If you had told me a year ago that my family would have a mini farm, I would have laughed at you. But now, our homesteading hobby is growing, and we’re running out of space!
Any tips for extra storage? Our garage is filled full with the kid’s toys, canning supplies, and now chicken feed and we’re in desperate need of more room.
Tim from Orwigsburg, PA”
Congratulations on your new homesteading hobby….and chickens!
You ask a great question! It’s easier to enjoy something when you have plenty of space to do it.
After a year spent inside, you aren’t the only Pennsylvania homeowner rediscovering their backyard. We’ve been bidding out new home additions and garages non-stop!
Everyday home storage plus all the new garden and farming tools? A little extra space would probably make you and your family a lot happier. You can’t expand your backyard but you can make the most of the space you have.
Let’s look at some of the ways to make your backyard work better for your homesteading interests.
“Every minute spent organizing is an hour earned.”
It’s a favorite quote here at the Martin house- and it’s true. Setting time aside to organize saves time in the long run and makes everything easier.
You mentioned your garage is your current storage space- so let’s make the most of what you have first.
- Install shelving and designate specific areas for toys and other areas for tools
- Pick up cabinets with locks for storing things you don’t want the little ones getting into
- Use tracks with hooks to hang garden tools
Jenny, my wife, just wrote a great article with some real smart tips here.
The Shed of Your Dreams
What would you do if you had room to build a barn? Think of all the extra storage space: all the room you’d have for tools and supplies.
Good news- you don’t need a giant investment to give you the space you need.
If you can’t fit a whole polebarn on your property consider a shed. Sized right, you can clear up space in your garage and use them as a fantastic and secure home for your chickens.
Check out these shed-turned-chicken-coop ideas:
The exterior transformation is subtle, but the inside is equipped with nesting boxes and roosting bars, making it the perfect chicken coop.
Wish you had a second garage to store your riding lawn mower? The right size shed can house your lawn equipment and your feathered friends.
Now the big question:
A Custom or Prefabricated Shed?
Even though these structures are simple- they aren’t one size fits all. Tim, with the combination of your hobbies and space needs, a custom designed shed is probably the best way to go for your situation.
Sound expensive? You’ll be (pleasantly!) surprised when you compare your options.
Prefab sheds are made with the cheapest building materials available and have an average life span of only 5-10 years. Most prefab sheds aren’t durable or big enough to store heavy machinery, like your riding lawn mower, either.
On the other hand custom built sheds last up to 30 years- they’re a real structure that adds real value to your home. Here’s the shocker: when you compared the cost of a prefab to a modest custom build, you’ll be spending around the same.
Why wouldn’t you build something that exactly fits the needs of your lifestyle? Plus, a contractor can make sure your new build matches your home’s architecture/exterior so it blends in with your property.
You want a solution that lasts. At Martin, durability is a top priority. We’ll work with you to design the right shed for your family so you can enjoy your homesteading hobby for decades.
Ready to build a shed and enjoy homesteading without the stress?
We can help.
We’ll work with you to build the structure to fit your hobbies and your budget. Also: my crew is dedicated to leaving every job site clean and free of debris (a great thing when you’ve got little feet running around in your grass).
Give me a call at 570-345-0406 and get on the schedule to start on your new shed.
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