Traditional sheds offer practical storage for items like tools, garden equipment and out-of-season toys. Today, sheds are becoming an extension of the homes’ living areas, offering versatile and multi-functional space. You’ve probably heard of them by several names, like She Sheds, Man Caves, Hobby Sheds, Backyard Bars and more.
Damian Walls, retail sales manager for Tuff Shed, is on the front lines for alternative shed installations. “Recently, there has been a huge trend for transforming sheds into everything from backyard pubs and art studios to home offices and playrooms.
“We have a saying at Tuff Shed—‘A Million Uses’—and our customers really embody that, coming up with unique ways to incorporate sheds onto their property,” said Walls.
Recently, one of Walls’ customers wanted to create a shed that looked like it had been on the farm since the 1800s. Liz Marie Galvan of the Liz Marie Blog and owner of The Found Cottage™ customized the shed design of her home office to reflect the vintage-inspired style of her home.
With innovative technologies and high-quality LP Outdoor Building Solutions materials, Liz Marie created a ranch-style shed that complemented the character and charm of her 100-year-old farmhouse. “The process was really fun, to create a shed that fit in the vibe of our home and barn,” she said. “We know that by using LP Building Solutions products, our shed is going to last for years, just like the other buildings here on our farm.”
Before shed installation begins, Walls said there are a few key factors to discuss with customers:
Five “Dos” to Remember:
While there are several “Dos” for shed installation and shed building plans, Walls pointed out several “Don’ts” as well:
Don’t Forget to Check:
The biggest “don’t” is going too small; it’s a good idea to provide enough space to grow. “I always tell people they will never have a shed that’s too big,” said Walls. “Make sure you have the space to create your dream building.” To help customers plan the right size building that matches their dreams, guide them to the Shed Size Calculator.
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It’s no secret there is an increasing trend of sheds being transformed into alternative uses such as backyard getaways, hobby hideouts and virtually any unique purpose one can dream up. That means it is more important than ever to have tips to creating these in-demand aspirational sheds in your back pocket.
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