Sheds and Outdoor Storage

By | September 28, 2013


The sheds and outdoor storage business boomed in the seventies due to a mass market that had amassed more stuff and demanded more storage. Shed businesses sprang up from coast to coast and offered custom outbuildings for every taste and budget!

Manufacturers, wanting to get in on the action, began developing materials and processes to accommodate the buying public. Today, there is an ever increasing supply of products and materials to meet the demand for options in both style and function. When it comes to sheds and outdoor storage, in other words, there are many things to consider.

Design, space, size, materials, building codes, add-ons, finish … not to mention your time, budget, skill level and, of course, your needs.

If your outdoor storage shed plans have just started to percolate, be assured you can easily construct your own shed – for storage, garden tools, landscaping equipment and a host of other purposes.

But, to make sure you end up with a quality shed that will match your specific needs and add to the value of your home, here are a few tips you may want to keep in mind regardless of which style, size or material you go with. The following list will give you some insight on what’s available.








One of the first things to consider when planning structures like sheds and outdoor storage buildings is the design. The available space, the materials, equipment or tools it will contain and, as always, your budget will drive much of that process. It may also be a good idea to consider the style of your home.

Implement into your outdoor storage shed plans elements that will compliment or match the design of your home. Similar roof pitch, colors, maybe a matching window and gable. Your friends and relatives will be impressed that you thought of doing that and the value of your property will reflect your good sense, too!

Wood is the obvious choice for matching your home’s style, but hold on. Vinyl can be altered if you add in a little creativity. For instance, the same paint used on vinyl garage doors might be used on vinyl sheds. The big boxes may not carry these types of paints, but a large paint store will.

Look for “… can be applied to vinyl” or similar on the can and talk to the salesperson. And adding shutters, a shingled roof or a wood deck in front may just do the trick! Most rubber products, including sheds and outdoor storage, are resistant to most paints, but see the section below on blending with the landscape for other ideas.


Yep, you may have to deal with the building department. Maybe not, though. Remember; when you build anything even sheds and outdoor storage buildings you should check with your city or county before you get started. There, you’ll discover, not only about safety codes in your area, but zoning ordinances, set-back laws and any restrictions on your deed you may not know of.

In some cases, a building permit may be needed. It’s important to find these things out before you begin putting up your new shed because theycan make you take it down if it violates anything and fine you as well. Permits are cheap, though, and exist only for safety purposes. Search “building permit your town” (ie; building permit houston tx).


Site preparation is imperative if you want a quality structure. Regardless of what kind of shed you choose it’s important that you level the ground where you are planning to put it. A ground surface that’s not level can lead to lots of problems down the road such as cracks, leaks, uneven shelving and even leaning walls!

You should also consider laying down block, concrete, or at least gravel before you build or assemble the shed. If you do need a permit, they’ll help you in that. The bottom line is that you make the area clean and level. You’ll be glad you did.


Sheds and outdoor storage options are best designed to blend in along with the landscape. And it doesn’t matter if you have a plain backyard or a 5 tiered extravaganza. Your structure should “fit in.” Consider adding pavers, rocks, plants or flower beds in the area to integrate your shed into your property and landscaping.

Trellises attached to a wall for climbing roses or other vine plants or a large planter attached to the shed wall facing the house for instance. If the shed is up against or actually attached to the garage, maybe go the extra mile and paint both the garage and your shed together after you build it.


During the planning stage (if you’re building and not assembling a kit), adding a few accessories to it to improve the look is a great idea. Actually, even some sheds and outdoor storage kits can be accessorized. Window boxes, cupolas or gables, shutters, French doors, and other additions can take your shed to the next level! Plan these things in at the start, as its always easier that way.


Consider building yourself a pergola using the free advice offered on this website. Easier to construct than a custom shed, a pergola is the perfect place to lounge and contemplate all your landscape and outdoor projects!

If you need professional help on this or any of your outdoor projects, clicklocal remodeling contractors for free estimates from licensed contractors in your area. These are safe, quality professionals backed by networx, the national leading service provider in contractor work. The work is fast and always 100% guaranteed.

Or, if you choose a shed kit from one of the Big Boxes or larger retailers, you can usually have it delivered pre-assembled and set up on your property wherever you wish. Get a few estimates on delivery and site preparation before buying.

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