Sheds

Store tools and equipment in a garden shed

Sheds can maximize space in your backyard by gathering everything you have in outdoor storage in one easy, convenient place. A shed may house garden tools, pool supplies, yard equipment or other materials, making it the perfect way to reclaim your home, garage and backyard for actual living space.

Shed Storage Styles

Storage sheds vary greatly in style and size, as well as price. It's possible for sheds to range from $150 to more than $1,500, depending on what type of shed it is. In general, storage sheds are typically made of metal, plastic or wood and can look like anything from an outdoor closet to a detached garage.

Determining the size of shed you need first will help focus your search. What will you be storing in the shed? What can hang from the walls, what will be on the ground and what will be in storage containers? Accurate measurements and thorough planning make a big difference in how comfortable and sustainable your storage shed will be in the years to come — especially considering a well-maintained shed can last 20 years or more.

The lifespan of your shed will also depend on what it's made out of, as will its price. Tin is the cheapest shed siding material, but it's prone to rust. Rough-sawn pine is another cheap siding material, but it needs to be repainted or re-stained frequently. Also, make sure rough-sawn pine is kiln dried to avoid shrinkage and warping. Red cedar is expensive, but it's naturally rot and insect resistant. However, red cedar needs to be fortified to be as strong as some of the other siding options. Vinyl siding is low maintenance and can easily match homes in both style and color.

Shed Plans

You can save hundreds of dollars by purchasing a shed kit and following the shed plans to build your own garden sheds or tool sheds. These kits typically come with everything except the actual tools you'll use to put the shed together. They also typically require you to create your own foundation or outdoor floor and ground anchoring point.

You can save even more money by purchasing just shed plans and making the construction of your shed a do-it-yourself home project. This will require more work but allows you to have more direct control over the shed's design and construction.

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