Choosing the proper shed size can be more complex than you think. Variables such as space availability, general purpose, shape, proposed location and cost can all play a part in determining the ideal shed size. Let’s take a look at the various categories of shed and how to select the shed that’s right for you.
Before you Begin
If you live in an area with an HOA, you may need to request approval before adding to your property. The HOA may limit your options in both building type and location. Permits may also be required for erecting a shed. Make sure to check with your neighborhood association and/or city before proceeding.
While many prospective buyers feel,” bigger is better”, the reality is that not everyone has sufficient space for a large garage or storage shed. When measuring the amount of available space, remember to allow an additional foot around the shed perimeter for the foundation.
You may also want to consider the vertical shed dimensions. It’s possible to increase storage capacity, as well as improve versatility, by selecting a higher shed. That said, if the shed is too tall, in some locations, it may block natural light or reduce necessary visibility.
A shed needs to suit your intended purpose, whether it’s for general storage, housing of equipment, or as a workshop or office. Remember that bigger isn’t necessarily better, especially if the shed requires climate control. More space requires a greater energy outlay for heating and/or cooling, as well as enhanced insulation and measures to reduce condensation.
As already indicated, you may wish to provide power in your shed, as well as heating, cooling, ventilation and possibly a water supply. The running costs for heating and cooling are usually proportional to the temperature controlled space. A larger shed will result in a higher energy bill to maintain than a more compact shed. We recommend consulting a licensed electrician and/or plumber if considering adding either a power or water source. There may also be further permitting required.
Opting for a larger shed, particularly with wide or high doors and insulation, can provide a versatile space, such as agricultural machinery or RV storage. Although a larger shed is more costly overall, the ease with which it can be re-purposed may make it a good option.
In addition to shed size, you may want to consider the benefits of shed shape. From traditional A-frame and Gambrel (Dutch barn-style), to Salt box (Quaker style) to a Slanted roof (lean-to style) there is a wide selection available.
Shed buyers can choose where the doors and windows (if any) are located, adding to the functionality of the building. A shed shape that’s been chosen to complement its intended use often provides a better option than simply going with a larger shed overall.
An exposed or open space, area with harsh weather conditions, or a spot close to large trees, power lines, etc., may play a major role in selecting the size or shape of shed. Ideally, you should consult a shed expert to determine which option is going to work best.If you are in the PA, MD, WV or VA region, contact C & H Sheds. Our experienced, knowledgeable team is here to help!