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How to build storage sheds

11/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Many people find that space around a home is a precious commodity after years spent accumulating different things. The basement, attic and garage are commonly used to store items that won’t fit anywhere else. A storage shed makes a great place to put those items you can’t bear to discard.

Sheds come in many shapes and sizes. Ready-made sheds can be erected on your property immediately, and some retailers will do so for an additional fee. The cost of a shed can vary greatly, from simple plastic sheds that cost roughly $100 to more customized sheds that cost $1,000 or more.

After looking at many storage sheds from builders or prefabricated models, you might want to build one yourself. This way you can be sure it is customized to fit your yard and is the right color and style and made of secure and durable materials. While an adventurous project, shed building is typically within the skill set of the average homeowner. Also, a shed can be built in a weekend or two, depending on how much time you can devote to the project. Here’s how to get started.

• Consult with your community to find out the zoning laws regarding sheds. You might need a building permit if the shed will feature a permanent foundation or is larger than a certain size. Storage sheds greater than 120 square feet generally require a permit. There also might be rules regarding how far away the shed must be from the property line or even the height of the structure. It pays to know this information in advance so you don’t run into legal trouble after the project has begun.

• Find a style of shed that you would like to emulate. Drive around to different shed retailers or big box home improvement stores and peruse the stock. Choose the features you like and mark them down. Take photos of the ones you really like.

• Research available plans. You can purchase shed plans or have an architect draw them up, but that might be costly. There are also free shed plans online, some of which provide a list of necessary supplies.

• Order your supplies and organize everything. A building materials center or a home improvement store might deliver all of your materials right to your home, saving you the hassle of going back and forth to get things piece by piece. Once they are delivered, sort through everything and mark whether the material is for the floor, walls or roof. If the shed will not be rooted to the ground but kept on skids or blocks, you will likely want to have some sort of base material, like rocks or gravel underneath to deter animals from making a home under the shed.

• Enlist the help of a friend and get building. Once you get into a groove, you might find that the shed building comes easy to you. But the work will go more quickly if you have a friend available to help you hold materials in place while you secure them.

 

This information was provided by MetroCreativeConnection.

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