With spring sprung, it’s time to dig out the garden tools and bikes and other summer stuff… and realize that maybe your current storage is lacking. Here are some quick ideas on making a shed you can live with.
First, check out pre-fab models. These are economical and easy to build, since the planning’s been done for you. And you can customize them by choosing the siding, door and window treatments, or roofing you like.
But if you really want a custom shed, it’s not that tough. Start by making an inventory of everything you want to store (and then double it, since “Stuff” Rule No. 1 is that it increases to fill up the space you have). Plan your storage. Consider hanging bikes from the wall to free up floor space. A workbench that folds up into the wall saves a lot of space. Effective shelving and use of a mini-loft area can also maximize your storage.
When you’re considering size, both floor dimensions and height, check with the building inspector. Depending on the size, and how “portable” your shed is, you may not need a permit. Talking to the inspector might help you revise your plans. While you’re at it, talk to the neighbors to both warn them and, with any luck, get their blessings.
Consider doors and windows carefully. Search for salvaged doors and windows to give a touch of tradition without the expense. Big doors, such as double doors or even an overhanging garage door, give you easy access to get things in and out. Windows provide natural light, which can be handy if you’re in there much. Skylights, which can be simple plexi-glass constructions (after all, this is a shed), help, too.