Having a home is a wonderful part of life and one of life’s best investments. In addition to being a place that is owned and can be decorated and upgraded any way the owner chooses, homes are also an investment that increases in value while the homeowner enjoys living in the property. Over the years most homeowners will improve and upgrade their homes in many areas. Some of the best investments in a home include improving the livable space inside and outside the home. While many people invest in interior improvements as a staple investment, improving the livable space outside a home can also be a good investment.
There are many ways to create livable space outside a home. While patios, decks and porches are often considered the primary sources, there are many additional ways to improve livable space outside the home on the property. Some of this is accomplished through the addition of building wood sheds, studios, cabanas, barns, gazebos and even tiny house cottages. In years past, many sheds that were installed in yards were made of metal and served to house garden tools. These were often placed on a gravel shed foundation. While these serve useful purposes to house garden and lawn equipment, they have a limited lifespan because of the materials used. By contrast, many of the sheds today serve a variety of outbuilding purposes for homeowners. That in part is why there has been a surge in the purchases and installations of wood sheds to get the most of land space and offer longevity to the exterior home structure they are investing in.
Metal Versus Wood Outbuildings
Most constructed metal sheds do not offer homeowners longevity because metal tends to rust and corrode over time. Especially when exposed to the elements. However, investing in a wood structure does provide years of exterior livable space or storage space for a homeowner. In fact, many of today’s preconstructed wood outbuildings offer a significant amount of square footage. While there are smaller ones available that provide the perfect storage area for lawnmowers and yard furniture, there are many uses for these structures and they can come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and varying amenities. By contrast to metal sheds, wood outbuildings often have windows. Some even have small porches attached.
Giving Outbuildings a Foundation
One of the best ways to ensure longevity of any outbuilding, is to have it placed on an actual concrete foundation just as a prefabricated home would be. This can be an essential component to ensuring it will last for years to come. Buyers who are looking for these types of structures should look for high quality materials and reputable outbuilding companies when making their purchases.
It is important for the integrity of these structures to be kept off the direct ground on foundations. This secures them from the elements and gives them a permanent location. When an outbuilding such as wood sheds, cabanas, barns, studios, gazebos and tiny house cottages are attached to a foundation, they are considered a permanent structure that actually adds value to the home. In addition, any of these structures are finished off inside with walls, windows, flooring, heat and lighting they are considered living space and the value of the space becomes comparable to livable outbuildings.