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Converting Wooden Sheds From Storage Space To Living Space

By Donald Rickerby

Stop putting all your junk out back into your wooden shed and start making it into something more useful – convert it into living space. There are lots of different uses you can get out of wooden sheds. For instance, convert it into an artist studio or into your own wood workshop. They really are as versatile as they are practical.

Start off with a clean slate. When you have everything out of the shed, pick up any debris and vacuum in the corners. Since it is a wooden shed, there may be signs of rot or termites that have to be addressed.

Make the most of the exposed studs on the inside. This is one of the great features of wooden sheds. Spruce up the inside walls with a light stain or water sealant. This will bring out the natural beauty of the wood and give your shed a more comfortable feel.

Adding paint is also an option as well. You should use a primer on bare wood first. You’ll use much less paint and get better results. Stick with lighter colors to give the illusion of more space.

Use the same steps as described above if your shed has a wooden floor. If you are fortunate enough to have a concrete foundation, you can leave it as is or you can stain it. Staining is a great solution for revitalizing old worn concrete surfaces. It is best for a professional to stain concrete if the area is large but you should be able to handle it for a wooden shed.

Make sure you clean, prime and paint the outside of the wooden shed also. Fill in any spaces or cracks with caulk to keep water out. It may be fine to have some moisture come in for storage purposes but not for a space that is intended as livable.

Now that you have completed the shell, the fun part really begins. Add your own personal touches to the space depending on what you intend to use it for. A great starting point is to add the more permanent items like shelves and pegboards.

Before you start converting your wooden shed, check out Donald Rickerby’s free eBook: Getting the Most Out of Your Shed. It contains over 100 tips to help you maximize your shed’s potential. His web site also contains kits for wooden sheds, shed plans, and a lot more helpful information.

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