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How to Choose a Location for Your Shed? Your Guide to Shed Placement

May 3, 2024

Have you finally decided on getting a shed but are perplexed about where to put it in the backyard? You want to ensure you get your shed's position right the first time because it can be a real pain to move, no matter how little it is. A shed's size and foundation type are not just two of many shed characteristics affected by where you put it; everything else revolves around the shed location. Honestly, you will hate putting your shed in an awkward spot or too far away from your house; it won't just meet your expectations (when you will have to rush to the house to get even the smallest item).

So, how do you decide on the right location for the shed? Read below and find out!

Your Guide to Backyard Haven- Shed Location Placement 101

Accessibility of the shed

Accessibility should be a top priority when deciding where to place your shed in the backyard. No one wants to go to the shed often if it's out in the middle of nowhere and hidden by trees. The best tip is to build your shed so it's easy to reach when needed and adjacent to the home. Also, you probably didn't know this, but your shed must be placed where it can be built and relocated easily. 

The shed needs to serve the purpose

What do you plan to use your shed for? Considering its intended function, where do you plan to place it in the backyard? If you want to use the shed as a storage space for gardening tools and materials, you should probably put it in the backyard near your home, where it will be easy to reach. Similarly, if you plan on using a shed as a pool shed, there is no point placing it in the back of your yard, away from the pool. 

Please don’t forget the nature

Whether you're planning on building a shed from scratch or getting a prefabricated one, it's important to keep Mother Nature in mind. You cannot ignore the nature or the fact that it can significantly negatively impact the lifespan of your shed. Please consider the green area, and don't compromise by cutting off excessive trees just for a small shed. Also, don't forget the culprit for shed deterioration—shedding leaves. Putting your shed under a tree that sheds its leaves can heavily damage your shed.

IMPORTANT! Zoning and HOA regulations

If you have decided on how broad or tall you want your shed to be, wait. Please check the local zoning regulations first. You don't want to build a shed with dimensions and placement that violate the ordinances and end up demolishing it. Local township ordinances can regulate the proximity of a storage facility to trees, fences, or other structures. Thus, taking care of all the orders and regulations in your area is critical. 

Optimal sunlight is a must

You should definitely place your shed where it faces the sun since having access to natural light is important for keeping the shed dry and mold-free all year long. Try locating a spot in the backyard where you feel the sunlight drops directly, and consider windows and doors where they will get the most sunshine. However, it's important to find a middle ground, somewhere you get the shade as well since prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the shed to overheat. 

Can’t ignore the aesthetics

Well, the first thing everyone sees is how beautiful your shed looks. A well-designed and well-placed shed may do wonders for your home's aesthetics. Find a spot for the shed where it will flawlessly blend in with your home. Carefully consider your shed's materials, color scheme, and style so it blends with the landscape and gives an aesthetically appealing vibe.

Foundation only at a flat space

You want to avoid putting your shed in a muddy place all year. Wherever you place your shed, the ground underneath should be level so water and trash don't collect. This level base will also offer stability for your shed to position itself. If your backyard lacks a flat area, you may need to build stairs to access the shed's door. Moreover, a shed's foundation is usually made from a gravel pad or concrete slab, so keeping this in mind, the site must be appropriate for its construction. 

Consider the security

You must ensure the safety of your shed and place it where it's the safest because if it contains pretty expensive possessions. It's a bonus if you put your shed in a visible spot from your house, as doing so will help you keep an eye on it.  

Choose a Location and Contact an Expert for Seamless Installation- Only at the Backyard Escape Studios

All the pointers aside, selecting the right location for your shed is all about where you'll use it the most—in a functional, durable, and enjoyable way! By carefully following these steps and adequately planning before jumping into the construction process, you can ensure that your new shed serves your needs for many years to come without compromising on the overall aesthetics of your backyard. 

So, are you in the market for a shed maker who takes care of all this and makes the shed installation process a breeze? No worries—Backyard Escape Studios is here to help! Our customizable sheds can accommodate any size or purpose. We also handle everything from keeping the HOA regulations in mind to pouring the concrete foundations and clearing the site after the shed is finished. Choose Backyard Escape Studios and kick back while your shed gets installed in a matter of hours!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I build a shed right next to my house?

According to basic regulations in many countries, the standard distance between a house and a shed should be at least 6-8 feet. Research your area's zoning laws and restrictions, as they differ from place to place. 

Does my small shed also need a foundation?

A foundation is usually necessary for larger sheds since the base helps them hold in place. But this doesn't mean your small shed doesn't require a base. A well-laid foundation base will shield your shed, regardless of its size, from the elements like water and moisture, allowing it to last longer and be more helpful.

Which is the cheapest shed base?

Among many other options, concrete blocks are the most cost-effective option when considering investing in the foundation for a small or medium-sized shed. A tiny shed only needs about 6-12 concrete blocks placed below as a foundation. 

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