Options abound for creating backyard storage

Possibilities include prebuilt, site-built, wood, metal

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There are lots of options for creating the perfect storage shed to store and organize anything from riding lawnmowers to outdoor tools and supplies. Possibilities range from small, prefabricated sheds that are virtually preassembled, to larger, site-built sheds that can be custom designed to any size, shape and architectural look. The first step is to decide what it is you want to store. Will you need drive-in access for a riding mower or yard tractor? Will you want an area for hanging shovels, rakes and other items? How about shelving and storage of things like gasoline that require ventilation? Will electricity -- lights and outlets -- be important? What about future needs? Next to consider is what your lot will accommodate as well as what is allowed in your neighborhood. Smaller sheds, up to about 10 feet x 12 feet in size, typically do not require a building permit for construction, and therefore are also not subject to setback requirements for placement on the lot. However, there ...