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A Work Shed Keeps Your Tools Organized

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Do you dream about having a dedicated work shed where each of your tools has a home? You aren’t alone. Many of our customers at A-Shed USA have the same vision, and it’s a beautiful one!

If it’s hard for you to find your tools because you have them everywhere — the garage, the basement or in your truck — it’s time to create a space just for your supplies.

Keep Tools Away from Kids and Pets

Do you get nervous that your puppy or toddler will trip over the toolbox? Or worse, that they’ll think one of your tools is a toy they can play with?

If you are forced to use common spaces as a tool storage area, this is a real risk. This is dangerous for them as well as for your expensive tools. Having a dedicated work shed is a solution.

Organization Is Easier in a Dedicated Space

Does the thought of organizing your garage or basement make you break out in a cold sweat? You may put it off for months, even though you know it’s necessary, because it’s such a huge project and you know it will easily take up an entire weekend. The reason these spaces are so disorganized is because there are so many different types of items stored inside.

With a work shed that’s solely for your tools, you won’t have the same level of disorganization. In fact, your garage or basement may be less disorganized as well, once you move all your tools out of these spaces.

When you have one type of item in one dedicated space, it’s easier to keep track of all the parts, and you’re less likely to spend hours sorting through boxes and bins to achieve a clean, tidy space.

A Work Retreat Makes Work More Inviting

That woodworking project you’ve been putting off won’t get done by itself. But you know half of your time will be spent looking for the items you need to work on the project. Then you have to try to carve out a space to work. That might mean moving things out of your garage to get the space you need.

A work shed can be a place to store your tools, but also a space you can use your tools without worrying about having to pack everything away every time you take a break in your project.

Prevent Damage to Your Other Belongings

You’d probably rather not use a nail gun in your garage right next to your car. It’s just asking for vehicle damage. Keep your high-powered tools away from your other valuables by building a work shed.

Preserve the Value of Your Pricey Tools

Protect your tools from damage too — keep them safe from weather. You paid a lot of money for your power tools and high-end woodworking supplies. Make them last by guarding against rust.

If You Like it, Someone Else Will Too

A work shed can add value to your home — take it from us at A-Shed USA. Buyers love the prospect of a tool storage space, just like you do. Invest in your home and get a quote on a personalized work shed today. Call us now!

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Garden Storage Shed Must-Haves

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Finding a garden storage shed that meets all your needs might seem impossible. If you’ve been living with the same decrepit shed for years or looking at the less-than-appealing stock shed options at a local home improvement store, you might feel discouraged.

All you’re looking for is a garden storage shed you can use to prepare your plantings, store and easily access your supplies and trust that everything will stay just the way you left it. Is that too much to ask?

Not at A-Shed USA. We have a handle on what the average gardener needs from their storage shed — we know just what to offer our customers.

What’s important to have in a garden shed?

1. You Want it Waterproof

There’s no point in storing mulch and soil if it will only get wet. The same goes for your tools — why keep them in a leaky shed where they can rust and corrode, making gardening more difficult come spring?

The top priority for your garden shed is that it be waterproof. No leaks, no failing seals, no decaying roof. Your supplies and your tools are protected from water damage and all its consequences.

2. Shelving Is Key

Pots, seeds and tools — if you left everything in a heap on your shed floor, you would dread gardening time. Your shed should have enough shelving to support your hobby.

With hooked racks and shelving, your garden storage shed design should maximize every square foot of space. Leave the spacious architectural details for your home. Make your shed practical and functional.

3. Natural Light Makes Life Easier

Do you garden at night? Most likely not. Don’t splurge for electricity in your shed until you’ve taken advantage of natural light. Windows are great, but skylights are even better, since they let in plenty of daylight without taking up wall storage space. Add these to your shed’s design so you can see what you’re doing!

4. It Should Be Easy Access

Make sure you can take out your lawn mower easily, without causing injuries. Install a ramp. When it’s easy to access your shed, you reduce your everyday frustration and make yard care a cinch.

You Make the Rules

Who said you have to only pick one shed? Maybe you need a garden storage shed, but you want another for all your outdoor equipment and holiday decorations. That’s OK! It’s your property — you’re allowed to diversify. At A-Shed USA, we make it possible to get everything you need in one shed, two sheds or even a garage too — you make the rules!

Cost of a New Garage

What’s the Cost of a New Garage? 

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You’ve probably seen a range of estimates on the cost of a new garage. Some sources might tell you the project can get done for about $15,000, while others budget closer to $40,000. That’s a huge range, and you’re right to question the accuracy of these estimates.

But no one can tell you exactly what the cost of a new garage will be until they consider your answers to the questions below.

Do You Need Your Old Garage Demolished?

If your garage needs to be knocked down and the debris hauled away, you’ll have to add that cost into your budget. This is a big job that must be executed by experienced professionals.

Are You Investing in a Custom Design?

You can choose a standard garage plan, or you can opt for a custom design that gives you an extra level of control over all the little details. Customization gives you more of what you want, but expect to pay extra for it.

What Materials Would You Prefer?

High-quality materials cost more, but it’s important to get the right balance of durability and affordability. This is easier to achieve with an experienced garage-building team on your side.

Are There Permit Costs?

Depending on where you live, your city may require a building permit and copies of all plans. This will incur an additional cost, so factor this into your budget as well.

Do You Want Attached or Detached?

There’s a big difference in the cost of a new garage that’s attached to your home versus one that’s detached. Since attached garages typically use a wall of your home, the cost of materials for this option is lower.

Do You Need a Foundation?

The size of your garage, the underlying soil composition and local building code will determine whether your garage will need a foundation. A foundation will drive up the cost.

How Much Space Do You Need?

Do you want to park multiple cars inside? Would you like space to work as well? The more garage doors you need, the higher the price.

We Can Answer All Additional Questions

It’s hard to outline exactly how much you should budget when considering the cost of a new garage, but when you talk one-on-one with our experienced team, you’ll get a more accurate view. Contact A-Shed USA to learn more about pricing.

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How Long Does it Take to Build a Storage Shed?

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Building a storage shed is a major undertaking, and for most people, it’s not a project they can complete in a weekend, or even two.

When you’re in need of more outdoor storage space, adding a storage shed simply makes sense. It’s not a giant building that will take up all your lawn space, but it’s still large enough to free up some room to move in your garage or basement.

Before you get started, you want to lay out an accurate timeline. How long will it take to build a storage shed, and most importantly, is it a job you can realistically handle on your own?

Considering DIY? It’s a Big Project.

Do you have the skills for the job? If you don’t feel confident in your ability, think again about DIY. Not only will this project take up the majority of your time until it’s completed, you may waste resources if you end up with a finished product you don’t like.

If you feel like you can do the job, remember that it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to build a storage shed entirely by yourself. You’ll probably need additional manpower. Another set of hands (or two) gets the job done much faster.

You will also need to buy a set of plans. Once you have a blueprint for success, you’ll need to buy the materials. But before you start down this road, make sure you have the right tools for the job. If you don’t, your project may end up being a bigger investment than you had originally planned.

Our Work Process

For the experts at A-Shed USA, the shed-building process goes a lot quicker. From the planning stages to the installation, we’ve brought many beautiful designs to fruition. The high-quality materials we choose last for decades.

We work in teams, preparing the site and executing the building process. Our skilled workers are fully trained and able to build a storage shed within a few hours. Overall, it takes a few weeks to set up a scheduled install date, but once we arrive on site, your new shed is done within four hours, usually less.

What You Can Expect from Us

Every project is another opportunity for us to wow a new client. We are excited to take on your storage shed project and build a beautiful outbuilding for you that will add value to your home. If you want a quality storage shed but you don’t have the time or skills to build it, trust A-Shed USA.

Design a Custom Building to Fit Your Needs

6 Reasons to Design a Custom Building to Fit Your Needs 

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A custom building can be the answer to so many of the lingering questions you have after looking at pre-made sheds and garages. Will it be large enough to fit my tractor? Will it have enough storage for my tools?

Sometimes template plans won’t provide what you want, and that’s why at A-Shed USA, we offer our clients endless options for their custom buildings. Your investment should meet your expectations — or even exceed them!

What can a custom building do for you?

1. You Will Get the Space You Need

One of the biggest concerns homeowners who opt for a pre-designed garage or shed have is that there simply won’t be enough space for them to store everything they need.

That’s a valid concern, and one that’s easily remedied with a custom building. You can decide for yourself the dimensions, ensuring there is plenty of room for vehicles, lawn mowers, tractors and all your holiday decorations, too.

2. The Design Will Fit the Location

If you’re trying to fit a shed or garage into a tight space, sometimes it’s easier to customize the dimensions to get more room within the available area. You can be fully assured your custom building will give you the most square footage possible.

3. Functionality Can Be the Top Priority

If you want your tractor to easily fit inside your outbuilding, it’s simple: Design a custom building with the right height to accommodate your needs. Some homeowners need the building to have windows, or light or an extra-wide entrance. The benefit to designing your own is that you don’t have to settle for most of your wants — you can have them all.

4. You Are Guaranteed Aesthetic Satisfaction

Beyond function, form is an important secondary consideration. Make sure your outbuilding looks good and matches your home’s exterior. You get the final say on what materials are used, down to the paint color of your preference.

5. Variations Are Expected and Easy

If you try to make too many changes to pre-made design, your builder might have trouble getting your ideas to work. But if you decide to create a customized plan from the outset, your alterations and suggestions along the way are easily incorporated and even welcomed.

6. You’ll Find New Ideas Along the Way

As you go through the design process, you will probably find that there are certain features you want that you never thought of before, and you would never have added unless you decided to strike out on your own.

Why A-Shed USA?

With close attention to detail and focus on client satisfaction, A-Shed USA is a top choice in northern Utah. We work tirelessly to tailor your custom building exactly to your specifications and bring your ideas to life, on budget and on time.

Are you ready to get started? We are! Contact us today.

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Gable and Gambrel Shed Styles

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Choosing a shed style is important not only because it will house many of your valuables, but it will also add to the value (and the look) of your property.

Both gable and gambrel roofs have benefits, so the choice may come down to personal preference.

Do You Want it to Match Your House?

Many homeowners want their shed to match their home, and most homes have pitched roofs, especially in Utah and Colorado, where ice and snow can pile up on rooftops. Having a shed that looks like a smaller version of your home adds to curb appeal and is pleasing to the eye.

But don’t discount the gambrel look quite yet! While not many homes look like barns, the barn-style roof fits in well if you have additional outbuildings with this type of roof. Also, many homeowners love the authentic, rustic look the barn style provides, regardless of whether it matches their home.

Do You Have Unique Storage Needs?

Both shed styles give homeowners options for upper-level storage, but the gambrel roof style has something more to offer. Structurally, since you have more square footage in the building, a gambrel roof is ideal when you need to fit in larger-sized items, like a tractor or a boat.

Gable-style roofs don’t allow for as much storage space as gambrel-style roof, but they can be designed with enough pitch to accommodate upper-level storage.

Are You Solely Focused on Cost?

Because they require slightly more materials and time to build, choosing a barn-style roof will probably increase the cost of a new shed. But think about it — with a gambrel-style shed that offers lots of extra upper level storage, it’s like you’re getting two sheds in one!

Gable roofs may be the more affordable option, but when you think about long-term use, consider all the benefits a gambrel-style shed offers in terms of space to grow.

A-Shed USA Is Here to Offer Custom Solutions

When it comes to shed styles, we know what we’re talking about. We’ve been creating customized sheds for our clients throughout the Rocky Mountains for years, so we can build a gable or gambrel-style storage shed to fit your vision too.

A-Shed USA offers A-frame (or gable) roof styles in both our ranch and J-Series storage shed lines. Our barn-style shed features the gambrel roof that offers the rustic country look you love. Our team is more than happy to fill you in on all the pros and cons of both shed styles, and most importantly, find out which design fits your personal style, both functionally and aesthetically.

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6 Signs of Garage Structural Problems

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Are garage structural problems causing you concern? Maybe you don’t know what to look for, but you know your garage is old, and you’re worried about its durability. Regularly inspecting your garage and addressing structural issues is vital to you and your family’s safety, as well as the value of your property.

What Causes Garage Structural Problems?

You could have garage structural problems for a number of reasons.

Erosion is a major contributor to many foundational issues. As soil erodes, destabilizes the foundation, causing uneven settlement. Soil shrinkage during droughts can have a similar effect, contributing to a loss of volume beneath the slab which can lead to structural issues.

If you’re worried you may have garage structural problems, look for the six signs below that mean it’s time to call a builder to assess the issue.

1. The Floor Is Starting to Slope

If the garage floor is beginning to pitch when it was previously level, this is a definite sign of a foundational issue.

2. Floor Cracks Are Widening

Does your concrete garage floor have cracks? Some concrete settling is normal and can lead to superficial cracks, but deep, widening cracks are cause for concern. One definite sign that floor cracks mean potential structural damage is if you see water starting to seep from the crack.

3. Sticking Doors and Windows

Does your garage door close smoothly? Can you close all windows and doors easily? If they’re stick or get stuck halfway shut, this could mean the building’s frame is shifting, which is definite cause for concern.

4. Cracked or Leaning Walls

Check the exterior walls. If your garage is made of brick, do you see cracks leading up the side of the building? Does it look like the walls are curved outward or inward? It’s another signal you need to check the foundation for integrity.

5. Insect Damage

Termites can wreak havoc on a garage. If you notice any insect-related wood damage such as small holes and wood shavings, it’s time to call an exterminator and get to the root of the problem.

6. Wood Rot

Rotted wood breaks easily and contributes to mold growth. Rot can quickly overtake an outbuilding and threaten its strength and solidity. If you notice any rot, it’s important to scour the building’s frame to make sure you identify and replace all rotted wood areas before it spreads.

When You Need a New Garage

When garage structural problems are too extensive to fix, you can trust A-Shed USA for an affordable, beautiful garage replacement. Your property is instantly improved by our detailed, careful planning and execution of a personalized garage design. Partner with A-Shed USA, and get the durable, lasting garage you’ve always wanted — call us today to schedule a free on-site consultation.

Metal or Wooden Garden Shed

Metal or Wooden Garden Shed? How to Choose the Best Option.

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Deciding on a metal or wooden garden shed is the first step when you want to add outdoor storage space. You want your new shed to add to your home’s outdoor design and enhance curb appeal, and you want it to last.

The question is, what’s better, wood or metal? What shed material will give you the most value for your money?

Wood: Customization Wins

Wood is sturdy. It’s also extremely easy to create any shape or size shed you want when you build with wood.

If you want a two-story barn-style shed with a loft, you can build it. If you want unique dimensions to fit a custom design you have in mind, it’s not a problem. If you want to add flower boxes or shutters, that’s easy.

The best part about a wooden garden shed is that you can make it unique. It doesn’t have to fit a pre-fabricated mold, and it’s also easy to make changes as the building goes along.

Metal: Strength and Convenience

Whether you choose steel or aluminum, you can trust that your metal shed is strong enough to defeat the elements. As long as it’s anchored securely, your metal shed will last and keep its contents safe.

Buying a pre-fabricated metal shed is also a convenient, low-cost option that’s attractive to many homeowners. You may not get to choose the color, shape or size, but you can quickly add the outdoor storage space you need in a pinch. It’s also much harder to build shelving or customize the interior, but it’s useful when all you need is a roof, four walls and a door.

While you likely can’t match a metal shed to your home, you can potentially take a pre-fabricated shed with you when you move.

Maintenance Is Key

For each shed material option, maintenance is key. Wood must be stained to protect against pests like termites and carpenter ants. This also helps protect the wood from water damage.

While metal is often marketed as a maintenance-free option, this couldn’t be further from the truth. To prevent rust and corrosion, metal must be painted regularly as well.

How A-Shed USA Can Help

Trying to build a shed on your own can be an overwhelming task. From design to construction, you can trust A-Shed USA to help you choose a metal or wooden garden shed. Create the outbuilding that fits your needs and matches your style. Call us today to learn more about our selection of storage sheds and get a free quote!

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Easy Shed Renovations for a Fast Transformation

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Do you have shed renovations in mind? You don’t have to let spiders and cobwebs take over — you can make your shed beautiful and functional. It’s just going to take some work.

Try some basic shed renovations to renew your outdated outbuilding.

Clean It!

First things first — it’s time for some long overdue shed cleaning. Take everything out of your shed and power wash the inside. Wash windows and sweep out the dark corners. Cleaning is an essential step in reclaiming this space.

While all your items are outside of the four walls, take a close look at what you’re storing inside and why. Try to get rid of items you’re never going to use again and give away your extras. When you have less to put back, it’s easier to do in an organized, sensible fashion.

New Paint and Hardware

Next, sprucing up the outside of your shed will make a huge difference, and it starts with paint. Strip the wood and reseal it with a protective coating to block out moisture and stand up to the elements. Not only will your shed look vibrant, it will be less susceptible to rot. You can paint metal too to guard against rust.

You know that rusty handle and those squeaky old hinges? You don’t have to keep them forever. Replace the hardware and further enhance the shed’s curb appeal — plus the door will open more smoothly.

Make it Useful

Your shed can serve as the backdrop for a relaxing patio. Construct a simple wood platform along one side of the shed and set up your reclining lawn chairs. It’s the perfect way to dress up the shed and make it look like it belongs in your yard — it has a purpose besides storage.

Add Lighting

Part of the reason you probably avoid your shed is because it’s a dark, dingy place — who would want to hang out there?

You can fix that easily. All you need to do is purchase bright lighting fixtures from your local home improvement store and switch out that swinging light bulb. Have a local electrician run a light switch to the doorway so you don’t have to pull a chain, and it’ll be easier to find what you need.

Do You Need a Pro?

Are shed renovations getting the best of you? Are you realizing no renovation could possibly save your dilapidated old garden shed? You have options — A-Shed USA can replace your shed for an affordable price. Call us today for a free estimate.

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Finding a Garage Contractor You Trust

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A garage contractor is responsible for one of the most important updates to your home — the creation of a new garage. It increases the value of your home, adds convenience to your life and boosts your curb appeal. There is so much to be excited about, but first you need to find the right builder to make it happen.

You may have heard some contractor horror stories, so you want to make sure you find a garage contractor you can trust.

Every Professional Has a Unique Resume — Find a Specialist

It’s not enough to find a skilled contractor. You need a builder who has specific experience with garages. You can take recommendations from friends, but keep in mind that a contractor who did a great job installing a pool may not excel at building a garage — they’re two different projects.

Your best bet is to depend on a proven garage contractor, not just anyone with a building license.

Look at Their License and Work History

Speaking of building licenses — make sure you check out all your builder’s qualifications. You wouldn’t be the first homeowner to take a contractor’s claims of licensure and insurance coverage at face value, only to get burned later.

Ensure this doesn’t happen to you by asking for physical proof of all of their permits and proof of insurance. You should also ask for the names and phone numbers of recent customers so you can get a firsthand account of their work.

Get a Detailed Contract in Writing

Your building contract should state when the job will begin and end, and the specific terms of payment. Never pay in full before a job begins. While most reputable contractors ask for a deposit, none will require all the money up front.

Also make sure your contract states the building team is responsible for cleaning up the site after the job is over.

Make Sure You Get the Right Permits

Your garage contractor should help you obtain all the building permits you need. It can be a time-consuming process to draw up plans, submit copies and go through the inspection process, but an experienced builder knows how to streamline the process and ensure your garage plans are approved.

Stay in Constant Contact

The best contractors are always open to communication with their clients, answering calls and emails as soon as possible. Keep in touch with your builder throughout the process so you stay informed on progress.

If you’re looking for quality, honest work, A-Shed USA is the garage contractor for you. Contact us today for a free quote on building your dream garage.

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