Utility sheds are popular, functional, and even fun. Far beyond mere storage cupboards, a shed can be configured to function as a workshop, a play house for the kids, or even a private office.
No matter how you plan to use your shed, you have many options. There are prefabricated sheds, kit sheds, or custom built options. Sheds can be made of plastic, metal, or wood. Wood sheds in particular are popular choices because they can be finished in ways that suit the yard, from basic paint to decorative siding. Sheds can be purchased online and shipped to you or purchased locally in home stores.
You may want to build your own custom shed to save costs or to add special features not available on a prefabricated model. Custom utility sheds can be made as plain or fancy as you like. Imagine a miniature garden cottage in the back yard, or a shed with a “green” roof made of grass.
DIY Custom Sheds
Building your own shed requires careful planning. Fortunately plans for utility sheds can be purchased on the internet for a reasonable price with complete shed instructions, including a materials list.
When deciding which shed design to work with, here are some things to think about:
Estimate how much space you’ll need to avoid over building or under building. If you’re building a shed for storage, what will you be storing? Exercise equipment, lawn tools, power tools, file boxes, pool supplies, or bicycles?
If you’ll be storing things you need to reach frequently, such as a lawnmower or bicycles, consider leaving some room around them so you can get them in and out easily. On the other hand, if you don’t need much room, there’s no sense in building a mini mansion that takes up excess yard space. Read the full story