Building A Storage Shed

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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Building your own storage shed offers several benefits. First, you are in control of the process, and can create exactly what you want. Second, it can be less expensive to do it yourself rather than hiring a contractor. But where to start? There are two major avenues for the storage shed builder: building from scratch, or installing a ready-made kit.

When you build from the ground up, you have the greatest amount of creative control. There are hundreds of architectural plans available, either on the Internet or through home stores. Or, if you have special expertise, you can even create your own plan. However, if you don't have the time or the advanced skills, assembling a storage shed from a kit can still give you a sense of satisfaction. Kits are already precut, and are designed to be taken out of the box and put together in just a few hours.

Whether you're building a shed from a plan or a kit, there are some common "ground" rules to follow. First, check out your local zoning laws and building codes. You may have to obtain a building permit, even for a small shed. Also, make sure you have a smooth, level site for your shed to sit on. It may take a little extra time, but this extra preparation will pay off in the long run.

Build the Best Storage Shed for You

At the end of the day, only you can best decide what kind of storage shed to build. Do you need a tall shed for gardening tools? Or a shed with lots of shelves for boxes or chemicals? By building a storage shed yourself--whether from scratch or a kit--you can ensure that your shed will live up to your expectations.

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