How to Choose the Right Location for Your Storage Shed

Choosing the right location is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make after deciding to invest in a storage shed. That’s because where your shed will go on your property has a big influence on its size, shape and the type of foundation you will need. Consider these factors to help you pick the ideal spot.
Purpose How your outdoor building will be used is a crucial factor in deciding where it should be sited. If it will serve as a garden shed, you will want it near your garden and within a reasonable distance of a water source. If it will primarily be used for storage of bikes, lawn equipment, tools and other supplies, you will likely want the shed placed in a location that’s accessible from the front yard. Thinking about the purpose of your shed can help you determine the most convenient location.
Aesthetics Do you want your shed to be front and center on your property, or would you rather it was tucked away in a corner of the backyard? An attractive shed can increase the value of your home when planned for and installed correctly, so don’t be afraid to show it off! However, many homeowners want their outdoor building to blend into the surroundings. Your preference will affect where you put the shed.
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Ground Conditions Soil conditions are often overlooked when considering a shed location, but they shouldn’t be. Avoid low spots that become a puddle when it rains. Ideally, the location should be level with a slight grade to encourage water runoff, although many steps can be taken to securely place a shed structure on sloped ground.
Light Exposure Whether a shed is located in full sun or shade can greatly influence how comfortable your shed interior will be and how much you use it. If direct sunlight hits it for most of the day, the interior can be hot, and the exterior paint and roof may age faster. Light is particularly important for a garden shed, so take note of how much light reaches the area where you want to place a shed.
Local Ordinances Don’t forget to check with your local planning and zoning department to determine if there are rules about where you can place a shed on your property. Some local codes mandate how close a shed can be to fences, trees, property lines and other buildings.

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While possible, it is a challenge to move a storage building after it has been installed. By carefully considering your shed’s location prior to installation, you can avoid this hassle and get the best use from your new structure! LP Shed features beautiful, exceptionally durable products to make your shed a cut above the rest. From ready-made sheds to storage sheds built on-site, find a shed dealer near you that uses LP products.
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