Step 2: Choose Your Style
Many people think of this step as being a purely aesthetic decision, but the design/style of the storage building does have a large impact on the end usability of the interior space. What we refer to as the style of a building has to do with two main things: wall height and roof profile.
Shed Wall Height
Wall height only varies in two directions: up and down. Taller walls mean more headroom, more possibilities for overhead storage, and more possibilities for shelf space and workbenches. Shorter wall buildings, such as the classic little red barn, are typically less expensive to purchase and offer better value per square foot of floor space. The short wall barn typically only permits windows and doors in the end of the building, for obvious reasons.
Shed Roof Style
Roof design is a great way to personalize your storage building. Shed roof style varies significantly from one building to another. Most storage building roofs, however, can fit into one of two categories: A-frame and gambrel, or “barn” style.
A-frame Shed Roofs
This is the more popular shed roof style, often referred to as the “Cottage” style. Most houses are constructed with A-frame roofs, and it offers good value in terms of wall height and layout possibilities.
The Cottage style offers many personalization possibilities, including dormers, overhangs, hip roofs, and even the pitch of the roof. While pre-fabricated storage buildings have traditionally been restricted to relatively shallow roof pitches, a 7/12 roof pitch is available on many buildings.
This carriage house has a combination of the regular A-frame cottage style, but with an attractive roof overhang in the front.
Gambrel RoofsThe classic barn-style storage building is a good example of a gambrel roof (hereafter referred to as the “barn” roof). Often constructed as half of a regular octagon, the barn roof can have slight variations in the pitch, length and angles of its various parts and still be a “barn” roof.
There are many advantages that are unique to barn roofs, and some drawbacks as well. One of the primary advantages of the barn roof is the ability to have headroom and overhead storage without needing excessive wall height. In the classic barn style, this roof profile allows adequate headroom while maintaining low construction costs by permitting shorter walls.
This little barn has the classic look of the traditional barn with its gambrel roof–a hark-back to the old-fashioned farm.