Garden sheds are no longer just a dumping place for tools and flower pots. They have become a focal point of the garden itself. These days a shed can help beautify your garden, become an attractive place to relax, and bring a little “backyard appeal” to your home. So whether you plan to add a shed or upgrade your present one, here are some steps to assist you:
Plan Ahead for Your Shed
When considering where to place a new shed, there are three criteria: location, location, location. Make sure it’s not going to block plants from the sun, it isn’t in a spot that collects a lot of water, it’s not intruding on any high traffic areas of the yard, and its situated in an area that maximizes privacy.
The size of your shed will be based on what you’ll use it for. Are you going to use it to store large items like a ride-on mower or swimming pool pump? If so, ensure your shed is adequately sized, with double doors and ramp for easy access. Check with your municipality to ensure that the size and position of your shed meets all regulations.
Shed the Drab, Go for Fab
Even the most ordinary garden shed can be transformed with a little paint and simple decor. No matter what your shed is made of, get a rustic look by painting it in a muted earth tone, and adding barn door hinges. If quaint and cozy is more your cup of tea, paint the shed in a light colour, complemented with darker shutters and window boxes. Go bold for the door with a dramatic colour like red or violet.
Create a fancier, Victorian style shed with an octagonal window or arched glass insert in the door and complete the look with a little gingerbread trim. Or, let your garden shed reflect your hobbies, such as sailing or fishing, with Cape Cod colours complemented with hanging fishing nets, oars, or lobster traps.
Accessorize for Added Intrigue and Comfort
The final touches to your shed should make it more appealing to look at, and relax by. Create a stone pathway to the front door of your shed and spray-paint an old chair to sit out front. For added comfort, include a bench with cushions or a rocking chair for the days you want to sit in your garden and enjoy a good book.
Bring out your personality with artwork, both inside and out, that stamps the shed as uniquely yours. Top it off with a metal rooster or weathervane, and it’ll be like a little home away from home.
A garden shed adds charm and character to your outdoor space, a good reflection on you!