The typical image of a storage shed is a small, dirty, ramshackle structure in which shovels and yard care equipment are hastily tossed. But sheds today are not only made from the latest, most durable and beautiful materials, they can also be used in ways you may never have imagined.
A storage shed in your backyard doesn't have to be an eyesore. Today's vinyl sheds, for example, are attractive as well as functional. With some basic landscaping, they can be made to look like a beautiful addition to your yard, even as they store equipment, tools, and other things you would rather keep out of sight.
But while having a backyard shed for tools is perhaps the most common reason for having one, it is far from the only reason. A spacious shed, wired for electricity, can become the perfect workshop or home office. The many flooring options for sheds today, coupled with sound weatherproofing make this a practical, inexpensive option for those looking to move their home office out of the dining room.
Metal sheds with good ventilation can be good choices as housing for animals. The interior of a shed can be divided into sections, and if a fenced run is added around the perimeter of the shed, it can make an excellent kennel for dogs. People sometimes use larger shed for housing other animals, like llamas and goats, and smaller sheds with added perches for housing a small flock of chickens.
Today's plastic sheds are extremely sturdy and attractive too. They can make excellent playhouses for children. You could even add homey touches like window boxes and landscaping to make it extra appealing. And once the little ones outgrow it, it will be easy to use the shed for something else, perhaps even as a small guest room for visitors.
If you plan to put up a medium to large sized shed in your yard, consider having more than one set of doors, particularly if you plan to use it for storage. Otherwise, you could have a difficult time accessing tools or stored items that are behind a lot of other items. If you plan to store chemicals in your shed, or if you plan to use it to shelter animals of any kind, you must provide adequate ventilation for safety and comfort.
As for aesthetics, there are many things you can do to make your shed look its best. Vinyl siding is one option, and putting in flooring is another. Some sheds come with pre-cut windows, but you can add windows to sheds too. Sturdy doors and high quality door hardware will make the most of your shed's attractiveness, and will make it much more inviting if it is to be used as an office, workshop, or playhouse.
Adding a shed to your backyard, or replacing an old, broken down shed can do wonders for your home's attractiveness. Not only can you store things out of the way and keep your tools and equipment safe, you can do so attractively, and without spending huge sums of money.
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