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In many suburban locations, space can be difficult to come by, not to mention expensive. Many people can't afford to have a garage with their house, or don't have a basement for the purposes of storage. This can be a pain for people who maintain a garden, as they have no storage space for their tools. Either they have to leave them outdoors where they can be stolen or damaged, or they risk making a mess in their home by storing them inside. That's when a garden shed can come in handy.
Garden sheds are small structures that are optimal for the storage of tools and supplies for gardening or other purposes – everything from rakes and hoes to a lawn mower. In many cases, a garden shed is purely utilitarian, but there are some options for garden sheds that are also quite beautiful in their design. You can either purchase a ready-made garden shed, or you can procure a garden shed plan and build the structure yourself.
Garden Shed Size
The first thing that needs to be determined is exactly how much space you require. Smaller models, such as a lean-to garden shed, can be put together for only a couple hundred dollars, but they can't store much. A larger stand-alone shed in the neighborhood of 6 by 8 feet in size can store a lot more, but may cost over $1,000.
Garden Shed Materials
The next important consideration is the material used in the construction of the garden shed, both in terms of looks and functionality. In most cases, the same siding you might find on a house can be used in garden shed design. For example, cedar siding wears well, though it fades from brown to gray over time. Vinyl siding bears the appearance of wood, and while it is more expensive it is also more durable. You can also opt for metal siding, which is very sturdy but heats up rapidly during the summer months.
Garden Shed Greenhouses
You may also decide to build a combination greenhouse and storage area in your garden shed. You can put up shelves for your seedlings to grow in the controlled greenhouse environment until they are ready to make the transition to your garden. Needless to say, this can add a degree of complication to garden shed design.
Garden Shed Kits
Though you can plan the construction of your own garden shed from the ground up, you can also purchase garden shed kits. This is a great option for people who are do-It-yourself enthusiasts looking for a fun new challenge. These kits are delivered piecemeal, and it's up to the buyer to construct the garden shed themselves. In most cases, detailed step-by-step instructions are provided to guide the builder through the construction. This can be a fun and rewarding experience for an individual or family to put together.