Renovation9 min

Shed Shopping 101: What to Ask, Where to Buy

You’re tired of the garage clutter. You need a storage shed to protect your stuff and help you get your life organized. But there are so many options and so many decisions to make – where do you start? Here’s a quick guide to help you make an informed decision from LP® Outdoor Building Solution®, the leading manufacturer of quality shed building materials.

What to Ask

  • How will my shed be used? How your outdoor building will be used is a crucial factor in deciding where it should be sited. Thinking about the purpose of your shed can also help you determine how big it should be.
  • Where will my shed be placed? Choosing the right location is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make after deciding to invest in a storage shed. Check with your local planning and zoning department to determine if there are rules about where you can place a shed on your property. Learn more about how to choose the right location for your shed. 

  • What size shed do I need? Sheds are available in a wide range of sizes, from small dog houses to two-story detached garages. Use LP’s shed size selector tool to help you estimate what shed size you should get based on how you want to use it and the items you plan to store.
  • What style of shed do I want? The overall shape of the shed will have an effect on cost, usefulness, curb appeal and even where the shed can be placed. Common shed designs include gambrel (barn), cottage, ranch and saltbox.
  • What materials do I need? If you are not purchasing a ready-made shed, you will need to gather materials according to your desired shed plan. LP Outdoor Building Solutions encourages you to explore our cutting-edge products for shed construction. These include innovative materials like LP® SilverTech® radiant barrier products to keep your shed cooler, and LP® SmartFinish® products which provide a uniform, professional-grade appearance. Engineered wood gives an attractive finished look to your shed.

Where to Buy

If you are buying a shed, find the location of a shed dealer near you who builds with quality shed materials from LP Outdoor Building Solutions. Buying a shed is the right choice if you lack the time and skills necessary to construct a quality building.

If you are building a shed yourself, starting with shed plans may be the best option. Find a retailer near you that sells quality shed materials such as LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding and LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia.

*Images courtesy of Pine Creek Structures.

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Trends5 min

Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

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