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Pros and Cons of Building a Shed on Your Own

Pros and Cons of Building a Shed on Your Own

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Building a shed is a big undertaking — we know, we do it quite frequently! As a homeowner, you’re accustomed to identifying and solving problems on a regular basis. From frozen pipes to leaking faucets, gutter cleaning to furnace filter replacement, you take on the projects that others shy away from.

 

Pros and Cons of Building a Shed on Your Own

When you identify a glaring need for storage in your home, your first reaction is to start exploring your shed-building options. Take it from us — your instincts are good. This is one of the top ways homeowners can add significant storage space without making any major changes to their interiors.

But is building a shed one of those projects you should take on by yourself? Or does it make more sense to outsource this project to a professional?

Pro: You Will Learn a Lot

Whenever you start a project you’ve never tried before, there is a significant learning curve that you must overcome. But once you take on this project and succeed, you will come out on the other end knowing a lot more than you once did about building a shed.

Con: It Will Likely Cost You

The only downside to learning curves is that there is a big investment that must be made to gain new skills. Namely, you will have to spend time and money on this project — more than you might expect.

Even if you don’t make a mistake along the way and order all the right materials with none to spare, time is money, and you will need a lot of it in order to get this project done quickly — or done at all. There is a cost involved with building a shed on your own, whether it’s in the form of hours or dollars!

Pro: You’ll Be Proud of Your Work!

When you’re done, you’ll be so happy you did it on your own. Every time you look in the backyard, you’ll be gratified to see that the shed you built is still standing, tall and strong!

Con: You Have a Limited Choice of Materials and Designs

One of the cons? Unless you’re a skilled metal worker or have special tools, you will be a bit limited in what you can create as an amateur in the shed-building process. Also, you probably won’t be capable of following a complex design, unless you have a background in carpentry in some other respect.

Strike a Balance — Get “Custom” Without All of That DIY Work

At A-Shed USA, we fully appreciate your DIY abilities and tendencies, and that’s why we want to help you strike a balance. What if you could have full control over the scope of the project, but not have the finish date depending on you alone?

With our team of experts, we design a custom blueprint that helps ensure your vision is realized, but we take care of the time-consuming, detail-oriented labor, speeding up the process by quite a bit. Want to find out how much you can expect to spend when you forego building a shed on your own? Call us today to get your quote!

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Shed or Garage? How to Choose.

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Picking between a shed or garage for your storage needs or workspace might seem easy. You probably have a clear preference for one or the other, but once you start thinking over your options and reviewing designs for both, the issue can get a little bit more complicated.

Before you invest your hard-earned money in an outbuilding, consider the choice from every angle.

The Answer Isn’t as Clear as You’d Think

While a garage offers two opportunities, the capability to store extra items and your vehicle, a shed only offers one … or does it?

When you’re choosing between a shed or garage, the right decision comes down to how you intend to use the space.

If you honestly are just looking for a place to park your car during the brutal winters, then a garage is what you want. If you are assuming your garage will also be the place where you will put all your gardening tools and lawnmower, have a work area for projects and still be able to park your vehicles, a shed may be what you need instead.

While garages are commonly seen as multi-use and sheds as solo-use, this isn’t always accurate. Most people underestimate the amount of space their car will take up and how much storage they need. And if you’re hoping for square footage for a work area too, you’ll have to get creative.

The Pros and Cons of a Garage

The pros of building a garage are it looks great, it houses your car, it adds value to your home and it offers storage space.

What about the cons?

You probably won’t be able to store as much inside your garage as you think, unless you build one with a loft. You’ll have to make sure your stuff doesn’t pile up and scratch your vehicles, too. It gets tight fast.

The Pros and Cons of a Shed

One pro of building a shed is that it’s separate from your vehicles — no worries about woodworking accidents or damage to your car. It’s a space solely dedicated to storage and work.

What about the cons?

Your car probably won’t fit inside!

When the Answer Is “Both”

The greatest benefit of working with A-Shed USA is that when you can’t choose between a shed or a garage, we can find a middle ground that fits your vision. We design custom buildings specifically for you. No matter what you need for storing your property or your vehicles, we can create a building that fulfills the looks and capabilities you have in mind.

Get in touch with us today — we can help you decide whether a shed or garage is right for you, and we can also show you examples of the custom buildings we’ve constructed for our past customers. A-Shed USA is on the job!

Storing Your Motorcycle in a Custom Building

Storing Your Motorcycle in a Custom Building

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The do’s and don’ts of storing your motorcycle differ depending on the climate in which you live. In the Intermountain West region, snow is a guarantee, so storing your motorcycle in a dry, insulated place is even more important.

When winter’s cold and precipitation begin to threaten, make sure your bike is protected and safe.

Why Can’t You Leave it Outside?

Newbie bikers always ask this question. The answer is simple: wear and tear. Winter brings snow, then snow melts and brings water, and water leads to rust. You don’t want to leave your motorcycle outside — it may never look the same again.

Beyond the grime that builds up over winter and the potential for rust that threatens your bike, think about how the cold affects operation. Cold weather taxes the battery. While bike covers or portable tents could work to keep your motorcycle safe from the winter elements, there is no guarantee that they’ll be sturdy enough to help withstand extremes.

Can You Fit it in Your Garage or Shed?

If you already have a garage or shed, you’re probably thinking, “No problem — I’ll just store my bike there!” But have you considered the true space requirements you’ll need?

If you’re serious about protecting your bike, it’s not ideal to try to squeeze it in between your car and the garage wall. It’s also not good to store it among your metal rakes and garden pots in your tool shed. Your bike needs enough buffer space to avoid getting scratched or dented.

A Motorcycle Storage Shed Is the Best Option

Experienced bikers will tell you that a designated motorcycle storage shed is truly the best option for keeping your ride safe all winter. It’s much less likely to get knocked about and it will be protected from moisture.

When your shed is built with functionality in mind, you’ll have plenty of space to work on your ride all winter. Even when riding conditions are subpar, you’ll have the elbow room you need to customize your bike in preparation for the snow melt.

Preparing Your Bike for Winter

Even if you’re storing your motorcycle in its own custom building, it’s still important to take preventive steps to mitigate any weather-related damage. Since you won’t be riding it for a few months, run fuel stabilizer through the tank and fulfill regular service requirements such as an oil change. Ensure tire pressure is correct, and wash and wax the exterior.

Get the Protection Your Bike Deserves

Talk to A-Shed USA about how much it would cost to create a custom building just for your bike. If storing your motorcycle in a safe, protected space is your priority, we can help you make it happen.

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Should Your New Garage Have Heat?

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Building a new garage is an exciting endeavor. Planning construction involves a lot of choices, but the best part is thinking about all the things you can accomplish once it’s built!

But have you considered heating for your new garage?

What to Think About When Planning Your Garage Design

You probably have thought a lot about how much space you’ll need to exit your car comfortably and still be able to store your workbench, but think about this: If you don’t have a plan for how to heat your garage, you’ll never want to spend any time in it, at least not until it gets warm out!

Even then, how many days are there in the year that are just the right temperature? Too much sun and your garage heats up quickly. In the winter, it’s somehow always colder in the garage than it is outside. So it’s essential to consider heating and cooling systems as part of your plans if you intend on spending a significant amount of time in your new garage throughout the year.

Create a Workspace You Can Use Year-Round

The design and building of a garage with heating and cooling is slightly more involved. Wiring, ductwork, insulation … it’s an additional cost, that’s for sure. But the payoff is huge!

Your garage is an extension of your home. You don’t want to have to layer on sweaters and wear gloves to get your work done. You don’t want to have to hook up fans to keep you cool, either. You can set the temperature to the right setting, regardless of whether you plan to use the space for a gym or an office.

We Offer Finished Garages with Electrical and Mechanical Systems

At A-Shed USA, we understand the building process is more involved than hammering nails into wood. Constructing a functional, beautiful garage is a detailed project that involves creativity and a wide range of skills.

When assembling our building teams, we understand this fact, and that’s why we have electrical and mechanical technicians available to complete every step of the garage-building process, not just the basics. We deliver finished buildings that are fully wired for lighting, a garage door opening system, and if you’d like, a heating and cooling system as well.

Your new garage is more than a place to store your stuff. It offers protection for valuables, provides space for you to create and adds value to your home. Let A-Shed USA handle the project with care, and you’ll be more than happy with our results.

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Do You Need a New Garage This Winter?

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A new garage may be exactly what your home needs, but it might take a rough winter season to get you to see the light.

At A-Shed USA, we got plenty of customers throughout the spring who were exhausted dealing with their rundown garages that just couldn’t handle the heavy snow and ice buildup over the winter. But you can correct this issue before winter takes another toll.

In fact, you could have a sturdy, stable new garage before winter is over. Have you seen any of the signs you may need a new garage?

Water Is Leaking Through the Walls or Ceiling

Roofs are a common source of leaks, but so are walls if you have an old, cement-block garage. Once the seal between the bricks crumbles just enough, water flows where you don’t want it to: inside the garage. Rain and melting snow and ice make your garage damp and cold.

Your Garage Roof Isn’t Stable

Shingles are blowing off, gutters are sagging (or they’re nonexistent) and the roof line looks like it’s sinking. If you can’t trust your garage roof to hold up under heavy snowfall, what’s the point of having a garage at all?

Repairs Offer Only a Temporary Fix

Have you tried and failed to fix your garage? Maybe you’ve sealed leaks. Maybe you’ve called a roofer to come and see what they can do about the missing shingles. Maybe you’ve had it insulated. Maybe you’ve reinforced the roof. You can try to resolve an aging garage many different ways, but if these repairs are only offering a temporary fix, it’s clear that the writing is on the (garage) wall. It’s time to talk to A-Shed USA!

You Don’t Feel Comfortable Using It

Here is the ultimate sign you need a new garage: you don’t even use it. When it’s too rickety, leaky and unstable for you to feel confident parking your car inside, it’s definitely time to tear it down and start over. You should be able to trust that your garage will hold up to the next storm and protect everything inside. If you aren’t, it’s time to call A-Shed USA.

Looking for a Price Quote?

We offer custom plans for your new garage, along with a custom price based on what you’re looking for. Call us today and let’s talk about what you don’t like about your current garage, and what we can do to improve on the next build. A-Shed USA’s team is here for you.

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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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