As in not using a tarp to protect lawn equipment that should be stored in a safe, dry place. Rely on a tarp and you may find that certain critters will take up residence.
Fortunately, creative and resourceful types have come up with outdoor storage solutions that make the grade. Consider any of the following options to ensure that your need for a tarp is a need no more.
1. Deck box with a seat. If you own a deck, you can keep seat cushions, garden and pool supplies, and other outdoor items in a central location. Deck boxes double as a seat and are constructed from durable and reliable resin. Choose a locking unit for an added security option, but keep in mind that two thieves can easily carry this off.
2. Vertical storage shed. You don’t quite need a full shed, but you could use a storage compartment to hold your yard tools, pool supplies and your bird bath. A vertical storage shed typically stands up to six feet tall and two to three feet deep, and is large enough to step inside and hang up shovels, rakes, and hoses. Like the deck box, resin is the material of choice for storage sheds.
3. Refuse storage shed. Perhaps you have a different sort of problem for storage, namely your home’s refuse. Raccoons or coyotes may have found your garbage cans and you’re frustrated cleaning up after the rascals. Ease your frustration by choosing a home refuse organizer, one large enough to contain your garbage and recycling bins. Resin units are available as is cypress wood, the latter blending in nicely with your country home.
4. Consider a TidyTent. What’s that tent in your neighbor’s yard? Well, it isn’t a sleep out tent, rather it is a “TidyTent” what the manufacturer describes as a “low cost alternative to a shed.” It is best used as a temporary or semi-permanent place to keep your bicycles, a lawnmower or other outdoor equipment. Like a tent, nylon material is used and a zippered front makes access an easy proposition.
5. Your next shed. Maybe a full-blown shed is what you really need and want. If so, your options here range from the aluminum to the snap together resin and beyond. The “beyond” can range from the traditional 5′ by 6′ size to one that rivals a garage. You can consider a cedar wood shed and include a stainless steel door, windows, a skylight and even an awning. Some sheds are composed of easy-to-assemble kits while others may require that you lay a firm foundation and hire a contractor to get the job done.
From the TidyTent and deck box costing around $80 to a full sized shed that can cost $2,000 or more to build, you have outdoor storage options and solutions that may make sense to you. Consider your needs for the next five to 10 years and plan accordingly.
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