Placing a new shed in your backyard is a fantastic way to increase your usable space around the house. Whether it’s there to store tools and lawn equipment, or you want to use it for an art studio or even an outside bar, a shed is an ideal way to give you that extra room without an expensive home renovation. But where to place a shed in your backyard? Not all spots are created equal. Here’s what you need to know about placement and what to consider when deciding where it should go.
Here’s all you need to know about where to place a shed in your backyard:
Here’s one thing you need to know. If there is a rule, and you break it, there will be someone who decides it’s their responsibility to pick up the phone and call the city or the HOA. It’s just the way it goes. So you don’t want to have your shed too close to a fence or too tall if it means someone from the city comes knocking on your door, telling you the entire shed needs to come down. It’s a major pain, financial expense, not to mention you’ll be wondering which neighbor phoned you in.
So, prior to any kind of shed placement, check with the homeowners association and the city for build requirements. Chances are you can’t have it directly against your fence, but instead, you need to have it a few feet away.
Have the utility companies come out and mark where their lines run on your property. You can do this for free by calling 411. It will probably take a few days (if not longer), but it’s one of the first things you want to do. They will put down indicators where the lines are. This is important to figure out because you don’t want to have your shed installed, and then, for whatever reason, the utility company needs to come out and make changes or repairs to the line. If your shed is on top of the line, you may be forced to remove it. This likely will not happen, but it’s better to avoid the possibility altogether.
You’ll want to avoid putting the shed too close to your house. The roof of your shed is easier to climb for outside pests. If it is close to your house, it will be that much easier to climb up the shed and hop on over to the house. It’s generally a good idea to have as few gateways to your roof for animals and bugs as possible.
If you’re using the shed for tool storage, you probably don’t need much, if any, light. In fact, you might want to put it in the shade somewhere so it doesn’t absorb too much heat. If you’re storing gas or other flammable materials inside the shed, you will want to keep it out of direct sunlight.
On the flip side, if you are turning the shed into some sort of working studio, it’s highly recommended to have a skylight, as it will let you work inside the shed while using less electricity. The best way to do this is to position your shed where there aren’t any trees or other objects obscuring sunlight.
Do you have a driving mower you plan on storing inside the shed? If so, you don’t want to make it a tight fit or difficult to pull out of the shed. Place the shed in an area where it’s easy to get in and out yet not in the way of other outdoor activities.
If you’re thinking of building a shed and turning it into an outside bar, you will want to have the shed closer to all the action. This way, you don’t have to walk all the way across the yard to the shed, which is something you probably won’t want to do during the summer or if it is raining. Ultimately it is up to you where you put your outdoor bar, but try to keep in mind the flow around the shed and whether or not you’ll have a large number of guests entering.
While there are a handful of rules you need to follow when it comes to the installation and placement of your shed, above all else, you will want to position your shed where you’ll get the most enjoyment out of it. Perhaps you want the shed to face the house, so you can watch your home while working in the studio. Or maybe you want to have the doors of the shed open up to your garden, so you can watch how the birds and the butterflies enjoy your garden. It is all a personal preference and things to consider. Usually, you can answer all of these questions by simply considering why you’re installing the shed. Are you installing the shed for pleasure, or are you installing it as a means of storage? All of this will make picking the right location for your shed that much easier. And, of course, if you’re still not sure where to place your shed or if you’re looking for ideas, the staff here at Barnyard Utility Buildings would love to help you out.
Whatever size of shed you’re looking for, and whatever you’re interested in doing with it, at Barnyard Utility Buildings, we can help with all of your backyard shed needs. Whether you need assistance from the beginning of the installation to the end, or you simply want some assistance in selecting the shed and finding one that fits your budget and requirements, we are here to help. And best of all, it’s easy to contact us. Either send us an email, message us on Facebook, or call us directly. Whatever works best for you, we are here to help.