Storage sheds are incredibly useful and versatile. With Blunier Builders, sheds are not only practical but also affordable. We started in 2002 with the intention of giving upcoming generations the opportunity to work together as a family business, and we want you to be a part of that family. Our business was built on integrity and trust – a reputation that we hold firmly to.
Our goal is to change the way our clients view the construction process – we want your experience with us to be as easy and hassle-free as possible. Our passion is serving our clients and doing the small things that make the process both efficient and enjoyable. Whether you’re a business owner, contractor, farmer, or homeowner, we’re here to answer all of your questions about storage sheds in Illinois.
Types of Storage Sheds
The three most common materials for storage sheds are wooden, resin (e.g., vinyl, plastic), and metal.
- Wooden sheds allow for substantial customization and are the most traditional option. However, wood sheds are susceptible to rot and insect damage and can have a higher cost.
- Plastic sheds are typically inexpensive and require very little upkeep and maintenance. However, they are typically less durable and offer very limited customization.
- Metal sheds offer the most security and durability, as they can resist termites, mold, mildew, and fire. Metal sheds are often less expensive than wooden sheds and allow for substantial customization. However, metal sheds can be subject to rust when not treated by a professional.
There are three styles of sheds that will also help you determine what shed to buy. A gable shed is one of our most popular styles, with a roof consisting of a single sloping plane of the same pitch on each side of the ridge. It is very similar to the way many homes are constructed. Gambrel sheds or “barn sheds” may look the same on paper; however, the steeper lower slope provides extra headroom. Gambrel sheds are the perfect choice for anyone that wants more headroom without going to a larger size shed. If you’re a taller individual, a gambrel-style shed is an easy choice. Finally, tack room sheds are rectangular-shaped buildings with a steep front roof pitch and shallow rear roof pitch. It is often used for hobbyists, woodworkers, and gardeners.
Shelves allow you to organize your shed properly and keep tools off the ground. Workbenches can also be used to keep items off the ground and as a table to complete do-it-yourself projects on.
Picking the Right Shed Size
When picking the proper size for you, there are a few questions you should consider:
- How much storage area or workspace is required?
- Will you be storing items that require a wide opening, such as a riding mower? Will you be storing tall items, such as ladders?
- Will you be spending a lot of time inside the shed?
Taking stock of your exact needs will help you avoid the guesswork or, worse, the realization that the shed you constructed was too small.
As for size, manufacturers provide capacity measurements in several ways: cubic feet, square feet, and interior dimensions.
Cubic feet refer to the interior space (think: volume), square footage measures the available floor space, and the interior dimensions will help you know if a particular object will fit.
- Small sheds: up to 45 square feet
- Ideal for tools, gardening supplies, and small lawn equipment
- Medium sheds: 45-100 square feet
- Generally, provide more room to move and access your tools and lawn equipment
- Large sheds: 101+ square feet
- Wide range of storage options - best if you plan to spend a lot of time working in the shed
Ultimately, you may benefit from spending a bit more on a shed if it means greater durability, functionality, and satisfaction in the long run. We recommend that you check out a few sheds in person or schedule a consultation before making your final decision.
Storage Shed Features
Storage shed features can include floor framing, windows, and shelves, but not all sheds are created equal. Some offer lighting options, but others may offer a lower price with the caveat that you have to do your own electrical work. Storage sheds have different types of doors to suit different types of use: sliding doors or hinged doors. Double doors offer the widest access point, which might be important if you intend to store large items or equipment.
Some storage sheds are more visually appealing than others. Some offer paneled walls, overlapping cedar, and pre-attached cedar shingles, which increase the aesthetic appeal and cuts down on the work needed for assembly. Other sheds offer reinforced walls and roofing, fortifying your investment against high winds or heavy storms.
Whatever type of shed you prefer and whatever features you desire, the unit you choose should be of a design that complements your home. You’ll be seeing a lot of it, so be sure to integrate your outbuilding into the surrounding landscape.
Some of you reading this may be the independent, do-it-yourself type, and we applaud that. For those who want the shed delivered, assembled, and done at an affordable cost and with the least hassle, Blunier Builders is the company to call.
For preparation, the first thing to consider - which will be familiar to anyone who’s worked in real estate - is location, location, location. You need to choose a location that is level, doesn’t restrict the entrance, and allows for sufficient drainage. As the proverbial saying goes, your shed needs a firm foundation: cinder blocks, concrete piers, a concrete slab, or at least crushed stone.
Your shed also needs a floor. Dirt or grass makes for a good base, and plywood makes for an excellent floor. Lastly, ensure your shed is permanently anchored for safety.
While most buildings are considered portable structures, you do need to check with your local municipality to determine if your building needs a permit. Depending on your location, building codes may determine how far storage units must sit back from property lines.