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What Are the Best Tips for Making a DIY Storage Shed?

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Building a DIY storage shed can save the builder money in the long run, but only if the structure is built properly. Plenty of forethought and planning goes into building a reliable and long-lasting DIY storage shed, and it is important to choose plans that are appropriate for the user's needs and materials that will stand up to constant exposure to the elements. Taking accurate measurements of the space in which the shed will be built is exceptionally important; when taking such measurements, it is vital that the builder take into consideration extra space on every side of the structure to prevent contact with trees, shrubs, or other objects that can damage the shed.

The foundation is perhaps the most important aspect of any DIY storage shed. Several options for foundations exist, from concrete slabs to cinder blocks, and even certain types of pressure-treated wood. If the builder chooses to make the foundation using pressure-treated wood, it is important to choose wood that is rated for contact with the ground. Most types of pressure-treated wood are not rated for constant contact with soil, and if such wood is used for the foundation, rot is likely to occur fairly quickly.

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When planning the layout of the DIY storage shed, ventilation and access are two key points to the design. The builder should think carefully about what will be stored inside the shed. If, for example, a lawn tractor will be stored inside, the floor of the DIY storage shed will need to be quite strong, and the door will need to be fairly wide. The builder should not forget to account for the space taken up by the door when it is open; this might prevent the tractor from passing through the doorway.

The builder should avoid skimping on materials. It may be tempting to buy cheaper, lower-grade materials to save money, but this might ultimately be more expensive because such materials tend to be more susceptible to rot, rust, or other types of damage. Try to choose materials that are fairly low-maintenance; no homeowner or renter wants to have to spend a significant amount of time tending to the various elements of a DIY storage shed, so choose materials that will be rugged and durable after continued exposure to the elements and potential impacts from tree branches, rocks, or other debris.

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