Choosing a Shed: Helpful Tips to Consider
Looking into buying a new shed? Replacing your old storage unit? Or maybe you have filled the family garage to its maximum capacity. Sheds are an awesome addition for the backyard when there’s too much clutter in the garage and house, or you just need some extra space. There are many factors to acknowledge as you begin the process of shopping for and ultimately choosing a shed. Considering the following items will help make your search as efficient as possible.
Important Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Shed
Price vs. Quality: What’s More Important?
We know it can be hard to look past the price tag, but when it comes to longevity, quality really is much more important than the expense of the shed. It can be tempting to look for the cheapest priced building, but this in turn jeopardizes the shed’s craftsmanship. Look for a shed that is well built with sturdy materials (we recommend wood over plastic/resin) and includes a warranty for added peace of mind.
Building Permits: Do I Need One?
In the early stages of the shed buying experience, it’s a good idea to check with your city or neighborhood for restrictions or permitting requirements. While this process does vary among counties and HOAs, surfing the web or asking a neighbor can help get the ball rolling. For example, some neighborhoods will not allow any outdoor structure within a certain distance of a neighbor’s fence. This may affect the size or type of shed features you select when buying your shed.
What is the Shed’s Purpose?
Envision how you plan to utilize your shed. Will it be primarily for storage? Are you creating a hangout space away from the house? This may also determine if electrical outlets are necessary. Are you considering a potting shed for gardening or a workshop for woodworking? You'll want to take into account ventilation or if windows are necessary. All of these factors will help narrow down your options when purchasing a shed.
How Much Space Do I Need for a Shed?
Another important aspect to consider when choosing a shed is the size or dimensions of your new shed. How much space you need will depend on its intended purpose. Measure your largest items and stake out that measurement in the yard so you can visualize how large or small you want your shed to be. Measuring will ensure that 1) your shed is large enough to accommodate the items it will be storing and 2) the shed you choose will fit in the desired location. Keep in mind also, that you will likely accumulate more items over the years, particularly if the shed is to be used primarily for storage.
Accessorizing: What Features Should I Add?
One of the most fun parts of the shed buying experience is choosing custom accessories. Som epopular added touches include: windows, shutters, flower boxes, weather vanes, cupolas, and transom dormers. Remember, you’ll have to look at your outdoor storage building every day and your attention to detail could make the difference between eyesore and eye-opener.
Installing extra windows on the side of the building or in the doors can bring in a lot of natural light for working in the shed. Adding shelves, workbenches, pegboards, and lofts can add extra space for storing tools and other miscellaneous items. A ramp is also very useful for safety and if you have larger equipment to move in and out (i.e. a lawn mower).
Choosing Your Perfect Shed
These are just some items to consider when choosing a shed. Make a wish list of all the items that you want and narrow it down from there. It may seem overwhelming at first, but once you have an idea of what you want and need out of your shed, you'll have a better understanding of what to look for as you begin the processing of choosing the right shed.
Recreation Unlimited offers Amish-built sheds in a variety of styles and sizes that can be fully customized to meet your needs. When you’re ready to design your perfect shed, or if you’d just like to learn more about the available options, give us a call at (317) 773-3545. We also invite you to schedule a time to tour our shed lot, located right next to our Noblesville showroom. We look forward to serving you!