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Debunking Shed Myths: Similarities, Cost, Foundation

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Any product or service that becomes popular will generate more and more conversation, and unfortunately this sometimes leads to various myths cropping up in these areas. Such misconceptions may sometimes be relatively harmless, but in other cases they may misinform buyers to the extent that damage is actually caused, whether to finances, property or elsewhere.

At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to provide robust information on any of our storage sheds, garages and other products, ensuring you’re able to move forward with proper details for any project. What are some common myths we’ve heard about sheds, and what’s the proper information in each of these areas? This two-part blog series will investigate.

Myth #1: All Sheds Are Basically the Same

While it’s true that some sheds look similar to one another, the idea that all sheds are created equal couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality, there can be a wide range in quality, features and price points between various shed models, even those that might resemble one another.

Part of the reason for this is due to how sheds are constructed. Some builders use lower-grade materials in an effort to cut costs, while others take a more heavy-duty approach that’s designed to withstand years of use and abuse. The techniques used in construction can also vary, which can have an impact on durability.

At A-Shed USA, we take pride in building high-quality sheds using some of the best materials on the market.

Myth #2: Sheds Are Too Costly

There are some who believe that storage sheds are a luxury item, something that’s nice to have but not necessarily a necessity. Others might see a shed as an expensive eyesore, preferring instead to keep things tidy by storing everything in the garage.

The truth is that sheds can actually be quite affordable, especially when you consider all of the benefits they provide. In addition, sheds can actually save you money in the long run by giving you a proper place to store items and preventing damage that might occur if these things were kept outside or in an unprotected area.

When it comes to cost, it’s also important to keep in mind that not all storage shed providers are created equal. Some will charge more for a shed than others, and it’s important to compare pricing before making a purchase.

Myth #3: It’s Impossible to Build a Shed Without a Foundation

Again, while it’s true that many sheds do require some type of foundation, this isn’t always the case. If you’re planning on placing your shed on a level piece of ground that’s already been cleared, you might not need anything more than some gravel or paving stones to create a stable base.

Of course, there are also some sheds that are designed to be placed directly on the ground without any type of foundation. These are typically smaller in size and not meant to be used for storing heavy duty items.

If you’re unsure about whether or not your shed needs a foundation, it’s always best to consult with the manufacturer or a professional before moving forward with installation.

For more on debunking the common shed myths out there, or to learn about any of our storage sheds, garages or related products, speak to our team at A-Shed USA today.

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SLC She-Shed Considerations: Vegetation, Insulation, Wiring, Light

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked into some of the basics to consider if you’re building a she-shed on your property. The she-shed, which is a woman’s alternative to the man-cave and is becoming more and more popular among women today, can be a great addition to your property — provided you go about it in the right ways.

At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to offer a wide range of sheds, garages and other structures to clients throughout Salt Lake City, including those looking to build a she-shed. What are some other things to be thinking about as you build and install a she-shed on any part of your property? Here are a few.

Maintain Surrounding Vegetation

As you’re erecting and building your she-shed, you’ll also want to think about the vegetation surrounding the structure. If you have a lot of trees and bushes around your property, you might want to clear some of them out to make room for your new shed — or, at least trim them back so they’re not crowding the shed.

This will help ensure that your shed has plenty of ventilation to avoid moisture buildup, which can lead to mold and mildew. It will also give you a bit more space to move around as you’re working on projects inside the shed.

Consider Insulation

Depending on what you plan to use your she-shed for, you might want to consider adding insulation. This will help keep the temperature inside the shed more consistent, whether it’s during the hot summer months or the cold winter months.

It will also make the space more comfortable to be in for longer periods of time, which can be important if you plan to use your she-shed as a studio or workspace. Insulation is relatively easy to install, so it’s definitely worth considering.

Wiring Themes

Down related lines, you might also want to think about the wiring in your she-shed. If you plan to use it as a workspace, you’ll likely need outlets for power tools, lamps and other devices. You might even want to install WiFi so you can work on projects remotely.

In any case, it’s important to have a professional handle the wiring in your she-shed so it’s done correctly and up to code. This will help avoid any potential problems or hazards down the road.

Utilize Natural Light

Finally, one of the best things you can do for your she-shed is to utilize natural light as much as possible. This means placing windows in strategic locations so sunlight can stream in during the daytime hours.

Not only will this help make the space more pleasant to be in, but it will also cut down on your need for artificial lighting, which can save you money on your energy bills.

These are just a few of the things to keep in mind as you’re planning and building a she-shed on your property. At A-Shed USA, we can help you with everything from choosing the right shed to customizing it to meet your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more about any of our services to SLC and nearby clients!

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She-Shed Considerations: Space, Purposes, Exterior Finishing

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Just like men, many women need some time and space to themselves every now and then. And while some men have the man cave for this purpose, a growing alternative for women with similar needs is the she-shed.

At A-Shed USA, we’ve spent years providing Salt Lake City and other nearby clients with all their custom storage shed, garage and related building needs. We’ve assisted numerous women and families with she-shed needs, whether you’re ordering a brand new shed for this purpose or converting a prior shed. What are some of the top themes we recommend to clients as they move forward with she-shed design, setup and organization? This two-part blog series will go over several.

Consider Space and Surroundings

Especially if you’re ordering a brand new shed for the purpose of a she-shed, you’ll want to consider both the surrounding yard and the size of the shed itself. For example, if you have a large yard with plenty of room to spare, you might go for a larger shed that can accommodate things like comfortable chairs, a small table, decor and more.

If your yard is on the smaller side or you plan to place the shed close to your house, a smaller shed might suffice. Or, you might want to consider a design that allows for some type of outdoor seating area or porch attached to the she-shed itself.

Defining Purpose and Uses

Once you’ve considered the space and surroundings, you’ll want to start thinking about what exactly you hope to accomplish with your she-shed. Do you want a place to read and relax? A spot for working on crafts or small projects? A home office away from the main house? All of the above?

Part of the reason why she-sheds are becoming so popular is because they offer a versatile space that can be used for just about anything. But it’s still helpful to have a general idea of what you’ll be using the shed for as you move forward with design, decor and organization.

Think About Exterior Finishing

While what’s happening inside the she-shed will naturally occupy much of your time, it’s important not to forget about the exterior. After all, this is what will help your she-shed blend in (or stand out) in the surrounding yard.

There are all sorts of ways to finish and decorate the exterior of your she-shed. You might opt for bright colors and fun decorations to make it a real statement piece in your yard. Or, you might choose more subdued colors and finishes to help it blend in a bit more. No matter what route you choose, be sure to factor in exterior design as you move forward with your she-shed plans.

In the second part of this series, we’ll go over some additional tips for designing and organizing she-sheds. For more on this, or to learn about any of our sheds, garages or other custom buildings for clients in SLC or nearby areas, speak to our team at A-Shed USA today.

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Avoiding Shed Mistakes: Planning, Size, Ventilation

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common mistakes we’ve seen from clients as they source, order and install a storage shed for their property. There are a few no-nos that you should be steering clear of here, ensuring that you’ll get a high-quality shed from reputable professionals that will stand the test of time.

At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to offer the very best storage sheds available, with custom shed options for a variety of different client needs. What are some of the other pitfalls we help steer you clear of during this process, and how can you be sure to avoid them during any shed purchase or setup? Here’s a primer.

Improper Planning

There are a few important planning elements that go into setting up your shed. You’ll want to start by finding the right location, which means taking a few key factors into account. These include:

  • The lay of the land
  • How level the ground is
  • Sunlight and shade patterns (you don’t want your shed too hot or too cold!)
  • Ease of access for you and your things
  • Proximity to other buildings or objects on your property

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, you’ll need to make sure it’s properly prepped before installation can begin. This means clearing out any debris, leveling the ground and making sure the area is large enough to accommodate your shed.

Another important theme is planning for the specific amount of room your shed will need to comfortably house all of your things. This is particularly important if you plan on using your shed for larger items like lawn equipment, bicycles or patio furniture. Make sure to factor in a little extra space too – you never know when you might need it!

Improper Size Estimation

Another of the most common mistakes we see clients making is underestimating how large (or small) their shed will need to be. This often leads to one of two issues – either the shed is too small and cramped, or it’s too large and ends up being an eyesore on the property.

The best way to avoid this issue is to take careful measurements of all the things you plan on storing in your shed, as well as any other items you might want to keep in there (like a workbench or tool storage). Once you have these dimensions, add a little extra space for wiggle room and you’ll be on your way to choosing the perfect-sized shed for your needs.

Lack of Ventilation

Finally, one of the most important things to consider when planning your shed is ventilation. A well-ventilated shed will help to regulate temperature, keep out pests and encourage air circulation to prevent musty smells.

There are a few different ways you can ventilate your shed, but the most common (and effective) method is to install vents in the walls or roof. These can be opened and closed as needed to allow fresh air in and hot, stagnant air out.

For more on how to avoid mistakes when ordering and installing a new storage shed, or to learn about any of our sheds or other structures, speak to the team at A-Shed USA today.

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Avoiding Shed Mistakes: Source, Cost and Building Codes

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A storage shed for your property is no small investment, and you naturally want to be sure you’re going about this purchase in the right way. This means avoiding a few mistakes that are sometimes made through this process, which is easy if you’re working with reputable shed professionals.

At A-Shed USA, we’ve proudly assisted clients in both Utah and Colorado with their storage shed and other custom building needs, and we’ve seen every mistake that might be made during this process by clients — and we know how to steer you clear of them. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a number of basic mistakes that are sometimes made here, plus how to avoid them to ensure you get the ideal shed for an affordable cost.

Wrong Purchasing Source

One of the most common errors we see from clients in the shed market: Purchasing from low-quality sources. A good example here is the range of catalogs and brochures that are often full of cheap sheds made from flimsy materials. Not only will these sheds likely not last very long, but they may also not meet local building codes, which can lead to costly fines and repairs down the line.

Instead, it’s important to purchase your shed through a reputable dealer or manufacturer. At A-Shed USA, all of our sheds are made using high-quality materials, ensuring they’ll last for years. We also proudly offer custom sheds that can be tailored to your specific needs, ensuring you get the perfect shed for your property.

Going With the Lowest Price Only

While getting a good price on your shed is certainly important, it’s not worth sacrificing quality in the process. Unfortunately, this is something that often happens when people are shopping for sheds; they’ll go with the cheapest option available, without considering other factors like materials and construction.

When it comes to sheds, you generally get what you pay for. A cheaply made shed may seem like a good deal at first, but it will likely start to fall apart after just a few years. In contrast, a high-quality shed from a reputable dealer like A-Shed USA will last for many years with minimal repairs required.

Not Considering Local Building Codes

Another mistake that can be costly down the line: Not considering local building codes when purchasing your shed. Every municipality has its own set of codes that must be followed when constructing a shed, and not following them can lead to fines or even having your shed torn down.

At A-Shed USA, we are experts in local building codes and will ensure your shed is constructed to meet all requirements. This means you can relax and not worry about any potential fines, and can be confident your shed will be safe and legal.

For more on how to avoid mistakes while purchasing any kind of shed for your property, or to learn about our storage sheds, garages or other custom structures, speak to the team at A-Shed USA today.

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Denver Double-Wide Shed Usage: Playroom, Decoration Storage, Gardening

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some common ways many owners of double-wide sheds go about utilizing these spaces for storage. These extra-spacious areas are ideal for a variety of storage formats, from large items to many others, and these are often the primary purposes for which they’re purchased.

At A-Shed USA, we happily provide Denver clients with a range of storage sheds, including our J-series storage sheds that have particularly large and wide dimensions. What are some other top ways our clients utilize these larger storage spaces for their needs? Here’s a primer.

Kids Playroom

In some cases, storage won’t actually be the primary use of a larger shed – it will serve as a playroom, craft space, or other kid-friendly zone. If this is the case, then leaving the shed door open can be an ideal situation for kids to playfully slip in among the boxes and shelves, rather than being locked away behind closed doors.

Even if there are large items that need to remain secure in the shed, it’s still possible to use this space for child-friendly activities. If there are large garden tools or larger pieces of exercise equipment, for example, these can be moved out of the way to create a clean play area with toys and other fun items inside.

Garden and Hardware Storage

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using a double-wide shed for traditional forms of storage like garden supplies, tools, and hardware items. The wide doors give extra ease for maneuvering in larger objects, while the floor space is often large enough to accommodate both bulky kitchen appliances or outdoor patio furniture without overcrowding.

Double-wide sheds are also frequently used in colder climates to store snow blowers, shovels, rakes, and other gardening supplies, as well as bikes and other items that need secure storage in some climates.

Holiday Decorations

Some households maintain elaborate holiday decorations, but these are only put up on the home for a few months of the year at the very most. It can be a challenge to find a way to store these decorations where they’re secure, but yet easily accessible.

In the case of double-wide storage sheds, you’ll have plenty of space for large items like artificial trees or outdoor inflatables as well as smaller holiday flowers and any other decorative elements without overcrowding. In many cases, the height of a J-series shed is high enough to allow for a handful of shelves above eye-level where you can display these decorations without having to lift them.

For more on how double-wide and other larger sheds are often utilized by clients, both for storage and other purposes, or to learn about any of our sheds, garages or other structures in Denver, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Double-Wide Shed Usage: Item Storage, Art Studio, Home Office

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Storage space is a primary need for any property owner installing or upgrading a storage shed, and for those who need significant such space, a double-wide shed setup may be your best bet. Referring to spacious shed units that can hold a large number of items, both horizontally and vertically, double-wide sheds are popular among those who need to store items like lawnmowers, snow-blowers or other large pieces of equipment securely.

At A-Shed USA, we’re proud to offer a wide range of storage shed options, including our J-Series sheds that are some of the largest we have available. And while large item storage is a popular theme for double-wide and similar sheds, it’s far from the only option you have at your disposal — this two-part blog series will go over a number of ways you might choose to utilize a double-wide shed.

Large Item Storage

While we already touched on it above, large item storage is the single most common reason homeowners choose to go with a double-wide shed. If you’re storing lawn and garden equipment, ATVs, snowmobiles or motorcycles, then a double-wide unit might provide the most convenience and security for your items.

Large item storage is also appealing for those who want to store cars in their backyard, either as a hobby or as a source of additional income. As long as you have access to electricity, and if the model you choose allows for it, you can use your shed as a personal garage where you can keep not just your car but other large items like bikes and equipment.

However, there are many other themes you might consider for a double-wide shed, including the following.

Art Studio

In other cases, you may consider using your larger shed as a studio for your artistic endeavors. Whether you want to spend a little time after work each day painting, playing an instrument or even writing, having the extra space may be conducive to getting in some productive practice time every evening before dinner.

Home Office

Work from home situations have become much more common over the last two years, and these arrangements also benefit from the extra space provided by double-wide sheds. Whether you’re conducting business or just want to spend some time on your home computer, having an organized office area with enough desk and storage space can be a boon for productivity.

Home Gym

Looking for space to work out regularly on your property, but running out of options within your home? Depending on the model you choose, a double-wide shed may have everything you need. As long as it offers low light and is equipped with a fan or AC unit, your shed can be a fine place to ride a bike or lift weights, allowing you to work out every day without having to go anywhere else for your space.

For more on the varying possible uses of double-wide sheds, or to learn about any of our storage sheds, garages or custom buildings, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Building a Pool Shed: Kids, Seating and Resale Value

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to start building or installing a pool shed. Many homeowners actually prefer the fall or winter period of the year for such an installation, as materials might be cheaper and installer schedules can be a bit more open.

At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to help with a variety of custom shed needs, including several different styles that are perfect for varying setups. We’ve assisted many clients with their pool shed needs, including during the fall or winter. What are a few other important elements to consider when building or installing your pool shed? Here are several.

Kids and Shed Usage

Many pools and pool sheds are built at least partially with kids in mind, and if this is the case for your property, you might need to consider a few more specifics. Some of our clients are looking to install or have installed sheds that are not only extremely sturdy but also extremely safe. When you’re building for kids, this is especially important.

Make sure to choose materials of the highest quality available for all elements of your structure’s construction. Check on roofing material, flooring, and anything else that might be within reach of children. Also make sure to have a safe way for kids to enter and exit the pool shed – preferably with a locked door that they cannot get into without adult supervision.

Possible Seating or Relaxation Elements

While this type of shed will serve primarily for pool item storage and related needs, there’s no rule against it also doubling as a basic relaxation or seating area. If you’re not feeling up to spending time in the pool – or if it’s just incredibly cold outside – this can be a great use of space.

While there are no requirements for adding sitting areas, it is an idea that might appeal to you, so make sure to think about it before signing off on your plans. Lighting is also a factor to consider here – you’ll definitely want overhead lights that can be turned on and off with ease.

Resale Value Considerations

Finally, throughout the process of designing and installing your pool shed, you should be thinking about how this item improves the overall value of your property. If you’re planning on relocating in the near future, this might be especially important for you, as it can make a difference when it comes time to sell.

When building or installing a pool shed, one of the most important things is quality over quantity. You want all elements to be incredibly durable and stand up to regular use, including anything from pool equipment to snow removal tools. This is a great way to ensure the highest resale value possible.

For more on how to choose and design the ideal pool shed for your property, or to learn about any of our storage sheds or other services, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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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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