There are wooden shed kits or traditional construction materials for building a garden shed. This type of shed may be a simple box shape or designed to be a more elaborate structure. How the shed will be used is the major determination for construction. The neighborhood location or the architecture of the home determines the style.
Most garden sheds are used:
- To store small hand-held and large garden tools; manual and electrical
- A place to park the lawn mower, tiller, and other large gardening equipment
- Storing vegetables
- Cutting, planting, and transplanting plants
- Tool repairs
Many people prefer wooden constructed garden sheds rather than vinyl, resin, plastic, and various metal type sheds. It may be more expensive up-front, but lumber seems to have a longer life and therefore is less expensive. Wood is also easier to repair. The other types of sheds would need to be discarded and a new one purchased.
Plan before you start building. There are important considerations which need attention. Decide if you would like to build it or hire a contractor. Do you wish to assemble a shed kit or build it from scratch?
There is a wide variety of wooden type garden sheds which may be ordered from local sources or from online. Note any additional items which may be needed. These items may be concrete blocks, tools and other hardware accessories.
Manufactured sheds can be erected in a few hours or over a weekend. The do it yourself shed may also take the same amount of time or longer. There are variables for both situations.
If you’re anything like me I did window shopping, comparative price shopping, and talked to my friends and neighbors who had garden sheds for their opinions and experiences. Then I made my decision. In case you are curious, we decided to build a wooden shed as it could be designed and customized to meet our requirements.
Before you setup this is a list to review:
- Utility outlets (if electric and plumbing are to be installed)
- Local residential building codes, licenses, and permits
- Zoning requirements
- Location of underground cables
- Neighborhood restrictions
- Building inspections
The location of the shed needs to be in a clearing within short access to the garden areas and pathways for loading and unloading heavy gardening supplies. The size of this structure is determined by the tools and garden equipment which will be stored.
It is also critical to check overhead, underground, and around the placement of the proposed site. Are there any trees, shrubbery, or overhead wiring which may interfere with the structure? Before digging locate any underground cables, plumbing, or electrical wires.
Water and electrical utilities may or may not be essential. But if it is, planning is critical.
If there is the slightest doubt in your mind about legal requirements; check them out. Heavy fines or being told to remove your shed are not pleasant outcomes.