1) Make sure you contact your local city office buildings to find out what the local requirements are in erecting a storage shed in your neighborhood. Many different neighborhoods have covenants and restrictions to the size, color, make, and origin. Make sure that you do your due diligence. Your local city office buildings should have all the information you need.
2) Determine the right size of storage building based on your needs and the size of your yard. You will want to decide what you are storing. Are you storing garden tools? Is this general storage for boxes and seasonal decorations? Or perhaps you need to house an animal in the winter. Regardless of your needs, there is almost always a size that will work for you. The most common size, by the way, is an 8 foot wide by 10 foot deep storage shed.
3) Determine the number of doors you need on your storage shed. Most storage sheds have one set of double doors such as model 60005. That is sufficient for most people. However, if you have a motorcycle, ATV, riding lawnmower, or a similar vehicle you might consider models that have two sets of double doors such as 60001. Model 60001 Dual Entry[/caption]The benefit of having those extra doors is that you can drive in through one door and out through the other without backing up your vehicle every time you want to use it. The nice thing about those extra doors is they can be moved to the left side or the right side to accommodate the setup of your yard.
4) Decide on how many accessories you need. Most storage sheds come with some accessories. In fact, each of the 10 foot lifetime models 60056, 60115, 60095, 60005, and 60001 all include some type of shelving. There are full-length shelves that allow you to store items across the 8 foot side wall. There are also smaller-30 inch shelving that allows you to store smaller items in a smaller space such as garden equipment. Only a few of the models come with corner shelves. Corner shelves are handy for lightweight items such as flowerpots and household tools. Keep in mind that the built-in shelving, while very convenient, does have a weight limit capacity. In other words, you wont be able to stack all of your full paint cans across the shelf without seriously compromising its integrity. If you have unusually heavy items you may want to consider stand-alone shelving that is not attached to the walls. There are many DIY projects for stand alone shelving.)
Decide on the number of windows and skylights you need. All of the lifetime models include skylights built into the ridge line of the roof. However, several models include extra skylights that are large bubbles in addition to the regular ones built into the ridge. There are three models that include those extra large bowl skylights including 60095, 60005, and 60001. We hope these tips have been helpful and useful to you. We realize there are many factors when choosing a storage shed and without a side-by-side comparison it can be difficult to make an educated decision. Many sheds say they are a "garden shed" while others say a "storage shed" the difference being that garden sheds generally have the doors on the longer side and storage sheds have the doors on the shorter side of the shed. Feel free to take a look at this comparison chart below that shows the different options along with the different features available. The chart will tell you, for example, how many windows are included, whether it has shelving, whether it includes and strips and tool hooks, and the number of skylights. Last tip- Make sure you follow the instructions step-by-step in the order set forth in the owners manual. Often people will pull a part out of the box and decide that they want to start with that piece. They end up undoing all that work since the storage sheds must be put together in the order set forth in the owners manual.