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Livable Sheds

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livable shedRecently my friends became empty-nesters. After six months of living without their kids in their 2,500 sq. ft. suburban home, they fondly remembered how good of a home it had been. They also realized it was now overkill. So, they sold it – they sold it all! They literally sold 90% of all they owned, holding back only their most prized possessions. As they considered their next move, they became aware of the tiny-home craze. They were very interested and soon started looking at the idea of livable sheds – a pre-made, quality constructed canvas that could be built out however they choose.

Here are a few factors that eventually led them to choose livable sheds:

Quality vs Quantity

Many homeowners dream of living in luxury; a beautiful home with impressive amenities. But as the housing market continues to boom across America, many people find themselves at the crossroads of size or quality. Building out your own livable shed means you can enjoy high end finishes or go with the popular minimalist treatment. Form versus function? The good news is that YOU get to decide.

Handy Man or Not?

The world seems divided into those with creative genius, those who can build anything, and occasionally that person who can do both. Livable sheds doesn’t have a preference. It is literally an open room. You can dream it, design it, and finish it out to your liking. Livable Sheds also leave room in your budget for you to hire that creative professional or a super skilled craftsman to make your new home perfect for your specific needs. However you choose to fill go, you have unlimited amounts of options to make your space your very own.

Addition by Subtraction

My friends describe selling all their possessions as “a relief they never expected.” They had collected a lot of stuff over twenty years, raising two kids. So, they culled out the items they couldn’t let go of and surprisingly what remained all fit neatly in a 300 sq. ft. garage! The truth is that most of us naturally accumulate stuff over the years and fill whatever extra space we have with things we might eventually get rid of anyway. Downsizing to a livable shed means subtracting square footage that we might feel compelled to fill.

Reducing Your Footprint

Tiny-home living appeals to many life stages: the recently empty nested, the soon to retire, the newlyweds with no children yet, or the unmarried college grad. Whatever your interest in building small, one glaring benefit is saving money. Besides the environmental concession, having a smaller footprint means less to heat and cool, less to light up, and less to maintain. That means more money in your pocket. Don’t spend it all in one place.

Wherever, Almost

Once you decide to downsize the next question is where? The beautiful answer – wherever! Down by the river, deep in the woods, or the back forty acres of the family property. Although seemingly obvious, it should be noted most suburban HOAs are probably out of bounds. But if you are considering livable sheds, chances are you are more than ready to escape the trappings of suburban life. At Backyard Outfitters, we offer free delivery and easy set up within 30 miles of any of our 180+ dealers. Now you have freedom to use the thousands of dollars you saved by buying your livable shed to purchase that property you fell in love with.

**DISCLAIMER, Backyard Outfitters Enterprises, LLC does not sell tiny homes. We sell wooden structures. Consumers are responsible for making sure any building they purchase meets the building codes in the municipalities in which they live.

March Madness Barn Sale

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march madness barn sale

Backyard Outfitters is offering our 1st Annual March Madness Barn Sale.

We are offering up to $200 off our pressure treated T1-11 buildings. This offer is extended to all of our customers in both Tennessee & Georgia. The sale is good for any pressure treated building that is in stock AND any pressure treated building that is ordered BY March 31st, 2018. We have hundreds of buildings in stock to choose from or you can custom design one to meet your specific needs. Don’t wait until this March Madness Barn Sale expires. Our sales offers include:

**Please note: this offer DOES NOT EXTEND to our painted or urethane buildings. This offer is only good at our Tennessee and Georgia dealer locations.

To find the dealer closest to you, simply click the link below:

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Utility Shed Plans

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utility shed plans

The quality builders we use at Backyard Outfitters,  use all different sorts of utility shed plans as well as plans for the rest of our building styles. This article will highlight a few major differences in our basic utility shed plans and our more upgraded utility shed plans. The two utility sheds featured here are both built at one of factories based in Tennessee. The smaller basic utility shed is 10′ x 12′ while the larger upgraded utility shed is 10′ x 16′.

The Basic Utility Shed Plan

The basic utility shed is a great starting point in your search for the right storage solution. The painted shed featured here is 10′ x 12′ with optional painted trim. This building comes standard with 6′ 3″ sidewalls and your choice of a metal roof or a shingle roof, for the same price. This building can also be purchased as a T1-11 Pressure Treated option for the same price. Our painted or treated buildings are the same price if the painted shed is all one color and has no optional painted trim upgrade. One product we are starting to use much more of is an upgraded interior flooring board. LP Prostruct™ flooring is a unique tongue-and-groove flooring board that has been a great product in our buildings. This basic utility shed also comes standard with double wooden doors that, when open, will offer over 70″ of clearance to accommodate many zero turn mowers. The basic utility shed has 6′ 3″ sidewalls which does not offer as much room for overhead clearance as the upgraded utility shed does.

The Upgraded Utility Shed Plan

The primary advantage of an upgraded utility shed over a basic utility shed is the option to have the sidewalls be as high as 8′. The extra headroom is VERY helpful for customers who are taller and want more headroom. The extra sidewall height also allows for storage shelves to be built higher up allowing your more space for your stuff. The upgraded utility shed shown also features two optional  2′ x 3′ windows. Windows are a great upgrade on any building since they will allow you to work in the shed during rainy times, colder winters, or if you don’t have the opportunity to run and install electricity to your shed. Like the basic utility shed, the larger shed also comes with wooden double doors. Both of these two utility sheds feature brown metal roofing. As was stated previously, the price of metal roof or a shingle roof is the same on any building you purchase from Backyard Outfitters.

When it comes to utility shed plans, we can make slight modifications to your building. For example, we can do the following:

In conclusion, we can help you create a storage solution that will work perfect for your particular needs. In addition to our utility sheds, we also offer standard barns, lofted barns, metal sheds, and much much more. To learn more, find the dealer in your area and drop by and see the inventory they have on hand. Backyard Outfitters,  has nearly 150 dealers in 7 different states including Georgia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Please note…while we have dealers in the previous seven states mentioned, we do not  have dealers that cover the entire states. If we can be of service to you, we are happy to help!

 

Large Storage Sheds

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Large storage sheds are used all over the United States and around the world. They come in different shapes and sizes. These structures are normally built out of wood, but also are built out of metal. Another material used in building these sheds is LP SmartSide siding. What constitutes a large storage shed? At Backyard Outfitters, we generally classify a larger shed as one that is at least 12′ wide and at least 30′ long. On a 12′ wide storage shed, you can expect to have double doors instead of a single door. On a portable garage, which could also be classified as a large storage shed, there is generally a single roll up door as shown here.

These structures are used by a variety of different people  with unique needs. We have polled tens of thousands of our customers to determine what the 3 most popular uses for our larger sheds are.  Here are our results.

Outdoor Equipment Storage

large storage shedsThe most popular use for these larger sheds is for storing outdoor equipment. Most people in America have way less space in their garages than they need, so a larger storage structure is the most popular and cost effective answer to adding more space. The average customer keeps a riding mower, push mower, lawn care tools, gardening tools, and other supplies in their storage building. A popular add on to these buildings is a movable ramp which allows for easy entry and exit for wheel vehicles such as mowers and the like.

Vehicle Storage and Repair

large storage shedsAnother very popular use of a larger shed is vehicle storage and/or vehicle workshop. A portable garage, which is technically considered a large storage shed, is ideal for parking a vehicle inside. With a 14′ garage, this provide tons of room to enter and exit the garage as well as easy entry and exit of the parked vehicle itself. Another popular use of this structure would be vehicle repair and restoration. The most popular model building used for this is the Lofted Garage. These are ideal for having enough overhead space when working on a vehicle.

Tiny Homes

large storage shedThere has been a major trend in the United States towards smaller, simpler living. More and more people are buying a large storage shed and converting it into a tiny home complete with electricity and running water. Backyard Outfitters,  does not sell tiny homes, however, several of our customers have told us that they purchased our larger storage structures, such as the Deluxe Lofted Cabins, and have finished out these buildings to make them dwellings. It is entirely up to the consumer to determine if a storage shed is suitable for a dwelling in their city & state. These larger structures can be up to 14′ wide by 40′ long which equals up to 560 sf of space. That is alot of space. Again…Backyard Outfitters, sells portable buildings and is not responsible for the way the end users use our storage sheds.

Some other popular uses of these sheds are man caves, home office, homeschool classroom, and workout studio. Large storage sheds are a great solution to the problem of not enough space. If you are in the market for a building, give us a call or see our Locations Page to determine if we have a dealer in your area.

 

 

Garden Sheds

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garden shedsIt’s winter time, but spring will be here before you know it. The time to start planning your flower or vegetable garden is right now. Finding the best seed for your soil, the best tools to use during planting, and how to properly store all of your gardening supplies are topics on everyone’s mind. Garden sheds can’t help you with seed choices or planting times, but garden sheds can be a great solution for where to store all of your gardening supplies. Garden sheds come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Depending on exactly how much gardening you are doing, will determine the best garden shed for your needs. There are two basic types of garden sheds: metal and wooden.

Metal Garden Sheds

metal shedMetal sheds are most often the cheapest sheds that can be purchased. More often than not, these sheds are constructed with metal side walls as well as metal roofs. They can come in various sizes and many different color. However, most metal sheds sold today range from 10′ x 12′ on up to 12′ x 24′. The primary advantage of a metal garden shed is the cost. The primary disadvantage to metal sheds is that most are not constructed with windows, therefore natural light is limited. This can be alleviated by adding lighting inside the shed.

Wooden Garden Sheds

wooden shedWooden garden sheds have become much more popular over the last 20 years. One of the primary advantages to wooden sheds is their ability to be better insulated from the elements. With proper insulation installed in a wooden building, your gardening supplies will face less exposure to humidity and other elements. Another advantage is that it is much easier to add windows to wooden garden sheds, which allows for much more natural light. Wooden sheds are, however, generally more expensive to purchase. There are several rent to own sheds that are available for people on limited budgets.

Another factor to consider is how big the opening needs to be on your garden shed. Most single door openings on sheds is 36″ wide. For most gardening supplies, this is sufficient. However, for those who need to bring a larger mower or tiller into their shed, they will likely need to purchase at least a 10′ wide shed with double doors to accommodate. Another good addition to any garden shed is a ramp for those who need drive in their mowers or tillers.

There are several things to consider when buying a garden shed. Should you have any questions, let the shed experts at Backyard Outfitters answer any questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 615-807-1386

Popular Storage Barns

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Every company has a product that they sell that is their best seller. We sell several popular prefab storage barns. We sell everything from a simple 8′ x 12′ metal storage shed to super spacious 14′ x 40′ deluxe prefab cabin. Depending on the territory can affect which buildings sell better than others. Based on overall sales, the following buildings are our most popular storage barns.

#1. The Lofted Barn Cabin

lofted barn cabinFar and away, the number one building we sell is the lofted barn cabin, also known simply as lofted barns. We sell this building is sizes ranging from 8′ x 10′ all the way on up to 14′ x 40′. The main reason for the popularity of this barn is the lofted area which offers plenty of overhead storage when a lofted storage area is added.

#2. The Utility Shed

prefab utility shedOur second most sold building is our wooden utility shed. The utility shed is used to store everything from garden tools to Christmas decorations. These buildings range in size from 8′ x 8′ on up to 14′ x 40′ similar to the lofted barn cabin. These buildings offer a lower price entry compared to the lofted barns but also come at a sacrifice with limited ceiling height.

#3. The Lofted Cabin Shed

lofted cabin shedOur third most popular building (but quickly gaining in popularity) is the lofted cabin shed. These buildings have become increasingly sought after for people choosing to live in them. With their large overhead space, front porch and traditional entry door, these structures a building quite a following. Please note: we do not sell tiny homes. We are merely saying what our customers have said they are using them for.

Which portable building best meets your needs? If one of these three buildings does not meet your specific needs, see our other portable buildings. Also, we would love to visit with you more about building the perfect building to meet your needs. Call us today at (615) 807-1386!

Backyard Storage

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backyard storageOne of the greatest values that a building from Backyard Outfitters provides is the backyard storage it provides. There are multiple backyard storage options including backyard barns, utility sheds, cabins and garages. Depending on exactly how much stuff you need to store will determine which storage solution is best for your needs. Here are some of the most popular backyard storage solutions we offer:

I. Backyard Barns

Our barns come in two different versions: the standard barn and the lofted barn. The primary difference between the two barns is the lofted area. The value of the lofted area is that there is more head room and/or overhead storage area to, you guessed it, store more stuff. The barns, like all of our other buildings, come with different exterior finish options as well as different roofing options. Each backyard barn can also be custom built if you have specific needs that need to be addressed.

II. Utility Sheds

Utility sheds are often the most cost effective backyard storage option. Our metal utility shed is, in fact, the most cost effective unit we sell. The interior structure of our metal sheds are essentially the same as our wooden sheds with the difference being metal siding and metal only roofing. Another difference on metal sheds versus wooden sheds is that metal sheds do not come with windows.

III. Cabins

Our backyard cabins are one of our more upscale storage options. Backyard cabins come, like our barns, in both a standard version and a lofted version. In addition to being used for storage, cabins are also often used as playhouses, an outdoor entertaining space and we’ve even seen them used as man caves!

IV. Garages

Garages, or portable garages as they are often referred to, are a great storage solution for larger items such as motorcycles or automobiles. Garages are designed differently than other backyard storage barns as they generally come with 8′ sidewalls by default. These buildings also come in a lofted version which offer even more storage space.

Whatever your storage needs are, buying a backyard storage building is a GREAT solution. Portable building prices can be as low as $69 per month.  These buildings can also be outfitted with electricity and water after the fact. If you are in the market for a building and have questions that you need answered, please give us a call at 615-807-1386. We also have a barn customizer tool where you can design your very own custom barn. Give it a try!!

3 Most Popular Barn Color Options

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Since we have launched our new barn customizer function, we have had hundreds of site visitors design a custom shed. The customizer uses a side lofted barn cabin as a base model, but all buildings (except metal sheds) can be purchased with these color options.  We have sifted through all of the custom shed entries that people have submitted and have created this article to show you how others have chosen to paint their barns. Drum roll please…

1. “Pinnacle Red” with White Trim

barn color optionsThe old fashion “pinnacle red” barn with “barn white” trim was far and away the most popular choice. While it is hard to know exactly why this was the most popular choice, it could be that barn shoppers love the look of the traditional barn because it reminds them of these red barns that dotted the landscape as far back as the 30’s and 40’s.

2. “Barn White” with Black Trim

barn color optionsThe “barn white” with black trim was the runner up in our survey. Over the last 10 years we have seen a trend towards more neutral colors and/or basic color patterns. The white exterior also helps deflect heat a little better which in turn can help keep the interior of the barn cooler as well.

3. “Wilderness Mahogany” with White Trim

barn color optionsThe “wilderness mahogany” finish on our buildings is new to our 2016 lineup of barn colors. With it’s surging popularity, we can see this beautiful barn giving the “pinnacle red” a real run for its money.

As you can see, there are plenty of barn color options to choose from. These are the 3 most popular barn color options, but you have the ability to choose the colors that YOU love and want on your building. This was meant to be a guide to help maybe spur come creative thinking. If you haven’t yet, give our barn customizer a spin and design the backyard shed of your dreams.

Where Can I Buy Rent To Own Storage Buildings?

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The single greatest question we get asked is: “Where can I buy rent to own storage buildings?” At Backyard Outfitters,  we are proud to serve nearly 150 dealers in seven different states. We have dealers located in Georgia, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. There are plenty of good reasons to get out and visit a dealer before you buy or rent to own a storage building.

1.  Touching is Believing

There are many products that people can buy online that never need to be touched before it arrives in their home. However, there are several things that can’t really be understood until they are handled. Clothing, musical instruments, and used automobiles are something that you need to physically see before you make the investment. Storage buildings is another such example. You need to put your hands and eyes on the buildings to see the quality for yourself.

2. Getting to Know Your Storage Barn Dealer

The average price tag on portable buildings across the United States is between $2,000 and $5,000. This is a large amount of money to spend without ever setting foot in a portable building. You will feel better about your purchase being able to meet the dealer and get every question answered. Furthermore, a knowledgable storage barn salesperson can answer questions that you might not have thought to ask. By visiting with a dealer in person, you are likely to get the best deal possible.

3. Get Some Fresh Air

Another great reason to visit a dealer is to be able to simply get out of the house and get some fresh air. By going to a local portable building dealer, you are getting a little exercise and getting off of the couch or out from behind the computer. Turn your visit to a dealer into a fun family outing. Let your kids explore the buildings with you. Also, several dealers who sell portable buildings sometimes can also sell backyard play sets. Let your kids try out the play sets while you shop for your next storage building.

Again you ask…where can I buy a rent to own storage building? Check out or locations page to find a Backyard Outfitters dealer near you.

 

Barn Siding Differences

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Barn siding comes in a number of different varieties. The different barn siding options can be broken down into 3 basic categories. Those three most common barn siding options are: T1-11 siding (plywood or OSB), engineered wood and metal barn siding. 80% of portable barns are constructed with either T1-11 type siding or a engineered wood product like LP Smartside. Metal siding is most often used in large pole barn type structures but portable barns also use metal siding.

T1-11 Siding

barn siding differencesT1-11 (or Textured 1-11) is a grooved plywood siding. The grooves on this siding allow it to imitate vertical shiplap siding.  T1-11 siding comes in two basic versions: plywood and OSB (oriented strand board.) At Backyard Outfitters, we use the plywood over OSB T1-11 barn siding on our models.  The OSB version is less expensive and is made of wooden flakes and or wood strands that are glued together using resin, pressure, and heat. The main reason people use OSB T1-11 is that it is cheaper, but that comes at a price. The OSB version does not hold up as well to the elements due to the way it is manufactured. OSB siding can’t be stained, it must be primed and painted.  All of our barns are built with T1-11 plywood siding.

LP-Smartside Panels

barn siding differencesAnother popular barn siding that we use on our buildings is LP Smartside. This product is not particle board, not waferboard and not chipboard. This product is an engineered wood siding that is treated into the core of the material with wax, an advanced formula of binders as well as zinc borate. After impregnation, the material is bonded with a water resistant, resin-saturated overlay. This engineering method creates a product that is ultra durable and fungal resistant which stands up well in harsh environments. This particular brand of barn siding comes in a wide array of color choices.

Metal Siding

barn siding differencesMetal barn siding is yet another option. There are a few reasons that portable barn builders build with metal siding. One reason is ease of maintenance. Metal siding can fade over time just like any building material that is exposed to the elements. However, metal siding doesn’t require any continued maintenance. Another reason metal siding is used is because the price of metal has gone down. Metal sheds are a often popular option for those people who are more price conscious.

A lot of this really comes down to preference. Each barn siding option has both pros and cons. Some of it comes down to appearance. There are many consumers who prefer the look of a traditional treated and stained wood, while others prefer to add some color to their yard. Whichever siding you prefer, Backyard Outfitters,  has a building to meet your needs. Let us know how we can help!