Choosing the Right Location for Your Storage Shed
Choosing the right location for a new storage shed is important, since the decision can impact how long-lasting and effective it will be. There are a number of factors you have to think about when selecting locations for storage sheds. The following tips will help you pick the ideal spot.
Purpose of the Shed
The first thing to think about when selecting a location is the purpose of the shed. For instance, if your shed will contain garbage bins, you will probably want it close to your front yard. But if this shed is for storing gardening tools, fertilizer, seeds and the like, it might be better to situated close to your garden and plants. Consider the following questions:
- How will you be using the shed primarily?
- Will you need access to water or a garden hose?
- Will a ramp be required?
It is easy to overlook how important lighting can be to a storage shed. It is no fun to be working late into the day in your yard and then to try to put away your tools or your kid’s toys when it’s already going dark. So, consider how the location of your shed can impact how much sunlight it will receive and how early in the day it will be in shadow. If you’re going to have to use a darker location in your yard, you may need to install a shed with windows or with an electrical hookup so you can have lights.
Condition of the Ground
People often overlook the importance of ground and soil conditions when deciding where they’re going to position their new storage shed. Low spots that have water pooling should almost certainly be avoided. The ideal location should be level and have a grade that allows sufficient water drainage. If circumstances force you to build in a less ideal location, you will have to ensure that you provide sufficient drainage and may need to use concrete foundations.
Landscaping Around the Shed
One last thing to consider is the landscaping around your new shed. You need to ensure that you take into account your future plans for your yard when determining your shed’s location. Otherwise, you might find yourself faced with the difficult task of relocating your shed at some later time. So if you’re going to be putting in an extension to your garden, a deck or swimming pool, make sure your new storage shed is located somewhere else. Also, will the shed be the visual focus of your landscaping efforts, or would it be better to hide it in an out-of-the-way location?
These are just some of the things you need to think about when choosing and purchasing a new storage shed for your home. Making the right decisions now about the type of shed you need, how you’re going to use it and where you would like to located it can save you a lot of problems later.