Many people in the Asheville area have open-sided sheds, especially in the surrounding countryside. They're common because they're relatively cheap and quick to build, but the drawback is that they're not very secure.
You wouldn't want to leave a valuable lawn mower in this shed, would you? And everyone can see your stuff, which puts more pressure on you to keep it ultra tidy.
One of my clients had a simple solution: put gates on the front. I used the "Adjust-a-Gate" system which I used to build a driveway gate this summer.
The Adjust-a-Gate system uses a metal frame supported by a wire with a turnbuckle. It's very sturdy and can be customized to match the width of the opening. Here's what the frame looks like before the fencing is added. (This is a pic from the driveway gate installation from this summer.)
It worked just as well for a barn as it did in a driveway. I also added some simple handles and a pair of locking gate catches.
You might notice that the shed is still open on either side of the gated area. The real function of the gates is to keep someone from driving the mower out... you can still walk in there. If security becomes a big problem, we'll add fencing to either side, but for now the mower is reasonably secure and the "stuff" is hidden.
If you need a new gate or security door installed, we'll be glad to help. Just click this big orange button to get in touch with us: