Garden sheds are absolutely ideal for storing all manner of items, such as lawn mowers, trimmers, hoses, propane tanks and much more. These things often just become clutter in your garage, and a shed allows you to organize and keep things in the proper places, as well as freeing up the space in your garage for your vehicles or simply creating more storage. However, before you begin building, you need to consider the following things.
1. The local building codes and permits.
You don’t always need a permit to build a shed, but you definitely want to find out what the local codes have to say before you begin. If these codes for your city are not followed, you could face fines or even be told to stop building. It’s worth a phone call to the proper authorities to make sure you have everything in place.
2. The property lines.
You can’t build too close to your property lines, and you definitely don’t want to build your garden sheds so that they’re accidentally on part of your neighbor’s land. At the very least, check out the documentation that you got when you bought the property, or consider having a survey done to get updated results.
3. The slope of the land.
If possible, you want to build garden sheds at high points on your property. This way, if it rains, the shed is not going to flood. If it’s impossible to build at a high point, consider different ways to route water away from the shed. Not only does this protect the items you store inside, but it protects the shed itself from rot and decay.
4. The size you need.
You can get garden sheds in many different sizes, some of which are so small they’re barely noticeable and some that are large enough for driving lawn tractors and other heavy equipment. Before you begin, take stock of exactly what you want to store and how much space you have on your land. Additionally, check the city codes to see if there are any regulations limiting how big you can make the shed.
5. Underground obstacles.
You may not be digging down to create a foundation for a small shed, which could sit on the ground itself or on a block foundation, but you still want to know what is under the location you’ve chosen. Try to avoid building on top of sewer lines, electrical lines and things of this nature. This way, you can still access those lines in the future if you need to do so.
Finally, after you have the legal details squared away and you’ve made sure the shed is functional, you want to look at the style. Many people choose garden sheds that are made in the same style as the home, bringing the whole property together and helping it match. This is going to be a big feature on your property, so you want it to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.