Wood Sheds: Why Considering A Lean To Instead Of A Free
Standing Shed May Be A Good Idea
It seems like no matter how much we try we never seem to have enough storage space. Whether you are looking for a shed to keep that fire wood dry and ready to burn, extra tool storage or a place for that lawn tractor out of the elements, wood sheds come in handy.
However, you may be reluctant to add another free standing building to your property. Perhaps, you feel there are too many out buildings already or perhaps you simply can’t afford the cost of a new storage shed. Whatever, your reasons a lean to may be the answer to all of your problems.
A Lean To Wood Shed Will Save You Money
A Lean to is a three sided building that leans against and uses a wall of an already existing building as it’s fourth wall. Building a lean to shed will still cost you but, the cost is far less than building a freestanding shed. Not
only are you save you from buying the material for one wall, but, you need less roofing material and are saved money on the foundation.
In fact, if you are building a lean to for storing that garden tractor or fire wood, you may not need any type of flooring at all using just a timber frame for your shed.In most cases a shed lean to does not need a floor since these buildings are usually only used to protect firewood or equipment from the elements and are not used to store those things that are easily damaged. Tools such as hoes and rakes can be hung on the wall leaving space on the sod floor of this wood shed for larger items.
Building A Lean To Will Save You Time
Not only is a lean to wood shed a great way to save money on your building cost it will also save you time spent in actually building the shed. Since you are only building three walls and a roof you won’t be wasting time pouring
concrete or setting pillars for a more permanent foundation.
You also will be saving time in the fact that you will only be constructing 3 walls instead of four and the roofing of the building will take less time as well. In fact, people who have built their own lean to sheds have often completed the entire project in the course of a week end.
A Lean To Can Blend In With Your Landscape Easier
A lean to shed can blend into your landscape easier than a freestanding shed might. Because it will attach to an already standing structure it will become part of that structure and provide an unbroken image especially if you build your lean to to match your existing building.
A free standing building will cause yet another break in your landscape which may be undesirable for certain homeowners especially those who have worked hard on their lawn and garden and want those things to draw attention rather than a series of outbuildings dotting the landscape.
A Lean To Is Easier To Maintain
Because a lean to wood shed consists of less material than would a free standing shed it will be easier and cost less to maintain. In fact, maintaining your lean to can be done when you do the maintenance work on the building it is attached to, killing two birds with stone so to speak.
Because a lean to will take up less of your time to maintain it will free you to do all those other projects that need your attention or simply give you more time to relax.A lean to shed may be a great alternative to a free standing shed as it is cheaper and easier to build and maintain, it can fit in better with your existing landscape and buildings and can be used to store all those extras that need to be kept from the elements.
In most cases, building plans for lean to wood sheds are simple to read and easy to follow making them a great do it yourself project for people who enjoy working on projects may lack sophisticated building skills.