Designing Your Own Shed and Shed Options

You Have Lots of Options

First-time shed buyers, and even a few veterans, often underestimate the number of options at their disposal when shed shopping with us.

If you can wait a week or two, consider customizing your shed so you can get exactly what you want.

If you haven’t already, make sure to have read Things To Know Before You Buy Any Storage Structure. If you have that under your belt, understanding the options is much easier.

Available Upgrades and Options List

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Exterior Colors

Assuming you know what you’ll be using your shed for, and you know what kind of style you like, you can begin selecting the colors.

We’ve broken down color choices by the two types of sheds we sell — wooden sheds and vinyl sheds.

From the selections below, decide which color you want us to make your shed in.

Wood:

Almond
Almond
Buckskin
Buckskin
Dark Green
Dark Green
Navajo White
Navajo White
Gray
Gray
Red
Red
Lite Brown
Lite Brown
White
White
Blue
Blue
Pearl
Pearl
Tan
Tan
Dark Brown
Dark Brown
Avocado
Avocado
Clay
Clay

We use quality Finneran & Haley “Storm Plate” exterior paint.  Repainting is recommended every 5 to 7 years.

Vinyl:

Almond
Almond
Flint
Flint
Blue
Blue
Pearl
Pearl
Clay
Clay
Tan
Tan
Cream
Cream
Mist
Mist
Olive
Olive
White
White
Gray
Gray

All vinyl colors are available as paint colors.

Shingle Colors

Select a shingle color that coordinates with your shed's exterior and your home's shingles, if you wish.

Black
Charcoal
Nickel Gray
Barkwood
Forest Green
Biscayne Blue
Lite Green
Fox Hollow Gray
Lite Brown
Hickory
Dark Brown
Hunter Green
Blue
Mission Brown
Weatherwood
Pewter Gray
White
Shakewood
Williamsburg Slate
Weatherwood
Granite
Williamsburg Slate

Advice on Coordinating Shed Color and Shingles

Expert designer Will Hapeman advises, “You have a couple of ways of selecting a good shingle/color match.  The easiest- surefire way is to match the shingles to your home.  That’s a pretty safe bet because if you can see the shed and home in the same view, you’ll probably want them to match.  But if you have no siding on your house- let’s say your home is brick- the consider matching the shingle of your shed to the trim you used on your home.  Like a black shingle to pick up the black you may have on your house trim.”

We’ve listed in the shingle choices you have in 2 categories:  our standard shingles and our Architectural Shingles.  Standard Shingles have a flat appearance.  Although still sturdy (our Standard Shingles come with a 20 year guarantee) the Architectural Shingles are even more reliable.  Our Architectural Shingles are thicker than the standard shingles providing you even more insurance against roof leaks.  Our Architectural Shingles come with a 30 year guarantee.

 

Decide Which Options Make Sense For You

We’ve tried to incorporate as many options into our standard sheds as we could to please the most people.  But because we’ve seen folks use our structures for so many different uses, we’ve come up with a long list of options –some are free- that you should consider for your shed.

Consider this option….

If you plan to use your shed for…

 

 

Heavy Duty Ramp

Storing riding mowers, heavy snow blowers, push mowers, anything that will roll in and out

Ramp

 

Reinforced Floors

Parking a hobby car, medium sized tractor

End Vents/Ridge Vents

Storing flammables either in containers or in tractors.  The vents also will keep your shed cooler on hot humid days

12"x12" Arched Vent

8"x8" Vent

4"x16" or 8"x16" Vents (Painted Sheds Only)

Ridge Vent

 

 

Sky Lights

Using your shed as a workbench or work area as it lets in more daylight

 

 

 

Shelving

Storing smaller items like garden tools, pool  cleaning supplies, paint cans, or boxes like old tax returns-anything that you want to have easy access to

 

Porches

If you wanted to add a few square feet of actual living space for a bench or a few chairs, it also is real popular if you’re using your structure as a pool house

 

Classic Wood Doors

 

Classic Wood Doors

 

Wood Doors

 

Wood Doors

 

Double Doors with Transom Windows

 

Double Doors with Transom Windows

 

Wood Frame Covered with Vinyl Siding

 

Wood Frame Covered with Vinyl Siding

 

Five Lite Door

 

Five Lite Door

 

Four Lite Door

 

Four Lite Door

 

Nine Lite Door

 

Nine Lite Door

 

Eleven Lite Door

 

Eleven Lite Door

 

Double Steel Doors

If you wanted an upgraded and unique look to your shed, our steel doors let you choose between 9-11 or 15 individual “panes” of glass also in the standard square or with arched windows.

Double Steel Doors

 

Lofts

Storing items that you won’t need on a regular basis like Holiday decoration, summer patio cushions, or old records you need to hang to

 

Extra Doors

Storing your lawn mower but you don’t have enough space to move around, an extra door actually lets you store more and get in and out easily

 

Garage Doors

Storing cars, over sized lawn mowers, motorcycles, boats, go carts, 4 wheelers...anything that you would want easy access to

 

Door Pins

If you need to keep your shed doors open.  A real must, our door pins let you work uninterrupted without the door slamming shut

Door Pins Keep Your Door From Blowing Shut

 

Electrical Packages

If you wanted to use your shed for a workshop, studio, office, for power tools, our pre-wired packages will save you money if you think you’ll want power to your shed

Arched Doors

If you want a classier look to the front of your shed

 

Cupola

Is part of your landscape or curb appeal, cupolas dress up a shed to make it look like a real classic outbuilding.

Cupola and Weather Vane

 

Transom Windows Doors

Popular with upscale homes, the extra windows provide more natural light.

 

Shutters

The "Z-Pattern" shutters are wider and give your structure a more traditional look

Shutter Options
Raised Panel, Lowered, and Z-Pattern

 

Octagon Windows

If you want to add a detailed touch to either the ends of your shed or to the gable

Oversized Windows

If you want even more light.  On anything over 10 x 16 the oversized windows are much more to scale and looks sharper

 

Shingles

If you want to match your house shingles- nearly all homes come with the sturdier architectural shingles

Architectural Shingles
Architectural Shingles

3 Tab Shingles
3 Tab Shingles

 

Spouting and Down spouts

 

Spouting and Down spouts

 

Workbench

 

shed Workbench

 

Poly Flower Box

 

Poly Flower Box

 

Wired for Electricity

 

shed Wired for Electricity

 

Decorative Lamp

 

Decorative Lamp

 

Shed Specs

Shed Specs

Foundation: ACQ Pressure-Treated 4x4 Runners
Floor Joists: 2x4 - 16" on center
Sub Floor: 5⁄8" Exterior Grade Plywood
Wall Framing: 2x4 - 16" on center

Siding
Wood Sheds: Exterior Wood Siding
Vinyl Sheds: 1⁄2" Sheathing covered with Dutch lap vinyl siding
Roof Framing: 2x4 Rafters 16" on center
Roof Sheathing: 1⁄2" Sheathing
Shingles: 25 year fiberglass shingles
Windows: 18"x27" vertical slider

Doors
Wood Sheds: Reinforced 2x3 framing inside
Vinyl Sheds: Reinforced 2x3 framing inside with aluminum coil and vinyl siding on exterior

Skid Placement

Skid Placement

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Shed Options

Ramps      
  4' ramp    
  5' ramp    
  6' ramp    
  8' ramp    
         
Door Pins      
  Door Pins    
         
Gable vents      
  4"x16" & 8"x16' for Painted sheds    
  8"x8" for Vinyl Siding sheds    
  12"x12" for Vinyl Siding sheds    
         
Ridge vents      
  per 5' section of roll vent    
  per 10' section of roll vent    
         
Painted Doors      
  3' single Door    
  4' Painted Doors    
  5' Painted Doors    
  6' Painted Doors    
  7' Painted Doors    
  8' Painted Doors    
  12" Higher Doors    
  3' single (arch) Door    
         
Vinyl Siding Doors      
  3' single Door    
  4' Double Doors    
  5' Double Doors    
  6' Double Doors    
  7' Double Doors    
  8' Double Doors    
  12" Higher Doors    
         
Steel Doors      
  3' Single Door…(solid)    
  4' Double Doors….(solid)    
  5' Double Doors….(solid)    
  6' Double Doors….(solid)    
  Add 9 Lite window to any steel door    
  Add 11 Lite window to any steel door    
  Painted Steel doors……(per set)    
  36' Steel House Doorw/vinyl Brick Molding (solid no glass)    
       
Lofts  
  10 wides….(4' deep)  
  12 wides….(4' deep)  
     
Shelves  
  16" deep  
  24" deep  
     
Cupolas  
  18"x24" high cupola  
  22"x30" high cupola  
  Weathervain  
     
Roof  
  Architectural shingles  
  Install Customer shingles  
  30"x30" skylight  
     
Extra Windows/shutters  
  18"x 27" Slider window w/shutters  
  24"x 27" Slider window w/shutters  
  24"x 36" Slider window w/shutters  
  Picture Frame Trim around windows  
     
Solar Lights  
  Solar Light  
  Installed in shed  
Flower Boxes  
  Vinyl…(Regular 18")  
  Vinyl…(Regular 24")  
  Vinyl…(Regular 30")  
     
Electrical Package  
  2 outlets, 2 lights, 1 light switch, 50' of cord  
     
Garage doors  
  9'x7' Standard (solid)  
  9'x7' Standard (glass)  
  8'x6'6'' Standard (solid)  
  8'x6'6" Standard (glass)  
     
Floors  
  Upgrade to 12' reg floor joist  
  Upgrade from 12' reg to 12" Pt joist  
  Upgrade to 16" PT joist  
  Upgrade to 5/8" PT plywood  
  1" Insulation in floor  
  Center 4x4 in 8 wide sheds