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A She-Shed for the Ladies

Move over Man-Caves, it’s time for a She-Shed!

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We’ve done our fair share of man-cave buildings over the years, but lately the ladies are stealing the spotlight with the new she-shed trend, and why not!? The ladies need a space to relax and unwind too! We’re happy to share some of the projects we’ve done with the design-diva in mind!

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Kathy’s She-Shed Jewelry Store.

Kathy Taylor of Cedarburg, Wisconsin runs a successful business called Kamaria Fine Jewelry. Where does she run her business out of? From her 96 square foot Copper Creek Summerwood building! Kathy’s Copper Creek building functions as not only her she-shed, but as the home of her highly successful jewelry and interior design business. We strongly recommend checking out her work by following her on Twitter @KamariaJewelry. You’ll be glad you did!

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Interior of Kathy’s She-Shed Jewelry Store: Kamaria Fine Jewelry

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Click here for more information about Kathy’s Copper Creek she-shed on our website.
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3 Reasons Why Western Red Cedar is Your Friend

1. Durable and low maintenance

Red cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay and pesky insect attacks. You won’t face the worry of mildew development like you would with a composite. Forget staining, sealing or painting, red cedar is hardy and one with nature.

2. Ages gracefully

Unlike other composites or synthetic materials, western red cedar is a designers dream when used for siding or other outdoor projects. While it’s known to be a great base for primer and paint (holding a solid stain for up to eight years), it’s in vogue to let your cedar naturally mature. A silvery-grey patina develops when red cedar is left untreated, offering the perfect option for those who prefer low maintenance beauty; and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

 

3. Easy to customize and work with

Customization is often key when finding the ideal look or fit for a project. Red cedar comes in various surface textures, lumber dimensions and grades for one-of-a-kind designs. Cedar is easy to saw and glue and takes fasteners without splitting. Western red cedar is strong yet surprisingly lightweight, making it easy to cut and bend (a friendly material for DIYers). While certain materials may not readily come in unconventional sizes needed for outdoor structures like a garden shed, cedar is a no fuss, down-to-earth option that usually does.

The 6 Summerwood Design Steps

You may not know that Summerwood resides in Toronto, Canada, with a showroom open for visitors interested in great outdoor designs. We’ve been busy creating a wall display that will help with the design process. It can be daunting walking into a showroom with no real idea of how it all works, so we made it easy. A few eager Summerwood employees rolled up their sleeves and put their paintbrushes to the wall. We had a lot of fun so we figured we’d share our 6 easy steps to creating your perfect garage, gazebo, playhouse or even man cave.

Our chalkboard wall is complete!

Our chalkboard wall is complete!

Step 1: Choose a style (regardless of type of structure) 

We offer a bunch of styles whether you’re interested in a gazebo or cabana, a storage shed or a garage. Browse our styles and remember that the details are chosen by you! Check out our favorite prefabricated & prebuilt structures and get a taste of what we have to offer.

Step 2: Choose your siding and trim

It’s all about function and style, and luckily we provide both. Rough or smooth cedar offers a rugged, classic look, while our maintenance free option says it all in the name. Mix and match siding options with your trim choices for the look you want.

 Step 3: Choose a roof finish

Don’t overlook your roof choice. It comes down to fiberglass or cedar shingles. Decide on the look you want and the kind of work you want to put into it. Cedar and fiberglass shingles roughly share the same lifespan, but cedar will require a little TLC. Don’t be put off by the extra care cedar may initially require, it offers a beautiful look that lasts.

 Step 4: Choose your doors & windows

Your door and window choices are what will add character to your shed, garage, gazebo…whatever it is you’re looking to design. Have fun with it and let your own personal style shine.

 Step 5: Think about interior options

Whether you’d like a loft for the kids, benches, shelves or upgraded flooring, we offer a plethora of choices. Your interior is just as, if not more important than the exterior, so make sure you get everything you want and need.

 Step 6: Last but not least, the finishing touches

Pat yourself on that back! Once you reach this step the work is done and it’s time to bask in the beauty of your new pool cabana, studio or garden shed. Polish your final look with the perfect hardware, shutters or even weather vane.

The finished product

The finished product

 So those are our 6 easy steps! If you’re visiting us in Toronto or doing it all through the web, keep this in mind when you think the process of designing your perfect shed or gazebo seems intimidating. It really isn’t.

Visit the Summerwood custom design center or call our friendly design staff and get started!

The Copper Creek Shed from Evansville, Wisconsin

David was looking for a storage shed, but he found so much more. With so many customizable options at Summerwood, he decided to look for something more suitable to maximize storage space as well as allow lots of sunlight inside.

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David’s 10′ x 14′ Copper Creek shed