I think the concept of having landscaped backyards and front lawns, especially having garden sheds, is often a foregone conclusion in today’s homes due to the challenge of space. But architecture and interior design geniuses have made it possible to solve the problem of space for those who want to enjoy the perks of having a private outdoor area.
Ask experts, and they’ll usually mention modern minimalist and traditional Zen designs as instant answers to very limited spaces. DIY shed kits made for tiny areas can be easily found in stores. And generally, the functions, materials, designs and placement of garden sheds, when thought about properly and realistically, even make these structures problem-solvers for pocket-sized gardens.
Here are 3 things you should do before working on that simple shed for your small space:
Assess Your Space and Your Needs
If your property is anywhere near the typical size of modern homes in today’s market, you probably have a big problem about having a small space. The last thing you should do is to buy or build a shed only because it looks pretty, even if it doesn’t match your available area. The first thing that you need to do is ask yourself what your garden shed will be used for.
- If you’ve got a smaller-than-average home, you might want it to be an organised storage area to keep the clutter away from your main house.
- It can also be a potting shed or a mini-greenhouse, if you don’t really have a lot of ground to work on. You can do levels of container gardening inside the shed.
- Who can fit in a small shed? The smallest members of the family, of course. Place foldable tables and smart organisers in it, so they can use the room for their messy projects.
You can still opt for the more affordable pre-fabricated shed or plan, instead of a custom-built type. But make sure it fits the shape and size of your intended area. Otherwise, a customised shed or plan will still be your better option. It may cost you a bit more, but you’ll maximise your space, for sure.
Be Realistic About Your Budget
Your enthusiasm can always take you beyond what is realistic not only in terms of space, but also of budget. It’s no-sweat to plan a beautiful, space-saving shed if you’ve got all the money to burn. But of course, no one would want to splurge a big portion of their savings on a garden shed, especially these days.
It’s important to be realistic when doing any home improvement tasks. If you really have a dream design that’s quite costly, you can still complete it, but in phases, making it a progressive project. You can also consider using recycled and reusable materials to save some bucks as well as the environment.
And Be Realistic About What You Can Do
Doing it yourself is a fine way to scrimp and come up with something that you may really like. But, be very careful because you might end up spending more. Many DIY enthusiasts commit expensive blunders simply due to the fact that they don’t have enough time, skill and attitude to pull it through.
It’s now easy to buy DIY plans complete with ore-cut lumber to help beginners build their own shed. But, even the simplest plan can still pose some challenges to inexperienced builders. Make sure you can actually finish the plan you’ve chosen. The best option is to choose the simplest structure and dress up the exterior and interior once finished.
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