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Outbuildings include gazebos, sheds, playsets, and other building structures that decorate your landscape. Also included are fences, mailboxes and everything structure.

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Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling "Quick Guide" to review garden outbuilding design and installation. It assembles information you need and outlines it a step-by-step review.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

Before you start any outbuilding project, run some financial numbers to determine whether your project is a smart investment.

The numbers include the estimated costs, property assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.

Review cost-related issues to a new outbuilding construction vs. buying a new home with an outbuilding structure already in place.

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link to notes: analyze the numbers
estimate the cost of your project
get your home value


Step 2: Collect Ideas

Your 2nd step in outbuilding design is deciding what you would like to do and collecting ideas.

This includes reviewing -

  • garden outbuilding pics,
  • garden outbuilding ideas,
  • architectural plans,
  • outbuilding layouts,
  • home gallery,
  • outbuilding company information,
  • outbuilding shopping and more.

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Step 3: Plan the Needed Specs

Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.

The spec plan determines what type of landscaping materials and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each construction element such as design, layout, materials, other.

You will use the spec plan to bid the project out to a contractor.

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Step 4: Find a Contractor

Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with a garden outbuilding contractor.

Give your outbuilding ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis.

Use the local network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.

Review guides for contractor selection and negotiation.

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Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you select the contractor and finalize the contract for your project.

Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for garden landscaping and outbuildings. Start with a home equity line of credit or a bank equity program.

Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.

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Step 6: Manage the Project

Step 6 is where the project begins.

It starts with setting up the landscaping area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, construction, installation, putting in the final touches, etc.

It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the outbuilding inspected before releasing any funds.

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working with the contractor
managing the home remodeling project
about a home project inspections
find home inspector

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View Outbuilding Design Ideas

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The 2nd step in garden outbuildings is deciding what you would like to do. This includes reviewing garden outbuilding ideas, landscaping, garden pics and more.

View A: Yard Photo Remodeling

Our collection of photo remodeling ideas for landscaping and yard n' garden.

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decks & patios
your decor & lighting


View B: Outbuilding Plans n' Images

An excellent resource for outbuilding trends is to view house plans from leading architects.

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house plans
more house plans
architectural styles

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gazebo designs
garden sheds


View E: Yard n' Garden Directory

Finally, view this indexed directory to product information from garden suppliers and retail operations.

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search: decks n' patios
search: landscaping design
search: building structures
search: outside lighting
search: sports plaza
search: fountains-pools-ponds


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An outdoor shed is a small structure, usually made of metal, generally steel, built in a backyard or garden. Sheds are used to store tools, lawn mowers, and other equipment.

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Assembling an outbuilding structure

An outbuilding structure includes anything that requires some building and/or light construction. This could be a gazebo, carport, fencing, playset, garden bridge and more.

Let's begin with this step-by-step guide after you review the outbuilding ideas and topics above to help plan and manage your outbuilding needs.