A shed can add beauty to your garden or backyard—or it can detract from it. You might build a very good-looking shed, but if it is improperly placed, you may have wasted all your effort, time, and money on something that is hardly an asset.

Right Spot for Your Shed

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It is important that you consider the location of your shed. Avoid placing it where it will obstruct the view from your home. In addition, bear in mind the following concerns:

  • Terrain – Check the terrain where you plan to install the foundation. If there are rocks in the area, you will need to remove them or build over them (if possible). Check also for tree roots. Do not build your shed in an area that will be reached by growing roots.
  • Accessibility – Make sure that your shed is accessible from the house. No one wants an arduous journey every time they want to get something from the shed.
  • Drainage – Do not build your shed in an area where water will collect and sit. A good way to check this is to watch where water pools after a hard rain.
  • Light – The location of your shed should take into consideration the amount of natural light that will hit your shed. If the afternoon sun will hit the broadside of your shed, you can expect the interior to be like an oven. The strong sun will also compromise your shed’s paint, requiring you to repaint frequently.
  • Heat – Look for a part of your yard that will mitigate the heat of the sun. An area with heavy tree cover may be nice, as long as the trees will not jeopardize your shed in the event that they fall during a storm.

Sheds can be a wonderful addition—whether they are used as a backyard retreat or simply for extra storage space. Take time to research proper shed placement. Once you have found the perfect spot, let the building fun begin.