4 Potential Problems When Choosing Your Storage Shed Location
Yes! You’ve finally convinced your spouse to let you purchase that incredible shed you’ve been eyeing.
Now for the hard part: choosing the best location for your shed.
Choosing the best place for your storage shed – or as some would like to call them, your accessory building – can pose many potential issues. There’s a lot to consider and take into account.
In this post, you’ll find 4 potential problems that you’ll need to consider before placing your shed for good:
- Poor function
- Outdoor limitations
- Drainage and terrain
Nothing can derail a shed placement quicker than running into an ordinance or HOA problem for outdoor sheds and buildings.
As you may know, certain rules and guidelines must be followed when building almost anything on your property. Check the local codes or with your community to see what’s mandatory when choosing the ideal location.
2. Poor Function
Your beautiful storage shed will be of no use if it isn’t easily accessible or if it has poor functionality.
Imagine exactly how your shed will be put to use. For instance, make sure that you can utilize the doors and windows to their fullest potential, by opening them as wide as they’ll go. Another example is: if you plan on having electricity in your shed, your home’s electricity supply should be easily accessible.
3. Outdoor limitations
What plans do you have for your yard in the future? Whether it’s a swimming pool or a vegetable garden, you don’t want to set limitations on your yard for yourself or future buyers, if you decide to move.
Also, if you are utilizing your shed as a gardening shed, you’ll likely want the shed close to where you will be working, so it isn’t hard to get to for daily maintenance. In addition, consider how large your garden will grow and expand. The last thing you want is to regret your shed placement.
4. Drainage and Terrain
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the shed location you’ve selected through different types of weather. From days where the sun will beat down your shed roof to rain, snow, or sleet, consider how weather may affect your shed.
Pay attention to the ground underneath as well. You wouldn’t want to place your shed in an area that doesn’t drain well or where the ground is too unsettled or uneven. Gravity and nature can take their toll on a building, and even buildings with solid foundations can begin to shift.
Make sure you know what is underground before you build. Look at the surrounding trees and take care not to build over roots that can upset the building foundation. Another potential problem many people forget to check for is the septic system: it’s unwise to place anything heavy (like a shed) on top of your septic system.
Take these four potential problems into account as you determine your future shed location. You’ll be so glad you did!
Once you find the perfect location, then it’s time to choose the right storage shed!