Shed’s are used for several things, gardening equipment, a place to put pool toys away, a place to park your lawnmower. The options are endless, but just because it is essentially a storage facility in your yard doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to help make your yard look great. Here are reasons how and why shed’s can enhance your curb appeal.
Build a Shed, Enhance Your Curb Appeal
Landscaped yards improve curb appeal. You should consider organizing yours if your lawn décor involves a clutter of toys, tools, and throwaways. Have you ever seen how those reality shows overhaul homes in seven days? Well, your project may take longer without a crew of workmen at your disposal, but you can start by building a shed to keep all your stuff organized and within easy reach. Farm sheds need not be the boring boxes tucked in a forgotten corner of your property. In fact, your ingenuity will pay off if you set up your shed as your yard’s focal point. You can make a few alterations to the construction and ensure accessible and functional design.
You can cut costs by substituting parts of the construction. A metal roof saves you hundreds of dollars you could’ve spent on asphalt shingles, and the setup is easier when you only need to screw in metal panels to purlins. Compare this to shingles separately nailed onto a plywood base and the convenient alternative is obvious. The savings depend on the area you’ll cover, but a mid-sized shed should leave you two to three hundred dollars to spare. The metal panes also last up to fifty years with ample coat of primer and paint. It should ensure your shed outlasts your house’s mortgage, should you choose to keep it by that time.
Accessible Storage Compartments
Farm sheds should have accessible compartments for tools and equipment. You have to (literally) think outside the box and build separate storage space along the exterior of your shed. If there’s one thing tool sheds are infamous for, then it has to involve all that clutter. Even if you drive nails and jar covers along the walls to keep tools and knickknacks in order, nothing beats space specifically built to store all that stuff. Consider a nifty addition to your shed and build an interior wall with about a depth of two feet at the back of your shed. This serves as accessible compartment for frequently used tools. The wall has to be part of the structure so it’s stable enough to support mounted tools; drill studs on the surface and cover it with pegboard. You can install swing or sliding doors to keep everything in their proper place.
A Solid Foundation
A stable foundation is important in any construction, and nothing beats solid concrete in durability. You’ll do with substitutes for your shed, though, especially if it’s only built for storage. Lay out a bed of gravel and build a perimeter of pressure-treated lumber around it; better yet, build your foundation like you’re building the flooring for a patio. With the wood braces and the first layer of gravel in place, place cement pavers over the foundation. The paver flooring and the gravel foundation also serve as efficient drainage, and you can hose it all down without worrying about mopping up water pooled on the corners.
Shed Parts Pre-built and Ready for Assembly
You can order ready-to-assemble sheds if you want to ease some of the troubles of construction, but you’ll still have to lay out the groundwork for a solid base. You can visit simplysheds.com if you’re looking for kits ready to be assembled. Construction need not involve so much hard work, and it’s more cost-efficient if you can cut down the money you spend on hired labor.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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