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Landscape Your Shed in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Aug 2, 2013

Amish Sheds with porch 10x16

Hi, everyone! When it comes to dreaming up ideas for the landscaping around your storage shed, the sky's the limit. You could draw up elaborate landscaping plans or just make a few changes to enhance the look of your garden shed. Ideas that are quick and simple can sometimes make a big difference in the appearance of the landscape. Take a look at five simple steps for creating a landscape that will make your shed all the more appealing.

An Inviting Walkway

If you have plain grass in front of your garden shed you may want to consider putting in a walkway. A walkway works with all sorts of garden shed designs. You could create a line of flagstones leading up to the entrance to your shed. Flagstone is durable which makes it a popular choice for backyard landscaping plans. You may choose flagstones in different shapes or opt for a gathering of identical stones. The main thing to remember is to make sure the stones are level and have an equal amount of space between them.

A Colorful Entrance

Putting flowers around an entranceway is easy to do and instantly changes the appearance of your garden shed. Ideas for the shed's entrance include putting a gathering of red geraniums in a large pot on the ground near the door. If your shed has a porch, you could put petunias, pansies or tulips in planters and set them on the porch railings. The more colorful the flowers, the more attention you'll garner for your shed. Landscaping ideas with lots of color are particularly fun to work on.

Adding a Trellis

You may like the idea of a trellis to decorate your garden shed. Designs for trellises don't have to be complicated. A simple trellis can either be purchased or built and positioned beside your shed. The next step is to find a climbing vine that will wrap itself around your trellis and give it some life! I recommend morning glories if you want a climbing vine that will really flourish. Morning glories offer pink, blue, and white blooms that can't help but attract attention.

A Birdbath

The great thing about adding a birdbath to the landscape around a garden shed is that they come in all varieties. You could go with a glass birdbath with a pedestal that features carved figures of birds. Or, you may opt for a plain stone bowl that sits on the ground. Either way, a peaceful birdbath adds interest to the landscape while helping out the birds.

A Gathering of Shrubs

Finally, shrubs help to enhance the area around a shed. Landscaping ideas often include evergreen shrubs because they are hardy and relatively easy to care for. They also look nice bordering the walls of a shed. You may want to space out your evergreen shrubs and plant flowers in between them. Alternatively, you could plant the evergreen shrubs on each side of the entranceway. In many instances, landscape design is a reflection of your personal tastes.

Here are a couple of resources to help you with your landscaping projects. Have fun! Alan

Topics: Shed, shed landscape, storage shed landscape

Finding the Perfect Landscape Design for Your Storage Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jun 4, 2013

The other day one of my neighbors got a new Amish-built storage shed from me at Alan's Factory Outlet. He put it in his backyard so he'd have a place to store his yard tools as well as his riding lawn mower. As the days went by, I noticed him busily planting bushes around his shed and even putting in a walkway. By the time he finished his work, his shed looked like an extension of his home! I realized that just because a shed or other storage building is a practical item, doesn't mean it has to look plain. Here are some of the landscaping design ideas I found that can make the appearance of a shed, barn, gazebo, pergola or other structure all the more appealing!

landscaping a storage shed

                                                     Dutch Barn style wood storage shed

Walkways and Paths Incorporated into Landscaping Designs

My neighbor created a walkway that leads from the back door of his house all the way to his storage shed. He put down flagstones for people to step on as they go. He told me that he chose flagstones because he likes the variety of shapes. They also fit with the atmosphere of his backyard which has lots of trees and flowers. I looked into some other landscaping designs that feature walkways. There are gravel walkways with stone borders. Stone borders, or stone edging, help to keep the gravel from disappearing into the grass or getting kicked around by people walking on the path. Other materials for walkways include pebbles, bricks and field stones. Putting lights along the edges of a walkway is another way to improve the look of the landscape. I'm convinced that an imaginative walkway can be the finishing touch to any landscape design that includes a shed or other storage building.

Landscape Designs with Flowers, Bushes and Shrubs

It's amazing how much interest a gathering of colorful flowers and bushes adds to the look of a shed, barn or gazebo. For instance, someone who puts a gazebo on his or her property may want to plant some beautiful yellow roses or azaleas around the base of the structure. This gives the entire area a brilliant dose of color. Climbing vines with a collection of morning glories are also an attractive addition to a gazebo's design. Other landscaping design ideas include putting a small fish pond next to the gazebo. A natural-looking fountain in or near the fish pond would be an appealing touch. Ferns growing around the edges of the pond would also make for a pleasant scene. No one will be able to resist the temptation to stop and look at the collection of goldfish or Koi in the pond.

My neighbor planted some Russian sage around his shed that gives the structure just the right amount of lively color. The Russian sage is an attractive shade of violet/blue. Some other landscape designs for a shed include planting some brilliant yellow Forsythia shrubs or Blue Star juniper bushes along the sides of the shed. An arrangement of mulch around the sides of a shed, garage or barn can be the perfect setting for a collection of low bushes or colorful blooms. All of this has inspired me to try some new landscaping design ideas in my own yard! Here is a website that will give you more landscaping design ideas and information.

Thanks for reading about finding the perfect landscape design for your storage shed, barn or gazebo.  These are just a few ideas so please let me know if you have some other ways that you've landscaped around your buildings.

Topics: landscape design for shed, shed landscape design, landscaping design, Shed, Storage Shed

Need More Storage Space? Solve it with a Shed!

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Nov 10, 2012

If your like most people your running out of storage space. 

An easy solution is an Amish built shed in your backyard.

T1 11 wood siding storage shed

                                   T1-11 Wood Siding Storage Shed

If when you walk in a room or shed and there is nothing but boxes and you barely have enough room to walk around to get what your looking for it could be time to think about some additional storage space.

You have several options when you are faced with this kind of situation. 

You could never get any additional items but this is not very practical because as the seasons and years go by there are always those special keep sakes or maybe that deal on something that was just too good to pass up.  So this option is not very likely.

You could possibly organize and stack up boxes as high as possible which would provide you with some more floor space but make sure to keep the items that you will access most often on top otherwise it becomes a huge project just to get one item when you need it.  Even if you maximize the space to the highest degree, eventually even the most organized storage space will just delay the inevitable need for more space.

One option would be to add on addition onto the house but a project like this is very costly when compared to the option of buying a portable storage shed.

Getting a larger square foot house is another thing you could do.  Sometimes this could be a viable option especially if when you bought your home it was just the two of you and than all of a sudden you start having several kids or the kids have moved out and than came back to live at home or the parents move into your home.  These life changing events can really cause a need for a larger home.  A more economical route for many would be to get a storage shed or a second storage shed for the influx of extra items or new people now residing with you.

Some of our customers have bought their shed after many years of paying monthly rental storage payments.  It is true you could get more space by renting a storage building, but the problem with this is that after many years you will have paid enough on the monthly storage payments to buy a shed and sometimes 2 or 3 times over depending on how long you rented the storage space with nothing to show for it.  Another disadvantage with renting a monthly storage unit is what it costs you in time and gas money each time you have to get something out of it or add an extra time to it.  So buying a storage shed for you backyard makes a lot of sense if your looking to save money.

Lets say you are renting a home that is too small for your needs.  The portable storage sheds can be delivered to your location and if you move we can move it for you.  Of course this also applies to a home you own if you need to relocating in a year or two or a future date down the road.  Please keep in mind we only move our own sheds and if your going to be moving so far away such as out of state than getting the shed moved would not be available and even if it was it wouldn't be very cost effect.

So we just went over some of the alternatives if you are in need of more storage space. 

The most popular Amish built storage shed at Alan's Factory Outlet is the wood storage sheds.  They are the most economical of the storage sheds available.  When you buy a wood storage shed at Alan's Factory Outlet they are delivered fully assembled on a truck and trailer and come with your choice of paint color, trim color and shingle color.  Once the shed is placed in your backyard in the location you want it, you can start filling it up right away.  It even comes with a lock and 2 keys for security. 

Other types of storage sheds available at Alan's Factory Outlet are vinyl storage sheds, board batten sheds and cedar sheds.

Topics: storage space, Shed, Storage Shed, Storage

27 Different Ways to Use a Storage Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 27, 2012

Discover 27 Uses for a Storage Shed

We are going to briefly touch on 27 different uses for a storage shed.  Some of these uses will require additional work on your end and customization such as electric, ect.  Please check with your local building code requirements and zoning set backs to make sure your within the guidelines of your county for what your looking to use it for.

pumpkin patch storage shed

Due to the autumn season we wanted to share a picture of one of our storage sheds used here in Page County, Luray, Virginia at the pumpkin patch.

  1. The pumpkin patch storage shed.
  2. Animal shelter, as a place to keep your dogs, cats or other farm animals in out of the rain, snow, cold and heat.
  3. As a place of business to work out of to help keep your over head low.
  4. Barber shop, one of our customers turned a shed into a barber shop and lifted up with a crane to have an access underneath the storage building for the pluming and running water.
  5. Craft shop or quilt shop to store all of the craft materials.
  6. Game room to have an area to play and have fun for both kids and adults.
  7. Workshop as a place to work on those wood working projects without getting all of that dust in your basement or home.
  8. Storage building to store extra house hold items or stuff that don't need to be in the house.
  9. Chemical storage to help kid proof your home one way to go about this would be instead of keeping chemicals in your home you could store it in a locked shed.
  10. Pool house as a changing room or pool supply storage beside your swimming pool or jacuzzi.
  11. School house to teach your kids or as a class room to teach several kids.
  12. Garden shed to store all of your garden supplies close by the garden.
  13. Potting shed to grow your plants or flowers.
  14. Tool shed so you can get organized and have an efficient work area.
  15. Work out room or gym to pump some iron or get some cardio or ride that stationary bike or treadmill to get in shape for the summer beach trip or just for better health benefits or a longer life.
  16. Mechanic shed to work on your car, truck, or farm equipment
  17. A quiet area to relax, read, study, pray or mediate.
  18. Wood storage to help keep the wood dry and ready to use when you need to fire up the wood stove or fireplace.
  19. A kids playhouse for your child or children to play and a good time for us parents or grand parents to spend time with are son, daughter or grand children and create some lasting memories and invest in a kids future with the best gift of all and that is your time, shed not required for that.
  20. In need of an extra room in your home but not wanting to spend the big bucks of adding on to your home, a shed could be the answer to adding an extra room that is portable.
  21. A church, yes a pastor friend of mine turned a shed into a church even put a wood stove in it to keep the people warm during the winter months.
  22. An office away from the home, if you need a quiet work area or don't have enough space for a office in your home.
  23. Guest house, with a few modifications this could make a nice temporary headquarters for visiting family and friends.
  24. Bathroom, we have had a couple people turn a shed into a bathroom.
  25. Camping shed, it beats a tent and is weather proof.  No need to worry about waking up to a bear trying to break in for some food.
  26. Save money and stop paying monthly fees on rental storage when you can buy a storage shed and not have to leave you property to use it.
  27. And the final use for a storage shed is at Alan's Factory Outlet I personally use one of the storage sheds as my office and have for 10 years. 

alan's factory outlet shed

If your ever in Luray, VA please feel free to stop bye and say hi.   Most likely you'll find me in my shed.

Topics: Shed, Storage Shed

Protect Your Riding Mower with a Storage Shed or Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Apr 5, 2012

Spring season is here once again and the grass is really starting to take off.  Having a clean, dry place to store your riding mower and weed eater from the harsh winter weather will help you protect your investment and give you a piece of machinery that will last longer saving you money in the long run and help to keep your valuable items look new longer.  Even thou you don't have to worry about the snow in the spring and summer the rain over time can start to rust away the outside of the mower.

riding mower metal garage storage building

                       Alan's Factory Outlet Metal Garage

The metal garages are built without a floor and come in many different sizes and styles with several different size garage doors to fit just about anything inside of it.

Two other options of siding if you want a garage door would be the wood garage and vinyl garage which can be built with or without a floor depending on your circumstances.  The Amish built garages come with a single entry door and two windows and gable vents for ventilation.

If your looking for something a little smaller a wood storage shed or vinyl storage shed which comes with double doors instead of the garage door could be a good fit.

Alan's Factory Outlet is here to help you with your storage shed and garage needs, please keep in mind that we are now heading into the busy season so plan ahead and beat the spring rush.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter in this 2012 Year of our Lord.  May God Bless You and Your Family as we take time to reflect upon what matters most and what things we have to be Thankful for.  Thank You, Jesus

Topics: wood shed, Shed, Storage Shed, Garage, Vinyl Shed, metal garage

Vinyl Sheds For Sale

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Sep 1, 2011

Vinyl sheds for sale

vinyl sheds for sale

Alan's Factory Outlet vinyl sheds are custom built in the vinyl siding that best matches your home.  The vinyl sheds for sale are made in many different sizes and styles.  All of the vinyl sheds for sale are built by the Amish and delivered to your home fully assembled.

The shed in this picture is a 10x16 a-frame.  All a-frame vinyl sheds for sale come with double doors, two windows and two gable vents.  The vinyl sheds now come standard with pressure treated 2x4 floor joists which as always still have p.t. 4x4 runners with a 5/8" plywood floor so the vinyl sheds for sale have a floor system that is 7" off the ground not to mention the first 7" are all pressure treated.  This gives you a building that is made to last a lifetime.

The vinyl sheds for sale are delivered in all of Virginia and West Virginia with free delivery to the 21 local counties in VA.

Maybe your looking for something besides a vinyl shed.  We have a few other options to choose from when it comes to the Amish built buildings such as wood sheds and board and batten sheds.

Feel free to leave Alan a comment about the vinyl sheds for sale.

Topics: Sheds, sheds for sale, vinyl sheds for sale, Shed, Vinyl Sheds

Site Preparation for a Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jun 6, 2011

What kind of site preparation for a shed do I need?

A level area for the storage sheds are the most important thing so the doors and windows open and close properly. 

Gravel base for drainage.  Gravel should be 4" to 6" deep and 2' wider and longer than the size of the shed. 

Gravel type for site preparation for shed:  If the shed is going to be placed in a dry area than crusher run in gravel is fine.  If the area where the shed will be placed is wet or tends to hold water you will want to go with a larger gravel such as 3/4" size gravel or commonly called #57.

The sheds are built with a pressure treated 4"x4" foundation with 2"x4" pressure treated floor joists and a plywood floor.

Here is a picture with an ideal gravel pad showing what you want the site preparation for a shed to look like.

site preparation for a shed 

The site prep for this shed is a 10x14 wooden a-frame shed.

The wood sheds all come painted.  Vinyl sheds are also available if you never want to have to paint the shed.  A third type of board batten sheds can be stained and gives you a shed that looks like the horse barns.

There are several options when you get the gravel pad in place.  You can just have the gravel in place and sloped down that last 6".  Or you can get some 4x4 or 6x6 post around the perimeter to help hold in the gravel.  Or you could dig down 4 to 6 inches and have the gravel stop flush with the ground around it.  

Is gravel required?  No, we recommend a gravel pad for drainage but at a minimum you will want to have a level area.

Let us know if you have any other ideas on the site preparation for a shed that you have.

Topics: Sheds, site preparation for a shed, site preparation for sheds, shed site prep, Shed

Wood Sheds

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, May 17, 2011

wood sheds

Wood Storage Sheds

Wood Sheds are the most popular and economical of the storage sheds compared to the vinyl sheds, board batten sheds and cedar sheds.

Wood sheds are built with duratemp siding.  This wood siding is T1-11 siding made with a plywood inside and an engineered exterior that has a 25 year warranty.  Wood sheds have an average paint time of approximately every 10 years.  The outside of the wood sheds are very durable.  They come painted with 2 coats of commercial grade paint, wood corner trim, wood trim around the doors and wood X's on the bottom of the double doors.  Rubber stoppers are also put on all doors.

Most of the wood sheds come with two windows with your choice of shutter colors.  There are 2 types of shutters available, wood shutters or plastic shutters.

The floor system on the wooden sheds consists of 5 pressure treated runners on most sizes with pressure treated joists and a plywood floor.  A metal plate is on the floor at the the base of the floor where you walk in to protect the floor. 

The interior of the sheds are built with 2x4's 16" on center on the side wall and roof.  The wood sheds have a 1/2" plywood roof.  Felt paper and architectural shingles in the color that best matches your home.  Two gable vents are included for ventilation.

All of the wood sheds are custom built in the size and style you want.  You get to place the doors and windows in the desired location.  You can visit Alan's Factory Outlet to get an idea on what size and style shed will best suit your needs.

If you need a garage door and a reinforced floor one of the wooden garages may be just what your looking for.  The garages are also built in vinyl garages if you want a garage that will never need to be painted.

Another type of garage that doesn't require any painting are the metal garages.  The metal garages are built on site and only come without a floor where the wood and vinyl garages can be made with our without a floor.

The wooden and vinyl sheds and garages are Amish built and delivered to your home on a truck and trailer fully assembled.  Wood storage sheds are available in select sizes as shed kits.

Topics: Sheds, wood storage sheds, Shed, Wooden Sheds, wood sheds

12x16 Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, May 3, 2011

12x16 Storage Sheds

Alan's Factory Outlet sheds are built in several different styles of wood and vinyl storage sheds. We offer a large selection of high quality, long lasting 12 X 16 sheds for sale. This particular 12x16 Shed is a wooden Dutch barn style with the option to place doors and windows on the ends or sides. You can order a 12X16 storage shed, as shown above, in a variety of colors, including matching or contrasting trim.

A beautiful 12X16 storage shed can add functional space to your property, while also adding to the landscaping and curb appeal by coordinating with other buildings that you may have on your property. Structures such as this are a great way to increase potential property value and are diverse enough to function as multi-use buildings. For example, a 12X16 storage shed could be used as a seasonal office space, workshop, or an inventory storage area.

Sheds are available and built in your choice of wood and metal and will be delivered completely built and ready to use. Your only responsibility is to make sure your property is ready when the shed when it arrives. If you do not have adequate space for a truck to deliver an already constructed 12X16 storage shed, you might choose one of our Amish shed kits that can be constructed at your leisure. All kits are delivered with clear instructions and all of the necessary parts, including hardware, which you will require to put together your own shed or storage area. Most can be fully constructed in just a few hours.

Regardless of the purpose or intended use of the building, customers can rest assured in its construction and quality. We offer only the highest quality buildings for your satisfaction. For your convenience, free delivery is included with your purchase and available in 7 local counties in VA and WV on the 12x16 shed. No delivery charge will save you money on the shed you choose to buy - only another way Alan's Factory Outlet is committed to satisfying our customers. You can view many of our 12 X 16 shed styles online, as well as visiting our factory store in person.

12x16 shed

12x16 vinyl dutch barn style shed

Topics: Sheds, Shed, 12x16 shed, 12x16 storage shed, 12x16

10x14 Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, May 2, 2011

This video is of a 10x14 shed.  This shed is a chalet vinyl shed.  Alan's Factory Outlet sheds are delivered to VA and WV.  Free delivery 7 local counties in Virginia.

Here is a picture of an a-frame 10x14 shed made in wood siding.

10x14 shed

                       10x14 Shed

Topics: Sheds, Shed, 10x14 shed, 10x14, 10x14 chalet, 10x14 vinyl shed


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