Home Improvement Published September 17, 2011 By Eric Dale
Outdoor Storage Sheds Add Space and Value

Storage sheds are attractive to many homebuyers, who count extra space as a priority on their list of must-haves. Adding a storage structure to your backyard will influence how potential buyers perceive the value and desirability of your home.

Lack of storage is too often a determining factor in why buyers walk away from houses. Most people cannot have too much storage. Storage sheds are especially popular with men who need a place for outdoor equipment and tools, as well as with gardeners and homeowners in general. Shed designs range from solar garden sheds to small workshops. If you are going to add a shed to your property, make it an attractive one. Cheap metal and plastic buildings detract from a home’s appeal, while sheds built with better grade materials are functional, durable and complementary to a property. Wooden sheds have the most appeal for beauty and performance.

Ways to Build a Wood Shed

You can build a quality wood storage shed in a variety of ways—in a range of designs, sizes and prices. Do-it-yourself shed kits come precut and ready to assemble into a range of structurally sound designs. Or if you are skilled in carpentry, build a shed from scratch with shed building plans available from the Internet, many of which are free. You can also hire a contractor who specializes in custom storage sheds.

An outside shed doesn’t have to match the house, but it should complement the architecture. Before you decide on the size, type and location of your shed, check with your local zoning office for safety rulings and permits. Some areas don’t require permits for smaller structures, but you can still learn valuable information, which will save you problems in the future. For instance, never locate a shed at the bottom of a hill where it is prone to water damage. How you should build will vary according to the climate, environment and infrastructure of your area.

Features to Consider

Locate your shed for close access, near the house or driveway. Otherwise, your smart solution for convenient storage will become a distant inconvenience. Design the interior for efficient access, also. Consider double doors for moving larger items like mowers and bikes in and out. Incorporate shelves, bins and benches for organization and functionality. Utilize the loft area for even more storage capability. Sheds can be designed for all types of storage needs and projects. If you plan to use the structure partly as a workspace, be sure to add well-placed windows, generous venting and extra lighting. For added ambience and shading, add some surrounding landscaping. Many storage sheds even have window boxes.

Adding a quality storage shed to your yard is an effective way to add substantial space, charm and value to your home property. Whether you do-it-yourself or choose a custom build, the results will bring appreciation.

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Eric M. Dale has actively been involved in financing and investing for over 20 years. As the CEO of Capital Funding Corporation he has personally completed over $5 Billion in transaction funding and has consulted on numerous projects surrounding real estate and oil and gas.


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