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Outdoor sheds are an excellent option if you need more storage for lawn equipment, sporting goods equipment, holiday decorations, and so on. Typically, this type of stuff would be kept in the garage, leaving little room to park the car or crammed in boxes under the stairs or in closets. Instead, why not add an attractive shed to the outside of your home to eliminate the storage dilemma.

The great thing about storage sheds is that they come in so many different styles, shapes, and colors you can choose one that will actually enhance the exterior of your home. For example, if you have small children, you might consider a playhouse. With this type of outbuilding, your children will have a stylish and fun place to play while you have room for storage. You can order playhouses with windows, porches, and many other features.

Another option that is out of the norm from your standard shed is what is called a craft or hobby hut. With this option, you can use the hut for your favorite hobby as well as storage. If you enjoy doing woodworking, flower planting, or whatever the case may be, these sheds are designed to offer you plenty of room to organize your work materials while still giving you enough room for additional storage.

These are just two options but of course, there is the traditional outdoor shed that is a stand-alone building or you can purchase a lean-to, which connects right up to the house. Just as the design is important, the material is also an important consideration.

Metal � The metal storage shed has been around for a long time. You will find a choice of aluminum or galvanized steel, which are generally coated with baked on enamel finish for better wear and tear. The metal sheds sold today are available in a number of colors and sizes and are a great choice if you want something maintenance free.

Vinyl � The nice thing about a vinyl shed is that they can be designed with double walled panels to resist dents. Each of the panels fit snuggly and some come with doors designed with steel that provides more security. The great aspect of vinyl is that it can withstand all types of harsh weather, requiring little to no maintenance.

Wood � This type of shed is by far the most common. The options are massive for woodsheds in that you can choose from solid framing, siding, or just about anything that you like. Best of all, with this type of shed, they can be specially designed to match the style and color of your home.

With sheds, you will also have the opportunity to choose various types of accessories. For instance, if you will be using your shed for lawn and garden equipment, you can have a ramp built onto the shed so getting your lawnmower, wheelbarrow, and other equipment in and out is a breeze. Other accessories to consider include the following:

Lofts � If you need more space but are limited horizontally, you can always build up. With a loft, you gain more overhead space for things like boxes of holiday decorations while the lower portion remains the main space for the larger items such as a lawnmower.

Skylights/Windows � If you are going to use your shed for things other than storage, having light is mandatory. With this option, you can enjoy spending time in your shed while working on your favorite hobby.

Shelving � To keep everything clean and organized, you definitely want to have shelves installed. They will keep things within reach yet out of the way.
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