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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.

How to Keep Sheds in Salt Lake City Clean and Organized

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.

3-Point Checklist When Looking for an Outdoor Shed

Three-Point Checklist When Looking for an Outdoor Shed

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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced some of us to work from home to remain safe from the virus. Despite the changes caused by this public health crisis, there are still plenty of things to do at home, and one of these is adding some storage structures to your yard. Now’s the best time to hire the dependable builders at A-Shed to build you a high-quality shed at your Salt Lake City home. We’ve put together a three-point checklist to guide you buying or building a shed.

1. Quality

When thinking about building sheds in Denver or in Salt Lake City, you’ll want them to last, so you should use high-quality materials. Choose a material that will not only fulfill its storage purposes, but also remain sturdy and functional through different kinds of weather. You can choose steel, plastic resin or timber. Plastic is rustproof and lightweight, timber is strong if maintained consistently and steel also is a good option due to its low maintenance and cost.

2. Purpose

What is your shed for? Do you have the space to build one large shed, or is your yard more suited to several smaller garden sheds?

Sheds are great for providing extra workspace, storing tools for gardening equipment and keeping potentially harmful lawn or pool chemicals. Whichever purpose it might be, the way you will utilize your shed will help determine its location. If you will be using it as a workspace or to store things you need to access frequently, you’ll want to position your shed in a conveniently accessible area of your yard.

3. Budget

Remember to consider affordability when looking for the perfect storage sheds around Salt Lake City. Consider both the shed’s price and costs for manufacturing, design and installation. Keep in mind that extra accessories can increase the price, and opting to hire a shed builder can save you money and time.The Bottom Line: Choose the Right Contractor

Although do-it-yourself sheds can be an option, it still is worth it to hire a builder. A skilled builder will build a top-quality structure. You will not get the same control over design and materials if you put up a shed from scratch by yourself.

If you want a professional to build your custom shed for you, go with a trusted team that establishes open communication. If you’re on the lookout for builders of the best storage sheds in Salt Lake City, call A-Shed USA today.

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Keeping Storage Sheds Protected During Winter

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Maintenance of any storage shed is important throughout the year, and particularly during the harsh winter. This is because the winter often brings the largest risks to a shed, from moisture infiltration to sub-zero temperatures, and keeping your structure in great shape is vital.

At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to not only offer a robust range of storage sheds, from our ranch and barn sheds to many others, but also expertise on how to care for these at any point in the season, including winter. Here are some basics on how to maintain your storage shed throughout the winter, starting with some prep and moving to mid-winter areas.

Pre-Winter Areas

In a normal year, we’d tell you you’re probably a bit late if you haven’t already gotten to preparing your storage shed for winter. By the mid-January period we’re in, you’d normally have dealt with several major snowstorms and perhaps some significant snow on the ground in a place like Utah – but this particular winter, shed owners who neglected this duty have gotten lucky, as it’s one of the driest winters in recent memory.

That said, during a normal year, you should be taking the late-fall period to prep the shed. A few themes to keep in mind here (you can attend to these now if you haven’t already):

  • Fully clean the storage shed, including removing any dust or mold concerns. Also be sure to clean tools that were used during summer, plus bag up any fertilizer or other items that cannot be uncovered.
  • Make any needed repairs to ceilings, walls, windows, floors and seal areas to ensure moisture doesn’t seep in.
  • Trim any overhanging branches that may contact the structure, plus rake leaves.
  • If the shed is a live-in space or you plan to spend any significant time in it during winter, consider insulation and items like space heaters.

Mid-Winter Shed Maintenance

And here are a couple basic precautions for keeping the shed safe and protected during the winter itself, even during a more significant winter than the one we’re experiencing in Utah:

  • Dry: Whenever possible, look to keep the shed area dry and free of snow. Many shed owners will waterproof their shed floor, while others will place a tarp over it during winter to stop any moisture from seeping in. If your shed floor is metal, follow steps to prevent rust and corrosion.
  • Snow removal: Not only should snow that piles up be removed from around the shed, it’s vital to remove it from atop the shed as well. Too much heavy snow on your shed’s roof will risk collapsing it due to the weight, so be sure to attend to this area anytime there’s a major storm.

For more on how to maintain your shed during the winter, or to learn about any of our storage sheds, garages or other structures, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Shed Size: HOA, Future Increases and Professional Assistance

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the important variables that will play a role in choosing the size of your shed. While most naturally think about the items they plan to store when it comes to size, and this is absolutely an important element here, there are also a few others to keep in mind as you plan and order your custom shed.

At A-Shed USA, we’re here to offer custom storage sheds in a variety of size templates and designations – and also to assist our clients with the variables they should be keeping track of when deciding exactly how large their new shed will be. Here are a few of the other important factors that tend to dictate your shed size decision, including the value of working with our team for these kinds of important calls.

 

HOA Regulations

In certain areas, your home may fall under the governance of a homeowners’ association, or HOA. These are groups that are made up of all the homeowners in a given neighborhood or area, and they will often play a major role in property and other regulations – possibly including the placement of sheds or other structures on your property.

Specifically, there may be regulations or limitations on how big a given structure can be on a property if it’s not attached to the main home. Other HOAs may simply require that you submit drawings and plans of the shed and yard so there are records, including the exact shed size and its location in the yard. In other cases, something of a hybrid system will be in place here – these documents will be required to receive approval to build the shed from the HOA. There may be situations where certain large shed sizes are not possible given HOA restrictions.

Future Increases

One vital factor to keep in mind that some shed buyers gloss over: Potential future size increases. While your primary plans should involve the items you plan to store in the shed now and its present purposes, your needs may expand in future years – especially if, like many people, you’re using the shed to hold a collection of tools and equipment, which tends to grow over time. For this reason, consider leaving some extra space around the shed that will allow for expansion if you end up going this route later on.

Consult With Pros

If you’re unsure about any part of your shed or property’s size needs or dimensions, be sure to contact our shed professionals for assistance. We’ve helped numerous property owners find the ideal shed size given their other property characteristics and their shed needs, and we’ll do the same for you.

For more on choosing the ideal shed size, or to learn about any of our custom sheds, garages or other products, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Shed Needs, Items and Planning Proper Size

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For those considering an outdoor shed on their property, whether a storage shed or another custom shed option, there are several potential uses involved. Down similar lines, there are also a variety of sizes available to choose from when it comes to modern sheds – how do you determine the right one for your needs, budget and other factors?

At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to offer a wide range of storage sheds, garages and other custom buildings, all of which can be built to a variety of size and dimension specifications. What are some of the important variables to consider when it comes to shed size? Here are several we recommend keeping in mind, plus how each impacts your shed selection.

General Purpose and Use

First and foremost, the primary uses and purposes of the shed will help define exactly how much space you need and how large the shed should be. For those who are using the shed primarily for storage purposes, the main goal here will be laying out which major items you plan to store there, plus getting some general measurements and dimensions you’ll need to hold each securely.

However, there are numerous other potential uses of a shed. What if you want to use it as a home office or art studio? You’ll need space for a table and chair, obviously, plus some other amenities. What if you want a home gym or child play area? You’ll need plenty of space, plus some basic safety themes in play as well. It’s easy to see why this is the first area you should generally check off when thinking about shed size.

Yard Size

While planning out your shed’s dimensions, it’s also vital to ensure you consider the overall size of your yard and property. There’s such thing as a shed that’s much too large or much too small for a given property, especially when compared to the home itself and the size of the lot. Larger yards can generally hold sheds up to 12’ x 12’, while smaller ones do best with sheds in the 8’ x 10’ range.

Estimating Storage Needs

While we went over storage considerations for those using the shed only for this purpose above, this isn’t the case for every storage shed owner. Some use the shed partially for storage and partially for another purpose, for instance, or some similar type of hybrid. A very general tip here: While estimating your storage needs in the shed, intentionally overestimate how much space you need by maybe 10% or so – this will counteract many shed owners’ propensity to actually underestimate here, leaving themselves with additional storage needs even once the shed is completed.

For more on choosing the ideal size for a storage shed, or to learn about any of our custom sheds or other buildings, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Protecting Storage Shed From Fire Risks, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic themes to keep in mind when limiting any minor fire risks present to your storage shed. Sheds will only be at-risk of fire if they are not properly maintained and protected, but a few simple approaches will help ensure this is never a concern on your property.

At A-Shed USA, we’re here to offer numerous storage shed options, including our ranch sheds, barn sheds and many other custom shed selections. In addition, we’re here to help clients with basic tips and expertise on fire prevention and overall maintenance to any of our sheds. Today’s part two of our series will go over some of the broader areas you should be hitting when it comes to not only preventing fires, but being protected just in case a fire or some other disaster type does take place.

Building Maintenance

Many of the themes we went over in part one to prevent shed fires involve storage and security of various items. Also relevant as a broad area here: Overall building maintenance, which will also show benefits in several other areas.

You should be covering everything from your roof to shed siding, screens and other areas. Make sure the ground near the shed slopes properly away from it. Rake or remove and leaves or other debris that might serve as fire risks, plus check for any gaps or leaks that might pose a risk.

Warranty Coverage

Zooming out even further, it’s vital to have proper coverage of your property in case of not only fire, but also other natural disaster risks. Even if these are very unlikely, fire especially given all the steps you’ve taken for protection, you do not want to be caught unprepared.

One of the key elements here is your warranty. At A-Shed USA, we offer 50-year manufacturer warranties on several elements of our sheds – this will vary between manufacturers and retailers, however, and you should check in advance. You should know not only how long the warranty lasts, but precisely what it covers.

Homeowners’ Insurance

Another vital theme here is homeowners’ insurance. If you already have this in place at the time you choose to install a new storage shed on your property, you must take the time to update your policy – it may not currently cover the shed, but you can usually change this easily enough. If you don’t already have homeowners’ insurance for some reason, now is the time to change that while ensuring both your home and your new shed are covered.

For more on protecting your storage shed from fire risks, or to learn about any of our custom sheds, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Protecting Storage Shed From Fire Risks, Part 1

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Many parts of the country are in fire season currently, and this is one of the worst – if not the worst – in recent memory. Property owners around the western United States should be taking care to both protect their property and limit any activities that might serve as fire risks, and this includes those who have storage sheds on their property.

At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to not only offer a wide range of quality custom storage sheds, but also expertise on proper use and several protection areas, including fire protection. What are some basic ways you can ensure your shed and the rest of your property are protected from potential fire risks, and what are some long-term forms of protection that should also be in place in case of disaster outside your control? This two-part blog series will answer these questions and more for all shed owners.

Shed Fire Risks

Sheds can be a fire risk for a couple relatively apparent reasons. The first is their material, which is often flammable to some degree, and the second is the presence of various potential items that are often flammable as well.

Consider that many homeowners use their garden shed to store items like furniture, fuels, garden equipment, gas cylinders and many others that are directly flammable – and often hard to extinguish once they ignite. Especially if these items are stored improperly or haphazardly, their fire risk increases even further. Other risks that could be present in some sheds include things like electrical wiring, lighting systems and similar themes.

General Fire Reduction Themes

On a day-to-day basis, here are some general tips we can offer on protecting your shed and the surrounding area from any fire risks:

  • Store any fuel, oil or other highly flammable substances in sealed and approved containers that have their own dedicated, out-of-the-way location.
  • If you have any chemicals, fuels or other flammable substances that are not regularly used, do not store them in the shed.
  • Secure your shed against theft and deliberate fire using a security light or other techniques.
  • Check any electronics or wiring in the shed to ensure there are no operational issues or frayed wires. Also check any power sockets and circuit breakers that connect to the shed, plus ensure they are not overloaded at any point.
  • When installing a new shed and choosing its location, ensure it’s far enough away from all other major structures on the property that if a fire does begin outside your control, it can be contained to the shed alone.

For more how to limit fire risks on your storage shed, or to learn about any of our storage sheds, garden sheds or other shed solutions, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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