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When you have a smaller house, a shed is a storage lifeline. However, this area can easily become a mess if not well organized and laid out. Prevent clutter in your storage shed by adding shelves, cabinets and organizers for each tool and piece of equipment. For the lucky families who don't need extra storage, convert this outdoor shed space into a full-fledged living area such as an office, playroom, guest bedroom or family room.

Should I get a shed?

If your garage can't keep up with your accumulations, you might want to consider adding a shed to take on some of the storage load. Because of its backyard location, sheds are convenient spaces to house gardening equipment, pool accessories or outdoor cushions, but can also work as a detached living space for work or play. Thanks to their small sizes, variety of price points and wide range of uses, sheds are smart and affordable additions to any home.

What materials should I use for my storage building?

As you sort through the wide range of shed remodeling ideas, it may be difficult to determine which particular shed material would be right for your needs. In general, sheds are made from either metal, vinyl, plastic, wood or particle board/plywood siding. Read below to learn more about each.
• Metal: Most commonly built with either aluminum or steel, metal units are protected with a tough enamel finish and are easy to maintain. However, they're susceptible to rust: if you're drawn to metal, consider using rust-free aluminum.
• Vinyl: Vinyl units are solidly constructed with double-wall vinyl panels for dent and weather resistance. They're easy to maintain and come with steel doors for additional security.
• Plastic: Plastic sheds are the most affordable option, but they also aren't as durable and might not stand the test of time. These are ideal for storing smaller gardening supplies and can even act as an outdoor playhouse for children.
• Wood: The most common material used, wood storage buildings are built from solid-dimensional lumber framing and come in many designs and siding options. However, be aware that certain wood over time can be prone to rotting.
• Particle board/plywood: Composed of pieces of wood that have been pressed and glued together, this type of siding should be avoided in rainy regions since water can seep into the cracks and enhance deterioration.

How do I organize my shed?

Your shed layout is crucial — because this is a space that is primarily used for organization, it needs to be carefully planned out. One of the best ways to keep this area tidy is by adding built-ins; they allow you to organize all your items so they're easy to find and put away. To achieve truly stellar shed organization, add cabinets along the walls, a built-in workbench for ample counter space and wall hooks for hanging brooms, shovels and other oddly shaped tools. Stow pricier, cherished tools in a locked toolbox, and use wall-mounted racks to keep bikes out of the way. Think about your ceiling too; many manufacturers make overhead ceiling racks for seasonal and infrequently used items.

Will my property's building codes allow a shed?

Certain zoning ordinances, deed restrictions and building codes may restrict outer buildings being built on the property. It's possible you'll need a building permit, or that there are specifications as to where you can place the unit.