(BPT) - Sheds are a storage staple for homeowners, offering a place to put lawn equipment and seasonal items like gardening supplies. A shed can help clear out garage clutter, streamline organization and expand living space. However, today's sheds go far beyond utilitarian use.
While some people continue to build sheds for practical purposes, others are embracing sheds in ways that dramatically enhance their lives. Sheds can become dedicated spaces for hobbies such as woodworking, pottery or painting. They can also be transformed into elaborate playhouses for children. Sheds can become meditation retreats, workout studios and so much more. Whether it becomes a "man cave" or a "she shed," this small space has big potential.
Demand is high, with the outdoor storage products market in the United States predicted to total $1.6 billion in 2023, according to Shed Builder Magazine. This growth is supported by lifestyle trends including increased outdoor living, higher participation in gardening activities and more active lifestyles that require storage of bulky gear.
COVID-19 is likely to have an influence on homeowners' desire to build sheds as well. As more people spend time at home, they are enjoying their properties to the fullest while also wanting to create spaces to call their own. They are finding renewed interest in hobbies or discovering new activities that require space to enjoy.
No matter the reason for building a shed, it can be a great way to improve your property while also increasing its value. In fact, according to Remodelingcosts.org, you can expect anywhere from 50-80% return on investment when you add a shed. What's more, extras like a shed can help your home stand out in a competitive housing market.
Sheds can be designed to fit a homeowner's needs, yet whether fancy or basic, there's one critical element every shed must have: a strong foundation. Mixing, pouring and finishing the concrete is critical to ensure a solid foundation and lasting investment. Follow these expert tips from the pros at Quikrete to do the job right. Visit www.quikrete.com for more information and to watch an instructional video.
Concrete slab instructions
Before starting, research local building codes and follow as necessary. When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.