February 28, 2009
The longer you've been in your home the better the chances that you've considered buying or building a storage shed. For most folks, stuff accumulates year-after-year, and if it can't fit anywhere in the house, it ends up being tossed into the shed. That's why - from America, to Australia, to the UK - adding a storage shed to the backyard is a hallmark of home ownership,
Take a drive through any neighborhood that's been around for a while and you'll find that the storage sheds are ubiquitous, dotting the landscape lot-after-lot, in a never-ending array of shapes, sizes, and colors. Whether it's a beautifully designed garden storage shed, a little red Dutch barn, or a strictly utilitarian Rubbermaid storage shed, it seems like everyone has a spot out in the yard where they can hide their tools and mowers behind closed doors. While they may very well be a mess inside, well-planned and executed garden storage sheds can be the envy of the neighborhood.
Outdoor storage sheds come in all forms: gables, gambrels, saltboxes, and even mid-century moderns. The overall dimensions may be small, but there's no limit on the potential for detail.
Among purists, wood is the preferred building material and for good reason; the possibilities run the gamut. Wooden storage sheds are the easiest to design, build, and modify. A wood storage shed can be constructed out of a wide range of materials, from pricey cedar planking to salvaged plywood. (Working with recycled and scavenged wood can be the least expensive way to build.)
Vinyl sheds and plastic sheds are great for folks who can't wait or afford (or afford to wait) to have a place to stow their stuff. When the big box arrives (from the big box store), it's simply a case of uncrating and following directions. Even if you're all thumbs, you won't need any specialized tools or years of construction skills. After a couple of hours of putting Tab A into Slot B, your new vinyl or plastic shed will stand majestically, awaiting its treasure trove of castoffs. Never mind that stiff wind.
For larger outbuildings, metal storage sheds often get the nod. Building with steel can be the most economical method of construction when square footage requirements are high.
With a compact footprint, vertical storage sheds are the tiniest of the lot. If your outdoor storage needs are limited to a few shovels, rakes, and assorted lawn tools, a vertical storage shed acts as a hall closet, allowing you to tuck those implements away from the elements.