Monday, October 20, 2008

Interior walls and shelves help organize.

A small interior wall can create lots of additional wall storage space.

In this shed a 4 foot wall separates a workbench area on the left from a u shaped shelf storage system on the right.

These shelves allow easy accessability to stored boxes and items.

The window over the workbench on the left creates a comfortable workshop with light and ventilation.
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Sidewall porch retreat.

Sidewall porch on a permier ranch shed with Redwood Decking and rails.

This style porch is created by extending the roof truss system and the steel floor system 4 feet from the normal endwall width.
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Tall Barn vs Tall Barn Pro.

Tall Barn (left) next to Tall barn Pro (right).

These are some of the differences:

The tall barn interior sidewall height is 6'3".

Tall barn Pro is 8'
Door height in tall barn is 6', Tall barn pro 6'8"
Tall barn Pro has 6" roof eves on all sides.
Tall Barn pro has 30 year dimentional shingles, tall barn has 20 year.
Tall barn = 7 year warantee.
Pro = 10 year warantee.
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Barn Garage with Loft living space.

Tall barn Garage on Auburn lot. 2 car garage with appartment Loft
Wrap around exterior stairway to loft.
Interior view of dormers in sidewall
Sidewall with no dormers.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mobile Home Park

Here's a tall shed for a tight spot. Customer wanted to store his Harley next to his mobile home without a lot of space to spare.
We used a canister roll up door for security and custom sized the shed to fit between the electical service and the property line.

Customer also had small 3 'rear access door to get into the back of the shed.
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can't build here

Customer wanted to build small shed barn with a loft on this location.

Tuff Shed builders did not have enough room around the outside to get their nail guns to work. They need 18" on all sides minimum.
Also, there was not enough room for us to build and then slide the shed into it's final position.

This water overflow pipe was part of an abandoned irrigation system over which a housing development has been built. There was no water in the system for years. Two weeks after we decided we could not fit his building into this space, the system was charged with water and the neighborhood was flooded to a depth of a foot for the entire block!
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Tall Barn Garage 22x26

This is a tall barn garage, 22 x 26, on the display lot in Stockton.

Gables in the 2nd story loft ad light and space to the upstairs storage area.

Garage level interior with man door and interior stairway leading to 2nd level.

2nd level, stairway rises below window on left.
Interior dormers with windows to right
Height floor to rafters = 8'.
Floor is 3/4 Tung-n- groove CDX plywood.. (high density, low voids)

Interior view of Dormers in the 2nd level of garage.

Dormers ad light and living space.
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Why Blog Sheds??

My name is Jack McKeogh and I am a sales consultant at Tuff Shed in Sacramento... one of the busiest showrooms and factories in the Tuff Shed system.
I spend my days listening to people who need to solve problems of storage, workshops, home offices, spare rooms, and garages.

For most of these folks, it is the first time grasping the idea of what a shed can do.
Most of the time I am going over the same concepts again and again.
A lot of my customers are on the phone or through Emails.
In the Showroom I can walk over to one of the sheds and demonstrate a concept.
But when I have someone on the phone I am challenged to explain without a photograph or series of photos.
So it is for these people that I want to have these concepts displayed in a convenient location on the internet.

There is a lot of ground to cover and I think this could help out a lot of people who are looking at sheds or garages as a solution to their problems.
When a specific problem arrises I will post an answer here in the blogg and that should help a lot more people than just that one customer.

Some of the topics I will cover in future bloggs:
  • Why a shed?
  • What are the differences between sheds?
  • How are the sheds built?
  • What do the builders need at my location?
  • How do I prepare my site?
  • How big can I go?
  • What's the difference between a shed and a garage besides the concrete floor?
  • How does the steel beam floor work?
  • What are my door options?
  • Can I put plumbing and electric in my shed?
  • How do I find out what town or county will allow me to build?
  • Setbacks and height limits: How far from my house, fence, garage, driveway? How tall can I build?
  • Will I need a permit? How do I get a permit? What does not require a permit. How does this effect my property values? My tax assessment?
  • What does my warantee do for me?
Except for the prebuilt sheds that we sometimes sell off our lots, every customer gets a custom made shed made to their requirements and desires, no matter if it's the simplest 4 x 6, or a 30'x60' studio or garage.
My manager likes to say we can build anything!

Left to right: 20x20 Garage, Pro Ranch with porch, loafing shed with Tack Room, Garden Ranch, lean-2.


Lot Shed Delivery

Many times people don't know what to expect when a shed gets delivered off our lots.
This is how we deliver lot sheds.

They are loaded onto a tilt bed trailer with a fork truck.

We secure the shingles against wind for transport over the road.

Then the shed is strapped down onto the tilt bed.

The truck will back up to the spot where the shed will be positioned.

We need to know where the owner would like the door positioned on the property.

That's the way we will load the shed door onto the truck.
We need to know that there is plenty of overhead and side clearance, that the ground will support out truck and that there is room to manouver.

Usually someone will drive by customer's house to be sure there are no unanticipated obstacles.
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lot sheds

Here is a sample of a Loafing shed.

Lean-2 interior

Exterior lean to

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Playhouse or potting shed

Children's playhouse built as a demo for homeshows.
Back view... interior space = 6' by 6'.. porch is 6 x 4'. Dutch doors and 2 small windows.
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