Outdoor Sheds – 11 Principles to Follow When Buying

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Looking at the wide variety of outdoor sheds available but not sure how to choose one? Here are 11 principles that you can follow to guide you through the selection process. If you want a high quality, Amish-crafted shed that you can afford, contact Classic Buildings today.

1. Find the Right Balance between Price and Quality

Finding the right balance between price and quality is key to purchasing an outdoor shed. The cheapest price doesn’t always mean the best value for your money. A better quality outdoor shed that comes with a warranty will be a much wiser investment than a cheaper version that isn’t going to last and will need to be replaced in a few years. Do some research and find out all of the alternatives and what each offers. Check for any additional costs such as necessary items which may not be included in the advertised price such as shingles, paint, or flooring. Sometimes what seems to be a great deal, isn’t once you take into consideration extra expenses involved.

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2. Find Out About Any Financing Options

Some companies will offer financing or even rent-to-own options which may help you purchase a better quality shed than you originally thought you could. Often the rent-to-own option is comparable to a monthly public storage facility fee. The big advantage of this option over the public storage option is that you will have a beautiful building that you actually own on your own property in a few short years.

3. Decide Whether You Want to Do-It-Yourself or Have All the Work Done For You

When purchasing a new outdoor shed you can choose between purchasing a storage building kit that you put together yourself or having your new shed delivered and installed by professionals. When deciding between these two options, consider the time and expertise it will take to assemble the shed yourself and whether or not it is worth the money you may save. You will also want to find out if you get a better warranty on a shed that a professional has put up as opposed to what you do yourself.

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4. Consider the Siding and Decide How Much Maintenance You Are Prepared to Do

You will have several different choices of siding for your shed, each having different maintenance requirements.

  • Metal: Metal sheds have a tendency to rust over time and are not very attractive looking. If you do choose metal then a rust-free aluminum is probably the way to go.
  • Vinyl/Plastic: Vinyl is almost maintenance free but it doesn’t usually look as attractive as wood. It does get dirty, usually due to mold, as time goes on which makes it less attractive so it does need to be cleaned from time to time.
  • Wood: Wood is generally considered to be the most visually appealing siding, but it does need to be treated properly in order to protect it from rotting due to exposure to moisture. Some companies offer a treated engineered wood siding that offers the beauty of traditional wood with the durability of a composite wood.

For a more detailed comparison of the different types of shed sidings, check out this post “Resin Sheds vs Vinyl Sheds vs Wooden Sheds vs Metal Sheds.

5. Figure Out the Size of Shed That You Need

You will want to make sure that the shed that you purchase is large enough to accommodate everything that you are planning to store inside. You don’t want to purchase one and find out that it is actually too small. You should even consider the size of the door of your shed and whether it is wide enough to allow your larger items to pass through. Many styles of outdoor sheds offer double doors which are usually large enough to fit anything you require. Click here to read an article that will help you decide on the appropriate shed size for your storage needs.

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6. Choose an Outdoor Shed That Complements Your Home’s Design

An outdoor shed will not only give you the extra storage you need, but it can also enhance or take away from the overall appearance of your property. A visually appealing shed design that actually complements the look of your home will add aesthetic value to your home whereas a cheaper looking one that clashes with the style of your home can be an eyesore.

7. Select a Shed That Will Seamlessly Blend Into Your Landscape

Not only should your new shed complement your home’s design, but it should also blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Your shed can become a beautiful addition to your backyard if you select its positioning well and enhance its appearance by planting suitable perennials, shrubs or flower beds around it. Flower boxes in the window of your shed can also be an attractive addition.

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8. Investigate the Building Codes and Restrictions In Your Area to Make Sure Your Building Will Comply

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Take time to investigate the building codes and restrictions in your area before making a purchase. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

9. Ask About Delivery Options and Additional Costs Involved

Find out about the delivery options and if delivery is included in the price. Also, ask about their delivery process. Do they have the proper equipment required to deliver your shed without any damage done to your property and find out if you have any recourse if your property is damaged in any way during the delivery?

The following video shows the proper equipment and safe delivery process of a professionally built outdoor building.

10. Find Out If Your Building Can Be Customized or Accessorized

You may want to add your own personal touch to your outdoor building. Some outdoor sheds, especially wooden ones are easier to customize than others. For example, the inside walls of plastic sheds are not sturdy enough to support hooks or shelves to hold heavy items whereas a wooden shed wall can support a lot of weight. Ask questions like, can the shed be insulated or have wiring installed later or does it come with an access ramp.

11. Make Sure You Know How to Properly Prepare the Site Before Your Outdoor Shed Is Installed

The site where you are going to locate your new shed needs to be properly prepared and level before your shed can be installed. If you are having your shed built by professionals make sure that site preparation and levelling of the building is part of their service.

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Quality, Custom Crafted Outdoor Sheds You Can Afford

Missouri Home Shows

Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted outdoor shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today and find out how easy it is to rent to own your own beautiful wood shed or visit the location nearest to you. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

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! 

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

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10 Considerations When Buying Outdoor Storage Sheds

Storage Shed Buying Guide

Wood Sheds – Where To Buy

Wood sheds are long-lasting, durable and they can look amazing, not to mention they can be a great solution to your storage needs, but where should you buy your wood shed? There are several different options, so which one is the best? Should you purchase new or used? Should you purchase a kit to put together yourself or should you have it completely built for you and delivered right to your backyard. Should you just purchase a set of plans and start from scratch? If you are looking to purchase a custom built, quality new wood shed, contact Classic Buildings today. Find out how easy it is to “Rent-To-Own” your own wood shed.

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Wood Sheds – Where to Buy

If you would like a wood shed, you have several options including buying a new shed that has been custom built for you, buying a shed kit that you can build yourself, purchasing plans and building it for yourself, or buying a used shed. The above chart gives you an overview of places where you can purchase a wood shed and what you receive with your purchase to help you make your decision. Read on for further explanations of each purchasing method.

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Classic Buildings – Custom Built Wood Sheds

The great thing about Classic Buildings wood sheds is that there is no work involved for you. They will custom build a shed exactly to your specifications with the highest quality products and workmanship. Then they will expertly deliver your shed right to your backyard with absolutely no damage to your lawn. They also have an unbeatable warranty and satisfaction guarantee – if for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the purchase of your storage building or the service that they provide, they will give you a full refund, so you can purchase your shed with confidence.

Another great thing that sets Classic Buildings apart is their rent-to-own option and the fact that they provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down. Purchasing a new shed is a sizable investment so they make it as easy as possible for you to be able to do it.

Dutch Country – Online Wood Sheds

If you like to purchase online, then Dutch Country is a great option. They offer high quality, Amish crafted wood sheds at great prices. They offer free delivery within 30 miles of one of their showrooms and will set up your shed for you right in your backyard. They also provide a rent-to-own option to make it easy to purchase your shed.

Home Depot & Costco – Wood Shed Kits

Both Home Depot and Costco offer a variety of wood shed kits that are delivered curbside and ready to be assembled. Both require you to purchase your own paint and shingles which will allow you to match your shed to your home’s decor. Be sure to calculate the price of these materials into your total cost when you are comparing them with other options.

eBay – Used Wood Sheds

The biggest advantage to purchasing a used shed is the price. But before you consider buying a used shed over a new one, you should ask yourself the following questions.

Is it in good condition? However, you need to be careful and determine why the owner was selling the shed in the first place so that you don’t waste your money. If at all possible examine the shed or if you are not sure about what to look for, bring a friend with you who does. Make sure you look for signs of rotting wood or insect infestations. Take a close look at the condition of the roof. You may save money upfront, but if you have to re-invest your savings into repairs then it may not be worthwhile.

Can you move it in one piece? The biggest disadvantage to buying used is how to get your shed to your home. Most people don’t own a vehicle that is capable of moving such a large object and renting one could be rather costly and also end up cutting into your initial savings.

Can you take it apart? If you don’t have a vehicle that can move it in one piece, is it able to be taken apart to put back together when you get to your home? It’s not easy to take a wood shed apart and you may not want to invest in all of the man-hours required for such a big task.

WalMart – Wood Shed DIY Instructions

WalMart sells mostly plastic and resin sheds. The closest to a wooden shed that you can purchase from WalMart is a very basic do-it-yourself shed kit that comes with easy assembly instructions, a list of materials that you will need cut, and 39 brackets required to complete the building. You may save money choosing this option, but you should be sure that you have all of the tools required as well as the time and know-how to embark on this type of DIY project.

 

Quality, Custom Crafted Wood Sheds You Can Afford

Missouri Home Shows

Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted wood shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today and find out how easy it is to rent to own your own beautiful wood shed or visit the location nearest to you. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

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! 

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

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Home Depot – Backyard Discovery
Home Depot – Princeton Shed
Costco – Wilmington Shed
Costco – Crestwood Shed
Ebay – Used Leonard shed
Ebay – Used wood shed
WalMart – Barn Style Shed Kit
WalMart  Hopkins Peak Roof Wood Shed Kit

Portable Cabins Rent-to-Own How It Works

Portable cabins you can rent-to-own? Does that seem too good to be true? You are right that it is good, but it is also true. Classic Buildings will allow you to purchase your very own portable cabin through their unbelievably easy and convenient Rent-to-Own program. Read on to find out how this amazing program works and then contact Classic Buildings today for your free quote.

 

Portable Cabins Rent-to-Own

All of Classic Building’s buildings come with the amazing option to be able to rent-to-own them. One of our popular choices is our portable cabin. The Classic Building cabin is an economical, portable building that you can use as an additional room when you have overnight guests or it can also be used as a storage shed. It comes standard with an entry door and 2 windows. You can also choose to have your portable cabin wired for electricity, insulated and drywalled to make it a cozy and comfortable place for family and friends.

How Rent-To-Own Works

Read on to find out more about our awesome Rent-to-Own program and how it can make it easy and beneficial for you to own your very own portable cabin or shed.

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No Credit Checks

Don’t worry about being turned down because of a credit check. We don’t do credit checks! Everyone is instantly approved regardless of their credit score. Even if a poor credit score has been a problem in the past when you’ve tried to purchase something, it won’t be a problem for us.

Multiple Payment Options For Your Deposit

When making your deposit and initial payment you can choose to do this by credit card, check, or cash. To get a quick quote, click here.

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Multiple Payment Options For Your Monthly Payment

We offer multiple payment options to make it easy and convenient to make your monthly payments. You can choose from one of the following methods: whichever one is best for you:

  • Autopay: With Autopay, you can have your payments automatically withdrawn from your bank account each month. This is a worry-free way to make sure that you never forget to make a payment; just set it up and forget about it. Learn more about Autopay here.
  • Online: If you prefer, you can make your payments to us electronically online through your online banking program.
  • By Phone: Paying your monthly fee by phone is another option we offer.
  • By Mail: We will even accept checks sent to us in the mail.

Optional Protection Plus

For a small additional fee, we offer “Protection Plus”. This is a type of insurance on your building that will last for the duration of your Rent-to-Own contract.

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You Can Pay It Off With No Penalties

Unlike some loans or mortgages, Classic Buildings will allow you to pay off the balance on your building with no additional fees or penalties. You can do this at any time during your rent-to-own contract.

Fixed Monthly Payments

The great thing about our Rent-To-Own program is that you will have a fixed monthly payment. Your payment will not increase during your contract period. This is a great help when you are trying to make a budget. If you are renting space in a public storage facility, you may experience rate increases.

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No More Payments After 3 or 4 Years

After a few years, your payments will be finished and the building will be yours. If you are paying for public storage space, you will have to continue to pay for as long as you are storing your items with nothing to show for your money at the end.

The Building Is Yours

By choosing our rent-to-own program, you can enjoy the fact that your new portable shed is actually yours; not just a space owned by somebody else that you are temporarily using. You can feel satisfied that your monthly payments are an actual investment and you can be enjoying the benefits of that investment while you are paying for it.

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No Traveling To A Public Storage Location

Having your own portable storage building in your own backyard is so much more convenient than always having to travel to a public storage location, no matter how close that storage area is. You will have quick and easy access to all of your possessions if they are stored on your own property.

Add Value To Your Property

Owning a beautiful Classic Buildings portable cabin and setting it up in your backyard will actually add “curb appeal” and value to your property. A potential buyer will be pleased to have the additional space and versatility that an outdoor building provides.

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If You Move You Have The Option To Take Your Building With You

Don’t worry if you decide to move to another home and you would like to take your portable cabin with you. Because you actually own your Classic Building cabin, and because our buildings are completely portable; you have the option of taking it with you if you move.

You Can Customize Your Building

Because your Classic Building building is your own property, you are free to customize it any way you want. If you are changing the colour of your home you can choose to paint your shed to match. If you want to add additional shelving inside at a later date, you are free to do that. If you decide to convert your storage shed into a granny flat to house overnight guests, then you are also free to do that.

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Purchase With Confidence

We are so sure that our prices are the best, that we offer a “Price Assurance Guarantee*”. This means that you can purchase our building with confidence because if you find any other building with the same features and built to the same quality specifications with the same guarantee at a lower price, we will refund you the difference AND give you $100.00. That’s an amazing guarantee!

*Buildings must match or surpass Classic Buildings building in features, quality, specifications, and guarantee.

Classic Buildings: High-Quality Portable Cabins That Are Easy To Own

Missouri Home Shows

If you are looking to purchase a high-quality portable cabin that is guaranteed to last, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you. Our sheds are built using the same process for building a home. Choose from either a metal or shingle roof; they’re the same price!

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements to depend on the size of your shed.

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! We will deliver your shed right to you and we offer free delivery of up to 30 miles from any one of our showrooms.

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! 

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

How to Keep Plants in a Garden Storage Shed Over Winter

A garden storage shed is not only perfect for storing your gardening equipment, but it can also provide much-needed shelter for your plants that can’t survive the freezing temperatures of winter. Read on for some helpful tips on how to store plants in your shed to keep them alive until next spring. If you are looking to purchase a quality garden shed to help store your plants over the winter, contact Classic Buildings today.

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How to Keep Plants in a Garden Storage Shed Over Winter

Winter temperatures and conditions can be especially hard on plants. There are, however, a number of steps that you can take to protect your plants from the rigors of winter. Moving them to a greenhouse is the optimal solution, but if you don’t have a greenhouse, you can use your garden shed as a suitable alternative by following a few helpful tips.

Know Your Planting Zone

Knowing what planting zone you live in will help you to determine which plants are more likely to flourish in your area. Not all plants can survive a Missouri winter. Missouri is blessed with 6 different planting zones! To find out which planting zone you live in, click here. Click here for planting calendars for the main locations in Missouri.

 

Know Your Plants

Less hardy or exotic plants such as fuchsia have little or no chance of making it through a cold Missouri winter. There are different levels of hardiness when it comes to plants. The following is a list of terms that are used to gauge the hardiness of plants:

  • Hardy Plant: One that can survive 5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Frost Hardy Plant: One that can survive 23 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Half Hardy Plant: One that can survive 32 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tender Plant: One that will not survive below 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Most plants are labelled when you purchase them with care instructions as well as information about their hardiness. If you are unsure, you can look up your plant on the Internet to find out what level of hardiness it has and how to properly care for it. Here is a great site for getting plant care guides.

Which Plants Need Shed Storage Over Winter

The general rule of thumb is that your plant should be hardy to two zones colder than your USDA Hardiness Zone. Having said that, you may find that some plants will be able to withstand colder temperatures than they are supposed to and others are not as hardy as they are rated. Sometimes you will find that it is a matter of trial and error. If your forecast is for unusually colder temperatures than normal, you may want to bring in the plants that you have otherwise stored in your shed into your home temporarily.
The following is a guide to the type of shed that is best suited for the different types of plants:

  • Hardy Plants: May not need to be brought inside. If the temperatures are much lower than 5 degrees Fahrenheit, then bring them into a shed.
  • Frost Hardy Plants: Store them in a corner of an un-insulated shed.
  • Half Hardy Plant: Store them in an insulated shed.
  • Tender Plant: Store them in your home.

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How to Prepare Your Plants for Wintering in Your Garden Shed

  • Step 1: Dig up your plant at the of the summer before the first frost is expected.
  • Step 2: Carefully place the plant in a pot, large enough to accommodate the entire root ball with some extra space for compost to surround it.
  • Step 3: If your plant is already potted, then you can skip steps 1 and 2.
  • Step 4: Remove any dying or already dead plant materials such as leaves or blooms.
  • Step 5: Check for and remove any insects such as aphids or caterpillars. You may want to spray your plant with a non-toxic, environmentally friendly pesticide.
  • Step 6: Trim the plant back to about 4 – 8 inches in height.
  • Step 7: Place your plants in the corner of your garden shed (no matter which type of plant you are storing, the corners of your shed are the best location as they are protected by 2 walls). An unheated garden shed can moderate outdoor temperatures and help your plants survive the winter.
  • Step 8: Once spring arrives, begin to water plants regularly to bring them out of their dormant state and encourage them to begin to grow again. You should also apply a good liquid or dry fertilizer as well.

 

The following video helps you determine which plants are best to keep where during the winter. As explained, some plants are better kept in a colder spot such as a garage or shed and not in your house during the winter months.

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Why Choose a Classic Buildings Garden Shed?

Classic Buildings gardens sheds are built with quality Amish craftsmanship from the best of materials.  The entire process of manufacturing, showroom, sales, paperwork, delivery, and installation is all handled by Classic Buildings employees. We never outsource any portion of the process as some companies do. You can be confident that you are always dealing directly with one of our own staff. When you contact any of our locations, you will be able to talk to the same person, Monday through Saturday. All of our buildings:

  • have the choice of metal and shingle roofs for the same price
  • are built using the same process as for building a home
  • have 16-inch center studs
  • are painted with the same paint that is manufactured for extreme durability and was originally designed for outside barn walls
  • have new entrance ramps that are not permanent and are lightweight enough that you can easily pick them up and store them in the shed
  • have ridge vent ventilation which is standard on all buildings and you don’t have to pay extra for it
  • have heavy duty standard door handles which indicate how much better built the sheds are
  • have the option of being upgraded to 50 Advantech flooring
  • have a diamond tread plate

We will deliver your shed to you for free, up to 30 miles from any of our showroom locations. Watch the following video to find out what is involved in our delivery process.

Garden Sheds You Can Afford

Missouri Home Shows

Purchasing a garden shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today and find out how easy it is to rent to own your own beautiful garden shed or visit the location nearest to you. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

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! 

“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
 Read more testimonials here!

Sources:
What is a Hardy Plant?
How To Keep Outdoor Plants Alive Through Winter
Overwintering Potted Plants

Complete Guide to Outdoor Sheds

No matter how hard you try, most people don’t have enough storage space. That’s why outdoor sheds are such a great idea. Our complete guide to outdoor sheds can help you choose the perfect shed for your needs and budget. If your budget is tight, find out how you can Rent-To-Own a beautifully crafted outdoor storage shed. Contact Classic Building Sales today.

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Outdoor sheds are the perfect answer to your storage needs.

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Chapter 1

An outdoor shed is a relatively simple roofed structure that is usually located in a backyard and is used for extra storage. Most outdoor sheds have a single-story, however, some are now being built with an additional loft or second story to provide even more storage. Other uses for outdoor sheds include:

  • storing gardening and lawn equipment
  • providing space for starting plants
  • acting as an outdoor workshop
  • giving extra space for tool storage and items you can’t fit in your garage
  • housing overnight guests
  • providing a quiet retreat for doing crafts and hobbies
  • sheltering animals
  • entertaining your children as a playhouse
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Your children will enjoy hours of fun in this adorable playhouse.

Chapter 2

There are three main types of outdoor sheds: plastic or resin, metal, and wood.

Plastic / Resin: Plastic sheds are an economical choice and if they are installed properly, they can be quite durable and relatively maintenance free. They are very lightweight which makes them easy to move, however, their walls are not suitable for hanging heavy items.

Metal: Metal shed are strong and quite affordable. Their biggest drawback is that although they can adequately solve your storage requirements, they are usually not very attractive and do little to add any kind of curb appeal to your property.

Wood: Wooden sheds are very strong and durable. They are probably the best looking and the most customizable shed option. They can be custom designed to complement your home and they can be easily painted in a color to perfectly match. Wooden sheds also provide a great atmosphere to work inside.

For a more in-depth comparison of the three types of outdoor sheds, read this post entitled Resin Sheds vs Vinyl Sheds vs Wooden Sheds.  The following is a comparison of the three types of sheds.

Wooden Sheds, Resin Sheds, vinyl sheds

Chapter 3

The Lower Price Is Not Always the Best Choice: It’s not always the best idea to just choose the lowest priced shed you can find. A lower price often means that the quality is lower as well. Spending a few hundred dollars on a higher quality shed will mean that your shed will last longer and therefore the total cost of ownership will be lower than if you purchase one that will need repairing or replacing in a few short years. For example, if you purchase a shed with a superior siding such as the Smart side vertical panel, your siding will be guaranteed for 50 years so it will virtually never need replacing. If you would like a higher quality shed, but you don’t have the cash upfront, then some companies will offer you great financing options such as Rent-To-Own.

Consider Your Shed as an Extension of Your Home: A storage shed is not only a handy place for extra storage, but it can also add to the overall appearance of your property. An unattractive, utilitarian building will do little to add to the curb appeal of your home, however, a well-designed shed, built to complement your home, can add a great deal of value. A custom-built shed can be designed to perfectly match your house and be an eye-catching addition to your landscaping.

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An attractive outdoor shed can add beauty to your backyard.

Make Sure You Choose the Correct Size: When choosing the size of shed you are going to buy, you should take into account what you are using it for and how much space you have available in your yard. Measure the width of the largest item that you want to store inside and make sure that the shed you choose has wide enough doors to easily maneuver it in and out. Some sheds come equipped with large double doors, which are perfect for larger pieces of equipment such as snowblowers or four wheelers. if you have a smaller backyard, you could consider a shed that is two storeys high or that has a built-in loft for extra storage.

Chapter 4

Buying a used shed may save you money, but there are some things that you should consider before deciding whether it is your best choice.

Condition of the shed: Ask the seller why they are selling. If it is because they are selling their home and want their garden to appear bigger or that they are buying a larger shed, then you may be getting a good shed at a good price. However, don’t take the seller’s word for it. Carefully investigate the condition of the shed, checking for things like visible signs of damage such as cracks, warping, rust, rot or termite infestation. Take a good look at the roof to make sure that it isn’t leaking. Check the walls for stains or signs of mold or mildew. Examine the base to make sure that is it solid and not rotting if it is wood or corroding if it is metal.

How Can You Move It?: Find out if the shed can be moved in one piece and if so, whether you can get access to a vehicle that is able to safely transport a building of that size. If it can’t be moved in one piece, how difficult will it be to take it apart and then put it back together?

The following video shows how the professionals at Classic Buildings expertly deliver one of their new sheds.

Once you take into consideration the condition of the shed and the extra cost, time, and energy involved in getting to your home, you may decide that the difference in price after adding in these extra costs is really not worth it and purchasing a new shed that will be delivered and set up by professionals is actually the better choice.

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Buying a new shed has the advantage of getting it delivered and installed by professionals.

Classic Buildings – For the Highest Quality Outdoor Sheds

If you are looking for a wooden storage shed, do not hesitate to contact Classic Buildings now! Our wooden sheds are built with the highest quality materials by only the most skilled craftsmen. We offer a wide variety of features and options so your wooden shed will be custom-built to suit all of your wants and needs. 

If spending the extra money to get a high-quality shed with the best type of siding is a concern for you then you will be pleased to find out that Classic Buildings provides financing and most people even qualify with no money down. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest you to find out how easy it is to Rent-To-Own your own building.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

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! 

“It was a pleasure working with confident and qualified people. The workmanship and materials are second to none…I would recommend Classic Buildings to anyone who requires a building for storage, recreation or whatever your needs are.”
– Mike Dinello
 Read more testimonials here!

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Garden Sheds – 8 Inspiring Pictures To Get Ideas From

Garden sheds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. To help you find the perfect one for your unique needs, here are what we consider to be 8 of the most inspiring garden sheds to demonstrate some of what is available and what will suit your needs the most. If you are looking to purchase some extra storage or gardening space, contact Classic Buildings today. Find out how easy it is to “Rent-To-Own” your own garden shed.

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The following are 8 inspiring garden shed ideas to help you choose a design that would be perfect for your backyard. We start with what we consider the best made, highest quality sheds on the market.

1. Quaker Garden Shed

garden sheds

Why It Makes The List:

If you want the best quality, beautifully crafted outdoor shed on the market, look no further. This quaint Quaker-style garden shed has so many great extra features like double barn doors with decorative trim and a handy access ramp leading up to them. The ramp is so lightweight that it can be easily lifted and stored inside your shed when you are not using it. Whether you choose a metal or shingled roof, the price is still the same and ridge vent ventilation is standard on all buildings so you don’t have to pay extra for it. One look at the heavy duty standard door handles and 16-inch center studs will let you know how much better built Classic Building sheds are than pre-fab.

Main Takeaway:

It is so incredibly easy to own this garden shed especially since the company offers a great “Rent-To-Own” option with payments as low as $85 per month. They even provide financing and most people qualify for $0 money down. Click here for more information.

Source: Classic Buildings

2. Dutch Garden Shed

Dutch country Garden shed

Why It Makes The List:

The best materials, the best craftsmanship, at the best price: that sums up this next quality garden shed. This attractive garden shed will make the perfect storage place for all of your gardening tools and equipment. The large 24″ X 27″ aluminum window will allow for plenty of natural light for your seedlings and for you to work in. The ample double doors provide plenty of space for easily storing and removing larger articles like your riding mower.

Main Takeaway:

This garden shed is cleverly designed so that it can be simply converted into a workshop where the handyman in your family can store all of their tools and equipment.

Source: Dutch Country Sheds

3. Oversized Window Garden Shed

large window garden shed

Source: Pinterest from My Fotolog

Why It Makes the List:

This shed just screams English country garden and the individual panes of the oversized window let in lots of sunlight while maintaining an old-world charm. If you like color, and most gardeners do, then painting your shed an earthy red tone like the one above will give you the pop of color you crave while still blending in well with the organic tones of your garden.

Main Takeaway:

If you are a gardener, you will understand the importance of having plenty of natural light to give your plants and seedlings a great start before you transplant them outside, so this shed with its over-sized window is the next best thing to having an actual greenhouse.

Source: My Fotolog

4. Better in Blue?

blue garden shed

Source: Pinterest from BuzzFeed

Why It Makes the List:

If red is not your thing, but you still like color, then the slate blue of this next shed would be a great choice. The contrasting white scalloped trim along the eaves and white trim around the doors and windows give this sweet garden shed a crisp yet charming character. It even boasts a lucky horseshoe over the doorway.

Main Takeaway:

Your garden shed doesn’t have to look boring! Adding a bit of color to the walls and trim and planting foliage around it will actually make it become an attractive focal point in your garden instead of a storage eyesore.

Source: BuzzFeed

5. Garden Castle

Why It Makes the List:

 This shed has tons of character. We love the castle theme and the rather unusual shape to this garden shed that is used as a great place to get together with some close friends. The beautiful stained glass windows on the wooden slat doors are a lovely feature and the addition of a pot-bellied stove ensures that the party can go on into the wee hours even as the temperature drops.

Main Takeaway:

Garden sheds do not have to be reserved for just your gardening tools. They can also be used as an additional outdoor meeting space. This shed just might start a new saying – “A man’s garden shed is his castle.”

Source: Unique Hunters

6. Cozy Corner

Why It Makes the List:

This lovely corner shed beautifully nestles into and makes the most of the tight corner space in this smaller backyard.  The soft cream color is a lovely complement to the surrounding greenery and gorgeous stone patio. This cozy outdoor room will make a wonderful getaway when you need a little “alone” time or a place for you and some old friends to catch up.

Main Takeaway:

If you are short on space in your garden that doesn’t mean that you have to forego the idea of having a garden shed hideaway. With a clever corner design, even the tiniest of gardens can have room for this cute addition.

Source: Dunster House

7. Hobbit Hideaway

Why It Makes the List:

Let’s face it, this style of garden shed isn’t for everyone. But if you are looking for a truly unique design, that speaks to your inner hobbit, this is the perfect choice for you. Despite its rather twisted and uneven appearance, this garden cottage is actually very solidly constructed with its stone veneer foundation.

Main Takeaway:

If you have a passion for fantasy, you can let that shine through in your choice of garden shed style. If your style is anything but standard and rectangular, you’ll love this rather quirky and whimsical design.

Source: Ryan’s Shed Plans

8. Small Spaces

Small Garden shed

Source: Pinterest from Lushome

Why It Makes the List:

Sometimes you need a little more storage space but you don’t want to invest in a full-sized garden shed. This tiny model has a small footprint but is certainly big on appearance. The lovely pine wood structure with plenty of windows will make a great place for storing your gardening supplies as well as give you lots of extra light for nurturing your seedlings.

Main Takeaway:

You can choose the size of shed that makes the most sense for you. The biggest one is not always the best choice. A smaller shed may more than meet all of your storage requirements without taking up too much extra space in your garden.

Source: Lushome

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If you are looking to purchase a garden shed, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you to find out how easy it is to Rent-To-Own your own building. Classic Buildings provides financing and most people even qualify with no money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

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! 

“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
 Read more testimonials here!

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