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Apr 27 2011

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7 Tips for Building a Garden Shed – The Garage Plan Shop

Shed Plan 050S-0006If you have a green thumb and enjoy gardening, whether you prefer vegetables or flowers, like many gardening enthusiasts, you will benefit from building a garden shed in your backyard. They are perfect for storing lawn and garden tools and supplies as well as seeds, bulbs, pots and more. Below are six tips to help you get started building a convenient and practical backyard shed:

 

  1. Decide how you plan to use the garden shed. Will you only use it to store items like the lawn mower, leaf blower, DIY tools and the sprinklers and hoses during the off season? Do you need extra space to store other seasonal items like patio furniture during the winter? Will you use the garden shed for planting and potting plants? Sorting seeds and bulbs? Do you simply want a quite retreat where you can go to get away from it all and enjoy your hobby from time to time?
  2. Determine the size of the shed you’d like to build. If you have a small lot or space, your lot may dictate the size of the garden shed. But, if space is not an issue, knowing how you plan to use the shed as decided above, will help you determine what size garden shed you will need. Keep in mind some garden shed plans are available with a loft providing extra overhead storage, ideal for a restricted lot. If you have plenty of room and you’re not on a tight budget, you might consider building your garden shed a bit larger than your needs actually require. Extra room is always appreciated, and you never heard of anyone complaining they built too big a shed, have you?
  3. How often will you use your garden shed? If you plan to spend long stretches of time in the shed on a regular basis, you might want a few amenities like windows or lighting, a planting bench or work surface, and a utility sink. Likewise, if you plan to charge batteries for DIY tools or plug-in other electrical items, you’ll have plan for electrical outlets.
  4. What kind of access will you need? Depending on how you plan to use the garden shed will influence the door size and style you choose. Do you need a single service door, a double door entry or an overhead garage door?
  5. Consider your budget. If you have a tight budget, make sure you stick to it. Look for deals on lumber and other building materials to keep from overspending. If there is no wiggle room in your budget, you might have to sacrifice some of the special features you were originally hoping for, like the utility sink, to keep from going over budget. 
  6. Research local building codes. Before buying a garden shed plan find out if you’ll need to get building permits. Ask your local building department what other building codes you must follow. Some municipalities have height and size restrictions. Other areas must follow building codes based on local weather and climate conditions. Doing a little research ahead of time may eliminate some headaches when you are ready to start building.
  7. Choose a garden shed plan in the size that accommodates your needs, local requirements and budget. Also, find a style that blends nicely with your home and other surrounding homes, especially if you live in a neighborhood.

 

If you are considering building a backyard garden shed, these helpful tips will help you get started on your project.

 

If you’d like to view the types of garden shed plans available, please visit The Garage Plan Shop and browse our collection.

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Mar 11 2011

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Shed Plans and Backyard Storage Sheds - The Garage Plan Shop

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Shed Plan 028S-0002In today’s world, many home owners find they are always in need of extra space. Simply stated, home owners have more things than they know what to do with and can’t seem to find a place to store everything. Just the thought of trying to store everything can seem exhausting in some cases. If this sounds familiar, take some time to browse storage shed plans like those found at The Garage Plan Shop. They are a wonderful, outdoor storage solution.

 

Shed plans can be used to store nearly everything from bikes and backyard toys to hunting gear, lawn and garden equipment and even a mechanic’s tools. If it doesn’t belong in your home and there isn’t enough room in the garage, consider storing all those extra things in a backyard storage shed.

 

Building a backyard storage shed is no easy task, especially if you don’t have all the knowledge and skills required for the project. However, those who are skilled builders and those who can enlist the help of someone with the right knowledge and skills will be rewarded for their efforts. They will have a sense of accomplishment and have peace of mind knowing their storage shed is a durable structure that is sure to last a long time as opposed to prefabricated models that may have been damaged when shipped to the lawn and garden or home improvement store.

 

Building with shed plans from The Garage Plan Shop will produce a wonderful backyard storage shed that will satisfy all of your backyard storage needs. Everything from the lawn mower and leaf blower to the kids’ soccer balls will have a place of their own. No more cluttered garage. No more wasting time looking for tools and equipment. With a backyard storage shed plan, everything will be easy to find when stored in your newly built shed.

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Jan 12 2011

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Solve your Storage Problems, Build with Shed Plans

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050S-0002 Shed PlanIt happens all the time. People who live in a house or own their own home get to a point where there just isn’t enough storage space for all their stuff. When the closets and garage are filled to capacity and the basement and attic are overflowing, it is time to take action. “What kind of action?” you ask. Build a backyard storage shed. There is a wide variety of shed plans available featuring various sizes, styles and rooflines. They work great for a multitude of storage needs, fit well in backyards and on small pieces of property, and keep your things dry, safe and secure. With a good set of shed plans and the right tools and materials, a storage shed can usually be built in just a couple of weekends. Furthermore, many of them feature an economical design that won’t break the bank.

 

So what can a backyard storage shed do for you?

 

·         Add value, efficiency and practicality to your home

·         Provide a storage space for lawn mowers and other lawn and garden tools and supplies

·         Offer a secure place to store power tools and other items that may be harmful to children

·         Serve as seasonal storage for holiday décor

·         Provide room to store furniture for outdoor living areas throughout the winter months

·         Deliver storage space for pool toys, chemicals and supplies during the cold season

·         Work well as a craft or hobby room

·         Offer a great place for a workshop for crafters, tinkers and the family handyman

·         Provide storage space for mechanic’s tools and auto parts

·         Serve as storage for the kids’ bikes, skate boards and other outdoor toys and sporting equipment

·         Work well as a gardening or potting shed

·         Help free up space in the garage so you can actually park the car inside

 

These are just a few of the things you can do with storage shed plans. The Garage Plan Shop recommends building a shed plan in your backyard to add functionality to your home and property right away, not to mention storage space.

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Oct 20 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop - Classic Storage Shed Plan with Handy Workbench

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050S-0009 Shed PlanAttention gardeners, families, and handymen! Take a look at this versatile storage shed plan. The ideal addition to any backyard, this shed design accommodates a broad range of needs. Gardeners can use this space to to store lawn and garden tools, supplies and equipment. The workbench is just right for potting plants. Families might find this floor plan especially handy for backyard storage. With the double door entry, it is easy to store bikes, outdoor toys, sporting equipment and the lawn mower. Better yet, this storage shed plan provides extra space freeing up the garage and ensuring you’ll have plenty of room to park the family cars. If the handyman in your life needs a place to store tools and a workbench for tinkering and working on small home repair projects, this storage shed can’t be beat! Delivering 224 square feet of usable storage space, this design will add value and functionality to any backyard. Furthermore, with its simple design and classic gambrel roof, it is easy to imagine this handy shed plan neatly tucked into the corner of your backyard!

 

Please browse our entire collection of shed plans at The Garage Plan Shop. Shed plans are the ideal storage solution for those in need of something smaller than a garage.

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Oct 13 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop: 6 Uses for Garage Plans Other than Parking

006G-0061 Garage PlanMost of us think of the garage as a place to park the car, but overtime, garages have evolved into much more that. The garage can accommodate many more needs than traditional parking. Designed to accommodate anything from one car to four or more vehicles, the sky is the limit when it comes to the many possibilities a garage can offer. If you need extra space to accommodate a specific need, consider garage plans. Here are some of the most popular uses for garage plans beyond parking the family cars:

 

Storage Space – Every family needs storage. Whether you lack a basement or your basement and attic are overflowing with boxes, a detached garage makes a great storage space for items that just don’t seem to fit in the house. A garage also works well for storing sporting equipment and the kids’ toys from bikes and scooters to ball gloves, golf clubs and even hunting gear. Garages can provide a place for storing seasonal items when not in use such as pool equipment and patio furniture when the weather turns cold and holiday decorations. Add shelves and cabinets for organization. 

 

 Lawn and Garden Shed – For those with a green thumb, there are always tools, supplies and other lawn and garden equipment that need to be stored rear round. A 1-car or 2-car garage offers a nice alternative to a backyard shed and features an overhead door making it easy to access big items like the riding lawn mower without a hassle. Furthermore, it is easy to add shelves or cabinets to accommodate small hand tools, flower pots, seeds and bulbs for your flower or vegetable garden. You might even want to add a planting table or utility sink.

 

Workshop – The family handy man will know just how to convert a detached garage plan into a workshop. Garages make a great shop area providing opens spaces to work on large projects with plenty of room to store tools, lumber and other supplies. They even offer enough space to add a workbench or table. Furthermore, there is no need to clean up your home repair project every time you work on it. A workshop will allow you to leave the project in progress and come back to finish it later. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can lock the garage keeping the kids from wandering inside and possibly harming themselves with sharp tools or heavy items.

 

Hobby Room – Hobbyists, crafters and woodworkers often need a large workspace to work on various projects that can be dirty, create a lot of dust or require a large layout space that a room in the home or the basement can’t provide. Building a detached garage plan for a hobby room keeps the mess outside and provides the hobbyist a space all his or her own to work on projects without disturbing the family or creating unwanted noises and messes inside the house. Garage plans offer more than enough storage space for tools and supplies. Add good task lighting, a workbench, table or other work surface and you’ll be ready to go!

 

Mechanic’s Garage – Auto mechanics and car enthusiasts might like a detached garage for working on cars rather than just protecting them from the elements. Furthermore, these people have a lot of tools and auto parts. Many designs include storage closets providing a great place to keep these items out of a child’s reach.  

 

Detached garage plans a very versatile and flexible accommodating many different needs. What can a garage plan do for you?

 

Browse garage floor plans at The Garage Plan Shop now.

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