Many American homeowners take their lawns, gardens and yards very seriously. As a consequence, they end up with a lot of garden equipment and not a lot of places to store it. Some keep in their garage or basement. Others buy or build garden sheds for their garden equipment.
Tips for Proper Placement of Your Storage Shed:
- Think about your shed’s accessibility. Think about why you are putting in the shed. If you are interested in putting in the shed for garden equipment, you should place the shed close to your garden. If your shed will be there to store all that furniture you have but cannot fit in your home, you might want your shed closer to your house. If you have a lot of snow and need a snow blower, you are not going to want to trek across your yard after a blizzard to get your equipment. What you plan to store in your unit will have a big impact on where you put it.
- How will you put your shed in? Price out how much it would be to have it installed with a crane vs. having it built at your house. If you are buying a pre-built shed, maybe you plan to order an Amish shed, work out with the company how and who will install the shed. You may need to be a little flexible when it comes to this.
- Where will your shed look the best? Look at your home, your lawn and garden and your landscaping. What kind of look at you going for? If you have a lot of land or it is very wooded,the look of your shed itself may not matter as much in terms of how close it resembles your home. If it is going to be placed near your house, you might want to think more about how it fits in with the style and decor of your home. Think about how you want your shed to fit in with everything else in and around your home when considering the look and placement of your shed.
- Think about how long you expect to have the shed. Well built, wooden sheds can last between 15 and 20 years. Any garden shed is going to last a lot longer if it not placed in a part of your yard that is very wet. Think about factors such as your sprinkler system, how water drains when it rains and the foliage that will grow around the shed. Your shed needs to be weather proof to protect your garden equipment or furniture. Branches from trees and shrubs can be damaging to the paint or siding on your shed so you will have to pay some attention to that.
- Do you have a more level part of your yard? You will have to put down a decent foundation under your shed to properly protect your garden equipment and other items you wish to store in the unit. If your space is very hilly, you may have a limited number of options for where you can place the shed. Your lawn does not have to be totally flat nor does a flat yard equal a great yard equal a good place for a storage unit. Flat is not the same as level.
- Consider how close your shed will be to your neighbor’s yard. Make sure you know the exact location of your property line and check on the regulations pertaining to the setback. The setback is the space between your structures and the property line. One good rule to follow is you need to be able to fit even the biggest lawn mower you can find between your shed and your property line. If you are not sure what the rules are, just check to be on the safe side. This can prevent any problems with your neighbors.
- Watch out for the utility lines. The last thing you need is to place your new shed over the gas or power lines.
Where you place your shed can be as important as what kind you buy. Follow these tips and you will make sure it is put in the best place for you and your family.