Outdoor Living5 min

Building an Ice Fishing Shed Demands Durability

Ice fishing has long been one of the most popular winter pastimes in Canada and the northern U.S. All you need is access to a solidly frozen lake because a flowing river doesn’t freeze thick enough. Ice fishers typically sit in simple enclosures that protect them from the elements. These go by interchangeable names like ice shack, ice shanty, fish house or ice-fishing shed. Some enthusiasts are taking things up a notch by building deluxe sheds featuring dining areas, office space and even electricity for TVs and microwaves.

However, most ice-fishing fans still prefer a basic, well-built shed that has a window, bench seat, portable heater and trap doors covering the ice holes. In addition, many ice fishing sheds are built on runners or skis for easy mobility to other spots on the lake. In the winter, anglers can catch the same types of fish they land in summer, including perch, bluegill and walleye.

“We’ve built several ice-fishing sheds in recent years,” says Russ Steinhoff, Jr., sales and design consultant at Tuff Shed in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Durability is the #1 consideration, which is why Steinhoff often recommends products from the LP Outdoor Building Solutions portfolio:

  • LP® ProStruct® Flooring with SmartFinish® offers several key advantages over plywood. It’s exceptionally durable yet has no knots or voids. Plus, it’s specially manufactured to resist fungal decay and termite damage when you move it off-lake in the spring.
  • Believe it or not, an ice-fishing shed can get hot inside on a sunny winter day. But LP® ProStruct® Roof Sheathing with SilverTech® features a rugged radiant barrier that helps to keep the inside cooler and brightens the shed interior for better visibility.
  • Shed walls made with LP® SmartSide® panels, trim and lap siding offer proven durability, plus the warmth and beauty similar to traditional wood.

When you are ready to start mapping an ice-fishing shed of your own, use the LP Outdoor Building Solutions size selector tool and then find a dealer near you.

If you’re interested in building an ice-fishing shed, don’t forget these two safety tips:

  1. Make sure the shed is properly ventilated to release heater fumes
  2. Put reflectors on the shed exterior so that it can be easily seen by passing snowmobiles
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Outdoor Living5 min

How to Transform a Backyard Shed to Tackle New Year’s Resolutions

The end of the year is just around the corner, which means so are New Year’s resolutions. According to recent research, approximately 60% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% stick to them. Whether you’re planning to tackle popular resolutions like exercising more, learning a new hobby or something else entirely, one thing remains constant—it is important to create a dedicated space in your home where you can focus on your new goals.

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Siding Terminology

Working with contractors can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially when you’re not familiar with their technical lingo. Like many professions, contractors use building terms and phrases that may be common for them but are often foreign to the homeowners they work with.

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Paint Color Combinations to Enhance Your Home’s Exterior

When it comes to a remodeling project, one of the first concerns homeowners have is paint color. With a plethora of color options and everchanging color trends, picking the right color to accentuate your home’s exterior can be quite a daunting task. Because picking the right paint colors can be the difference between good and great, we’re taking a deep dive into the color trends of today.

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Top 4 Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas & Tips

Once the autumn leaves have fallen and the nights begin to grow longer, it’s the annual signal that it’s time to start decorating for the holidays. And while many homeowners divert their attention to interior holiday décor, giving your home’s exterior a festive punch will ensure it’s a showstopper the moment friends and family pull into the driveaway. Need some outdoor holiday decorating ideas? We compiled the top 2019 exterior decorating trends that will be all the rage this holiday season.