It’s the start of a long weekend here in Canada, and that means 2 things: visiting (eating) with family and getting yard projects crossed off the list. Yay!
Previous projects have included a fire pit, a chicken coop, compost bins, our raised beds and installing rain barrels. Removing a wind-fallen tree was not a planned project, but we got it crossed off the list nonetheless.
It seems like we’ve gotten all the easy tasks out of the way, and so the next ones are going to require a little more planning: a new back deck or a garden shed. This weekend, we’re probably going to tackle the planning of the garden shed.
Because our house is slab-on-grade construction, we don’t have a basement to store
junk stuff in, which was a major concern of mine at the time we bought the house. We do have a large closet upstairs and a laundry room with lots of cupboards, but they’re not really enough for all our storage needs (yes, maybe we have too much stuff).
But seriously, am I really going to put our car’s winter tires under my suit jackets? And where should we put bikes, dozens of garden tools, syrup buckets, wheel barrows and unused chicken feed? Currently, all these things are competing for space in our teeny outdoor shed.
It gets reorganized every 6 months or so, but each time, we always seem to say, “we need a bigger shed”. Ours is about 6′ x 7′, and has stuff stacked on average 3 levels high and deep.
According to municipal regulations, we’re allowed only one shed, and it has a fairly generous 150 square foot max size. I’m allowed to build a garage as well, with a maximum size of 600 square feet, but I honestly don’t see that one happening any time soon.
Now, I’ve seen various prefabbed, click-together plastic models at home renovation centers, and maybe it’s just me, but that seems like an awful lot of money for another plastic shell. We’re looking for something a little…prettier? Bigger?
I’d like to make one myself, but the same problems always crop up. Time and money. No time, and I don’t want to spend a fortune on – a shed. Aimee has expressed that she’d like to use reclaimed wood for the project; what all does that entail? I’m not entirely sure.
And so instead of showing you what we’ve done here on our homestead, I’m reaching out to you, readers. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.
Do you have an outdoor shed? What do you use it for? Do you have any recommendations on pre-fab vs. DIY? How much space does one really need?