David Beaulieu’s article for About.com discusses the various factors pertaining to a storage shed’s basic functions, design customization, and accessories. Although you have the option to build your own portable building, it’s still more ideal to have it erected by professional builders. After all, the functional life of your storage shed will depend greatly on its installation quality. In addition, you have to be mindful of building requirements.

Become acquainted with zoning ordinances, deed restrictions and building codes. Depending on your area, you may need a building permit. Building codes et al. may determine how far storage units must set back from property lines and what materials are acceptable for siding.

In Missouri, where around 66 percent of land is used for farming, storage sheds play an extremely important role as they protect farming vehicles and equipment such as compact tractors, gardening tools, and electric devices from the elements. However, some portable buildings in Missouri may not be big enough to accommodate large livestock trailers meant for large farms. In such cases, you may want to consider other outdoor storage options.

If the clutter on your property says one outdoor storage building isn’t enough, but your wallet disagrees, supplement your main unit with one of the less expensive, smaller models. There are three main types of such units, all of which go by descriptive names. “Corner sheds” are made to fit precisely into a corner and run about 3’ tall by 3’ wide by 2’ deep. Meanwhile, either a “vertical shed” (5’ x 3’ x 4’) or a “horizontal shed” (3’ x 5’ x 4’) may be just the handy outdoor storage building to fill your need for additional space.

If you simply need a secure area where you can keep your gardening tools, a simple storage shed will do. Yet storage sheds represent only one option for convenient Missouri portable buildings. Some companies like Classic Buildings provide other specialty buildings such as horse sheds, playhouses, and garages that can be customized according to your needs.

Purchasing from the supplier is just as crucial as choosing the right people to build your portable shed. No matter how skilled your builders are, your storage shed will not perform as effciently as intended if it’s made of poor materials. See to it that your shed consists of top-notch, weather-resistant materials that are guaranteed to last for a long time.

(Info from: Outdoor Storage Buildings: Outdoor Storage Buildings: Installation, Accessories, About.com)