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Building An Outdoor Storage Unit From Scratch: A Guide To Storage Building Design

Building An Outdoor Storage Unit From Scratch: A Guide To Storage Building Design Posted on December 3, 2013

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A storage building is one of the best things that you can add to your home if you are looking for extra storage.  The building can be customized to your needs and give you the place that you need for your belongings, but designing the building can be a little overwhelming.  There are several steps that you will need to go through when you create your storage building.


The first thing that you will need to think about is the design of the building.  A design like a Brunswick is meant to look like a traditional barn, and the slightly larger space near the roof is ideal for storing light items.  The Cape Ann and Lexington designs are meant to resemble a miniature home, and they are more sophisticated in appearance than the Brunswick.  You will also need to choose a roof color that matches close to what your home’s roof has so that the storage building matches the main house and does not look like an eyesore.  You will also need to consider the layout for the doors and windows, especially if you need to have a double door for some reason.  The final decision that you have to make about the structure is the size of the building.  The larger the structure, the more it is going to cost, but the more you can store inside.  Start small, and only order a building that is slightly larger than what you think you need so that you have some room to grow.


Once you have chosen the size and design of the building you will need to make a decision about the siding that it has.  Pine offers the cheapest building material, and if you are only looking to use the building for storage, this is a great choice.  Pine will look good for a long time, but it does not have the same level of sophistication as some of the other building materials.  A slight step up is vinyl, and the vinyl will reduce fading and damage, so it will look good for years after you install the building.  Vinyl will also give you some more coloring options.  The most expensive choice is cedar.  If you are making the building into a spare room for the home, or you plan to use it for special events, then cedar is a good choice, otherwise it is hard to justify the expense for a storage building.


Once you have the basic structure of the building set, you can start to make it your own with the different features that you might need.  For example, if you plan to use the building to store gardening materials, then you will want to have a vent to allow fertilizer fumes to escape.  If you are making the building into a workshop, then you will want to have some kind of electrical package installed.  The features are the place where your imagination can run wild, but it is also the place where your costs can get out of control.  You really need to know what kind of building you want before you get to the features part of the design process, so you are not going to be tempted to add a lot of features that you do not need.

A storage building is something that almost every home needs, and with the availability of custom design, there is no reason that you should not be able to get the building that you need.  Work through the customization carefully and you will have exactly what you need at a price that is affordable. Once the shed is built and you find yourself needing storage supplies, check out Schaefer Systems. They have a wide variety of supplies for all of your storage needs.

I am Heidi Johnson, and I have owned sheds for the last ten years.  When it was time to purchase our first shed, my family and I balked at the cost because it seemed way too high for what we needed.  After we went back through and eliminated many of the features that we would never use, our shed dropped to a very reasonable price.  My husband and I have been using to design and customize our sheds and I highly recommend Post Woodworking if you are in the market for a shed.