After months of waiting, summer has finally arrived — and all these extra hours of sunshine give us the perfect opportunity to give our houses and garages some extra TLC.
One of the most popular summer projects across America is none other than the backyard shed. In 2017, sheds were ranked the eighth most-popular outdoor structures!
But believe it or not, it’s easier than you might think to build a shed addition of your very own, whether you have a gift for carpentry or not. And here are the top four reasons why you’ll be glad you did:
You can personalize your shed as much as you want
One of the most fun reasons to DIY your backyard shed? You can truly personalize your shed, making this seemingly small structure into a big statement about you as a person. It’s your shed — make it as unique as you want and think outside the box!
DIY-ing gives you a fun challenge to take on
If you’ve never touched a hammer in your life, you’re probably wondering why you should build a shed yourself. The truth is that these types of DIY project offer a challenge to improve your own skills and self. Depending on your experience level, you may want to hire an additional helping hand to build it — but the sense of rewarding will still be just as strong once the project is done.
You save money
Another great reason to take on a DIY shed? You’ll be saving hundreds of dollars, depending on how well you budget and plan ahead. By keeping your construction materials within a smart budget and working alongside one or two helpful neighbors or hired builders, your shed will get built with a fraction of the cost.
As much storage as you need
Sheds are perfect for storing all the items that garages can’t fit. When you build your own shed, you get the luxury of building out as much storage space as you’ll need. Generally, experts recommend adding 25% more storage space in your new shed than you currently need. This way, you’ll have plenty of room for storing your outdoor tools, appliances and more for years to come.
Summer is the perfect time for all of us to get into the DIY spirit and take on an exciting new project around the house, whether it’s upgrading our decks, making some elegant new porch additions or a long-awaited repair to our garages.