Patrick has a question about affordable outdoor storage:
I have been trying to finding an attractive, affordable storage container for my relatively large deck/patio. Ideally it would be about 3-3.5 feet deep and about 5-6' wide and 5 feet tall. All I can find are very "suburban" plastic or wood things that look like either a miniature barn or plastic playground equipment. I haven't been able to find anything that is slightly more contemporary looking and would actually be an aesthetic asset to the deck.
Patrick, we've noticed the very same thing each time we visit the local hardware store or lumber yard. Storage and tool sheds seem to be mostly relegated to Fisher Price themed plastic housing or barnyard chic in appearances...something we'd hide away far from view. And despite their simple appearances, these sheds don't come cheap, especially in the dimensions you've requested (a vertical shed can cost over $1000!).
Some ideas: you could always purchase a standard toolshed and fancy it up like this couple did in Polynesian theme. Or perhaps splurge and order a MetroShed, a small sized prefab shed that is delivered flat packed, takes a few hours to construct and is definitely a more modern (and larger) storage space you could also expand into as somewhere to enjoy as additional living space. Maybe best bet economically would be to order a shed plan and customize and fabricate your own.
Perhaps one of our readers has additional recommendations about stylish and affordable storage sheds?