Bent aluminum sheds and their rusty patterns are relics best used in dystopian movies or television programs. Modern outdoor garden sheds are built of sturdier and far more appealing materials. Here are a few features you can look for when choosing a modern shed for your lush landscape.

Consider the shed’s architecture. Some gardeners like their garden sheds to mirror their home’s architecture. For instance, in the southern Unites States many homes are typical A-frame style. These styles match well with traditional workshop sheds. Their pointed roofs, ample windows and enough space for all kinds of mosquito repelling apparatus make them well-suited for a southern household.

In the north, particularly in Pennsylvania’s rolling countryside, maxi-barn and mini-barn styles are often found. Their Dutch-inspired gambrel roofs are quaint but are also practical for snowy winters. Another northern, snow-friendly shed style is the saltbox. This type of roof goes well with ranch homes or other asymmetrical architecture.

Finally the modern shed. With clean lines, multiple windows and canted roof, this style is suited for winter climates and warmer ones. Its minimalist design might not match a traditional home but it pairs well with xeriscape gardens, or can act as a foil against a lush, vine-filled yard. Especially well-suited for urban areas and smaller sites, modern sheds can also be used as art studios, adding more living space to your current situation.

Next, consider the shed’s construction materials. Wet climates, whether from snow or humidity, take a toll on aluminum and similar materials. For long-term use and permanent features, LP smart siding is a better choice. The engineered wood is more appealing to the eye than metallic-based structures. It is specifically engineered to resist water damage and its anti-fungal coating protects from mold and other outdoor concerns.

Another siding material is dutch-lap vinyl. Easy to clean and durable, this material can be customized to match your home’s exterior siding. Many homes are outfitted with this material as it does not heat easily nor does it allow for cold air to seep into a building. Duratemp siding is another material that protects a shed without eventually becoming an eyesore. Duratemp is weatherproof, with a hardwood exterior and a plywood underside. The siding has a rustic appearance with beams running horizontal or vertical.

Lastly, consider how you will use your shed and where your shed will be located. Sheds can be a place to store tools. They can be an area for arts and crafts, writing or painting. They can be the place where you start your seedlings in the early spring. Do you need wiring for your shed? Shelves? Hooks? Will it be situated on a slant or at the bottom of a slope? Will you site your shed in an out-of-the-way space or do you want to have easy access? All of these factors are important to consider when you choose your shed. Speaking with a professional shed design service will help you to find the style best suited for your landscape and needs.

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