Putting together a shed from scratch is serious work.

If you have little experience, I suggest buying something already assembled. This will allow you to actually have a shed instead of something that is going to fall over the first time a gust of wind comes by.

Now, when you are buying a pre-made shed, you will need to decide if you want it to be plastic, wood or metal. If you are going to be creating a heated and air conditioned shed, then you will probably want to go with a material that is conducive to that. If you don’t care about the temperature inside of the shed, then you might want to go with a lighter material.

Price is usually high up on people’s priorities when building a shed. Backyard buildings should be an economical alternative to renting storage space.  You don’t want to end up spending thousands of dollars on your shed.  Remember, if you end up spending a lot then you might as well have just added onto your real house.

One thing that you should think about when installing a shed is how many points of entry you want. Some sheds just have one door. This might not be the best choice if you want to be able to access your stuff from multiple sides.

Lastly, you need to make sure that you have room for the shed that you choose. I suggest actually going out into your yard with some measuring tape. You need to find a level spot of ground. You don’t want to try to set up a shed on a spot of ground that isn’t level.  Things are liable to topple over in such circumstances.

After you find out how much room you have to work with, you will be able to accurately search which sheds are right for you. 

A backyard shed can really help free up some room in your house. You just need to make sure you are picking one out that is right for you. 

Outdoor Storage

When the inside of your house just can’t handle your stuff anymore you have a choice to make.  Either you can sell your stuff or you can store your stuff.  Some people pay to store their stuff in a building, but there is another way to store your stuff if you have a yard.  You can get some outdoor storage sheds to put your stuff in. Let’s talk about different places you can put your outdoor storage shed.

Some people purchase sheds that install directly to the siding of their house.  These sheds will sometimes use the support of your house as part of their infrastructure and can be very convenient as they are close to your home.  You won’t have to walk far from your house to be able to access the stuff stored in them.

If the stuff you need to store is bigger than these types of sheds can store, then you might need to get a different type of shed.  There are all different sizes to choose from.

There is a great option out there for people who think that any kind of outdoor storage is going to look tacky.  Underground sheds are starting to become popular again.  During the period of time when people were worried about bombs dropping on them, bomb shelters were popular.  This allowed people to store things in protective shells beneath the ground.

Nowadays people don’t build bomb shelters as much.  Still, the idea of storing things beneath the ground of your backyard is still a popular idea.  An underground storage shed doesn’t need to be as strong as a bomb shelter.  Instead, it just needs to be able to keep from caving in.

It is important to do some inspecting before you dig a hole for your underground shed.  Make sure that there aren’t any pipes or electrical lines.  It can be a bad day if you run into any of those during your digging.

For people who don’t mind the aesthetics of a shed, and have some big things to store, might consider getting a partially assembled shed.  These can be quite large if you need them to be.  It might beneficial for you to know that they cost more if you want windows installed into them.

So, if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the shed, it can be nice to have a window or two.  If not, you might want to save yourself some money and go without the windows.

These are just a few examples of what you can do with your outdoor storage.  There are really choices for everyone.  Whether you want something big, or even if you don’t want to see it at all, there are options available for you.  I hope that this brief outline of a few of your choices will help get you going in the right direction.

Garden Sheds Uses

My grandmother had a garden shed in her backyard.  It was a dark and spooky place that I used to happen upon every once in a while.  It wasn’t until I got older that I understood what the shed was really for.  It was where she kept all of the gardening tools that she used.  She had all kinds of hoes, shovels, pick axes, and other types of tools in there.

When I became an adult, I decided that I wanted one for my backyard.  This usually happens to people who accumulate too much gardening equipment to fit inside their garage.  It can also occur when people get tired of taking their gardening equipment out of the garage and bringing it all the way to the backyard.  If it is already in your backyard, then the shed will be much more accessible.

As my grandmother got older she focused a little less on gardening and more on her art.  She added onto her shed and made it into a painting studio.  This is just one example of the freedom that a shed like this can provide.  They are a house outside of your house.  You can do whatever you want with them.

Garden sheds come in all different sizes.  Some people install just a small one to fit a few essential tools.  Others install a storage unit large enough to hold a tractor.  In any case, it is something that is meant to fit your needs.

The next thing we should talk about is what kind of security system to install on your shed.  It seems that these days you always have to lock up whatever you own.  It is important to do this if you have expensive gardening equipment.  So, make sure you get a shed that can be locked up.

And lastly, let’s think about choosing a color scheme for your shed.  Some people just buy a shed that looks nice.  They forget about how it will fit in with their backyard.  You need to make sure that the colors match the kind of plants that will be surrounding it.  Also, it shouldn’t clash too much with the house you live in.

If you buy an already assembled shed that is a certain color you can usually paint over it if you need to.  So, don’t let the original color weigh too heavily on your decision.

I hope that this array of information on garden sheds has helped you come to some sort of conclusion as to whether they are right for you.  There will be many choices you will need to make as you set up your shed.  Just remember that the process should be fun.

Backyard Storage Ideas

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If your backyard requires maintenance, and back yard doesn’t, then you more than likely have a storage shed to house all the tools and implements you have. But if you don’t or if you’re looking for something different you could use some ideas to help you find something suitable to your needs. Storage sheds come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials so you’ll have a lot of different options to choose from. Hopefully you’ll find some ideas here to help you make the right decision in finding the perfect backyard storage solution for you.

First take note of how many tools and implements you have. Do you have power equipment such as a lawn mower or snow blower that needs a home during the off season? If so, you’ll have to take those into account also. You’ll want your storage shed to be comfortable to move around in so the size is important. Many people try to get the look of a storage shed to blend in as much with their house as possible. The overall appearance of your shed should compliment the rest of your property and with all the choices on the market today, that shouldn’t be a hard task to accomplish.

A lot of storage sheds today are sold ready to install so getting them in place in your back yard isn’t really an issue. You’ll want to find the most convenient place for it between your back door and where you’ll be using the tools so as to make the overall job that much easier. If you’re looking for a backyard storage solution to keep items that are taking up too much space inside your home, then you’ll want to look for one of the smaller models that will ideally fit right by your back door. Chemicals are sometimes stored in backyard sheds so some type of window or opening would be a big plus. You don’t want to walk in your shed and be overcome by the fumes.

Your back yard storage solutions don’t have to be limited to tools. If you can find a big enough shed that is sturdy, preferably made from wood, with a few windows, they can also serve as a playhouse for the kids. And the added bonus with that is they don’t have to bring the toys inside when they’re done. They can store them where they play with them. Something like this can make them feel a little more independent because they’re in their own “house”.

A lot of kids also want to feel like they can help out so their little “home away from home” can be used to store their play tools. The possibilities of use for a back yard storage shed are endless. They can help you be more productive with your yard work and they can help keep your tools out of the elements so they last longer. When you’ve made the right choice for your back yard shed, you’ll know.