So you want to build your own shed? The problem is trying to get a high-class finish to make it look like it has been done by a professional.
Building your own shed really does appeal to many men with the thought of completing such a major project really getting the juices flowing. It is almost a primordial thing to build a shelter out of natural resources that seems to be in us guys’ genes.
Having your own shed has really become vogue now as a place for men to get away from it all to potter about or hang out with their buddies.
What Type Of Shed Are You Planning To Build?
When in the first stages of building a shed you need to know how large you want it to be and then what type and shape. This will depend on the floor space you are working with. If you are unsure then just go along to your local garden or hardware depot and pick out items of other sheds you like and work from there.
Whatever the case maybe here are some tips to make sure you get the shed you want that will have all your friends full of “shed envy”.
Your shed should be large enough to house all your garden tools and other sundry equipment that you have accumulated over the years. The space should provide adequate space for you to work in for repairs, painting and completing small projects. One tip I was told many years ago was to decide on the size of your shed then add 20% of floor space because there is always going to be extra stuff that ends up in there.
How Big Is Your Yard?
Stating the obvious if you have a small space then you are going to have a small shed. The issue is if you do have a lot of room then you can’t just go ahead and build a big shed. You have to consider local building codes. This is a bigger issue in built-up areas than say in the country but something you should check before undertaking a major project.
It Has To Fit In
You may have grand ideas about your shed but don’t get too carried away. The look of your shed in size, shape and color should blend in with your surroundings. It should fit in with the feel of your house, property and local neighborhood. In many instances less is more with “quality over quantity” being my motto.
How Much Cash Have You Got?
If you want to build “the daddy of all sheds” but don’t have the budget don’t panic. You can build your shed in stages. Start off with the basic structure. Have a functional shed that you can use and work in. Then add to it as you go along. You can at first add windows, later add a trim and so forth say adding electricity down the line.
Where Do You Live?
Where you live is important for the weather conditions. You want your wonderful shed to last. It has to be built to withstand local weather conditions. If you live in an area where you may get severe weather conditions such as lots of rain or plenty of snowfall then you will need a solid foundation such as a concrete base. If you live in more temperate conditions then a lumber base maybe adequate.
If you consider these tips to build your own shed then you will be on the right track to make a shed that will suit your yard, look great and last for a very long time. When it comes to time to build your own shed remember that building it should be as much fun as enjoying the finished the article.
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