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Building a Pool Shed: Dimensions, Storage, Alternative Uses

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While we’re happy to provide our clients with all their custom shed and garage needs at any point in the year at A-Shed USA, we often advise clients to think in terms of opposite seasons. That is, building a shed or garage setup that’s more popular at another time of year may actually be ideal in terms of cost, material availability and more — and a perfect example here is a pool equipment storage shed.

While most wouldn’t start thinking about this sort of shed until the spring or summer when most pools will actually be in use, the fall or winter is often an ideal time to get a step ahead. Materials may be slightly more affordable in certain areas, and our team will have greater availability for assistance with installation or other themes.

If you’ve decided now is a good time to build your pool shed for next summer, what are some of the most important qualities to look for as you source your shed materials? Here’s a primer.

Basic Dimensions and Storage Space

First and foremost, any shed you build to store pool equipment and related items will need to be large enough to handle the range you’re looking to keep protected. If possible, consider enough space for both your winterizing equipment and summer supplies, as this may save you from making separate trips back and forth.

The height of your shed also matters, especially if you’re storing longer items like pool cleaning arms, telescoping pool brushes, or other tall items like canopies and other overhead accessories. In some cases, a shed that’s not quite tall enough may require additional height from stacking equipment on top of one another — which can be inconvenient when you actually need individual pieces.

Secondary Uses

In many cases, the pool area is used for things like entertaining and other purposes — and you should design your pool shed with the same theme in mind if so. Look for ways to make the shed space one where people can congregate, and any pool equipment storage a secondary function.

For example, a patio area or some sort of decking system can help make your shed more of a gathering point — and our team of experts at A-Shed USA will be able to specify the best materials for your project’s needs, including treated wood or cedar plank decking that’s designed to resist the elements.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over how to create a pool shed that adds to your home’s resale value while also benefitting your entire family. For more on how to design an ideal shed to hold pool equipment and serve related needs, or to learn about any of our storage sheds or garages, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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SLC Shed Foundation: Size, Materials and Level

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic approaches for ensuring your new shed has a strong, durable foundation. Just like a home or many other structures, the foundation is vital for everything from support to pest prevention, and it’s important to consider the right things when it’s being created to confirm it will perform all these tasks appropriately.

At A-Shed USA, we offer both a wide range of custom storage sheds and wide-ranging expertise on their installation throughout Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, including the creation of quality foundations they can rest on. What are some of the other important considerations for your shed’s foundation? Here are several.

Size Considerations

Naturally, as you might have guessed, the size of your foundation will largely correspond with the size of your shed. If you have a giant, two-story storage facility to add to your yard, then you’ll likely need a much larger foundation than if you just purchased a small garden shed.

However, the amount of room on the ground is not the only factor in play here. Specifically, whether or not you utilize an on-grade foundation (we went over what this is in part one) will often depend on the general size of your shed. Here are two situations to consider:

  • Small or medium shed: For sheds under 160 square feet, an on-grade foundation can be a perfectly suitable choice. This is about 160 square feet of horizontal floor space, not including height or any other factors that could affect this area.
  • Large shed: In some cases, a large shed might be better suited for a deeper foundation that supports more weight without risk of settling or other issues.

Material Choice

Generally speaking, ideal shed foundation materials are some combination of concrete piers and quality lumber. Piers will be inserted after digging a hole in the ground. Then, support boards can be placed on top of them and your shed’s floor will rest on these boards. In most cases, this is considered a simple yet sufficient approach to ensuring your foundation provides all the necessary support for your shed — and will resist corrosion or other weather-related issues over time.

In other cases, you may choose a simpler concrete slab if you want to go a bit cheaper. However, you have to prepare for potential moving or cracking based on seasonal weather changes if you go this route.

Check Levelness

Throughout the process of building your shed’s foundation, regular checks should be done on the overall level of the area. This will ensure your foundation lays completely flat, which is important for proper drainage and general ease of use once finished. We recommend keeping a leveler on-hand for this job.

For more information on how to get started with a new shed foundation, or to learn about any of our storage sheds, garages or other structures in SLC, feel free to contact A-Shed USA.

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Shed Foundation: Choosing Location and Foundation Type

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There are a few important factors to consider when installing a new storage shed on any part of your property, and the foundation the shed will sit on is among the most vital. Sheds without a proper foundation will quickly deal with leveling and exposure issues, leading to concerns ranging from mold and mildew to pest infestation, major water damage and more.

At A-Shed USA, we’re here to not only provide a wide range of custom storage sheds, but also to assist clients with important themes like foundation building and others that will help support your shed for the long-term future. What are the risks of an improper foundation for your shed, and how can you go about ensuring your foundation is high-quality and will protect your shed itself? This two-part blog series will go over a brief primer.

Risks of Lacking or Poor Shed Foundation

If your shed either lacks a foundation entirely or is sitting on a poorly-constructed foundation, you expose it to several risks. These include everything from water damage to pest infestation, mold and mildew, or even a failure to support the shed’s design specifications. As a result, many homeowners choose to spend a little extra money at the outset of their shed project for a quality foundation, plus consider professional installation.

Our next several sections will go over our general tips for how to approach a quality foundation build for your new shed.

Choosing Ideal Location

Before you even get to material selection or any part of the installation process, it’s vital to choose an ideal foundation location for your shed. The first thing to check on here is local zoning laws, which may prohibit the installation of sheds in certain areas, or may set limitations on what types of materials you can use. You don’t want to invest the time into building a foundation only to find out that you have to tear it back down and start from scratch because of local laws!

After that, do a walkaround of your property. Take note of your shed’s intended orientation, as well as any landscaping around it. If you’re planning to have a porch or deck on the other side of the shed, take note of the foot traffic that could be heading towards it. With this information in hand, choose what feels like an ideal location for building your foundation.

On-Grade or Frost-Proof Foundation

Generally speaking, shed foundations fall into two categories:

  • On-grade: These sit directly on the ground, and are built to be level with any surrounding landscape. A key advantage of an on-grade foundation is its relatively simplicity and low-cost, making it a popular choice for homeowners who don’t have a lot to spend or those who plan to do their own construction work.
  • Frost-proof: These options support more weight than an on-grade foundation, making them a popular choice for homeowners who are planning to install larger sheds. The bigger the shed, the more weight it’s going to have, so this option is also ideal for those with two-story sheds or other buildings that could be vulnerable in harsh weather. It’s also the most expensive option, and might not be needed if your shed is on the smaller side.

For more on building a proper foundation for your storage shed, or to learn about any of our custom sheds, garages and other structures, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

What to Consider Before Building a Garden Shed in Denver

What You Need to Know Before Building a Garden Shed in Denver

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Storage sheds in Denver are a great way to increase property value, organize outdoor tools and equipment, and create a more welcoming outdoor living space. But before jumping right into buying a shed, there are a few things you should consider to ensure you’re getting the most out of your shed. From A-Shed USA, here’s your shopping guide for sheds in Denver.

Rules and Regulations

The very first thing you should do, even before deciding the size and general placement of your shed, is look into your city’s zoning and building laws, as well as your local homeowners’ association. Get on the phone with a city official’s office if need be. You don’t want to spend time and money on a structure that you later find out is breaking the law.

Depending on the local covenants, sheds over a certain size may need prior approval in order to build. Regulations also sometimes require you to build your shed no less than three feet from the property line, and if you want to install electrical wiring in your shed, you may need approval from the city or the HOA for that as well.

Size and Placement of Sheds in Denver

With your knowledge of local building regulations in mind, you can now start thinking about your shed’s size. This can be tricky, as you want to be able to build the structure you need without it taking up your whole backyard. If you have a smaller backyard, you may need to compromise with a smaller shed so that you still have backyard space left. You should measure the space you want your shed to take up before you start shopping.

The placement of your shed should be dependent on what you’re going to use it for (as well as any relevant regulations). If you’re going to use your shed to store garden tools, put it near the garden. If you’re going to use it as a workshop, place it away from the house so other members of the household aren’t bothered by too much noise.

Shed Foundations

You’ll also need to consider whether your desired shed location has a strong enough foundation. At A-Shed USA, our sheds in Denver are built with a steel joist system that is sturdy enough to support building on most backyard terrain. However, if you want to build on a part of your backyard that is lower than the rest of the yard, we may recommend that you order a concrete pad to ensure that the foundation gets the proper drainage. Additionally, if you wish to store very heavy equipment or materials in your shed, a concrete foundation might be necessary to support the extra weight.

At A-Shed USA, we have a wide variety of different types of sheds for sale in Denver. Many of our models are customizable, allowing you to choose different accessories for your garden shed in Denver. With this buying guide, you should be closer than ever to building the backyard shed of your dreams.

Unique Ideas for Sheds in Salt Lake City

Unique Ideas for Sheds in Salt Lake City

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When we think of storage sheds in Salt Lake City, we usually think of a place where we keep rakes, shovels, paint, and other odds and ends. But sheds have so many more uses beyond yard work and tools. If your shed is sitting in your backyard collecting cobwebs, it might be time for an upgrade to turn your shed into something you’ll actually use. Or, if you don’t have a shed because you don’t think it fits into your lifestyle, these ideas might inspire you.

Workshop/Studio

Whether you’re a professional artist, an amatuer photographer, or you just love woodworking, a shed can be a great space for you to sink yourself into your work or hobbies. This is an especially good solution if you don’t have room in your home for any type of permanent workspace. If your sewing machine and fabrics are always tucked away in a closet and you have to unpack and pack up your materials every time you use them, will you really be able to get into a creative flow? Sheds provide the perfect place to not only store your materials, but also to spread out a little and make a mess without disrupting the other parts of your life or other members of your household.

Workout Space

Especially if there are a lot of people living in your house, it may be difficult to find a good place to work out at home. Maybe your room is too small for you to follow along with your favorite Zumba video, or maybe people are constantly traipsing through the living room while you’re trying to breathe into your downward dog. Either way, transforming your shed into a workout spot allows you to have a semi-private space to blast music, sweat, and have a good time. Plus, you now have a place to keep all of your workout gear, freeing up some clutter or storage space in your home.

Pool House

If you have a backyard pool, turning your shed into a pool house is a more affordable way to create the perfect country club experience right at home. You can store towels, sunscreen, outdoor furniture, and other pool accessories, while also providing a place to change into and out of a swimsuit. You can even have the pool house wired so you can have a mini fridge stocked with chilled summer drinks. This is an especially good project if you have kids and don’t want them dragging their soggy swimsuits and towels all over the house.

Playhouse

Another great way to transform your shed if you have kids is to turn it into a playhouse. Not only will it be the perfect storage space for toys, games, and crafts, but it will also keep messes out of the way (for the most part). This is a good option for parents who are tired of tripping over legos in the living room or scrubbing stains out of the furniture. No extra space in the house for a playroom? No problem.

Sheds for Sale in Salt Lake City

If you don’t yet have a shed but like the sounds of some of these ideas, A-Shed USA can help. We offer a variety of shed styles — many with customizable features — that can accommodate different budgets, backyard sizes, and more. We take care of the whole installation process from start to finish, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

How to Keep Sheds in Salt Lake City Clean and Organized

How to Keep Sheds in Salt Lake City Clean and Organized

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Sheds can be a great storage solution for those of us who need some extra space. But with improper care, this great storage solution could turn into a musty, cobweb-ridden cave where tools go to collect dust and be forgotten. From A-Shed USA, your local experts on storage sheds in Salt Lake City, here are our best tips for keeping your shed neat and organized.

Seeing Is Believing

It’s hard to keep your shed clean if it’s too dark to see anything. If your shed has no windows or electrical lighting, that might be part of the reason why clutter just seems to keep building up in your shed. Consider hiring a contractor to install electric wiring in your shed. Or, if you want to start completely fresh, most of our models at A-Shed USA allow for multiple windows of various shapes and sizes.

Making Use of the Walls

At A-Shed USA, our sheds come in multiple wall heights for a reason. To keep your shed clutter free, make use of all the vertical space at your disposal. Since so many tools are made of metal, an easy way to do this is with magnets. Simply attach a strong metal bar to the wall of your shed, and you’ll not only be taking advantage of more of your storage space, but you’ll also be able to quickly identify the tools you need. No more rooting around drawers and toolboxes. You can achieve a similar effect with a pegboard. Since a pegboard isn’t magnetic, you’ll need to acquire some pegs, but once you do, you have an easy way to keep your tools organized.

Also, don’t forget about the vertical space on the exterior of the shed. You can attach hooks to the side of the shed to hang outdoor items, such as garden hoses. Just be sure the items you store in this area can stand up to the elements. However, if you want to store things that aren’t waterproof on the outside of your shed, you build a supply cabinet out of scrap wood and attach it to the wall.

Storage Shelves and Drawers

Whether you like the convenience of buying pre-made shelves or you’re more of a do it yourself kind of person, shelves with drawers or bins will be a huge help when it comes to organizing your shed. You can buy or make bins, but you can also use old paint cans and gardening pots. Shelves and containers are the perfect solution for organizing gardening supplies, sports equipment, camping gear, and so much more.

If you have children, shelves are a great way to keep hazardous cleaners and pesticides out of reach. Additionally, you can put colorful storage bins on the lower shelves to keep outdoor toys all in one place.

If you’ve tried all these tips and your current shed still isn’t cutting it, A-Shed USA does more than sell storage sheds in Salt Lake City. Our experienced builders and engineers will expertly install a custom shed perfectly catered to your storage needs.

Different Types of Sheds

Understanding Different Types of Sheds in Denver

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The decision to get a shed added to your property is a big one. Once you decide on getting a shed, however, a big question remains: What type of shed is right for you? A-Sheds USA is your go-to location for storage sheds in Salt Lake City, because in addition to our wide selection of products, we also offer custom alterations for select models. To help you narrow down your options, here is a guide to our different types of sheds.

Ranch Sheds

A-Sheds USA’s ranch shed is our best-selling model for a number of reasons. The ability to make it truly your own is one of them. All of our ranch-style sheds can be customized to accommodate your vision. Our ranch sheds come in three different wall heights: 6’9”, 7’9”, and 9’9”. The height variations allow you to maximize storage space without taking up too much space in your yard. You can also choose the placements and sizes of doors and any windows you want to include. Finally, A-Shed USA gives the option of installing ramps, venting, shelving, and lofting, as well as a wide variety of shed exteriors. When you choose the ranch shed, you can be sure that your vision will be executed.

Barn Sheds for Sale in Denver

Barn sheds are your go-to if you have a lot of material to store. Like the ranch sheds, barn sheds come in the same three wall heights. In addition, however, the barn shed is designed to accommodate an addition of a lofted area. Not only are barn sheds perfect for maximizing storage space, but they also have that classic, rustic, country aesthetic that will bring charm to your yard.

J-Series Sheds

If you want a shed that will look visually cohesive with your home, the J-Series shed is for you. Unlike the previous two models, all J-Series sheds come with boxed overhangs, floor coating, a heat barrier, ridge venting, and so much more. These are included in the standard J-Series shed, but you also have the option to add lofting, transom windows, and other customizations. The finished product will look more like a cute miniature house than a traditional shed, and with all of the storage space you look for in a shed.

YardMaster Sheds

If you’re on a budget and want to keep it simple, take a look at our YardMaster sheds. YardMaster sheds are designed specifically for thrifty minimalists like you. With this model, you can get the same amount of space as some of our other sheds without having to pay for standard features that you may not need. The YardMaster shed comes in a number of different sizes. Your shed could be as small as 6’x6’ or as large as 10’x16’.

If none of these sheds quite meet all of your needs, A-Shed USA also will work with you to create a custom shed. Whatever you’re looking for, A-Shed USA can provide you with storage sheds in Denver that are right for you.

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It’s Spring — Is Your Garden Shed Ready?

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Every spring, you venture back into your garden shed to retrieve your tools and your lawn mower so you can get your yard back into shape. But what about your garden shed? Is that in shape? A-Shed USA, with locations in Salt Lake City and Denver, can help you determine what type of TLC — if any — your storage shed needs.

Is Your Garden Shed Solid?

When you open your garden shed doors and step in, does the structure move at all? A little squeaking here and there may be OK, but if the walls move visibly as you walk inside, this can be a concern. The answer may be to tighten up a few bolts or replace some screws, but the problem could be more serious than that.

The shape your storage shed is in depends partly upon its age. If you’ve had your garden shed for more than five years and it feels a bit rickety, it’s best to get it checked out by a professional before someone gets hurt.

Is Your Storage Shed Starting to Look Ugly?

Garden sheds need upkeep in order to last, just like your home. If your shed is made of wood, it needs to be painted or sealed from time to time. If your shed is made of metal, you must look for rust spots regularly and treat them right away, before they spread.

Metal storage sheds can last longer than wooden sheds, but they are also vulnerable to problems such as limbs or heavy branches falling on them and causing dents. A dent in your metal shed can be hard to repair so that it looks nice again. It can also make that area of your garden shed more prone to rust.

If you have a plastic storage shed, you don’t have to do much upkeep. A good hosing off inside and out a couple of times a year should be all you need.

Are You Running Out of Room for Your Stuff in Your Shed?

Your garden shed may have been adequate when you bought it some years ago, but you may have acquired more items since then. Storage sheds have a way of accumulating sports equipment, gardening tools, decorations and other items.

If your storage shed didn’t come with shelving or wall hangers, consider installing some to clear floor space. However, if it’s packed tight, you may need a bigger storage shed.

New Storage Sheds in Salt Lake City

As hard as you try, there’s only so much you can do to resurrect an old garden shed for another season. When the day comes that you need a new storage shed for your home in the Salt Lake City or Denver areas, talk to the team at A-Shed USA.

We offer several types of garden sheds, and we even install them for you. Looking out into your back yard and seeing your beautiful new storage shed will inspire you to keep your garden tools organized and your landscaping in good shape — a new storage shed is a great motivator!

Browse our sheds online or contact us today.

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