Storage Sheds – How We Build Them

When you look at finished storage sheds, you may wonder what it takes to get it from a pile of wood to a functional storage building. For this article, we interviewed an experienced Classic Buildings team member to get the inside scoop on storage sheds. You’ll learn a bit about our building process, Amish craftsmanship, and what makes Classic Buildings stand above the rest. If you want to know more about our storage sheds, contact Classic Buildings today! 

The Building Process 

Before the builders begin the process, we need to ensure that storage shed orders are structurally sound and possible to build. If someone requests a custom portable building that is not possible, the team will work with the customer to find an alternative and ensure the building is both structurally sound and fulfills the customer’s wants and need. 

Once the building is ready to go, the order is sent to the office and is double checked before moving on to the next part of the building process.  After that, the builders receive the order and – you guessed it – the builders double check the order one final time before beginning construction. This may seem like a lot of steps, but all this double checking is important. At Classic Buildings, we believe in getting it right the first time.   

Once the orders are approved, it’s time to build the storage sheds! Storage sheds, like all of our buildings, are constructed in an assembly line construction process. This process was designed by the Classic Buildings owner, ensuring high-quality work on every single building. This process requires many different skilled workers. For example, the shop foreman builds the floor – that is the first step. A few builders will then get the building ready by cutting the walls, preparing the studs, and preparing the building for painting. Once it gets to the framers, all they have to do is nail the storage shed together! Once the building process is complete, the next step is delivery. 

How Do We Deliver Our Storage Sheds? 

The delivery process allows us to deliver your pre-built shed right to your property! The building is loaded onto state-of-the-art delivery trucks driven by experienced and professional drivers. You can even meet our drivers here! 

Once the building is delivered to your property, we use a shed mule to help install your building. Our highly trained installation team can use the mule to maneuver storage sheds and other portable buildings in the tightest of places – so your shed can go exactly where you want it. 

Are There Benefits of Delivery Versus On-Site Building? 

Approximately 70% of our buildings are built and delivered as a complete unit right to your home. That leaves about 30% of buildings that are built directly on-site. On-site building allows for large or highly customized buildings to be built if delivery is not an option. For example, buildings that are just too big to haul or buildings that come with a fence or gate would be built on-site.

The benefit of building directly on-site is that you can build an extra large building or include all the extras you want without worrying about transportation. The drawback to on-site building is that it definitely makes a bigger mess on your property. The shed mule ensures little to no damage is done to your lawn while transporting portable buildings. Of course, when a shed is built directly on-site, there will be more of a mess.  


What Makes Classic Buildings Stand Above The Rest?

With Classic Buildings, you can be sure you receive only the highest quality materials and work. We value customer service and quality over quantity. With a rich Amish heritage, Classic Buildings founder Kenneth Miller applies traditional Amish craftsmanship and techniques to all of Classic Buildings’ products.

Why does Amish craftsmanship help make Classic Buildings stand above the rest? Amish craftsmanship is known for its high-quality wood products. With deep roots in carpentry, woodworking, and other skilled trades, the Amish have passed down trade secrets and excellent techniques from generation to generation. However, the biggest difference is the mindset. Amish sheds are not just a type of shed – they evidence a mindset and process that focuses on quality, honesty, and integrity. 

With Classic Buildings, you also get nearly unlimited customization options. As long as it’s structurally sound, you can pretty much build anything your heart desires. With tons of options and features, you can add in flower boxes, an insulated floor, vented skylights, lofts and shelves, dormers, and so much more. We’ve had customers use our portable buildings for more than just storage sheds. One customer uses their building as a bakery. Another customer added stilts to their building and created a fully functional deer blind! With Classic Buildings, it’s easy to create your dream shed. 

Shed Use

Sheds have come a long way in the last few years! People use sheds for so many things – many you may have never thought of! Here are just a few of the more common shed purposes: 

  • A storage space for outdoor materials and tools. 
  • A storage space for vehicles (e.g. ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.) 
  • A workspace for repairs, woodworking, crafting, etc. 
  • A fully outfitted garden shed, equipped with pots, garden tools, seeds, etc. 
  • A “man-cave” or “woman-cave” (nicknamed the “she-shed”) – a space to retreat. 
  • An office or art studio

When asked what was the most unique thing a Classic Building’s shed was used for, one of our team members recalled a shed one customer converted into a fully functional bakery! Another customer added stilts to their shed, creating the perfect deer blind. 

At Classic Buildings, it’s easy to customize your shed. we offer lots of features and options. That way, you can turn your shed into the perfect workspace, storage space, “she-shed,” or whatever else you have in mind!  

Ready to Buy A Storage Shed? 

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If you’ve been inspired and are ready to buy your very own storage shed, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you. Before buying a shed, it’s important to know the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes, permit requirements depend on the size of your shed. Make sure you know the requirements of your area to avoid fines! 

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest and in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“Thank you so very much for the fantastic shed and the marvelous experience.
I will highly recommend you to everyone who is looking for a new shed.”

– Rick Franklin – Read more testimonials here!

19 Of The Most Amazing And Best Tiny House Designs

19 Of The Most Amazing And Best Tiny House Designs

Tiny homes are becoming increasingly popular. The best tiny house designs are environmentally friendly, economical, and contain all the essentials for living a normal yet simple life.  Tiny houses come in all shapes and (small) sizes. From ultra-modern to traditional/rustic, there is a tiny home design for all tastes. Check out our gallery below for the best tiny house designs or contact Classic Buildings today for more information on owning your own tiny home. 

19 Best Tiny Home Designs – Gallery

The following gallery features 19 of the best tiny house designs. Maybe they’ll even inspire you to consider living the tiny house life!  

Tiny Home #1 - Cozy Cottage

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This cozy, cottage-like 196 square foot tiny home will make anyone feel at home!


Want to know more about tiny houses? Check out the links below!

 Tiny Houses – Stats and Figures / Tiny Houses for Sale in Missouri / Tiny Houses

Are You Considering Purchasing a Tiny Home? 

If you’ve done the research and have decided that a tiny house is right for you, it’s time to start looking for your perfect home! At Classic Buildings, we build high-quality tiny houses and other types of portable buildings for those in the Missouri area. You can own a tiny house on some of the best terms available. Classic Buildings offers the following:

  • Super low down payment (anyone can afford to own a portable building)
  • Low or no delivery fee
  • No credit checks required
  • Rent-to-own in as little as three years
  • The ability to choose your own colors and design

If you’re ready to move forward with your awesome tiny home design, contact Classic Buildings now!

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.”

– Rick Franklin – more testimonials here!

7 Reasons Why Utility Sheds Are The Ultimate Storage Space Solution

Utility Sheds – The Ultimate Storage Space Solution

Storage, or utility sheds, are a practical, customizable, and cost-effective storage space solution. If you’ve run out of room in your attic or garage and need extra storage space, storage sheds are a perfect choice. The following list outlines the top 7 reasons why utility sheds truly are the ultimate solution to all your storage space needs! 

 7 Reasons Why Utility Sheds Are The Ultimate Storage Solution

Often when looking for storage solutions, people are drawn to public storage sheds or garages. However, utility sheds are the best choice when you simply need extra storage space. Sheds are economical and come in many different looks and sizes. Some can be customized to include windows, shelves, and even workbenches! Opting for a new addition to your home can be costly and can take months to complete. Sheds can be constructed quickly and easily brought to your property. Utility sheds are an all-around good storage choice, and here’s why. 

1. Cost-Effective 

Though public storage is cheaper in the short term, monthly fees quickly add up. If you need a long-term storage option, the storage shed is your go-to choice. Of course, storage sheds will cost most up front, but in the end, you will end up with a building that can literally last a lifetime. Options such as rent-to-own allow you to own a shed for monthly payments comparable to public storage unit costs. Sheds also come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to select one that fits both your needs and budgets. 

2. Convenient 

utility shed

Sheds allow extra storage space right on your own property. If you have a public storage unit, you have to drive to it every time you need an item from inside. A storage unit right in your own backyard is more convenient and allows you to store everyday items inside. You probably wouldn’t want to keep your lawnmower inside your house or at a storage unit miles away! A Utility shed is a great place to keep outdoor, everyday tools and items.  

3. More Space in Your House & Garage

Storage sheds also provide the extra space needed to, for example, store the second car in your garage, or use your attic as a loft instead of a big closet! Garages are a great place to store items, but many people also want to use their garage to keep their cars safe from theft and from the elements. If your garage is your only storage space, you may soon run out of room for your car! Some attics can be completely converted into livable spaces. Freeing up space by moving extra boxes or items from your attic to a storage shed can add a whole new room to your house. 

4. Customizable 

When you purchase your very own utility shed, you have nearly endless customization possibilities! Wooden storage sheds are easy to paint (both inside and out) and easy to add features and options too. Some larger utility sheds, such as the Ultra Series Shed pictured above, almost look like tiny houses! A workbench can easily be added and viola! Your very own outdoor workshop/storage unit. Add some hooks and shelves to the smaller, more classic Utility Shed and you’ve got yourself the perfect shed for tools, garden equipment, and even bicycles. 

5. Secure

If you lack storage space, leaving your tools, bicycles, lawnmowers, or other equipment outside can result in theft. A utility shed provides security for your belongings. It also allows you to keep an eye on the building and add additional locks if you feel the need to. Although public storage units are usually safe and secure, the ability to keep an eye on your items gives many people peace of mind. 

6. Versatile 

By now, it should be clear that utility sheds are a great storage solution! However, what you store in them is totally up to you. Yes, many people use their storage sheds to keep outdoor equipment or tools. That doesn’t mean you can’t store whatever you like in there. If your shed is built well and free from leaks and drafts, the storage possibilities are almost endless! Owning your own utility shed also means that if you end up purging your items and no longer need the extra storage space, you can convert your shed into whatever you like! Some popular ideas are: 

  • A “man cave” or “she-shed” 
  • A playhouse for children or an outdoor room for dogs 
  • A workspace or art room 
  • A personal gym or yoga studio 
  • A mini home movie theatre 

Remember, storage sheds are far from useless if you no longer need additional storage space! 

7. Attractive Addition To Your Home

Utility Sheds by Classic Buildings

Because storage sheds are so easily customizable, you can find one that looks perfect in your backyard. It’s even possible to match the siding and shingle colors to your own home. Many people choose wooden sheds over other building materials just because they are aesthetically pleasing. Utility sheds are attractive, convenient, and practical – another reason why they are the ultimate storage solution! 

Ready to Buy A Utility Shed? 

If the above list has helped you make the final decision to get your very own utility shed, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you. Before buying a shed, it’s important to know the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes, permit requirements depend on the size of your shed. Make sure you know the requirements of your area to avoid fines! 

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ utility sheds, you can view our buildings herecheck out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

Where To Buy 

If you are ready to buy a shed you can purchase one from any one of our Classic Buildings locations: Arnold (Missouri), St. Charles (Missouri), Springfield (Missouri), Washington (Missouri), Warrensburg (Missouri), St. Louis (Missouri), Swansea (Illinois), Rolla (Missouri), Columbia (Missouri), Kansas City (Missouri), and Jefferson City (Missouri).

Like all our buildings, Classic Buildings’ utility sheds are built to last and are highly customizable, professionally built, and high-quality.


“We absolutely love our building and I can’t say enough about the craftsmanship!” 




Metal Buildings VS Wood Buildings

Metal Buildings VS Wood Buildings 

Stuck trying to choose between storage building materials? Both metal and wooden sheds or storage buildings come with their own list of pros and cons. Deciding on the best option for you depends on your personal preference, budget, and specific needs. The following comparison will help you determine the pros and cons of each building material. You can also contact Classic Buildings today and we’ll help you find your perfect storage solution. 

Resistance To The Elements 

Portable Metal Buildings VS Wood Buildings

No material is perfectly resistant to everything nature can throw at it. However, some materials are naturally more resistant to the elements than others. As you might imagine, wood buildings are an attractive home to bugs of all kinds and are prone to rot if not properly maintained or if purchased from a low-quality company. 

Metal buildings are naturally insect and rot resistant. That’s not to say you’ll never see a spider’s web or a wasp’s nest in your metal shed, but metal just does not have the same appeal to insects as wood does. Over time your metal building may begin to rust and corrode, especially if you live in a rainy climate.  

Winner: When it comes to resistance to the elements, it seems that metal and wooden sheds tie. With proper maintenance and care, you can avoid rust and corrosion with metal sheds, and you can avoid rotting and insect infestations with wooden sheds.


Any well-built, high-quality shed will be strong and durable – but which material comes out on top? Wooden sheds are known for their strength and versatility. Wood is heavy and tough. Wooden sheds won’t blow away when a strong wind comes by, and you won’t ever have to worry about a wooden shed falling over. 

Metal sheds can also be strong and durable. Metal sheds resist extreme temperatures. They won’t warp in cold or hot weather. However, most metal sheds are made of light enough material that they can easily be moved from place to place. This is great if you’re moving to a new home or location, but not so great when it comes to the shed’s durability. Metal sheds are not resistant to extremely high winds. In order to keep your shed strong during a windstorm, reinforcements are sometimes required. 

Winner: When it comes to durability, wooden sheds are the clear winner. Though metal sheds can be tough, a well-built wooden shed is guaranteed to be tougher. 


Metal sheds are known for their lower costs and affordability. Metal is a cheaper material and if you’re on a tighter budget, it often makes economical sense to go with a metal building. When you compare metal sheds with all other building materials, metal sheds are always the cheapest. 

Wooden sheds tend to be more expensive, as wood is not a cheap material. Wooden sheds can also be customized, and therefore more expensive. However, wood is not unaffordable and since size and features are customizable, there are rent-to-own options, and it’s easy to find a wooden shed that fits your budget. 

Winner: When it comes to price alone, metal sheds are the obvious winner. However, if you consider “bang for your buck,” a high-quality wooden shed definitely beats out a metal one. With all the features you want and the knowledge that wooden buildings will last much longer than metal buildings, you can rest assured that you made the right choice. 


Though some people don’t mind taking a few days in the summer heat to re-paint a wooden fence, deck, or shed, others prefer little to no maintenance options. Wooden sheds, like all other wooden products, do require maintenance. Wooden sheds often have shingles that are expensive to replace. However, if you purchase from a reputable manufacturer, there should be a warranty on shingles. Keeping your shed safe from insect infestations and rotting can take some effort, and a fresh coat of paint every so often is necessary. 

Metal sheds require almost no maintenance. They never require painting and you won’t have to worry about frequent pest control. Though metal sheds can rust, dealing with rust or corrosion is not expensive or time-consuming. 

Winner: When it comes to little to no maintenance, metal sheds are the winner. 

Customization and Appearance 

As mentioned above, wooden sheds are easy to customize – whether you purchase your shed already customized to your liking, or add on the final touches yourself. It takes little skill or effort to add in hooks, shelves, or even a workbench to your wooden building. Wooden buildings can also come in any colour you like, with or without windows, and come in a wide variety of sizes. In terms of aesthetics, wooden sheds are known for their beautiful, classic appearance. 

Metal buildings are not easy to customize. However, if you plan on getting a portable metal building exclusively for storage, this may not bother you at all. Adding in shelves or hooks is not as simple with a metal building, as drilling holes through metal can be complicated. Metal sheds are not known for their aesthetics. However, many manufacturers are now building their metal buildings with a coating to enhance their looks.

Winner: When it comes to both appearance and customization, wooden sheds are the winner. They are easy to customize and look great in any yard. 

Quick Comparison

Who’s The Winner? 

There are clear advantages and disadvantages to both building materials. Metal buildings are often a good choice as they are easy to maintain and cost-effective, but with a wooden building you’ll get the most for your money when it comes to customization, durability, and aesthetics. For more information about different types of sheds, check out our ultimate Shed Buyers Guide!

If you’re interested in a high-quality storage building, Contact Classic Buildings today or view our brochure here!

“Competitive pricing, BETTER quality, and the best construction”

– Stephen Randolph – Read more testimonials here


The Tiny House Movement – Stats And Figures

The Tiny House Movement 

The tiny house movement is continually growing in popularity. Here at Classic Buildings, we’re also interested in this big, tiny movement! Just a quick search for “tiny house” on Google Trends will show you how much interest this topic has picked up in just the past two years. The tiny house trend continues to grow for many reasons. Some are fed up with their current lifestyle and long to live more simply. Others cannot afford a traditional home and opt for a tiny house as a more affordable option. Some choose the tiny home life for its environmentally friendly lifestyle. 

No matter what the reason, we can be sure this movement is growing., a site dedicated to the tiny house movement, conducted a 2015 census for those in the tiny house movement. Other websites, such as and prove just how prevalent this movement has become. 

Tiny House Movement Infographic

The following infographic outlines some of the most interesting statistics and facts about the new tiny house craze. To many people, this is more than just a fad. It’s a simple and unique way of life. Many choose this lifestyle because they seek increased financial stability. According to website and the Integrating Transportation and Community Planning Program (iTRaC), 89% of tiny home owners have less credit card debt than the average American, and 60% have none at all! Tiny house owners also have 55% more savings in the bank than the average home owner. Others people just love the idea of a small, mobile home. Whatever the reason, the tiny house movement and those who live it has captured worldwide attention.

The tiny house movement infographic

Tiny Homes by Classic Buildings

If you’re interested in tiny houses or are looking to move forward and purchase your own tiny home, Classic Buildings offers high-quality tiny houses and many other portable buildings. If you have any questions about tiny homes or about purchasing a tiny home, contact Classic Buildings today! 

We have and will continue to recommend your company to anyone and everyone we can think of that may need a building. We simply cannot say enough good things about what a great addition to our property our cabin has become. We had an outstanding experience from the moment we walked in the door of your company and it continues each time we use our building.

Thanks so much to you and your great crew!

Pat Chollet, St. Louis MO – Read more testimonials here!


The 7 Best Home Storage Hacks

Save Space and Money With Home Storage Hacks

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are becoming increasing popular as a cost-effective and fun way to spruce up your home. As time passes, it’s easy for your home to collect clutter. Your junk drawer turns into a whole junk cabinet. Your disorganized shelf turns into a disorganized closet. Do you want to discover some simple and useful solutions to improve your home storage issues? The following 7 Best Home Storage Hacks will help you organize your home – and your life.

Top 7 Best Home Storage Hacks 

From the trendy to the ingenious, these top 7 best home storage hacks will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” These items made our list due to their functionality and their good looks! 

Number 1 – Pallet Storage Shelves 

Image Source: Our Little Acre

If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest in the last few years, you’ll notice that pallet everything is the trendiest home storage hack right now. Pallets can easily be converted into attractive and highly effective shelving units.

Cheap, light, and easy to customize, pallet storage shelves are a great option for both indoor and outdoor use. With just a few simple tools like various hooks, screws, a sander, and paint, you can have your pallet shelves up in just a few hours. 

If one pallet isn’t enough, don’t worry, you can add more! Some people have even made entire bookshelves, cabinets, and desks out of wood pallets. There are tons of DIY guides out there and pictures to get ideas from. If you’re looking for a cost-effective home storage hack, pallet shelves are the way to go. 

Number 2 – Shoe Racks 

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Who would have guessed that shoe racks can be used for so much more than just shoes? Closet spaces can be one of the most difficult aspects of home organization. Hidden for most of the day, it’s easy to forget about your closet. However, a well-organized closet can save you time searching for forgotten cleaning tools or your fanciest black tie. That’s where shoe racks come in. Plastic shoe racks designed for hanging on the back of a door can be used to organize jewelry, ties, or even cleaning supplies. 

Hang a long drop-down shoe rack from the ceiling of your closet, and you’ve just made an easily accessible floating shelf! Use it for towels, paper towels, or whatever else you need to grab. Since the shoe rack is hanging in the middle of the closet instead of bolted to the walls, you still save tons of wall space for hooks and additional shelves. 


Number 3 – Kitchen Cabinet Racks

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Most kitchen cabinets have the same basic design – a big opening and a shelf or two. But what about all of your little things, like plastic food containers and water bottles? Do you just stack them on top of each other, waiting for their inevitable fall?

One way to save space and keep your smaller kitchen items at bay is by installing your own set of shelves in your cabinet. Upgrading your entire kitchen can be expensive. However, adding in additional shelves yourself will save you lots of time and provide the exact amount of additional space that you need. 


Number 4 – Mason Jars 

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Like pallet boards, mason jars have also gained popularity in recent years due to their versatility, low price, and rustic look. Mason jars can be used in any room of the house for many different storage needs. They are easy to decorate and customize to your liking, but also look great just the way they are.

Use a few mason jars in the bathroom to hold your make-up or toothbrushes. Store small items such as hairbands or q-tips in a jar so they don’t get lost or end up on the floor. You can even add some fake tea-light candles to a few short jars and enjoy a relaxing bubble bath. In the kitchen, use mason jars to hold coffee beans, flour, or sugar. You’ll always know when you’re running low because they’re see-through! In your home office, use a jar or two to keep pens and pencils off your desk, or to store rubber bands and paper clips. 


Number 5 – Magazine Holders 

Image Source: Dagmar’s Home

Shoe racks aren’t the only item with surprising uses. Magazine holders can be purchased for less than $5.00, yet can be used for so many different things! Wooden holders can be used to make efficient and attractive shelves that can go anywhere in the house! They can be painted any color, and if you have any eye for design, can even act as a statement piece for your room.  

Metal magazine holders can be installed on the side of a cabinet or door and used to hold kitchen supplies such as plastic container lids. Never lose a lid again! Metal or wood magazine holders can be used in your kitchen cabinets, to store loose snacks such as granola bars. And of course, these holders are still a great option for organizing paper, documents, and notebooks in your home office. Buy them in bulk and use them all around your house! 


Number 6 – Pegboards

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Pegboard can be used for many types of wall organizers, from tools to trinkets…to a whole closet? Well, almost! This DIY pegboard closet holds hats, ties, scarves, and various other closet items. If you happen to have a large walk-in closet with empty wall space like the maker of this featured board, go ahead and add all that pegboard right inside your closet. If you’re running low on closet space or your closet is entirely made up of shelves, add this board to your bedroom wall for easy access and to display your favorite accessories. 

Pegboards can also be effectively used in the kitchen. Add a small pegboard to a wall close to your counters, and you have yourself a handy and accessible storage solution for your spoons, pots, and pans!


Number 7 – Plastic Storage Drawers

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Are plastic drawers really a storage hack if they’re already made for storage? The answer is yes – because they also have some surprising uses! If you have kids and are tired of tiny toys laying around, these little drawers are the perfect storage solution.

One mom took it even further and used these bins to perfectly organize Lego bricks by color! Not only is this an effective way to store Lego, but it also looks great. 

These storage bins can be used in any room of the house for any purpose. Keep a smaller one on the shelf in your bathroom to store all loose bathroom items such as make-up, brushes, and cotton balls. Keep a medium one on your kitchen counter, label it, and keep your bills, receipts, and mail organized. There are so many uses for these handy little boxes aside from the traditional office space.


Try Out These Home Storage Hacks Yourself!

Whether your house is big or small or new or old, almost everyone can benefit from a little more organization in their life. If you’re running low on space or just want to reorganize your home, these home storage hacks provide simple, cost-effective, fun ways to get your home where you want it to be! 

If these home storage hacks aren’t enough and you’re looking for a new shed or storage building, contact Classic Buildings today and we’ll help you find the perfect storage solution!  

I recently became the owner of a 12X16 storage shed from Classic Buildings and couldn’t be more pleased with the process to purchase the shed and product itself. From “Go to Whoa” the sales person, staff at Classic Buildings and delivery folks were knowledgeable, personable and professional.

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