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One of the most evident problems Americans face is storage. Oftentimes, it doesn’t even matter how big or small your house is. One way or the other, storage issues creep up, whether it be in the garage, kitchen, bathroom or living room. It’s time to broaden your horizons and look outside the home for functional and creative storage options.
Outdoor storage sheds are the perfect solution for anyone who needs to clear out space within the home. But that’s not all outdoor storage sheds can do for owners and renters alike. Below are four benefits of outdoor storage sheds, as well as shed basics, including types, costs and designs.
Types of Outdoor Storage Shed
The trick when choosing the right storage shed is figuring out what you need it for. Some homeowners love to garden. It gives them peace of mind, but sadly, when it’s all said and done, there is nowhere to put everything. Others just need to clear out space in the basement or garage and start using both for their original purpose.
There are numerous types of outdoor storage sheds:
Storage (Original) Shed: This is your all-inclusive storage shed. Homeowners tend to use it for old toys, extra wood, lawn equipment, tables, chairs and numerous other everyday items.
Garden Sheds: Those who love to garden will want to build a garden shed. Garden sheds give homeowners a designated area to plant new seedlings, store landscaping equipment and provide shelter for some fragile bushes.
Gazebos: Most gazebos are primarily used as a spot to spend time with the family, but if needed, can be used for covered storage as well.
Barn Sheds: This won’t apply to many of our fans, but barn sheds can be used to store more than farm animals.
Costs of Outdoor Storage Sheds
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Like all projects, the cost of your shed will largely depend on the size and material of choice. You can build most sheds with wood, metal or vinyl, all offering their own set of pros and cons.
A terrific way to save money on your outdoor shed is by building it yourself. Professional carpenters can charge up to $30 an hour in addition to the costs of all the materials. As you can see in the link above, building a shed is not the easiest of DIY projects, but it is one the average DIYer can accomplish themselves in a weekend.
If you do go the professional route, as our sheds cost estimators indicate, expect to pay $500 for a basic shed, in addition to the labor costs I mentioned above. However, if you plan on using the shed for over five years, you should bite the bullet and invest in a higher quality shed.
Note: There’s always a silver lining. The addition of a shed or gazebo could add 50% of its cost or more to the value of your property.
The Benefits of Outdoor Storage Sheds
Now that we have covered the basics, it’s time to jump into the four reasons why you should add an outdoor storage shed. To no surprise, the biggest advantage of adding a shed is the extra space it provides.
We can only fit so much stuff in our garages, basements and closets. More often than not, parents need that extra space to house toys, winter clothes or any other item we don’t utilize 365 days a year. Bear in mind, the longer you keep household items outside, the more imperative shed insulation will be. Don’t worry, insulating is very easy and quite similar to garage insulation. See How To Insulate A Garage Door.
Use the Garage
Many homeowners don’t have basements or a sufficient amount of closet space. Sadly, we resort to storing items in the garage, leaving little to no room for our cars. Parking on the driveway may not be a big deal for some, but depending on your location, parking on the driveway or in the garage can be the difference between 50° and 20° weather. It may not matter for some, but for others, that makes a huge difference come December.
Cover Up Poor Landscaping
We are busy and sometimes, don’t have time to water the flowers or mow the backyard. Well, a storage shed is the perfect solution, as it can hide any neglected areas of your backyard.
Not only will it store the extra tools you bought years ago, but it will hide the fact that you could be an idle landscaper. Not sure if that is you? See 5 Signs You Are A Lazy DIY Landscaper.
Peace of Mind
There are those of us who can’t live with the idea of a messy home. Well, outdoor storage sheds bring you one step closer to a clean and organized humble abode.
Outdoor storage sheds do more than give your car a stable roof. They hide poor landscaping. They simplify your life. Most importantly, they are not too expensive and easy to build yourself. All in all, it seems like a no-brainer.
If you think you are up for the challenge, see our 10 simple steps to building an outdoor storage shed.