Drafting A Garden Shed
As most homeowners know already, storage space in a home is a valuable commodity that seems to disappear almost magically. While garages, basements, sheds, and closets do their best to keep up, they tend to overwhelmed with clutter that not only looks terrible, but also blocks your access to everything else in the storage area. For most homeowners, the biggest challenge is finding storage space for all of the lawn and garden equipment; rakes, mowers, trimmers, blowers, waste receptacles, and more are extremely bulky and take up space that could be better used for other things. One of the best space saving and money saving solutions to the home storage dilemma is to design your own garden shed.
Drafting a garden shed may sound intimidating at first, but the reality is that it you will spend more time deciding what size you need and where to put the garden shed than you will actually drafting the design. Many new home owners have learned that you do not need an architectural degree or be able to draw construction blueprints to draft a design that you can read and build. The two most important aspects are ensuring the shed meets your needs and budget; expensive and elaborate designs can break your budget and halt the project completely, while not having enough space or a poor location just adds to the problem.
Determining the actual size of your garden shed is often the toughest part of the design process, but a few simple tips can ease you through it. First, make an estimate of the space your lawn and garden equipment occupies now by measuring the wall and floor space they take up. This does not have to be a precise measurement and it is always best to over-estimate. Using these measurements is a fast and easy way to calculate the width and height requirements of your garden shed. Be sure to include any over head storage and shelving you plan on including, and the hardest part of the process is over.
The second most critical factor when drafting a garden shed is the location; just as with real estate, success is dependent upon the location of the structure. You will need to position your garden shed so that you can get the equipment in and out of it easily; tight turns, inadequate width or height, and obstructions like fences, trees, and bushes can render a garden shed useless. Ensure your shed has plenty of room inside and out, a space of at least three feet in all directions is preferable around the perimeter of the shed. Using double doors and hinges that open completely make getting large items and multiple items in and out without a hassle.
Another key decision to make when drafting a garden shed is the type of foundation for the structure. All sheds need some kind of foundation and garden sheds are no exception. Fortunately, there are two simple types of garden shed foundations, one that uses a gravel bed for drainage and one that merely sits on top of the ground. The rain level amounts and general drainage of the area will determine which is appropriate; if there is any question as to what type to use, always opt for drainage.
Once these key elements are resolved, you can begin to draft your garden shed design. You can start with simple sketching and progressively amend it as you go, ensuring that all of your sketches have the measurements and material types clearly displayed with no short-hand. For those with no construction or do-it-yourself experience, you can take your dimensions from the initial steps and use the internet, home improvement store, or contractor to help you complete your draft. Then you can finally get organized, reclaim some space in your home, and make the lawn and garden chores just a bit easier with a garden shed that you designed.