Home Preservation

Tool Sheds
Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board

Don’t just throw up a shed! Integrate it into the landscape.

Create a zone around its walls:
     Make places to sit or lean.
     Soften the foundation line with flowerbeds and plantings.

Don’t make it too big:
     Pay attention to its volume and shape compared with the house and garage.

Incorporate some of the features of the house, such as building materials, angles, ornamental shapes, and colors.

Measure and sketch your site plan: house, garage, shed, flowerbeds, shrubs, and paths.

Test your idea:

Use a garden hose to outline curved paths or flowerbed edges.

Use blankets, ropes, and poles to mock-up walls and rooflines.

Remember that the Building Department will need a site plan to issue a building permit for a shed.


The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board was established to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing and making recommendations to City officials, departments, boards and commissions, and the community on matters relating to historic preservation

The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board may be contacted through the City of Lakewood Department of Planning and Development (216/529-6630). Information in this publication may be reprinted. Please credit the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board, Lakewood, Ohio.

© 2005 Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board

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