Looking for garden shed designs? Maybe you already have some shed plans and are ready to build. Discover 5 custom alternatives to turn your ordinary plans into a great garden shed.
Okay, even if you already have chosen a set of garden shed plans, you can add some custom features to it to make it even better and unique to your backyard. So, what exactly am I talking about, and how much more time and investment is it going to involve.
Well, that depends on how many custom designing and building you do on your new or already built garden shed. So, I will walk you through some of the custom features that you can add to make your garden shed designs one of a kind.
Adding flower boxes at any windows that you have on your building. This is easy to do and very inexpensive also. Simply build a box the desired size that you prefer and fasten it to the underside of the windows on your building. Try to use the same material that was used while building the shed, and be sure to bore some weep holes in the bottom of the box to let any excess water out. I like to use a filter screen material and lay it in the bottom of the box before placing any dirt or potting mix in the flower box.
Installing one or two skylights in the roof of the shed. Now, this is a little more expensive, but it really adds a nice and unique touch to the garden storage shed. Most garden shed designs will not have this included in their plans, so this take a little planning ahead of time. You will want to pick out the skylight that you want to install on the roof and have it on hand before you frame up the roof structure. A little modification to your garden shed designs and you will have a great looking roof-line on your new shed, not to mention plenty of natural light inside of the building.
Adding a cupola to the ridge of the roof. Again, this can be very inexpensive to more expensive, depending on what type of cupola you want to install on your shed. There are some garden shed building plans that include this feature, and if you really want to have one on your shed, then I highly suggest that you purchase the set of garden shed designs that will instruct you how to go about installing this feature. Wind vanes are another great looking custom feature as well.
Installing shutters on your windows. Nothing looks like a plain jane than windows without shutters. This is a little time consuming, especially if you decide to make the shutters on your own, and again, there are some garden shed designs that include the instructions on how to do just that. These look especially nice in addition to the flower boxes. You might even consider using the plastic shutters to cut down on maintenance of the building.
Running electricity to the building for lighting. Okay, this one is more expensive and may require an additional permit, but the visual effects of having lights on the inside and outside of your new storage shed is simply amazing. It is as though the shed is an extension of your home, and having lights to work under after dark gives you more time to enjoy the things that you like to do outside. This will take some advanced planning on your part, as most garden shed designs will not include this type of custom work in their plans. Just remember to check your local codes for any electrical work that you undertake.