Adding a shed to your property is a great way to give yourself some more storage in your home. People like the presence of sheds as they not only provide a space for storage but can also be transformed into workstations for you or your family, depending on the way you organize them. Most residential sheds are attached to the main house. However, some contractors also make residential sheds for apartment complexes, and in such a case, the sheds will be detached and all the broken screws can be removed with or without heads.

You can use your shed in several ways should you choose to construct one on your property. You can use it to store garden supplies, any big equipment like lawnmowers, power washers, etc. Furthermore, you can also set up recreational activities in your shed. Sheds can be to adults what tree houses are to children. If you’re working remotely, the shed is a wonderful place for you to set up camp.

However, building your shed can be a terrifying prospect. You have to take care of a lot if you want to handle everything all on your own. However, we can provide you with some tips and factors that you can consider before you start construction on that shed.

5 Factors to Consider Before Starting

1. Check Local Building Codes

One of the most important documents you’re going to get for construction is your land permit. You should check local building codes to understand if you have permission to build your shed and if the flood check is guaranteed. Checking codes also tell you what rules you have to follow when constructing your shed. These codes affect your shed’s placement, the dimensions of your shed, the design of your shed, and the way you will construct it.

If you don’t check in with your local authorities, you can get in a lot of trouble if your neighbour accidentally calls the Police due to the noise caused by construction work. The work permit lets you go about building your shed without having to consider the sensitivities of your neighbours. However, you should still inform your neighbours about the construction just as a courtesy so they’re not caught off guard.

2. Choose the Right Size and Style

Once you’ve gotten your work permit, you have to decide how you’re going to go about with construction. The first step to starting construction is designing your shed. For the design, you need to pick the right size and style. It would be helpful for you to look at shed plans so you can decide what works for you and what doesn’t. There are many options available to you for design. However, the most important aspect is to look at the size of your shed. You should also decide how you will demarcate space in the shed. i.e., how many rooms you’re going to have in the shed.

3. Pick a Function and Location.

You’re constructing a shed so that you can get some function out of it. You should decide what kind of function you hope to get out of the shed. Once you’ve decided what function can come out of the shed, you can decide on a location on your property. You must decide the unction as this dictates how you’re going to design the shed. If you want to use your shed as an office and a garden shed, you’ll have to make it a two-room shed. It will also have to be close to the garden so you can keep your equipment close to the garden. Distance will defeat the purpose of convenience.

4. Eliminate the Problems Near the Construction Site

You need to understand that once your pick a location, it won’t be perfect. You’ll likely have to work on that site a fair bit so it can be fit for the construction of your shed. You must look at the problems that exist around the construction site and try your best to eliminate them. If there are too many trees near the construction site, you’ll have to trim the foliage significantly. Trees are also places where their birds and insects like to nest, so make sure you eliminate problems but don’t upset any living things. It’s also essential for you to ensure that the ground your shed is on is level so the shed can have proper drainage.

5. Pay Attention to Detail

Make sure you get the most function out of your shed. If you’re using your shed for storage, make sure that there are enough shelves and storage spaces for you to accomplish your function to the greatest degree. It’s also better if you focus on the aesthetics of your shed. The shed is a part of your property. So, if it looks dingy, it will reflect badly on you. A shed can easily be converted to an independent living space once your child is older so its aesthetically pleasing design is a bonus.

Evan Zhang

Evan Zhang earned his Master’s in Construction Management from the University of Michigan and has 9 years of experience in commercial and residential construction. Evan joined our website as a freelancer in 2019, providing insights into construction methodologies, building codes, and safety standards. His background includes working as a site manager and a construction consultant. Evan also worked on various urban development and infrastructure projects. Evan is a DIY enthusiast and a mentor for young professionals entering the construction field.

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