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How to Build a Storage Building

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

How to Build Storage Shed

Hi again, everybody! When people browse my inventory, they often want to know: How to build storage shed? They are curious about what's involved in building a storage structure they see on my website. My answers to their questions vary depending on what sort of storage structure someone buys. For example, our Amish built wood and vinyl sheds arrive at a customer's home fully assembled. The delivery trailer backs up and the shed is placed into the desired area on an owner's property. In some cases, we recommend that a property owner get one of our storage building kits. Generally, we recommend a shed kit if a person has a narrow driveway or simply doesn't have the space to accommodate our delivery truck and trailer. The pre-cut portions in a shed kit combined with the clearly written storage building plans, makes the assembly process a relatively easy one. Alternatively, if someone purchases one of our metal garages or carports, we deliver and set up the structure. Here are a few suggestions of what a property owner can do to prepare for the arrival of his or her new storage structure.

building a storage building

Preparing the Area for a Fully Assembled Storage Building

We give our customers several days of notice before we make a delivery so they can double check the area to see that it's ready. Our buildings and carports should sit on a level area of ground. For instance, someone who purchases a carport would need to have a concrete pad or gravel pad in order for the structure to stand evenly. A shed or garage also needs to be placed on a level piece of ground. Property owners must choose a location with enough open space to accommodate the structure they select.

Another thing property owners can do when preparing for the delivery of their storage building is to check out the condition of the driveway. Are there any overhanging branches or piles of brush that will slow down or interrupt the progress of our truck and trailer? Are there any cars or other vehicles that can be moved to allow the truck and trailer more room to maneuver? The length of our truck and trailer is 52 feet. This means that a property owner who is getting a fully assembled shed has to make sure that the clearance of a driveway is at least 13 feet high and 14 feet in width. The more obstacles a property owner can remove from the path of the truck and trailer, the easier the delivery process will be.

Preparation Tips for Owners Who Order Storage Building Kits

One of the best things to do in preparing for the arrival of a storage building kit is to call up three family members or friends and ask for some help with the assembly. With the assistance of just a couple of buddies, it only takes a few hours to put together a shed. One person could be in charge of reading the storage building plans while the other two could share in the actual assembly process. You can even add some fun to the occasion by providing your friends with snacks and beverages or even the promise of a cookout later on! Your friends will be happy to help and you'll have a new storage shed up and ready to use! Until next time! Alan

Topics: Storage Sheds, Storage Building, Storage Shed, Storage Buildings

7 Most Popular Storage Building Kits & Backyard Kits

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, May 6, 2013

Discover which wood storage building kits and metal storage building kits are in demand at Alan's Factory Outlet.

1)  The prefab wood storage building kit that is the largest of the DIY wood storage building kits is 10x20 size and the style shed with the most head room is the dutch barn storage building.  The wooden storage buildings online are precut and painted with the doors and windows prehung for an easy assembly experience.  The dutch barn portable storage buildings come with double doors and two windows with gable vents for ventilation.  On the dutch barn storage sheds you get to pick the location for the double door and the two windows.  The wood storage buildings also come painted to save you time and money.

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2)  If you reside in a location that has a height restriction on the peak height of how tall the shed can be than we have a solution.  The area that sometimes have height restrictions is in Northern Virginia in Fairfax County, VA.  Many of our customers wanting to buy the storage buildings for sale have a 8' 6" height clearance so the one style shed that is under this requirement is the 4' mini barn which is 8' tall at the peak.  The mini barns have double doors and one window in the back end opposite of the double doors.

3)  The next style that is popular are the a-frame storage building kits.  They have a gable roof which matches the roof line of most homes best which is the main reason many people love the a-frame sheds.  They come with double doors and two windows like the dutch barn and the windows and doors on the a-frame structure can be placed where ever you want them.  The wood a-frame structures have 7' outside walls and since the floor is just over 7" off of the ground gives you about 6' 4" sidewalls on the inside.  A variation of the a-frame wooden storage building kits is the high wall a-frame which is 1' taller.

4)  The next kind of building is a metal carport kit which are delivered as a kit and built on site.  They are the cheapest of all of the kits and do a great job of protecting your belongs.  The carport kits are open on the sides and ends thus saving you money but not providing 100% protection rain and snow can still reach it but it is a whole lot more protection then no cover at all.  You can buy the metal carports online at Alan's Factory Outlet Store.

5)  The most affordable fully enclosed storage building kits available are the metal storage buildings.  The metal storage building kits are delivered to your home as a kit.  Most sizes are built by our crew within one day with free delivery and installation on all of the metal buildings in 27 different states.  The metal buildings are for sale online.

6)  This next type of kit for your backyard are the pergola kits.  They are made as a decorative landmark for a patio or a shaded area for your backyard.  The Amish made pergola kits are built in wood and vinyl and are shipped nationwide in the USA.  The DIY pergola kits do not have a floor.  You can order pergola kits online

7)  Making the list as the most beautiful of all the structures are the gazebo kits.  The Amish made gazebo kits are constructed in wood and vinyl.  The gazebo kits come standard with a floor but we can build it without a floor.  There are many different sizes of gazebos.  You can get it with a single roof or a double roof.  At Alan's Factory Outlet store there are gazebo kits for sale

Thank you for reading about the 7 most poplular storage building kits and backyard kits.  Please feel free to share this with your family and friends.

Topics: Storage Building, Storage Buildings, metal storage buildings, wood storage buildings, storage building kits

Amish Built Wood Siding and Vinyl Siding Prefab Storage Buildings

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Dec 9, 2012

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish Built Wood and Vinyl Prefab Storage Buildings

The wood prefab storage buildings and vinyl prefab storage buildings are custom made by the Amish in the size, style, colors and with the double doors and windows located exactly where you want them.  The storage sheds are completely assembled in the factory by the Amish and delivered fully assembled to your home.

amish prefab wood storage buildings

This a-frame shed was constructed with an optional 6" overhang.  Many other styles such as mini barns, dutch barns and quaker style sheds.  The storage buildings are made in 6', 8', 10', 12' and 14' wide.  The length on the sheds range from 6' long to 40' long with many popular sizes in between.  Garages are also available if your looking to store a car, truck or other large items. 

If you've been searching for a double wide storage building we have a line of 2 car garages that come in 20', 24' and 28' wide.  The biggest and tallest building we have are the line of 2 story garages and 2 story storage buildings.  These two story sheds are approximately 18' tall at the peak and provide 8' headroom on the first floor and 8' headroom in the center of the 2nd floor.  They are built with your choice of a staircase or a pull down ladder.

All of the portable storage buildings are made with a pressure treated 4"x4" foundation with 2"x4" floor joist and a 5/8" plywood floor.  This allows the floor to be 7" off of the ground for plenty of airflow.  The Amish storage sheds are made to last a life time with normal up keep such as painting and new shingles just like you would replace the shingles on your home.  You could say the storage buildings make a home away from home.

The vinyl storage buildings have the same foundation and look the same on the interior but they have vinyl siding that you will never have to paint.

wood siding prefab sheds

Wood siding on the Amish prefab sheds.  The wood sheds come in your choice of 15 different colors.  You'll get to pick a main color, trim color, shutter color and a shingle color.  We have two different lines of wood storage buildings.  They are the standard heavy duty and deluxe heavy duty.  The key difference in the 2 products is the standard come with 25 year shingles vs 30 year architectural shingles with felt paper or a metal roof which ever you prefer.  One other upgrade included on the deluxe structures is pressure treated 2"x4" floor joists.

vinyl siding prefab sheds

4" dutch lap vinyl siding on the vinyl prefab storage sheds. 

So as you can see the wood siding runs vertical up and down.  The vinyl siding structures run side to side horizontally.

The wood siding storage buildings have 1/2" duratemp siding which has a 25 year warranty.

The vinyl siding storage buildings have a vinyl siding that carries a limited lifetime warranty.

Alan's Factory Outlet wooden and vinyl sheds are delivered for free in 21 local counties in Virginia and West Virginia.  Delivery is available year round in all of Virginia and West Virginia.

There are actually 2 other types of siding available on the Amish garden sheds and storage barns and they are board and batten storage buildings and cedar storage sheds

Not sure what sizes and styles are available on the Amish barns and sheds check out the storage sheds and barns pricing to get an idea on the shed prices.

Feel free to call Alan toll free at 1-800-488-6903 or you can email Alan with any questions or you can always visit Alan's Factory Outlet at 643 West Main Street in Luray, VA. 22835.

Thank you for reading about the wooden and vinyl siding prefab storage buildings available at Alan's Factory Outlet.  Please share this information with anyone you know who is in the market for a new prebuilt storage building for their backyard.

Topics: prefab buildings, wood prefab buildings, vinyl prefab buildings, Storage Buildings

Amish Built Storage Buildings

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Mar 22, 2012

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish Built Storage Buildings

amish built storage buildings

                  10x16 Quaker Shed - Wood Storage Building

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish built storage buildings are made in wood storage buildings, vinyl storage buildings and board batten storage buildings.  The sheds are made by the Amish in the factory and delivered fully assembled on a truck and trailer to your home or land.  Alan's Factory Outlet has factory direct prices with a variety of Amish built storage buildings, Amish built prefab garages, Amish built 2 car garages and 2 story storage buildings, and Amish built horse barns.  These storage buildings are delivered for free in 21 local counties in Virginia and West Virginia.  With delivery available on all of the Amish built structures in all of VA and WV.

Amish made gazebo kits and Amish built pergola kits are delivered nationwide in the USA.

Another product line which is not made by the Amish are the metal carports and metal garages which are delivered and installed in 27 states in the USA.  The metal buildings are built on site and anchored for free to your level land.  The manufacturer for the steel buildings is Carolina Carports.

You could say Alan's Factory Outlet is your one stop shop for all of your backyard and home storage building and garage needs in Virginia and West Virginia with the Amish built gazebo kits and pergola kits delivered nationwide and serving over half the nation with the steel carport and steel garages.

Topics: amish built storage buildings, alan's factory outlet storage buildings, Storage Buildings

Wood Sheds vs Vinyl Sheds

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Feb 19, 2012

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                              Wood Sheds

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                               Vinyl Sheds

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when getting one of the Amish sheds is if you want to go with either the wood sheds or vinyl sheds.  Alan's Factory Outlet wood sheds and vinyl sheds are both built to the same specs as far as the framing construction is concerned which is 16" on center 2"x4" sidewalls and roof rafters.  Both have a plywood interior, pressure treated 4"x4" foundation skids that help make these storage buildings portable.  The wood sheds are currently available in two different lines, standard heavy duty and deluxe heavy duty.  The main difference is the standard wood sheds have a 25 year 3 tab shingle vs the deluxe wood storage sheds that have a 30 year architectural shingles with felt paper.  Again all of the storage buildings have a pressure treated base but the deluxe also have pressure treated 2x4 floor joists where the standard have regular 2x4 floor joists so this means with the deluxe the first 7" of the floor system is pressure treated vs 4" of floor is p.t. on the standard heavy duty wood sheds.  So those are the 3 difference between the wood standard sheds and wood deluxe storage buildings.  The vinyl sheds are all made to the deluxe storage shed specs.

The wood sheds are made with year duratemp T1-11 siding which will require painting every 10 years or so vs the vinyl siding which does not have any wood that needs painting.  The main difference is the siding which on the wood sheds runs vertical up and down and on the vinyl sheds runs horizontal side to side. 

The wood sheds have wood double doors and the vinyl sheds are built with fiberglass doors.  Both of the doors now come with door stoppers to help protect the door along with a lock and 2 keys.

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish built wood sheds and vinyl sheds are on display at 643 West Main St. Luray, Virginia 22835.  The wood storage buildings and vinyl storage buildings are custom built with the door and windows placed in the location you want.  They are delivered for free in 21 local counties in VA.  The sheds are available for delivery in all of Virginia and West Virginia.

Once you figure out the siding you want you will than need to figure out the style and size shed you want.  Here are the wood shed prices and vinyl shed prices showing the styles, sizes and prices.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, Vinyl Sheds, Storage Buildings, wood sheds

Vinyl Storage Buildings

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Nov 21, 2011

vinyl storage buildingsVinyl Storage Buildings are delivered for in all of Virginia and West Virginia with free delivery on the vinyl storage buildings in these 21 local counties in Virginia:  Arlington County, Augusta, Caroline, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Greene, King George, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren County in Virginia.  The vinyl storage buildings are built by the Amish in the factory and delivered fully assembled to your home.  Alan's Factory Outlet storage buildings are made in lots of different sizes and styles and are custom built the way you want.  You get to pick the location of the doors and windows and many other options are available such as a ramp, loft, workbench, ridge vent, extra windows and doors and more.

Vinyl Storage Buildings Construction Specs

  • Fiberglass double doors in the color you want and a steel plate at the base of the door
  • Vinyl 4" dutch lap siding and trim color of your choice
  • 30 year architectural shingles and felt paper
  • All plywood interior and nailed framed joists 16" on center 2"x4" sidewall and roof joists
  • 5/8" plywood floor on top of pressure treated 2x4 floor joists which is on top of pressure treated 4x4 runner foundation
  • Amish vinyl storage building is built with two windows and shutters except the mini barn storage building which has one window with shutters

The vinyl storage buildings are a popular option for those who don't want to get a wood storage building that requires painting.  Another reason many people go with one of the vinyl storage buildings is to match the color and vinyl siding on their home.

One reason you may not want to get a vinyl storage building is if you need to get the most economical option the wood is going to be more cost effective compared to the vinyl and this is because on the vinyl it is made with 1/2" plywood inside and vinyl outside vs the wood sheds which is just made with 1/2" duratemp t1-11 siding.

Vinyl storage building prices

The vinyl storages buildings are built as vinyl garages with a 9x7 insulated garage door, single door and either without a floor or with a reinforced floor.

Topics: Storage Building, Storage Buildings, Vinyl Storage Buildings, vinyl storage building, vinyl buildings

Wood Storage Buildings

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Oct 10, 2011

Alan's Factory Outlet wood storage buildings are built in many different sizes and styles.  We will start with the most economical of the wood storage buildings and also the shortest and the only mini barn under 8' 6" tall actually 8' tall and that is the mini barn.  The mini barn has 4' sidewalls and is 8' at the peak.  Due to the shape of the barn roof is has plenty of head room, but one this you don't get with the mini barn is enough room for a loft but then again some people don't need or want a loft so this may be the wood storage building that best fits your needs.  The wood storage buildings come with double door, one window and two gable vents.

Here is a video of the mini barn wood storage buildings.

If you need a wood storage building with plenty of head room and enough room for a loft you will want to go with the dutch barn.  The dutch barns give you the maximum amount of head room of all the buildings.  The dutch barns have double doors and 2 windows and two gable vents.  The dutch barn has 6' 7" sidewalls and is approx 10' 6" at the peak.

dutch barn wood storage buildings

There next style of wood storage buildings is the a-frame gable sheds which comes in an a-frame which has 7' sidewalls and a high wall a-frame which is 1' taller with 8' sidewalls.  The other style is called a quaker wood storage building which has an offset roof with a higher front wall and a lower back wall.  Two other styles are the hip roof with both the ends and sides meet and the chalet that has a dormer on the side.  Vinyl storage buildings and board batten storage buildings are also available.

The wood storage buildings are built in an a-frame and barn style garage that has a 9x7 garage door, two windows, single door with a reinforced floor or without a floor.

Alan's Factory Outlet also has a varitey of metal carport kits and metal garage buildings.

Topics: Storage Buildings, wood storage buildings, wood buildings, wood storage building

Storage Buildings For Sale

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Sep 8, 2011

Amish Built Storage Buildings For Sale

storage buildings for sale

Storage Buildings are custom built in the size, style, color and layout that best suits your situation.  This is a wood storage building shown in the dutch barn style shed in the 10x12 size.  They are also available in the vinyl storage buildings and board and batten storage buildings.  On the wood storage buildings for sale you get to pick a main color, trim color, shingle color and shutter color.  This one was built in with the same main, trim and shutter color which is another option if you don't prefer the color contrast.    

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish built storage buildings for sale are delivered fully assembled to your home or land.

Storage Buildings for Sale Specs on 10' wide buildings

  • 5 pressure treated 4"x4" foundation runners
  • Pressure treated floor joists with plywood floor
  • Duratemp sidewalls with all plywood interior
  • Felt paper roof and 30 year architectural shingles
  • 2"x4" sides and roof 16" on center 
  • Wood doors with bracing and painted interior of door with steel plate at entry point

There is free delivery on the storage buildings for sale to 21 local counties in Virginia and delivery is available in all of VA and WV.

Visit Alan's Factory Outlet located at 643 West Main St. Luray VA to view the display area of Amish built storage buildings.

Topics: storage buildings for sale, Storage Building, Storage Buildings, wood storage buildings

Amish Sheds Prefab 10x12 A-Frame Video in Luray VA

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Dec 22, 2010

The Amish prefab shed in this video is a 10x12 wood highwall a-frame storage shed.  Sheds come in wood or vinyl siding.  Here are the wood sheds and vinyl sheds sizes, styles and prices.  Most Amish sheds have a main color and a trim color that is different, however this storage building has the same white main color and white trim which is an option if you don't want the building to stand out as much.  This building also has white architectural shingles. 

The most unique option on this building are the 8'x7' double doors.  This building has a 5' double door standard but if you need a wider door we can custom build it with a wider or taller door.

A 2nd option you will see in this shed video is optional pressure treated floor which is great a way to help preserve the floor.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, Amish Sheds, 10x12 A-Frame Shed, Sheds Luray VA, Shed, Storage Buildings, Prefab Sheds

10x16 Vinyl Dutch Barn | Vinyl Storage Buildings | Amish Sheds

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Sep 18, 2010

Vinyl Storage Sheds Dutch Barn 10x16 VA Virginia

Alan's Factory Outlet has many different sizes and styles of Vinyl Sheds.  The Vinyl Storage Building in the picture above is of a 12x16 Dutch Barn with an optional arched glass door.  All of the Sheds are Amish Built and delivered on a truck and shed trailer fully assembled and ready for you to immediately begin enjoying.  Amish Sheds come with double doors and two windows with shutters.  The shed windows have a screen in them.  Two gable vents are also included with the storage buildings.  Amish sheds are built in several other siding options other than the vinyl 4" dutch lap siding.

Storage Building Siding options by price from the most economical to premium.  


  1. Metal Carports and Metal Garages are the most economical building which is kind of unfair in this comparison due to how it is constructed, however we did want to include it as an option as this may be the best option for some people.  The main advantage with steel buildings is they are built on site.  Metal buildings are actually the only product line that we have that are built on site.  All of our other structures are prebuilt modular structures.  Now to explain the main difference.  The metal buildings are made with 2 1/2" 14 GA tubing which is 5' on center and then 29 GA metal sheeting.  The Amish sheds are made with 2"x4" Joists 16" on center.  So you can see that the prebuilt sheds are built to the specs of a house.   
  2. Wooden Sheds are the most economical siding option of the prebuilt structures.  The wood sheds are built with Duratemp Siding.  The Duratemp siding has a 25 year warranty. 
  3. Vinyl Sheds are the next most economical siding.  Vinyl sheds will never need to be painted and many people have vinyl homes so a vinyl shed just makes sense.  The 4" dutch lap vinyl siding has a limited lifetime warranty.
  4. Board Batten Sheds are a heavy duty rustic alternative.  This is the same type of siding the Horse Barns and Run in Sheds are built with.  The siding is 1" thick eastern white pine siding.
  5. Log Sheds come with a 6' front porch and makes a great hunting cabin or if you have a log home you may want to invest in a log shed to make your shed blend in with your log home.
  6. Cedar Sheds is the premium siding option with 1"x10" Cedar Siding.  Cedar siding is a very durable siding and of course has the nice cedar chest kind of smell.

The movie below is a 10x16 vinyl dutch barn.  The main color on this building is sandlewood, trim green with green doors and shutters.

Topics: metal carports, metal garages, Sheds, Amish Sheds, Board & Batten Sheds, 10x16 Vinyl Dutch Barn, Vinyl Sheds, Storage Buildings, Vinyl Storage Buildings

 

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