Building An Outdoor Shed

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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When building an outdoor shed, one important factor to keep in mind is obvious--the outdoors. If you live in an area that has extreme weather conditions like heavy rains, wind, and snow, you're going to have to build a shed tough enough to outlast Mother Nature. There's no point in keeping expensive items like a lawnmower or woodworking tools in a shed if moisture is seeping through the walls.

Before you build, survey your yard for the best site. If you're lucky, you'll have an area that is partially protected from wind by a fence, or another building such as the house or garage. Don't place your outdoor shed under a tree. Wind could cause branches to break off and fall on the shed, plus a tall tree is magnet for lightning.

Once you've found a spot large enough and otherwise appropriate for your shed, take the time to make sure the ground is level. A shed built on unsteady or sloping ground doesn't "stand" a chance. Some sheds are fine to place right on the lawn. Others can benefit from being situated on a bed of gravel or a frame of pressure-treated lumber. If you're especially keen on a good foundation, there are kits available that are easily installed. Or, you can go crazy and pour a concrete foundation.

Careful Preparation Is Key to Building a Lasting Outdoor Shed

You could follow all the tips listed above and still have to tear your shed down. The reason? In most areas, you must obtain a building permit to legally construct an outdoor shed--even if it's a small plastic shed you've made from a kit! Cover all your angles, and building a quality outdoor shed can be a breeze.


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