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The Neat Retreat: Dressing Up Your Shed

Suzanne Oliver
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Suzanne here, with the lowdown on sheds. Yes, those compact storage units in the back yard where you stow your bulky lawnmower. Chances are, you bought an outdoor shed to free up space in your garage. Now your garage may be clutter-free, but your shed has become a catchall. Not only is it messy, but it’s also looking a little sad, with its warped floor and dented sides.

Time for a facelift. Or maybe a whole new setup. These days, durability isn’t the issue; it’s deciding what size and style. Sheds come in a variety of materials: resin, wood and metal. Ask yourself, do you want yours to look like an inconspicuous box or an elaborate barn? One door or two? DIY kit or professionally installed? Check out our Sheds Buying Guide for helpful hints.

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Customize your basic shed with a list of accessories, anything from cupolas and caddies to dormers and window boxes. Garden sheds don’t have to be an eyesore. They don’t even have to store lawn tools; try turning a shed into a haven for crafts, music and more.



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