Wood Storage Buildings
Wooden storage buildings or sheds have a natural look that can
blend in well with garden environments. Wood buildings can be
portable or built
on site. Portable wood buildings are often available through a
rent-to-own agreement, often with no
credit check. Despite the strength of
wood, over time it can rot or become susceptible to mold and mildew,
so it should be treated for protection. As well, wood is susceptible
to termites and fire. Wooden sheds are easier to modify than metal
or plastic sheds, for example, by adding windows, doors, or exterior
trim. Properly treated and or painted, a wooden storage building or
shed can last more than a lifetime.
The simplest, least expensive
wood storage buildings or sheds are available in kit form. Both
storage building or shed kits and "do-it-yourself" plans are
available for wooden sheds. Sheds are used to store home and garden
tools and equipment such as push lawn mowers, lawn tractors, and gardening
supplies. In addition, sheds can be used to store items or products
that are not suitable for indoor storage, such as gasoline,
pesticides, or herbicides.
For homes with small gardens or modest storage needs, there are
several types of very small sheds. These include corner sheds, which
fit into a corner (3’ tall x 3’ wide x 2’ deep), vertical sheds (5’
tall x 3’ wide x 4’ deep), horizontal sheds (3’ tall x 5’ wide x 4’
deep), and toolsheds. When a shed is used for tool storage,
are often used to maximize the storage space.
A popular style for smaller storage sheds is the
gambrel-style roof, which whimsically resemble a Dutch-style barn,
and the high sloping roof line increases storage space in the
'loft'. Both gable and saltbox style sheds are gaining in popularity.
Larger, more expensive storage buildings or sheds are
typically constructed of
wood and include features typically found in house construction,
such as as windows, a shingled roof, and electrical outlets. Larger
storage buildings or sheds provide more space for engaging in
hobbies such as gardening, small engine repair, or tinkering. Some storage buildings or sheds have small
porches or include furniture, which allows them to be used for
Storage building or shed owners can customize wooden sheds to
match the features (e.g., siding, trim, etc.) of the main house. A
number of decorative options can be added to sheds, such as dormers,
shutters, flowerboxes, finials, and weathervanes. As well, practical
options can be added such as benches, ramps, ventilation systems
(e.g., in cases where a swimming pool heater is installed in a
shed), and electric lighting.
Storage buildings or sheds designed for gardening are often
called "potting sheds", and they typically feature windows or
skylights for illumination, ventilation grilles, and a potter's
bench for mixing soil and re-potting plants.