Getting started on your storage building or shed project

Getting started on your storage building or shed project

Chapter 1: How to get started on your shed project?

Start by answering this question, "How do I plan to use the shed?" 
It is not always as apparent as it seems. It is worth examining because anticipating all of the uses for your shed will impact what you get or what you didn't but should have.  
We have been at this for over fifty years and heard over 150,000 stories and learned a little along the way. Know this: how you choose to purpose your utility building will determine the width, length, & height of your shed. It will drive the door, window, loft, workbench, lighting, and ventilation configuration. So let's take a look at what customers said they wanted when they first came in — the thing that got them to the place where researching a backyard storage building made sense. 
[1] "I am tired of stumbling over the lawnmower, blower, and weed eater while I try to find actual gardening tool I need" This is often followed by "Wouldn't be so nice to have a cute little garden cottage in the corner of the yard to landscape around?" If your initial thought is a garden shed, then this will inform us on the size and how to arrange doors, windows, and shelving so you can get the most out of it.
[2] "I am sick of parking my car outside of my two-car garage. I feel dumb scraping ice off my car window when I have a perfectly good garage, which has turned into a storage unit." Not uncommon, and you are right to feel a little silly as a new backyard shed will cost you about 1/10 per square foot than your garage did. You can find or create a shed that will solve this problem, and you will have the garage looking exactly like you want it. With plenty of room for your cars and a few bikes and maybe even a little tool area. But store the storage in a shed where it belongs. Put the kids' toys out where you want them playing with them.
[3]  Speaking of kid's toys, we get this a lot. "I tell my children to put away their toys, but truthfully, we don't have a good place for them to put them all." We understand and have helped many families design a shed with two entrances — one for the lawnmower and another safer door for kids to get their toys and where they can put them away.
[4] "The attic does not work for us — it gets too hot in the summer, and it is too difficult to access the stuff when we need it. In some ways, it is dangerous to go up and down the pulldown stairs. While balancing myself on the steps, I am trying to squeeze a 24" plastic box through a 30" opening." The attic is useful for some items that are heatproof and don't need to be accessed often. You will find with a backyard building that the overflow stuff will last longer and get used more often because you can access quickly and organize it so that you see what you have. 
[5] "Holidays are fun, and we love to decorate; however, we keep re-buying stuff because we can't find it or it got ruined since last year." The best way to keep up with your growing holiday paraphernalia is to design space for it in an outdoor storage shed. You will be able to inventory it quickly, and it makes unloading and loading quick, leaving you more time for actually enjoying the holiday season. 
[6] "I want to clear the closet clutter, so I am not wasting valuable real-estate. I have stuff that does not need to be heated and cooled to remain at 72-degree Fahrenheit."  The price you paid per square foot inside your home is way too much to waste on storing items that will do just as well in an inexpensive backyard shed. A little less convenient, but this fact will be offset by the fact you will have room actually to organize it and access it. 

Buying Guide Chapter 2: Selecting the size of your storage building or shed

When selecting a size for your backyard storage building, there are several questions to ask yourself. Use this list as you start your research 

closet full of clothes and games
boxes stacked on top of each other in a closet
closet full of clutter
boxes stacked on top of each other
kids toys laying on ground
clutter room with cardboard boxes

Here is where it gets interesting


While your initial thoughts maybe about what you want to get out of the way, many customers start to think about the extra space as an addition to their life. A storage can be used for multiple puposes. Image part of the space as a tool room the other for holiday decorations. What if you partitioned part of the space to be a hobby house, art studio, reading room, or man cave?


Man painting in shed studio
car in workshop
If you don't think a shed will fit in your backyard, we are here to help. 

Free Consultative Site-Check

In most cases, we will send out an experienced shed expert to walk the property with you. A trained eye will help assess the potential locations and determine placement and delivery options.  Experience is also helpful in determining the size, style, door placement, and ramp requirements.  We understand the room required for truck or truck & trailer deliveries and the best path to placement.  We can help check for low wires, tree limbs, and branches, as well as septic systems, sprinkler systems, and other unmarked utility lines.  We will discuss remedies for obstacles like fences, pathways, shrubbery, and other landscaping features.  Note: For obvious reasons, we can not commit to a free consultation visit in every case, but where we can, the experience will be extremely valuable to your project’s success


This schedule is subject change depending on the weather

1.Getting Started on Your storage building or shed project

Start by answering this question "How do I plan to use the shed?" It is not always as obvious as it seems. It is worth examining because anticipating all


2. Selecting the size of your storage building or shed

When selecting a size for your backyard storage building, there are several questions to ask yourself. Use this list as you start your research 


3. Choosing the best building or shed shape

The shape of the shed will affect the cost, look, usefulness, and possibly the placement. Leonard offers 3 distinct storage building shapes.


4. Understanding Proper Floor construction of storage buildings, sheds

Sturdy pressure treated 4"x6" skids are notched so that the 2”x6” pressure treated joists 


5. Steel Frame vs Wood Frame Storage Buildings and Sheds

For most customers, a storage building's frame material is one of the most important decision factors. 


6. Choosing from storage shed siding materials

When it comes to choosing the right siding material for our shed there a number of factors to consider. Do you have an HOA?


7. Storage Shed and Utility Building Roof Material Options

Leonard offers the widest selection of roofing material in the industry: Standard Shingle, Architectural Shingle, Corrugated Metal, Heavy Duty Metal Panel, and Cedar Shake. 


8. Choosing the right color(s) for your Storage Building or Shed

The siding and trim material of your storage building or shed will determine the available options for color.  Siding materials are broken into four groups


9. How much does a shed cost?

Sheds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. All of these affect costs in different ways.


10. Why Rent-To-Own Sheds Win every time over Storage Units

We Americans love our stuff. We love activities that involve tools, memorabilia, boats, bikes, holiday decorations, and hobby supplies.


11. Should You Choose a Shed Kit vs A Custom Built Shed from a Manufacture?

Shed kits are quite popular for promising new sheds for an unbeatable price. For just a few hours of work, you can get a great storage building. But is that the best option?


12. How is a storage building or shed delivered?

Leonard offers FREE Delivery. Your shed will be delivered to your backyard, blocked & leveled, and set up for you to start moving your stuff in simply.


13. Free Site-Check

If you don't think a shed will fit in your backyard. We are here to help. 



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