Many people prefer wooden constructed garden sheds rather than vinyl, resin, plastic, and various metal type sheds. It may be more expensive up-front, but lumber seems to have a longer life and therefore is less expensive. Wood is also easier to repair. The other types of sheds would need to be discarded and a new one purchased.
Plan before you start building. There are important considerations which need attention. Decide if you would like to build it or hire a contractor. Do you wish to assemble a shed kit or build it from scratch?
There is a wide variety of wooden type garden sheds which may be ordered from local sources or from online. Note any additional items which may be needed. These items may be concrete blocks, tools and other hardware accessories.
Manufactured sheds can be erected in a few hours or over a weekend. The do it yourself shed may also take the same amount of time or longer. There are variables for both situations.
If you’re anything like me I did window shopping, comparative price shopping, and talked to my friends and neighbors who had garden sheds for their opinions and experiences. Then I made my decision. In case you are curious, we decided to build a wooden shed as it could be designed and customized to meet our requirements.
Before you setup this is a list to review:
- Utility outlets (if electric and plumbing are to be installed)
- Local residential building codes, licenses, and permits
- Zoning requirements
- Location of underground cables
- Neighborhood restrictions
- Building inspections
The location of the shed needs to be in a clearing within short access to the garden areas and pathways for loading and unloading heavy gardening supplies. The size of this structure is determined by the tools and garden equipment which will be stored.
It is also critical to check overhead, underground, and around the placement of the proposed site. Are there any trees, shrubbery, or overhead wiring which may interfere with the structure? Before digging locate any underground cables, plumbing, or electrical wires.
The Main Reasons That I Hear
There are 3 main reasons that I hear all the time. You just moved into a house and you want to upgrade. Maybe you just got married and you and your spouse plan on starting a family one day. Or maybe you are planning on selling your home and you know this is a solid investment to make. At this point in my life the last one is my favorite. You simply want to enjoy what you already have. These are absolutely all good reasons so let’s get started.
It all starts with a plan
Before you start digging anything up you need a solid plan. This should include the entire property you want to incorporate. If not your end result could look like a mishmash of designer magazine. You must know your desired outcome before you start. Sometimes you will run into road blocks that you did not foresee no matter how well you planned everything out. This will happen from time to time. Just remember this though, your earlier preparation will pay huge dividends if this should happen.
Take advantage of the type of land you have
A good plan will put importance of taking advantage of the land you have and its features. What I mean is this. Lets take the sun for example. Are there certain parts of your yard that get the sun in morning and shade in afternoon. Or maybe you are in an area that gets the sun in one part and shade in the other all day. And what about your soil type. Is it fast draining or does it drain on the slower side. How about your climate. Do you have cold winters or do they average in the 60″s. This is something that you should consider.
What Is Your Vision
Objects appear smaller in the rear view mirror than they actually are. Do you remember that. Well the same applies here only in reverse. Some types of hardscaping are actually larger than what you vision in your mind. Be cautious and extremely careful before you decide on something that could be very costly to fix if wrong.
Know The Maintenance Involved
And of course there is the maintenance of it all. Some of our favorite additions that we want involve a lot more work than others. Things such as ponds, waterfalls, and pools require more maintenance than rocks, stones and fences. How much time do you want to spend on all of this. After all I am sure you want to take some time and enjoy it.
Some people will plant native grasses behind their boulder for added beauty, but they are also great left alone as part of the landscape.
Smaller rocks are obviously going to be easier to move around, and some will cluster a few together to make a pretty design. Annuals planted around the rocks provide colour and can be changed out each year depending on your landscape theme each summer.
Large ledge type rocks make lovely borders to flower beds and can be arranged any way you’d like to optimize the beauty of the area.
And then we come to tiny stones. Beach stones and even much smaller stones that make lovely pathways or borders to your flower beds. They keep everything in place and make a great weed free barrier between the lawn and the flower beds themselves. You can even use several kinds of stones together for a unique look or us the same throughout your design. Best of all the small stones are easy to move and use again and again, all you need is a shovel and a wheelbarrow and you’re good to go.
Paving stones are also great additions to the yard. Make a little stepping stone pathway to a sitting area or into the yard itself. The stones come in all shapes, colours and sizes and again, because they are natural you can choose to use all of one colour and shape or mix and match colours, shapes and sizes to come up with a truly unique design.
Stones, rocks and boulders won’t discolour or shift on you and you can decorate around them however you wish. They make great additions to any yard because of their worry free and maintenance free existence and they bring a natural beauty to any design.
The Paperback Maple is an interesting tree as the cinnamon coloured bark peels off during the year. It adds dimension and texture as well as a talking point for your yard and this tree does great in all types of soil although it does like well drained soil, thanks all the same. It’s mature height is anywhere from 20-35′ but it is still considered a small tree and since its so undemanding, what are you waiting for? This tree is great for folks living in zones 4-8 across the country.
Ah, the Japanese Maple. What can we say about this beautiful tree? It’s graceful, it’s colourful and it’s a wonderful addition to any yard. It even comes in different varieties like weeping and upright so it can go almost anywhere. It is a great small shade tree and at it’s most mature it won’t grow more than 30 feet tall and wide, and the pretty leaves! Such pretty leaves. The Japanese Maple does best in zones 5-8.
If you are looking for a tree that has something to offer year round then you’ve found it in the Washington Hawthorne. In late spring you will get lovely white flowers. In the summer you get the texture and colour of dark green leaves and once fall hits, you can expect red and orange leaves to grace its branches. It’s not done then though, as deep into winter you will still see clusters of red berries against the graying sky. The one downfall is that yes, it has thorns, but that’s a small price to pay for all that interest. This tree does best in zones 4-8.