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Garden Sheds Can Be Made To Order

by David Ross

Garden sheds are great buys for back gardens of any kind. They can be used for equipment storage, general household storage, or as an extension to any existing storage space already in the garage. Aside from this, they can also be built as playrooms or hobby areas, where you can pursue your free time. Sheds have often been used as small studios, or darkrooms for developing photographic film.

When you decide to add a garden shed to your backyard, there are lots of ways to go. The easiest way is to buy a ready-made shed from a hardware store or other retailer. These garden sheds are usually composed of hard plastic or particle board. Although they may be convenient, when you consider the small square footage they offer you'll find they're not very economical.

For the gardener on a budget, ready-to-assemble kits offer an ideal alternative to expensive, pre-built, garden sheds sold at many home improvement stores. Save on labor costs by assembling the kit yourself, leaving more money in your pocket for other things in your garden. In addition to the savings, kits also offer buyers greater flexibility in available options and customizations to fit a greater range of needs.

On the other hand, if you want to assemble a garden shed or tool shed from a kit, you need fundamental woodworking capabilities. You must be able to comprehend complicated written instructions and wield the necessary carpenter's tools. The majority of individuals locate a relative or an acquaintance who can do the job for them as a trade-off for a couple of tickets to a ball game and a good bottle of whisky. Others decide that if they are sufficiently determined and willing to work at it, they really can do it themselves even if they lack the experience.

The last possibility to consider is hiring a carpenter or shed professional to construct a shed to your exact dimensions and for your precise requirements. Nowadays, that is doable even on a tight budget, and you will delighted with the outcome. Be certain to get bids from different carpenters for the materials and the man hours, and be sure to check out any referrals thoroughly.

A large number of homeowners also have found that having a customized shed is a perfect solution for irregular spaces or special requirements. Standard sheds bought in a store will not be able to fit these needs. A carpenter can customize your shed so that it is an exact match to your home siding. When it comes time to sell your house, this special detail will be a valuable attraction.

If you have some backyard space but no storage for tools, consider investing in outdoor storage. Garden sheds can be built or bought, depending on your experience level and storage requirements. If you've a novice, consider purchasing a ready-made one. Expect something high quality, but probably high price. If you are familiar with DIY projects, invest in a ready-to-assemble kit. Kits are cost-effective, but very "one size fits all." If you are a master carpenter, grab your hammer and get to it. Personalizing your storage unit can add value to your house, and your only costs are the materials.

Published December 18th, 2008

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