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10 Considerations When Buying Outdoor Storage Sheds

Outdoor Storage Sheds: Functionality, Appearance

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Photo shows example of an outdoor storage shed.

An outdoor storage shed can have the functionality of a barn but the look of a playhouse.

David Beaulieu

1. Price vs. Quality in Outdoor Storage Sheds

Don't let the price of outdoor storage sheds be the determining factor for you. Some shoppers, once drawn to the cheapest price, immediately thereafter put blinders on and ignore alternatives. Of the outdoor storage sheds I priced recently, those sided with cedar and vinyl (the highest quality sidings) were only a few hundred dollars more than outbuildings sided with lower-quality materials. Consider how much those few hundred dollars are buying before rejecting the cedar or vinyl.

2. Design of Outdoor Storage Sheds and House Design

Remember that outdoor storage sheds are not merely utilitarian items. In addition to their utility, the appearance of outdoor storage sheds affects the overall appearance of the property on which they are installed. As such, the unit you choose should be of a design that complements your home. Select one with a rustic design (for instance, board and batten) for a country-style house. If your house’s style is more formal, select an outdoor storage shed with formal features to match (for instance, if your house has an arched window, carry the theme over to your outbuilding).

3. Outdoor Storage Sheds as Part of the Landscape

Integrate your outbuilding into the surrounding landscape. Plants can help outdoor storage sheds blend into a landscape, rather than sticking out like sore thumbs. Open up and plant annual or perennial beds around your unit. You can also install trellises up against the walls of outdoor storage sheds and adorn the walls with vines.

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