Secure, DIY Backyard Storage – Build Over a Weekend!
Storage sheds in Canada need to be built tough. The good news is, pre-engineered steel sheds are designed for the harshest of environments.
Choose a gable roof style building if you need it to match your home or other structures. Alternatively, go for a Quonset Hut shed kit as there is nothing to beat this type of building on cost, strength and security.
Just a few of the main features and benefits of opting for a steel storage shed building
“Ubiquitous.” That means they’re everywhere. Homeowners have been putting up small metal storage sheds in their back yards for over 50 years. In fact, it is unusual to find a home in a typical Canadian neighborhood that doesn’t have one. But back yard storage sheds have come a long way from the flimsy metal-shed-in-a-box that you purchase from your local Big Box store. While those are still available, homeowners are more and more leaning towards something that looks better and will last longer. Even though wood-framed sheds are much more desirable than the ubiquitous “tin can” shed, the Pre-engineered Steel Building—small version—is quickly becoming the shed of choice by homeowners for many reasons:
They’re more than a lawnmower garage. The idea of small, backyard outbuildings was originally conceived to house gardening equipment like lawnmowers, rakes, shovels, gas cans, etc. and to free up garage space. But homeowners have come to realize that, with a little forethought, these little
“sub-structures” can be a lot more useful. In recent years, they have become a repository for everything from office supplies to livestock. They have been used for car storage as well as auto shops. They have become artists’ studios, writers’ havens, and craftsmen’s workshops. Pre-engineered steel is the easiest medium in the world with which to turn an inspiration into a reality.
Think it through. To get started, determine what your particular end use will entail. Use a piece of graph paper to sketch the layout and configuration of your space. Allow for plenty of movement. For example, if your planned use is just for storage, compile a list of the objects you plan on storing inside the shed and allow for future additions. Considering the size of each of those objects, try to envision how you would like them stored. It is best to allow at least a 12-inch zone around lawn mowers, bikes, and boxes to ensure ease of movement around those things. Try to account for items you will use regularly and make it easy on yourself to remove and replace those items without a lot of unnecessary rearranging. A 10’ x 10’ shed is generally large enough to store a bike, lawn tractor, lawnmower, some garden tools, and a couple of gas cans, and will have enough space leftover to install shelving and a small workbench. A word to the wise, however: After you’ve figured out what size shed you’ll need now and in the future, go one size larger. In retrospect, you will be glad you built in that little cushion. Most people end up needing more space than they originally thought.
Bring out your inner architect. Today’s Pre-engineered Steel Buildings are more versatile design-wise than ever before. Take rooflines, for example. In addition to the tried-and-true gable and Quonset-hut styles, roofs can be engineered and fabricated in many other architecturally-pleasing styles such as hip, gambrel, saltbox, and lean-to. These can be designed to match your existing structure or you can come up with your own design. If you can think of it, it can likely be built.
Go in style. The design, style, and motif of an accessory building can be delightful things to plan and even more rewarding to execute. There are basically two different and opposite directions you can go with this, each with its own inspirations and advantages.
Matchy-matchy. There is a lot to be said for tailoring your shed to look like an integral part of your entire home structure. This is particularly true if you have other outbuildings that match your main house design. Blending the exterior of your shed with the home and environment can also add to the resale value when you are ready to sell. This merger can be accomplished by matching rooflines with your home and other existing structures, and by using similar materials for siding, roofing, windows, doors, and trim. Today’s steel buildings make it easier than ever to customize your shed with paint, wood siding, stucco, and even brick or stone.
Way out there. Conversely, you may want to depart completely from your home’s style and do something that is very different, even unique. Given the fact that it is a freestanding structure, some people consider a shed to be a conversation piece and aim for a striking finish that stands out. Give it a storybook high-pitched roof or go Frank Lloyd Wright with a 50’s-style near-flat roof. Use tone-on-tone paint for a monochrome finish or create a dazzling Victorian with multiple colors. Cover the whole exterior with used brick or “sculpt” your masterpiece with EIFS simulated stucco and Styrofoam. The possibilities are endless.