When adding a portable shed to your property, the importance of selecting the right make and model for your family’s needs is critical. Once the new addition arrives, it’s equally important to integrate the structure into your existing property.
A new shed will be part of your daily life and attention to detail is critical in matching your family’s personal style. These easy steps will not only make the new shed look like an extension of your home but will positively impact the resale value, if the time comes to sell.
A couple simple touches can make your new Cook Portable Warehouse feel right at home, at your home!
Take into account the style and color scheme of your house when making selections about paint colors. Take paint swatches or pictures of your exterior color to a home improvement store and get an option on a complementary color. Grab a couple samples and paint a small portion of the structure to determine the best look.
The color doesn’t necessarily have to be a perfect match but shouldn’t clash with the existing house’s paint color. Don’t forget another color, typically a neutral hue, for the trim.
Remember to clean the shed thoroughly before starting, use an exterior acrylic latex paint and high quality brushes when painting. Most sheds will require two coats of paint.
The fit and style of the warehouse in your lawn is just as important as with your house. Adding flower beds and shrubbery around your unit helps it blend into the landscape. Choose flowers that fit the location and consider the amount of sunlight or shade when selecting annual or perennials.
Trees, shrubs or potted plants highlight the front of the building. Another option is to install trellises to adorn the walls with vines and vertical growing plants. Or if space allows, start a garden of flowers, vegetables or herbs on one side of the building. Use bricks or a pre-made rubber edge border.
Creating a path from your house helps seamlessly connect both structures as one cohesive unit. The do-it-yourself project can be completed in one weekend. Begin by measuring and marking out the distance from the warehouse to your home or driveway.
Choose a stone that will serve as the steps of the path. Flatter, broader stones such as flagstone work better because they should be placed every 6-12 inches. Then, cut the ground 1-2 inches deeper than the width and in the shape of the stone. Fill the bottom of the hole with rock dust or sand, add the stone and hammer the corners to secure it into place.
Think about adding other personal details because those are the things that will make your warehouse really stand out! Add a fountain, bird bath, bird house, weathervane or wind chimes to add a unique flair to the exterior of your shed.
Add iron design pieces, a homemade wooden sign or hang unused plates in a decorative formation on the outside walls. Repurpose unused supplies from home improvement projects or visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to pick up special exterior items at a low price.
If your shed is near a paved area, add a table, chairs and an umbrella to make a small patio or outside dining area.
Whatever size building you are looking for can be personalized with just a few easy steps. Learn more about how a Cook Portable Warehouse can fit into your life today! Download our free fitting guide below!