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Update Your Small Space With These Ideas

The tiny spaces in your home shouldn’t be looked over just because they’re small. Many of us fall into the rhythm of using small spaces for storage, cramming as much as possible into the nooks and crannies. But you can do a lot more with that space than just piling in your old holiday decorations and rusty gardening tools.

There are many ways to utilize the space and make them uniquely your own. Time to clean out those small backyard sheds or modular garages and give your small space a facelift with these decorating tips listed below!

Decorating Tips for Small Spaces:

Next time you’re looking for a quick home project for that long weekend, why not consider freshening up one of your small spaces in your home or backyard. You can even get the whole family involved to make redecorating a fun affair for everyone. Make an old area feel like new, no matter the square footage, with these fresh decorating tips for small spaces.

 

Brighten things up with a fresh coat of paint

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Instantly brighten up a small pool house or tiny modular garages with a nice new coat of paint. If your backyard pool house or shed is looking a little rough around the edges, then a few layers of a new paint color could be just the thing to liven up the space.

Take into account the function and feel of the room and pick out a colour that suits the mood. Worried the colour might overpower the small space? Consider these color and pattern tips for small rooms. It also doesn’t have to be a wall you splash in colour. Why not an old dresser, mirror, or chair? Breathe new life into your furniture with a colour that grabs attention.

 

Put new handles on doors and drawers

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Switching up those old handles with something new and fresh is an easy and cheap way to liven up those small studios and backyard sheds. Handles and knobs might not be the first thing you notice in a room, but with tiny spaces, they can still bring a pop of colour that will draw the eye and can tie into the rest of the theme throughout.

You can look for cool vintage doorknobs or drawer handles at thrift stores and second-hand shops that will nicely tie in your space and make a statement. Switch out that old rusty doorknob for a fun vintage find to make a quick and easy update to the small space.

 

Upgrade the lighting

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We might not notice great lighting when it works well, but we definitely notice it when it’s lacking! Take a look around your old space and see how you can improve your lighting in the room. This is especially important when working in small studios or using modular garages as a workshop or storage unit.

The right lighting will do wonders for your eyesight and space. Consider new light fixtures for bright, warm, artificial light that won’t strain the eyes. Or why not create or enlarge windows to naturally brighten up the place for a sunlight studio.

 

Use multipurpose furniture

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Maximize the flow and capabilities of minimal space by using multipurpose furniture. If you have a dedicated small space you use for hobbies or activities, like a small pool house or studio, why not fill it with furniture that will do more for you.

More than ever, furniture designs have pushed the boundaries to fit into smaller and smaller spaces, like tables turned bookshelves and dining areas stowed away and turned into a bench. You could even make your own stow-away furniture or multi-functioning pieces! Replacing your furniture with convertible and compact items could free up more space and provide extra functionality for you!

 

Be bold

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Even if you don’t feel bold all of the time, you can still make brave choices when it comes to your interior and exterior designs. A bland and washed out space can really make the room feel smaller, less inviting. Make a statement with your small space instead, and bring attention to the room with an accent wall of exposed wood or focal piece of furniture.

One eye-grabbing feature can be the linchpin to a good design plan. Consider how you could catch the eye when turning that small pool house into a luxurious spa with lush accent pieces. Or bring out the beauty in your small backyard sheds with a little power washing to loosen away years of dirt to uncover the original splendour of cedarwood.

 

Add a large rug into the mix

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Small studios can look bigger by tricking the eye. Do this by adding a large rug to the area to make it feel more expansive. Thick carpets can make a room feel plush and inviting while also adding a new focal point to the site. They also provide the perfect tool for hiding those less than perfect floors from view. Do away with scratched flooring and add a large area rug into the mix for a fresh take on an old space.

 

Get the most out of those nooks and crannies

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Clear away the cobwebs in those nooks and crannies and take advantage of the vertical space with storage solutions. Small backyard sheds might feel too cramped for all your gardening tools and lawn supplies. Still, by cleaning out those tight corner spaces and placing hooks or shelving units there, you can efficiently utilize the whole corner.

Optimizing storage space also means bringing a bit more organization into your life- something everyone can appreciate!

 

Update Your Small Spaces With Summerwood

If these decorating ideas fail to freshen up your small studios, modular garages, or small backyard sheds, why not start over! Summerwood offers a wide range of small pool house kits or prefab modular garages for a new take on tiny spaces.

At Summerwood, we find inspiration in the small things, and you can too. Find out more about our company’s product before undertaking that next home improvement project!

 

Tips And Ideas For Helping To Build The Perfect DIY Shed

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Here at Summerwood, we’ve compiled some of the most common planning concerns in an effort to help guide you to the perfect shed. From gardening and equipment storage to poolside storage, to whatever you’ll be using your shed for, we’re sure you’ll find these tips and ideas helpful. And don’t forget we’re here to help with any specific questions you’re sure to have along the way.

 

Choosing a location for your shed

From a practical standpoint, it’s a smart choice to build one of our storage sheds close to where they’ll be needed most. For example, kids are much more likely to put bicycles and toys away if the access to the shed is convenient. On the other hand, if you are looking at garden sheds, you may want to locate it next to your garden, in a spot that receives lots of natural light. Aesthetics are always important; you may choose to highlight your structure by making it the center of attention, or blend it into your landscape and make it a secret hideaway. You should also be mindful of the sheds relation to other structures that you may have on your property. Achieving a balance is very important in the overall aesthetic of your shed.

Other things to think of when choosing your sheds location may be it’s proximity to water (do I need a hose, do I want to plumb it), natural light, ventilation (although vents are available), and electricity (artificial lighting and electrical for gardening and other tools may be desired). Consider the way the shed will look year round. Surrounding foliage (and weather) can be very different from one season to the next. All of these considerations may have some impact on where you decide to place your shed.

Once you have decided on a size for your shed and the location of the shed (see ‘shed sizes’ below), it’s a good idea to physically stake it out on your property to ensure that the fit is comfortable for you and is harmonious with your surroundings.

Grade – Ideally your site should be level, with a slight pitch towards the rear. This will allow drainage of water without having to excavate around your shed. A shed may be located where the ground slopes more steeply (i.e. greater than 12″ from one side to the other) however, if this is the case, more thought should be put into the foundation you are going to build. Try to avoid positioning a shed at the bottom of a hill but, if you must, ensure that you beef up the drainage with a 6″ gravel bed around your shed or some other appropriate foundation. If you are planning to store wheel barrels and lawn mowers, and there is a slope, be sure to consider adding a ramp to your shed.

 

How to choose the perfect design for your shed

Our range of shed styles, sizes, and options will allow you to design and build your shed for functionality without having to compromise on style. Be sure to take your time browsing through our shed photo galleries and you will benefit from all the designs that others have come up with before you.

Choose a shed style that reflects your personal taste and fits in to the landscape. Don’t worry about your shed matching your house; not every thing needs to match…and why not be a little eclectic! You can customize your shed to your heart’s content, implementing your personal flair along the way. Most of our shed styles are differentiated primarily by roof lines (i.e. gable, hip, lean to, salt box), so this is an important consideration.

It’s important from the beginning of your decision making process to think about the interior design of your shed. If you are storing large items like a lawn mower, you don’t want to constantly be moving it in order to get to smaller items like shovels and rakes. Double doors on your shed make for easy storage of and access to large and small items alike.

Partition walls often work well to divide space within your

shed and help separate bikes from strollers, from gardening supplies. If you’re going to be using your shed for storage, consider the placement of doors and windows. Keep in mind that storage space is lost where windows are placed. Placement of doors is also important to ensure convenient access to all the stuff inside. Obviously hooks, shelving, benches, bins and other creative ideas are useful in helping to keep things organized. Whatever your requirements are, we have oodles of shed options to choose from, so you shouldn’t have much trouble achieving a good fit to your tastes and needs.

 

Backdrops & landscaping for your shed

It’s smart to think about how you may want to cultivate the landscape in your shed’s immediate surroundings. Shrubs, flowers, and vines on trellises can be a nice complement to a shed and will help to define the space. Many people will also choose to lay flagstone or other pavers to create a pathway to their shed.

A little garden decor will also help to create a tranquil space. Strategically placed accents like trellises, pergolas, cupolas, lights, wind chimes, wheelbarrows, birdhouses – and even your favorite piece of weathered furniture can go a long way in creating that outdoor sanctuary you desire.

 

Choosing the perfectly sized shed

There is often much deliberation over what the perfect size is for a shed. There is no wrong choice, and to make it easier, we offer a wide range of sizes (custom as well), so rest assured we’ll have the right size for you. Clearly, the key is to ensure that your shed is large enough for its intended purposes. Think of what you’ll be using the shed for and what is going to go inside. An easy way to do this is to physically map it out in your yard. Get some stakes and string and physically stake out the size – 10 x 12, 12 x 14, etc… Then, if you’re feeling energetic, gather all of the items that you might be storing in your shed (bearing in mind that many items may be stored on shelves), and see how they fit within this staked out area.

If you’re going to be using the shed as a potting shed, storage shed, pool shed, etc.. be sure to measure bench depth, shelving heights and pool equipment such as pumps & filters, to ensure you’ll have enough room.

A partition wall may be worth considering if you want to separate contents or activities. If you intend to combine your storage needs with work space, make sure to allow for enough space for both you and your stored items. A dual purpose shed doesn’t have to be massive, providing you assign different uses to different spaces and incorporate some thoughtful and inventive design into your plan.

Decisions made on the size, location, and style of your shed are not entirely in your hands. Check with your local municipality to ensure that you are meeting all zoning and permit requirements. Generally, if your structure is under 100 sq. ft. you will not require a permit however, there can be restrictions such as a two or three foot set back from a property line. See permits and zoning for more information, and be sure to check with your zoning office, better safe than sorry!

Please feel free to contact us at any point in the planning process and we will provide you with as much help as you need.

 

Shed building materials

All our shed building materials are hand selected and thoroughly inspected before we use them to build your shed. The following details provide some basic information on the materials and construction methods you can expect with your Summerwood shed kit.

Sheathing: We use square edge 4 x 8 sheets of 3/4″ T & G. You may want to upgrade to fir plywood, or consider a T & G pine for a different look.

Shed Joists: We use 2 x 4 spruce (with perpendicular 2 x 6 (or greater) P.T. runners underneath). Although not necessary, some people prefer to go with P.T. for the floor joists as well.

Shed Shingles: We offer cedar shingles that can be purchased for your structure at the time of sale, but there are other choices that may be purchased from your local hardware store (asphalt shingles, for example). Whatever you choose, be sure to follow the installation instructions closely. Please refer to the roofing section on our website for more information.

Garden Shed Siding: We generally use four types of siding in the production of our products: cedar channel siding, cedar log siding, cedar shingle siding and Canexel wood fiber siding.

Canexel wood fiber siding: 1″ x 12″ and it covers approximately 11 feet per row. It has a 15-year manufacturers warranty and comes in a compelling range of colors with virtually no required maintenance.

Cedar siding: 8″ wide western red cedar channel siding with either the rough or smooth side out. It covers 6 3/8″ per row and is a lovely material that looks beautiful on every shed style.

Cedar log siding: 2 x 8″ and gives a truly rustic effect

Cedar shingles: 18″ in length and 7/16″ thick, they give a truly distinct look to the building that they’re put on.

Studs: We use at least 2 x 4 spruce studs every 16″ OC. If you love cedar, consider upgrading to our cedar package.

 

Construction & contractors

You’ll need to decide whether you’re going to take on the project of building your shed yourself or if you’re going to hire someone to do it for you. Most of our customers tackle the project themselves and quite enjoy it; a form of therapy or family bonding if you will. Many will get their friends and neighbors involved, basically anyone who’s going to be spending time your backyard is fair game.  If you are an accomplished ‘do-it yourselfer’, or are ready to make your debut, make sure that you have both the time and the energy required for the task at hand.

For detailed information on assembly and the tools required for the assembly of your shed, please read our shed assembly.

If you’d rather have a professional build your shed for you, be sure to have a look at our how to hire a contractor package. It will provide you with all the information you’ll need to know to get someone else involved. We have a database full of trustworthy and reliable contractors located all over Canada and the US, so we’ll be able to connect you with one, almost anywhere.  We can also help you find reliable contractors for related issues such as landscaping, gardening, architecture, pools, spas and more. Have a look at our resources page for more information and links to partner websites.

 

Choosing a shed style

We know style is a personal issue. That’s why at Summerwood we offer choices. Remember all our sheds can be customized to your personal requirements. They range in size from as small as you want to as big as you want.  From basic storage and garden sheds, to elaborate dual purpose sheds – we’ve got you covered.

Garden Sheds & Storage Sheds – Our Styles

Palmerston Sheds – The Palmerston gable roof design is our most basic and most popular style. The look is clean and the space functional; roof trusses double as storage space for sports equipment and other items that need to be tucked away. A dormer adds a nice touch to this style.

 Sarawak Storage Sheds – If space is tight, our Sarawak lean-to shed is designed to offer you the optimal storage solution. It works well partitioned into a multi functional space or with a large set of double doors for easy access.

 Bar Harbor Sheds – An ideal shed for the avid gardener as a potting or storage shed for your garden tools. The saltbox style roof features exposed cedar rafters and 1 x 6 cedar roof boards.

 Pioneer Barn Sheds – Our Pioneer barn shed combines new world construction with old world design and craftsmanship. The shed features a roomy loft with 1 x 8 pine flooring, a barn door hatch, and a wood ladder.

 Catalina Corner Sheds – The five sided roof design of this shed certainly adds an interesting dimension to your landscape. A great choice nestled into a corner facing your yard.

 Sonoma Sheds – The Hip Roof design of this shed offers a little more flair and versatility. The use of rafters instead of trusses also creates more of an open feeling. This style is easily dressed up with numerous door and window options.

 Melbourne Sheds – This unique shed design offers an understated elegance that is not usually associated with garden sheds. The Melbourne is a big hit with our landscape architect clientele.

 Telluride Sheds – Our Telluride is defined by its steep roof pitch and rugged natural good looks. This spacious design is ideal for both storing and working with tools. It comes all dressed up with large double doors, antique hardware, vertical cedar siding, country quaint windows, and may be dressed up with some very stylish cedar wall lattice.

 Copper Creek Sheds – This shed features a steep roof pitch, providing just the right amount of drama. Bring in a steep peak over the door and you have an irresistible structure that’s just waiting to be personalized. This style is an idea potting shed, providing the space that’s required and the storage in the trusses that we can’t live without.

 Glen Echo Sheds – A great utility shed, this building offers a bright and spacious addition to any setting. An extra foot of wall height and windows make it versatile and the extension of the gable roof is very unique. The 2 or 3ft. overhang (your choice) provides more loft storage space and it doubles as a porch. A great place to sit and relax.

 Chimalis/Haida Small Sheds – Don’t let their size fool you; these shed designs are extremely practical for those with a tight space. The 10:12 roof pitch maximizes storage space to accommodate ladders, skis, and more. Gable front, gable side: a great style – customize it any way you like.

 Santa Cruz Sheds – California inspired, this shed provides a lot of headroom with the beautiful Dutch Hip Roof and plenty of light with the spanning doors and windows. It’s perfect for use as a shed and it doubles as an entertainment facility. There’s no need to run back and forth from the house.

8 Essential Garage Storage Tips You Must Try

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If you’ve ever entered your garage with the motivation to start your next big project only to spend the day searching for tools and organizing your work space, then you’ve already started to suffer from the detrimental effects of garage clutter. However – you’re certainly not alone in your constant battle against the growing chaos in your garage organization. Approximately 25% of two car garages are so packed with belongings that the homeowners don’t even have room to park a single vehicle in the space. An additional 32% can only squeeze one of their vehicles into the wide stall built for two cars. This is where we’ve come in with these eight useful tips for you to banish the clutter for good, and ultimately commandeer control of your garage space.
 

1. Tool towers are a perfect storage solution
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The messy collection of rakes, shovels, brooms and other tall tools can take up a lot of floor and wall space. Furthermore, when you amass quite the stack of these items in the same location, it can feel like quite a chore to dig through and unearth the tool you need every single time. To solve this problem, invest in a rolling tool tower that keeps these long, unwieldy tools standing free and separate in individual sections.
 

2. Sliding storage systems for the garage

The ceiling space is often an incredibly underutilized storage area in the average garage, therefore you shouldn’t let it go to waste. All of the space above you can hold seasonal clothing, sports equipment and other items that you do not use all throughout the year. These innovative hangers allow you to suspend plastic bins just below ceiling level, leaving plenty of work space below.
 

3. Magnetic strips for hanging and holding tools

Throwing all of your hand tools in drawers and hoping you can find what you need later will be a thing of the past once you line your garage with magnetic strips. The strong magnets can hold the heaviest of metal tools firmly against the wall until you need them again. You can place the strips on the edge of your toolbox, workbench or just along the walls in your normal work space.
 

4. Mason jar storage and other storage ideas using jars
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You can use the underside of your shelves for storage by integrating mason jar storage into your garage space. You will need to secure the jar lids to the bottom of the shelf using short screws to create your innovative storage compartments. Using mason jars and other small jars, you can fill them with bolts, nails, washers and other small pieces you routinely need for projects around the house, and then screw them back onto the lid for easy access anytime.
 

5. Bungee bins and bungee cords help you get organized
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Your often used sports equipment, including life-jackets, basketballs and catcher’s mitts, likely ends up strewed through the garage after a busy day on the go. You can change all that by creating bungee bins along your walls to hold these stray items. You will just need to attach bungee cords across the interior framing studs in your garage at about four inch intervals to create this storage compartment.
 

6. Chain hooks are perfect for hanging loose items and tools in your garage

Unraveled hoses, cords and lines across your floor space is considered a trip and fall hazard. You can keep these items out of the way by using plastic chain and coat hooks to suspend them from the wall. You will roll up these items like normal, and then slide the chain through the center, securing it at the top. At that point, you can hang the chain from the hook to keep your lines and hoses organized at all times. 
 

7. Milk crates are great for shelf storage in your garage

The area below your garage benches can be used to store small parts, tools and cleaning supplies. Simply place small bins or crates beneath the bench and fill them with carefully organized items. Make sure to label the bins with their contents to quickly spot the items you need as you prepare to start your next project.
 

8. Organizing the garage with rain gutters
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Using old gutters you have laying around the house or garage, you can hang them along your walls to create partially enclosed shelves for your spray cans, automotive fluids and cleaning products. The gutter keeps all of the items together in a single area, so you can quickly find the product you need for the job at hand. The line of cans will never block your view of adjacent products to help you avoid spending money on hidden items.
 

Helpful tips and tools to help organize your garage

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You can update your garage space, or overhaul your entire build, with help from the specialists at Summerwood. Purpose built shelves, benches and wall partitions can help you eliminate clutter and organize the space within your garage, which they will be able to guide you in the process of selecting. You may even want to upgrade your garage or add a shed to your yard once you browse through the building options offered by this prefabricated outbuilding supplier. 

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Visit the design center located on Summerwood’s website for more options in customizing and creating your personalized garage with the ultimate space and structure that you desire. You can also call (1-866 519-4634) for assistance from one of Summerwood’s building specialists who can lead you in the right direction to achieve the vision you have for your garage.

 

Smart Considerations To Keep In Mind While Choosing Your Shed Location

The location you select for your shed can have just as much of an impact on its functionality as its overall design.

Even if your shed has the perfect amount of storage and convenient access points, it will not live up to your expectations if it is placed in an awkward area or distant location.

Your shed should be front and center, yet out of the way, so you can access your tools and other belongings with ease without feeling inconvenienced by its presence.

Furthermore, the shed should balance the look and feel of your outdoor space without overwhelming the overall design.

Thankfully, you can keep the following considerations in mind while selecting your shed location to find the perfect spot for your new outbuilding.

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Look At Your Yard Size

The size of your yard often has the biggest influence on the proper location for your shed. In addition to having space for the footprint of your shed and its trellis extension, if selected, the yard must also have room for a generous path to the doorway of your structure.

Even if you do not immediately select a trellis extension, you may want to keep room open around the perimeter of the shed for other add-ons you might like to install in the future. Unless you only have one single suitably sized spot in your yard for the shed, you will need to weigh each of the other factors equally to identify the best placement location.

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Consider Outdoor Activities

Your shed should be placed within a reasonable distance from the areas you spend most of your time outdoors. If you have a garden in the backyard, for example, you will benefit from placing your shed in the same general area, as that will make it easier to grab the tools and supplies you need for daily maintenance tasks and complete overhauls. If you prefer to use your shed solely as an extra storage space, however, it may not be a bother if your structure is placed far from your favored relaxation spots.

It is also beneficial to take a moment and think about the types of items you will keep in the shed. If any of the items are heat or light sensitive, you may need to think about the way the sunlight will stream through the windows in each area of your yard. You will want to select a location and layout that will keep the sunlight from constantly streaming into the shed to protect your heat sensitive belongings. If you do not have other placement options, you can add UV ray inhibiting film to the east and west windows, as those windows allow sunlight to quickly heat up the building.

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Envision Decorative Elements

Your shed has the potential to look much more fitting and personalized in your yard once it is surrounded with decorative elements that integrate it into your space. Ornamental plants are an ideal decorative element due to their potentially positive impact on your mood and overall sense of well being. If you want to adorn your shed with luscious greenery, you may reap the greatest benefits by keeping the structure in sight of the areas you spend the most time in the yard.

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If you prefer to place a water feature near your shed, such as a pond or fountain, this is another situation where it is important to consider the size constraints of your intended placement point. It’s also very effective to do a bit of research about water lines and other elements required for these features to avoid unpleasant surprises during or after the shed construction process. Metal and rock retaining walls, raised garden beds and a patio space can all help establish the new shed as a permanent piece of your outdoor décor as well.

Purpose and Function

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing the perfect location for your shed, is to understand the purpose and functionality of the shed. Picking the right location of the shed will have an impact on its functionality, design, and purpose. Some people like the shed to be the centre of attention in the backyard, while others want it to blend nicely in with the landscape. The purpose of your shed will help with finalizing the location of the shed. While featuring accessible points, the shed should also be accessible for whatever you choose to use it as well as as an aesthetically pleasing choice. An attractive shed can help increase the value of your home, as An accessory building with a clear usage is something potential homeowners will appreciate.

Light exposure to the shed will also be a key influence on helping to decide the final location of it. This will greatly influence how much you use the shed, as if direct lights hit the shed for most of the day, it can be hot and the exterior of the shed may age faster due to the amount of light. If you’re considering turning your shed into an office, workshop or a studio, the sun beating down on it all day might become unpleasant after a while. You can also extend the amount of time you use the shed by putting some basic electric lights on the inside, perfect for those winter months.

Doors & Parallel

The doors on your shed should be placed where they work well for use. An example of this might be putting doors against the fence, however using your shed as storage for your lawn mower, therefore creating a hassle to get in and out of the shed. Consider how the landscape and surrounding foliage may change throughout the year and over time. It is best to look at the shed and see if it can be accessible all year round. It is imperative that you check and consider the surrounding landscape and how it may change throughout the year and if that will create any obstacles along the way.

Make Your Location Selection

After weighing all of the above factors, you likely have an ideal place in mind for your garden shed. Despite the majority of sheds ending up in the backyard, do not discount a location in the front yard as the perfect spot if it meets your given criteria. Remember that you can customize your shed to better fit within the confines of your yard by using Summerwood’s Design Center tool on their website.

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You can also call the team at 1-866-519-4634 to discuss your yard configuration and receive help identifying the perfect shed design and placement option.

10 Home Office Design Tips

Remote work is becoming more and more popular with each passing year, meaning more and more professions don.t need workers to be at the office to perform their duties. With the rise of working from home, so does the need to have a personal, comfortable, and efficient space to focus and feel productive. With a home office shed that you can place in your garden, backyard, beside your home, or anywhere else outside, it becomes a lot easier to get some peace and quiet while you work.  Looking like tiny little homes, garden office pods or outdoor office spaces are self-sufficient productive spaces, where you can not only make a living but also create, think, and ponder. Here are some helpful tips for creating a charming and practical workspace within our sheds.

 

Be creative with your space
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 Don’t be afraid to steal decor from around your home and place it in your home office. Feel free to mix up some of your vintage items from your rooms with some modern office elements to make it feel a lot more like home and less of a showroom. 

Clean regularly
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Don’t let a poorly maintained office space cause you to lose a client. Maintaining a clean office space might seem like an obvious thing to do, but it is important to keep it clean. A clean office is a direct representation of who you are as an individual, especially if you do plan on having clients or colleagues over, as it helps to create an inviting space. You are also ensuring that a good first impression will be made on prospective clients. If you do plan on setting up an outdoor office space, it is important to vacuum the floors daily, as well as empty the trash and recycling.

Notice board
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Some office accessories are just so simple, basic, and easy, it features everything you have to do right at eye level. Let this board carry some of your organization, so you can put notes up, reminders, and some family photos. This is also perfect for clearing the clutter of your area, as an organized work area is perfect for enhancing clarity and focus.

Give yourself a view
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Position your office chair and desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall for when you look up from your desk or computer (insert custom design centre link here). A Window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re in a windowless space, hand up a picture or piece of artwork above your desk or chair. Our Custom Design Centre allows you to build your own outdoor office space to fit your needs. 

Allow light
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Research has shown that the presence of natural light in professional spaces has an overwhelming positive impact on employee productivity and morale. Natural light also helps with making a space look bigger than it is- perfect for small spaces. Allowing light into your home office will also help with making sure not to strain your eyes and help with reducing headaches from glaring at your computer monitor. 

Paint the walls a colour you love

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Is your home office painted in a bland beige? Maybe just a mixture of black and white? If these are colour schemes that work for you, great. If you dread sitting down at your home office everyday try adding some more colour – maybe lots of it. It is important to make sure your home office space is a place you can’t wait to visit.

Hide cords
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Technology is essential in the office, while there is only so much you can do to help beautify your computer, monitor, printer, and phone, you can hide some of their cords. You should start by making sure that your equipment is close to the outlet and easy to unplug it. One suggestion would be to hide the wires behind your furnishings. By hiding your cords it will make your office look clean and organized.

Go paperless
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As the world has made a huge shift towards digital, so should your files. Paper filing systems tend to take up a decent amount of space, as well as become cluttered and hard to search through. Cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or an external hard drive are the perfect solutions to keep all of your files digital and available anywhere you have an internet connection, plus they make them easily searchable as well.  

Choose homey accessories
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If you want your home office to feel a bit more comfortable, you can always add a few more homey accessories to it. As much as it is important to focus within your home office, it is also important to create a space in which you’ll be happy to spend your work hours in.    

Inspire yourself

home office design tips - Summerwood Products

It is important to remind yourself of your mission by placing some visual encouragement around you. Set up a small or min shrine, piece of art or a cherished item – that motivates you to work or create while you are in your home office space. Fill your office with art or personal items that will help to energize your space and make you feel motivated during your work. 

Home office design tips - Summerwood Products
Here at Summerwood, we’ve noticed a growing demand for backyard offices and studios, and worked with hundreds of customers to help make their dream a viable reality. We support you in your goals to work from home – to be productive, be comfortable, and be happy while you work.

Spend time browsing through our home office studio styles and our photo galleries of customer favorites. We have a number of designs that other Summerwood customers have designed, or you can use our Custom Design Center to make the perfect office space for you. Don’t forget: all of our builds, including home studios, include easy-to-follow instructions, diagrams, and assembly videos to help you through the process and we’re always here to answer any of your questions.

Tips And Ideas: Spa Enclosures

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You have a lot of important decisions to make before building your spa enclosure. This list of tips and ideas is designed to make those decisions a bit easier. Perhaps the best advice we can give is to contact us at any time. We go through this process daily and have the answers to your questions. Get our designers involved now and you’ll be glad later.

Where Do You Want to Build Your Spa Enclosure?

Enclosure Location – Choosing a site for a spa enclosure often becomes a balancing act between utility and aesthetics. Do you want a bright spot with loads of sunlight and a broad view? Or do you prefer a shady nook, private, and away from neighbours’ eyes? Do you want to be right beside the pool for easy dips between the two? And will you want to stay close to the house to minimize the chill on the way back inside after a good soak?

 

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If you intend to use your hot tub in all seasons, how easy will it be to access? Consider, also, what it will look like at different times of the year. A spot in the shade may be exposed in the winter but, for many people, the extra light this provides is welcome.

Remember you’ll need easy access to the hot tub pump and plumbing connections so consider this in the layout. Now’s also the time consider ventilation and electricity. Think about the size too. It needs to be big enough to fit your hot tub, of course, but what else do you envision there? A fridge for snacks and drinks? A table and chairs? Some cupboards for storage? Some people also like to build a sauna in their spa enclosure. Before you decide on a size, it’s wise to make a list of the many uses you anticipate.

 

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The, once you think you have the ideal size in your mind, measure it out physically on your chosen site with stakes and string. Walk around inside and out. Will all the objects and people you intend to house within it fit comfortably? How well does its size blend in with your property?

At this stage you may wish to rebalance the aesthetics and utility decisions. But the only wrong decision is one that you didn’t consider ahead of time.

 

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Zoning requirements – In most municipalities, a structure under 100 sq ft doesn’t need a building permit. However, there may be other bi-laws, like setbacks from your property line, etc… It pays to find out ahead of time, so check with your local government office. We offer help with this process as well. Learn more about permits and zoning.

Grade – It’s best to choose a level site with a slight pitch at the back. This promotes easy drainage. You can build your hot tub enclosure on a steeper slope but you’ll want to give plenty of consideration to the foundation. It’s best to avoid building at the foot of a hill but if you do, be sure you have excellent drainage.

Enclosure Design Choices

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Our spa enclosures are available in a wide variety of styles and you have loads of options to customize it and make it your own. Have a look at our photo gallery to learn the experiences of others who’ve had to make many of the same decisions you’re grappling with now. Our Custom Design Center allows you to truly customize your spa enclosure and see what it looks like in real time. Add thermal doors and windows, change the size and view the many other options available to you.

Landscaping around your Spa Enclosure

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Not everyone wants their hot tub enclosure to harmonize with their property. Sometimes a clash is welcome. The important thing is that you plan the final effect now. A trellis with vines, some shrubs and flowers can add character to the space surrounding your spa enclosure.

Think big picture first. Are you building into an existing deck? Will you want an interconnected flagstone path to the door? Can you build on a rise and produce a view? Then think about the details. Sometimes an old chair or some wind chimes can add just the right accent.

How Big Should Your Enclosure Be?

While you don’t want your spa enclosure to visually overpower everything else on your property, you still want it to be big enough to perform its many functions. For instance, are you installing a hot tub and a sauna? If so you may also want an outdoor shower. (We offer these as well!) Make sure you have some place between the tub and the wall for the insulated cover. You don’t want to have to struggle to get it on and off.

 

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Again, it makes sense to list all the elements you envision your hot tub enclosure containing. Make that list and check it twice! When it’s complete, choose the size of your structure, leaving enough room for however many people you’ll be hosting in it.

Next, take some stakes and string then physically outline the site you’re considering. Move around inside and out of it. Will there be enough room? Will it overpower the surrounding area? This is the time to size up or down, depending on the answers to these questions.

Quality Spa Enclosure Materials

At Summerwood, we refuse to use any but the finest materials in our kits. Building with quality materials ensures a longer life for your spa enclosure.

Most of our products are constructed from a premium grade of western red cedar or Canexel maintenance free wood fiber siding (available in many vibrant colors). Different materials create different looks so you may want to consider that if you want your design to extend or complement the architectural style of your house and other structures on your property. Click for detailed information on our materials and siding.

Our Coventry spa enclosures come standard with cedar studs, rafters, and roof boards as well as 12″ of extra overhang and vertical siding.

Building Your Spa Enclosure Yourself

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Some people look upon our building kits as a fun, family project that they can put up over a weekend. If you’re skilled you can do it in hours.

Each kit comes with a breakdown of estimated (a lot has to do with how fast you are, and your level of experience), work hours needed to complete the tasks. You’ll find them handy for planning. They also make it easy for a contractor to give you an estimate if you choose that route. This how to hire a contractor package is very useful too. All the tools and information you’ll need to assemble your hot tub gazebo can be found here. Plus, if you ever have any questions, you can email or call us and we’ll help you right then and there.

Choosing a Hot Tub Enclosure Style

Style is a personal issue. That’s why at Summerwood we offer choices. Remember all our spa enclosure styles can be customized to your personal requirements and tastes. Our enclosure kits range in size from as small as you want to as big as you want. Browse through the below styles and find your perfect Spa oasis! And don’t forget we’re here to help at any point along the way.

Summerwood Spa Enclosures:

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Sonoma Spa Enclosures – Inspired by California’s wine country, the Sonoma line of spa & hot tub enclosures feature design details such as a low hip style roof, thermal doors and windows and many other options. Add your own personal touch in our online Custom Design Center.

san cristobal summerwood spa enclosure San Cristobal Spa Enclosures – The San Cristobal spa enclosure kit creates an elegant structure worthy of the finest resorts. Surround yourself with nature but keep its blasts at bay with gorgeous French doors and entire walls of windows.

santa cruz summerwood spa enclosure Santa Cruz Spa Enclosures – Go California dreamin’ in the Santa Cruz spa enclosure. Its architectural windows allow loads of light in, so you can enjoy nature’s constantly changing tableau and, at the same time, keep the cool breeze out.

melbourne summerwood spa enclosure Melbourne Spa Enclosures – Our Melbourne Tudor style spa enclosure is a favorite of our professional pool and landscape clientele. The charm and splendor of its design provides a striking and original poolside look. Your guests and neighbors will be asking a lot of interesting questions.

champlain summerwood spa enclosure Champlain Spa Enclosures – The Windsor is perhaps the most striking cabana we offer. Its’ regal look makes it a favorite for those who want to entertain in style. Used as a spa enclosure, this stylish building will delight family and friends for years to come.

coventry summerwood spa enclosure Coventry Spa Enclosures – This design features stunning leaded glass French doors and tilted windows, a high cedar shingled roof, elegantly cambered eaves, traditional brass hardware, and exquisite trim and detail all around. It is perfect is any setting and especially to be used as a hot tub enclosure – the windows and doors allow you to see the view from all angles.

bali tea house summerwood spa enclosure Bali Tea House Spa Enclosures – Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, our Teahouse style spa enclosure is brilliant in its minimalism. Perfect as your hot tub enclosure to soak after a long day at the office, the Bali Tea House enclosure is sure to leave you feeling refreshed.