5 Organizational Solutions That Help Eliminate Tool and Toy Clutter

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With most Americans dedicating up to a year total looking for misplaced belongings, it’s obvious that clutter is a time thief. When every tool and toy in your backyard has its own space, though, you can spend much less time searching for lost items and organizing your home. Start by creating a few dedicated structures designed for holding specific sets of outdoors items. If you take the time to plan out your landscape architecture design, you can integrate organizational nooks that actually accentuate the look and feel of your property. Here are five smart structures you can use to organize and declutter your yard.

Toy Crates

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In just one fun-filled afternoon playing outside, your yard likely becomes a minefield of toys that your kids left behind. Kids love to live in the moment and drop whatever they are doing for the next fun activity so cleanup is really a chore if kids don’t have a dedicated place to store their belongings. Milk crates give your kids a place to keep their outdoor toys without the container filling with rainwater and you can stack the crates or use storage hooks to secure them to the side of your shed or fence.

Playhouses

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If your kids’ clutter extends beyond the random playground ball or Frisbee set, you may want to get a playhouse. The tall roof on the Peach Pickers Porch playhouse, for example, allows kids to store their extra toys without cluttering up their own play space. Or, your kids may love to keep their toy bins on the covered verandah for accessibility during playtime. With a fun, designated place for kids to store their belongings, they’ll rarely need to be reminded to keep their dedicated space clean and organized.

Bench Bins

A garden or patio bench can double as a storage container by utilizing the open space below the seating area. You can find a storage bench premade or customize your outdoor seating to act as an organizational device. Benches allow you to keep your frequently-used gear near specific areas of your yard. For example, you can store your small landscaping tools, kneeling pads and gloves in a bench near your garden beds. Of course, don’t forget to tuck away your seat cushions in the bench to protect them from the weather and local wildlife.

Garage Shelves

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Extra shelves in the garage allow you to organize your outdoor tools and products along the otherwise unused wall space. The garage shelves can store bins and baskets you use to keep similar items together. You can also arrange the items along the shelves on their own to keep them highly visible and accessible at all times. You will need to determine the best placement and sizes for your garage shelves to keep parking and work areas open and clutter free.

Storage Sheds

sarawak-garden-shed-islip-new-york-195923-1When you just have too much outdoor gear, you may need to invest in a storage shed to hold everything. The storage shed provides both wall and floor space for your landscaping tools, garden products and outdoor recreational items. Custom storage sheds can fit in the corner of your yard, nestle up to the side of your home or stand on their own in a dedicated section of your property. The lean-to and five sided storage shed designs help maximize your storage space without taking up too much of your property. If you want the garden shed to steal the spotlight, you can customize the design and paintjob to match your house’s architecture. You can even add garden beds and planter boxes around the outer perimeter to dress up the place.

Obtaining Beautifully Designed Organizational Solutions

Once you have your landscape architecture plans in hand, contact us today for assistance obtaining the sheds and shelves you need for your yard makeover. You can deeply customize the pre-fabricated sheds to meet your organizational needs. When ordering your shed, you may want to match the exterior siding, paint and trim to your home or create a brand new design. Large and small garage shelf arrangements allow you to make the most of your available space. You can determine an ideal number of shelves to purchase by measuring and planning your garage layout before ordering.

7 Smart Landscape Design Elements That Instantly Beautify Your Yard

pool landscape design gazeboCreating aesthetically pleasing, inviting additions to your yard can feel like quite a challenge. You may struggle to combine attractive, functional features while creating a cohesive layout. Once you succeed in blending the perfect mix of architectural elements, however, your landscape transforms into the beautiful outdoor space you always dreamed of creating. In addition to fulfilling your personal vision, a beautifully landscaped yard can increase your home’s value by up to 20%. Use any, or all, of the following seven landscape design elements to bring your landscape vision into reality.

Privacy Wall

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Privacy walls transform your yard into a secluded retreat for you and your loved ones. Gabion walls filled with polished or raw rare stones can give your landscape design a boost of color and texture. The rigid metal cage material offsets the smooth surface of the stones to give your overall design immense balance. If you prefer a less structured look, go with a wall made out of rough cut natural stones and hidden mortar instead.

Glass Waterfall

Glass materials can transform a basic tiered waterfall design into something truly extraordinary. Select tempered blown glass as the main backdrop of the waterfall to introduce bright colors into your outdoor space. As the water flows over the surface of the glass, sunlight will richen and disperse the colors throughout the rest of your landscape.

Stone Fire Pit

A stone fire pit instantly draws interest, acts as a talking point and gives you a unique place to entertain company. For an interesting mix of texture and color, construct the fire pit out of locally sourced natural stones and fill it with fire glass. You can obtain fire glass in nearly any shade imaginable, from deep ocean blue to rich amber tones. The fire glass not only increases the beauty of the flames, but also produces more heat to keep your guests warm through hours of evening talks.

Garden Gazebo

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When the rain arrives, you can keep your outdoor enjoyment alive with a garden gazebo. You can select from a number of gazebo styles that reflect your unique personality and design preferences. Gazebo options range from traditional styles with turret rooflines and decorative eaves to modern designs with sloped roofs and carved panels. You can add screens or glass to fully enclose the space and keep bugs and humidity from ruining your good time.

Trellis Arbor

A trellis arbor allows you to direct your favorite climbing vines vertically to give your garden increased depth and height. The flowering vines will weave their way through the trellis bars to enclose the space in greenery. Frequent exposure to interesting greenspaces can improve your health by reducing stress and other distressing mental health effects. The trellis structure offers immense beauty on its own with decorative accents across the entire structural foundation.

Rain Garden

A rain garden provides excellent drainage while increasing the aesthetic value of your yard with locally sourced plant life. The garden space sits inside a carefully formed divot to draw excess rainwater into that space. The extensive root system of the plants filters the water and slowly meters out the excess into the local groundwater. Since these gardens do not require any maintenance, you can simply watch the plants thrive and flower without worry about their care. You may also be delighted to see the rain garden attract local wildlife to your yard.

Storage Shed

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Storage sheds are often the picture of utility, but that does not mean you cannot bring beauty into the equation. A stylish and stunning storage shed can complement or contrast your other landscape elements to complete your design vision. Shed options range from minimalist slant roof structures to decorative replicas of your home style. You can seek out sheds with painted or stained finishes for a modern or rustic look, respectively.

Creating Your Landscape Design

When it comes time to finalize your landscape element selections and layout, contact design professionals at Summerwood for the support you need. Designers assist in selecting pre-fab secondary buildings that meet zoning permit rules and your style specifications. Your modern sheds, gazebos and trellis structures are always built to order to ensure you receive high quality, personalized elements for your landscape architecture project.

Going Modern at the 2016 Toronto National Home Show

Spring is on the way!

Well, it may not feel that way outside just yet, but as the Toronto National Home Show approaches we get a little excited about the prospect of flowers, sunshine, and of course designing custom structures for our customers. We keep pretty busy through the winter, fine-tuning our designs and queuing up production space, but once the snow melts the building can begin!

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Come see a replica of this beautiful Urban Studio at Booth #1419 at the National Home Show (March 11-20) at the Enercare Centre in Toronto!

What is the Toronto National Home Show?

The Toronto National Home Show is an annual event being held from March 11-20, 2016, at the Enercare Centre (formerly Direct Energy Centre/National Trade Centre) located at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto. The show is based around home/backyard design and features exhibitors from all around the world. If you’re looking for home ideas, inspiration, or just want to see a bunch of really neat things then this is the show for you. If you’re a gardening enthusiast then you’ll love all the great things on display at Canada Blooms, a flower and garden festival just in time for Spring! The Home Show features guest speakers, events for kids, shopping, alcohol samples – there’s something to do for everyone in your family. In 2015 the Home Show drew over 174,000 visitors over its 10-day run, an impressive feat in today’s digital world!

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2016 won’t be our first Home Show, we’ve been exhibiting in this Show for close to 20 years! Click the photo to learn more about last year’s booth.

Drawing Inspiration From Our Clients

At Summerwood we’re fortunate to work with customers who use our products in unique, exciting, and sometimes even inspiring ways. It’s not uncommon for a group of staff in our design office to all be ogling over newly received photos of our buildings being constructed and used all over the world. Our display unit at the National Home Show for 2016 is directly inspired by one of our customers hailing from New York state.

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Is it a shed or an office? Blur the line with an Urban Studio!

So what is Summerwood showing at the National Home Show?

Glad you asked! We thought we would give you a sneak peek of what we have up our sleeves for our upcoming spring show where we showcase some of our most popular buildings. This year at the Toronto National Home Show we’re showcasing our modern Urban Studio, which has quickly become one of our most popular and best-selling modern building kit designs. Featuring an ever-so-slight “flat” roof and environmentally sustainable and responsible rubber roofing, our Urban Studio is a hit in so many different ways. Whether being used as a functional storage space, a glamorous pool cabana, a spacious backyard office, or as an extra living or entertaining space, the Urban Studio will more than exceed your expectations.

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The inspiration behind our 2016 National Home Show booth!

We received so much positive feedback on this design from our customers that we had to build our own to showcase to the world. While the photo above is a 7′ x 12′ size, we opted to showcase an 8′ x 12′ at the Home Show to show just a bit more space. Remember – anyone can customize our sheds and garages, not just us! The coolest thing about our products is the virtually endless customization available; we will build exactly what you’re looking for and tailor our designs to be functional and beautiful in your yard.

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While it could easily be a backyard office, here our Urban Studio functions as a killer bicycle storage building!

Come See Us at the 2016 National Home Show

You’ll find Summerwood at the National Home Show in booth #1419 in the Outdoor Living area. You can find complete Show Information, including directions and ticket information here. Stop by and say hello, check out our building, grab a brochure, and learn a little more about who we are and how we can help solve that pesky storage dilemma of yours! You can purchase tickets online and save $3 off the regular price for doing so.

Want to come to the Show for free?

We have a limited number of complimentary Show tickets reserved for our customers. Contact Us today to inquire about availability, note that these tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis. We can be reached using any of the following:

In-Person: 735 Progress Avenue, Toronto, M1H 2W7

By Phone: (800) 663-5042, (416) 498-9379

By Email: design@summerwood.com

Stay tuned! We’ll soon be posting about our booth at the Spring Cottage Life Show where we annually profile our incredibly popular permit-free cottage bunkie, our Glen Echo. We also have free tickets for our customers and blog readers!

Hummingbird: Custom Home Studio

Happy New Year everyone!

With a new year come new goals, dreams and pursuits. Well, for those of you with aspirations of working from home, starting your own business, or setting up a backyard home office, it may be easier than you think. That’s where we draw our inspiration from a California-based couple who did just that.

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These customers have turned their Palmerston Home Studio into a beautiful cottage that doubles as a small (for now) home business. Named in honor of a hummingbird that hung around during the construction process, the “Hummingbird Cottage” is something we at Summerwood absolutely adore. Can you guess what kind of family business this couple has started right in their very own backyard?

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Commuting to your own backyard is a dream for many of us. Customizing a home office ensures that you design a home studio that works for you and your office or business. This California-based customer had this to say, “The place has worked out great. I had a great time building the custom building kit and my wife absolutely loves it. In fact, it’s become the home of her new business, ‘Hummingbird Kids Designs.’ She makes the most beautiful kid’s clothes and now she finally has a place of her own to do it.”

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For some of more custom home studio inspiration, check out this blog post “An Office Away from the Office”.

Looking for more info about this amazing shed, be sure to head over the Palmerston Home Studio page.

And as always, feel free to contact us:
Email us: design@summerwood.com
Call us toll-free: 1 866 519-4634

Stay inspired!

The Ultimate Bunkie Build

We hope you are having an awesome autumn!

You may not know that a large majority of the photos we collect at Summerwood are sent in to us by our amazing customers. We love getting to see the finished product and hear about the process from them. Recently, we received photos from the Munro family who went above and beyond documenting their Glen Echo Bunkie building process. We’re so excited to share this Glen Echo Bunkie build with you, and thought it would be best told by Alan Munro himself. Thank you Alan for taking the time to take so many fantastic photos and tell us about your experience!

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“I have a space at the back of my cottage that I always wanted to build a Bunkie to alleviate the pressure on the main cottage. I had previously built an outhouse near that area. My kids are getting older with partners and they needed more private space. Plus it has given me more room for guests.”

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“I thought with my two sons we could have it up in a month – but it took all summer and really looks good. My experience started with the unwrapping of the skid and my son said: ‘Dad, try and lift this wall up’ and we couldn’t as the siding was so heavy. So I had to get more help to put up the walls and the heavy dormers and gable walls.”

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“My sons helped me and an ex-fireman handy neighbour helped with wiring. My sons disappeared in August so I had to paint it myself and do the trim. The windows are vinyl and double-pane and they fit in like a glove. Overall, the quality of the wood was excellent – everything was straight and there was more than enough wood. I enjoyed the experience and the final result but my summer went by very quickly!”

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“I relied on the internal Summerwood people to help. William was just completing some drawings so he forwarded them to me and verbally stepped me through the pages. And Jim Hickey was especially helpful giving me more detailed help and even answering the phone on a Saturday. He also sent me some photos of many angles of the structure.”

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“My overall experience was great as the final product is outstanding and has been well received. My overall experience has been wonderful dealing with Brandon at the beginning and William and Jim during construction – all great employees.”

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We couldn’t have said it better! Thanks Alan, we think your Glen Echo Bunkie looks spectacular, and now that it’s complete we hope you and all those who helped get a chance to relax and enjoy!

To learn more about our very popular Glen Echo Bunkie, check out this blog post “Spring Best Seller: Permit Free Cottage Bunkie”.

You can also visit our website for tons of photos and additional information: “The Ultimate Cedar Cottage Bunkie” and our Glen Echo Cabin Kits” page.

And as always, feel free to contact us:
Email us: design@summerwood.com
Call us toll-free: 1 866 519-4634

Stay cozy!

Stunning Storage Sheds

Fall has officially arrived, and as the leaves start changing colours and falling to the ground, many of us are starting to prepare our homes and backyards for the arrival of cooler temperatures. That includes our customers!

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Many of us spent our summer creating and enjoying the ultimate backyard oasis. Whether you designed and fully renovated your entire backyard or simply refreshed the space with some new patio furniture, you may be starting to think about where to store all of those fabulous outdoor items.

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The quintessential Palmerston storage shed, adorable!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busily helping our customers create their perfect custom storage shed in order to alleviate some of their storage dilemmas. A storage building doesn’t need to be hidden at the side of the house or tucked away, out of sight and out of mind until next spring. Regardless of what is being stored on the inside, a Summerwood building looks great as a backyard focal point. Sure it may just be a winter home for your flower pots and patio lanterns, but it can look great too!

We’re sharing some of our most recent custom storage building designs. All of our photos are taken and sent in to us by our amazing customers, so we’re able to share and hopefully inspire you. Click on any image for pricing and more information. Storage can be stunning!

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Sonoma Garden Shed, with maintenance-free siding and a gorgeous hip-roof.

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Catalina: Corners are fantastic usable space with a five-sided shed. Read our post about the Catalina here.

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The Verana design is perfect for those who like a modern flat-roof look.

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The Urban Studio is another great option for a modern look.

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Our Sonoma design, the perfect place to hide those pool toys!

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The Barside: a backyard party hangout and hidden storage space. Win-win!

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