Building a shed on your property is a fantastic way to add value and beauty to your home. It’s even more meaningful when you’ve built it yourself. All the hard work brings a feeling of accomplishment.
But before you dive right into your new DIY project, you may want to think about your shed plan. What type of shed design should you choose? There are many plans from which to choose and since you’re putting your efforts into this, you want to do it right. Here are four things to consider before choosing a shed plan.
Consider the Purpose of the Shed
When planning what type of shed you want to build, you’ll need to know what purpose of the shed is. The purpose will determine the type you will build. By purpose, we mean what will you use your shed for. Many people like a shed on their property for the ornamental value of one. They are so attractive, especially in the middle of a flower garden. However, people soon discover that sheds are more than just a pretty sight to dress up the yard. They can serve so many different purposes. Some of the purposes include:
- Hobby shop
- Retreat area
- Work out gym
These are only a few of the many things you can do with a shed. So, how will you use your shed? Will your new shed be a miniature greenhouse? If so, then you’ll want to design a shed large windows so natural light streams in.
Maybe you will make it the focal point of your property or garden. If that’s the case, then you’ll want one that matches your home’s style.
Consider the Size of the Shed
Take a moment to consider the size of the shed that will work best for your yard. You may need to go outside and do some measuring. Even if you have several acres, you will still want to consider sizing. You don’t want to have a shed that is too small for its location or too large so that it looks squeezed into its place. Also, there may be irregularities on the property that dictate the size such as a telephone pole or a fence, etc. These objects may mean you need something a bit smaller.
Consider the Location
Where will you build your new shed? Some people may have several places from which to choose so they are not as limited. However, others may only have one or two good places where a shed could possibly work. If this is the case, then you’ll need to examine that particular location. What is it like? Where is it, and what type of shape does it leave for you? Is the area long and narrow or wide and square? Will it be in the sun the entire time or get some shade? If it is in the sun all day, then you may want something with a roof overhang so on hot summer days you can sit under the roof and get a little shade.
Consider the Décor
How do you envision the décor of your shed? Do you need it to match your house in any way? Maybe you want windows or doors to match styles with your home’s style. Or do you want the shed to have a personality all of its own? In that case, you may want to select something unique that stands out.
Now that you know what to consider before building your shed, it’s time to dive into creating your own one-of-a-kind shed.
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