A backyard shed is a great way to add character to your yard, while also providing extra storage space or workshop area. Depending on your family and lifestyle, your reason for needing a shed may vary – you could use it to store sports equipment, perhaps you need a garden shed, or maybe you want to create a workspace for yourself. Whatever the reason, it’s important your shed is built properly so it lasts for years to come! Here are 5 secrets to building the perfect shed!
1. Start with a Plan
Plopping a shed just anywhere in your backyard probably isn’t the best idea. Take some time to plan where you’ll place your shed, how big it will be, the materials you’ll use to build it, etc. Without planning, you may be stalled with unforeseen problems that can lead to wasted time and money.
2. Your Foundation is Everything
Like most things in life, you won’t get far without building a solid foundation for your shed. You’re setting your shed up to fail if you build it on a weak base, and keep in mind that you should never build a shed in a wet, low-lying area. Level the ground (if you need to) and install an on-grade foundation made of solid concrete blocks or pressure treated wood timbers. Make sure the timbers are rated for “ground contract” as wood rated for above ground use will eventually rot. Space the clocks or timbers close enough that they support the shed’s floor frame.
3. Low Maintenance Materials are Key
Your shed should be a structure that makes your life easier, not harder. That’s why using low maintenance materials is key to a perfect shed! It may cost you a little more upfront, but it will be worth the cost in the long run! Fiber cement siding is a great option for your exterior shed walls! Not only is it low maintenance, it’s also highly durable and weather resistant, and with wood grain textures, you can get the look of a wood shed without the maintenance!
4. Add Trim for Extra Character
Siding is a great way to cover your shed walls, but it can end up looking plain if you don’t add trim. Trim adds extra detail at the roofline, dimension around windows (if your shed has them), and a beautifully crafted entryway. Get creative and have fun with designing your shed, just like you did your home!
5. Don’t Forget Air Flow
Air flow is key for a healthy shed since it prevents water from causing damage to the wood. Too much moisture can cause rot, warping, corrosion and mold, which can be a death sentence for your shed. To allow fresh air to flow under your shed, make sure the mud sill (the lowest wood member) is at least 6 inches above the ground. And leave 2 to 3 feet around the perimeter of the shed so it’s not too close to trees, bushes and structures that can block the sun and wind from keeping it dry.
A backyard shed is one of the best additions for your backyard! Use these secrets to build the perfect shed!