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Storage Sheds

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 of being inexpensive. The do-it-yourselfer will easily find kits at the local home improvement store. If you are not up for the job, that same 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 attraction.

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