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Buying A Shed: Big-Box Store or Small Retailer?

Buying A Shed: Big-Box Store or Small Retailer?

Storage Sheds
There are plenty of good reasons to buy and install an outdoor shed on your property. There are just as many things to consider – from county and neighborhood restrictions, to choice of material, to preparing the area for installation, and more! This post will help you decide where to turn once you’ve decided to take the leap and add some storage space to your yard. There are a lot of retailers out there. They range from home improvement giants like The Home Depot, to companies that specialize in shed construction and customization. While similar across many aspects of the…
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4 Ways to Add Shade to Your Backyard

4 Ways to Add Shade to Your Backyard

backyard sanctuary
The heat and humidity can get pretty unbearable during the summer months, making it harder to host guests for outdoor parties. If you’ve been considering different ways that you can add some massive shade to your yard without relying on a measly little patio umbrella, then you are in luck! In this post, we’re sharing four different structures that you can add to your yard to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays and the harsh summer heat.  1) Pergola Although these structures offer partial shade, they can be dressed up with vines, outdoor ornaments, lanterns and other decorative fixtures. You…
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What To Consider Before Purchasing a Doghouse

What To Consider Before Purchasing a Doghouse

Dog Houses
Owning a dog can be both rewarding and challenging. Pets offer comfort, companionship and protection, especially for people that live alone. Taking care of a pet though can also be a costly experience, especially in regards to time and money. One way that you can cut down costs for your pet this summer is by fully researching and strategically planning your next pet purchase. In the event that purchase is a doghouse, here are a few important questions to keep in mind. What material should be used to construct my doghouse? The main purpose of a doghouse is to protect…
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6 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Outdoor Home Improvement Project

6 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Outdoor Home Improvement Project

Home Improvment Tips
An outdoor home improvement project can be both challenging and exciting, especially when landscaping and installing new structures are involved. The costs of a backyard makeover can be hefty, however, purchasing the right shed for your garden tools can prove to be a valuable long-term investment. In order to help you make your dream backyard a reality, we asked leading home improvement experts and landscaping enthusiasts to share their money saving tips. Here’s what they had to say on everything from choosing the right storage structures to picking out the best plants for your yard. Decide What Matters: Quality or…
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21 Pergola Designs and Decorating Tips

Pergolas
Summer is approaching, which means outdoor parties, backyard fun, and tons of entertaining. If you’ve been thinking about how you can revamp your backyard to welcome future guests and family members, then a pergola may just be the outdoor structure you need to add some extra flair. Pergolas, also known as arbors, are outdoor structures that form a shaded walkway or sitting area with the use of vertical pillars, crossbeams, and a lattice. They are usually attached to a building, however in some cases they can stand alone. Below we have curated 21 pergola designs that we hope will inspire…
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What Materials Can Be Used To Build a Gazebo?

What Materials Can Be Used To Build a Gazebo?

Gazebos
Gazebos are elegant and functional structures that provide shelter from the sun and add ornamental flair to an outdoor entertainment space. Historically, Egyptians used gazebos 5,000 years ago to support and protect fruits that were grown on a vine from the sun. Today, gazebos are used for an array of reasons and can be constructed from various materials. We have taken the liberty to list the most common materials used for gazebos so that you can determine which type would be best suited for your budget and space. VINYL This is another lightweight material that can be used for a…
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How to Prepare The Ground In Your Backyard for Shed Installation

How to Prepare The Ground In Your Backyard for Shed Installation

Storage Sheds
So, you’ve made the decision to spruce up your backyard (or to wrangle all of your children’s Tonka Trucks together in one place) with a new storage shed! Adequate building materials and a solid foundation are vital to the construction of a durable and long lasting storage shed. By properly preparing your grounds for a shed installation, you will be one step closer to improving your home’s outdoor decor. Preparing your backyard for a shed installation on your own is one way to save money, however some people hire out this work to a contractor. If you would rather take…
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Firewood Shed Buying Guide

Firewood Sheds

Firewood Sheds
Happy New Year! At this point of the season, us New Englanders are more accustomed to the winter nights and snowy days we know so well. Nothing says winter better than sipping hot chocolate snuggled up in the warm ambiance of a crackling fire. Storing your firewood in a shed for that specific purpose is the best way to ensure you’re ready to get a fire started on any night. They keep your wood organized, accessible, and (most importantly) dry. Our 4’x8′ Firewood Shed is made with premium pine tongue and groove boards. With a 5’3″ wall height, an “A”…
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Gazebos for the Holiday Season!

Gazebos for the Holiday Season!

Gazebos
While you’re out there stringing up lights and decorations, don’t forget about your gazebo! The cold air might be upon us, but you can easily turn your summer sanctuary into a winter wonderland. A light snowfall illuminated by holiday lights can help make anyone believe there is magic in the air! Check out this Pinterest board for some great winter gazebo ideas. If decorating is not your thing, remember to use this time to get your gazebo ready for the winter months. Sweeping away fall debris is a great time to assess your gazebo. See if any screws or bolts…
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How to dispose of yard waste responsibly

Fall Back on Your Shed

Backyard Care
Now that we’ve fallen back, our days are getting shorter – resulting in the need to make sure we’re maximizing our daylight hours. As the leaves start really falling, it’s important to stay on top of yard cleanup and prepare for the colder days. Head to your shed and pull out your rakes and leaf blowers to clean up all of the fallen leaves on the ground. While you’re out there raking, take the opportunity to assess the grass and make sure your shed is stocked with the fertilizer and weed control necessary for lawn maintenance. Fall is the best…
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