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How To Design Custom Sheds
Home & Garden
Whether its commercials sheds, garden sheds, or farm sheds, the perfect design to suit your needs is out there. However, a custom-designed shed takes planning, which created this little guide to get your shed plan off to a good start.
1. Determine your need for a shed.
The first thing you need to consider is deciding why you actually need a shed. Think about the items you want to store and what else you intend on using the space for. Make a list and get some approximate measurements of the items you are thinking of storing and factor in shelving and the size of your work station and area.
You can add up the approximate measurements of what you think you’ll need to get the estimated square footage. Take those measurements and sketch out your space.
2. Decide on your design.
Your shed’s design will have a lot to do with your intended use. For example, if you are trying to build a garden shed, then you probably want to decorate it to match your house and garden.
You might also be limited in the space you can use, so keep that in mind as well.
For farm storage, esthetics are not necessarily on the top of the list, and commercial storage might need something more basic and secure.
3. Determine the right place for your shed.
Knowing where you will place your shed from the very beginning will often determine the size and design. Also, make sure to think about accessibility, practicality, and whether or not you need electricity or running water. Also think about whether or not the area has a lot of moisture and if there are bushes, trees and other utility buildings around that might limit your design.
4. Think about keeping your shed secure.
Consider the items on your list. Are they expensive? Flammable? Dangerous? If yes, then figure out what kind of locking system you want to have. You can also consider building an inner room to keep these types of items secure.
5. Keep your shed ventilated.
If you would like to store chemicals or flammable materials, check with local regulations on how to store them correctly. Usually, the law requires you to have proper ventilation where these items are stored. You also want good ventilation if you’re working in your shed or storing items you frequently need to access. It will keep the air comfortable.
6. Consider the adding some extras.
Think about kinds of extras you’ll need. For example: a ramp, number of windows, types of storage devices, the size door you’ll need, electricity, water, a phone line in case of an emergency, and a work area or work station. Knowing these things from the start will help you get your custom shed plans off on the start.