Over time, "things" tend to accumulate
in and around the house, take over the garage,
or just sit outside waiting for better days.
An easy and convenient solution
is an outdoor
shed, which also has the advantage
inexpensive. The do-it-yourselfer
find kits at the local home improvement
If you are not up for the job,
local home improvement store
may very well
offer installation services.
Size and location
The first considerations ought to be the
size of the shed. Think about what you want
to use it for, then, determine what size
is appropriate. Keep in mind that you are
not building a garage and that you may have
to compromise. Typical sizes range from 5'x6'
to 8'x12'. When determining an appropriate
location, find a convenient spot and integrate
your addition into the landscape. A level
area is desirable to rest the structure.
Material and appearance
Depending on tastes and budget, a variety
of sidings are available. Pine, cedar, vinyl
and even metal are common. Wood is often
preferred, unless vinyl lets you match your
house siding. Cedar will be more expensive
than pine but longer lasting. The door style
should be a consideration if you are planning
to store large objects -- in which case,
a double door is probably desirable. Finally,
a window can add light and contribute to
a more attractive appearance.
A final touch
Plants can turn this functional shed into
an attractive feature. Think about planting
annual or perennial beds around your unit,
or even putting up trellises against the
walls to let flowers turn it into a neighborhood