Before Installing Storage Units: Building Codes and the Like - Become acquainted with zoning ordinances, deed restrictions and building codes. Depending on your area, you may need a building permit. Building codes may determine how far storage units must set back from property lines and what materials are acceptable for siding.
Buying an outdoor storage building with a loft greatly increases storage capability, allowing you to store rarely used supplies overhead. For the exterior, build your own lean-to and attach it to the outdoor storage building to form a sheltered area for firewood.