An outbuilding is a small outside storage or workspace, sometimes called a shed or shanty. There are lots of creative uses for your outbuilding, turn it into your very own art studio or office. Let your kids use it as a grounded tree house of sorts.
Building an outbuilding yourself is both rewarding and challenging. You need a basic grasp on construction skills, a mental picture of what you’re going to build, as well as an idea of where in your yard you’d like to build it.
We’ve put together several steps to help you get there:
1. Decide which building material is best for your outbuilding
Outbuildings are usually constructed with metal, wood, or plastic. Outbuildings constructed with wood have a more rustic feel and can aesthetically improve your yard. Metal outbuildings are not only cheaper to construct but are more durable and will outlast the other options. Plastic outbuilding, while most expensive, are snap to maintain and usually come as a set that you can very easily put together.
2. Deciding on a location
There are several things you should bear in mind when choosing your location:
– Call your local building department and find out if you will need a permit or if there are any size requirements for sheds in your community, every city has different requirements.
– Place your building where you can easily view and access your garden.
– Plan building your shed with the windows facing south to promote better light in your workspace.
– Pay attention to where the water collects in your yard when it rains, you don’t want to build a shed only to have it flooded.
3. Construct your outbuilding using plans
If you’re the kind of person that works well with your hands and you’ve got some extra time on your hands, you may want to consider constructing your outbuilding yourself. If this is the case, just get yourself some plans and the materials and you’ll be on your way. Check around online for plans you can download instantly instead of waiting for shipment through the mail. Constructing your outbuilding with a blueprint will require some basic construction knowledge, tools and a little insight on how to read the plans. Be patient, it’s not at easy as it may seem.
4. Construction of your shed using a kit
If building your shed with blueprints seems a little intimidating but you don’t want to buy a pre-made outbuilding, there is the option of using a kit. The kit comes with easy to read instructions and all of your parts. It’s quite a bit easier than using a blueprint.
When choosing your kit, you get what you pay for. Choose a quality brand name kit and you’ll be happy with the results. Construction of your outbuilding with a kit is an easier, more cost effective option for people who like to do it themselves. For the novice, construction with a kit is probably the best way to go seeing as reading blueprints can be difficult and require some prior knowledge.