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If you want to quickly and easily increase the utility and value of your home, then you may want to consider installing a backyard shed. It is a very cost-effective way to increase the curb appeal of your home.
However, you will need to think about the perfect location before you decide to build your new storage shed. Finding the correct spot may be equally as important as choosing the perfect storage shed.
The location of the shed will determine the design, size, and type of foundation that you will need. Here, we will show you how to choose the perfect location for your storage shed.
The Use and Function of the Shed
Consider the purpose of your shed before you decide where to put it. If you want to use it as a garden shed, then you will need to ensure that it is situated close to your garden. It should also be close to a reliable water source.
However, if you intend to use your shed to store supplies, lawn equipment, and/or your motorcycle or bicycle, then it should be placed near your home so that you can quickly access what you need.
Appearance of the Shed
When a shed is built with expert craftsmanship, it can actually increase the real estate value of your home when you are ready to sell. Many homes do not have one, so you can help your house stand out in the neighborhood by installing a beautiful storage shed.
The shed should be built and installed to make it look like an extension of your home. You may want to consider building a pathway from your shed to your home as well. The colour that you use to paint your storage shed should also be appropriate and blend well with your residence.
Exposure to Light
You also need to determine the location of the sun before you begin working on your shed. If your shed is exposed to the direct rays of the sun, then it will quickly turn into a furnace. The interior can be suffocating for anyone inside during the summer.
The roof and external paint of your shed will also deteriorate rapidly if it is exposed to direct sunlight for most of the day.
Consider Your Landscape
You need to take into consideration unleveled ground, as well as hills and slopes. It is possible to construct a storage shed on a sloping plane if needed. However, most experts agree that building on level ground is the easiest and best solution.
Simply look for a flat area in your backyard. If you can’t find such a space, then your storage shed should be positioned to allow the door to open up to ground that is relatively level.
Consider, as well, the water collection points. If your new storage shed is on the receiving end of the neighbourhood watershed, then you will run into problems over time. If you want your shed to last, then it should not be installed in an area that is perpetually wet.
You should never build a shed in a low-lying area that easily accumulates water. You should also not construct it at the base of a hill either. Perpetual moisture will cause mildew and mould to form on the items inside. The paint on your shed will blister over time, and the wood will eventually rot as well.
Another thing to think about as you peruse your landscape is the possibility of running into low branches. Low tree branches can damage your shed. They may scrape against the sides of the roof and may damage its shingles and siding.
You May Need a Permit
Some people mistakenly assume that you will only need to secure a permit for a shed that is larger than 100 square feet.
In reality, you will need to obtain a building permit regardless of how big your storage shed is. Your permit may also include certain restrictions that may affect where your shed can be placed and even what colour it is.
Factor in On-Site Construction
You may also need to consider delivery access. For example, you may be required to remove a part of your fence in order to make room for your shed. Your side yard may also not be wide enough to accommodate your new storage shed.
If you want to avoid hassles and additional effort, then you need to find the ideal spot for your shed before you start working on it. Another approach is to contact a shed manufacturer in the area that will build a custom shed for you from scratch.
Once a shed has been built and installed, it will be very difficult to move it to another area. If you want to avoid many pitfalls in the future, you will need to think long and hard about where your shed should be installed before you start working on its construction.
Once you have found the ideal spot, you can work on creating the perfect shed for your unique needs.
Your new shed should be built with a realistic budget in mind, and working with a shed manufacturer will help reduce stress and ensure that the job is done right without compromising your vision.
In sum, you need to factor in local ordinances, ground conditions, aesthetics, light exposure, and the purpose of your storage shed before any construction work actually takes place. Afterwards, you can enjoy your new shed without any encumbrances.
By Jessica Coates
who is a blogger in Toronto. She graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing. Jessica Coates is a community manager for small businesses across Canada. When not working, she leisurely studies economics, history, law and business solutions.