Since a shed is an extension of one’s home, keeping it organized is important to living a tidy lifestyle. Unfortunately, sheds tend to be magnets for clutter. Because many homeowners store lawn equipment, gardening tools, and broken items in their sheds, messes can build up quickly. Here’s how to stay on top of a shed’s organization.
Take Advantage of Vertical Space
When only floor space is utilized, it’s easy to understand why even new sheds become cluttered so quickly. Many homeowners overlook just how much more storage space can be incorporated by taking advantage of vertical space. Install shelves, pegboards, and hooks on the walls to hang tools and organize loose items. One could also add a bookshelf or drawers to increase vertical storage space. To keep everything organized, make a habit of putting tools back where they belong immediately after use.
Organize Outdoor Toys
Parents know that toys have a way of ending up everywhere. To help the shed stay organized, install cubbyholes or bins to store any outdoor toys. This way, children have designated places to put their balls, nets, and shoes when they’re finished playing outside, and there’s no excuse for them to add to the clutter.
Get Creative and Upcycle
Extra lumber and pallets can get a new lease on life with shed organization. Pallets can be fashioned into simple bike racks by using the pallet slats to keep the bikes upright. Nailing a pallet vertically against a wall can create a space-efficient storage area for shovels and rakes. Old paper towel holders can be shifted into garbage bag dispensers, and old hanging shoe racks can be used to store paint cans and small tools.
When it comes to keeping the storage shed or garage clean, it’s all about efficient use of space. If your shed’s storage space needs an upgrade, contact Grey’s Woodworks at 845-985-7006 to learn more about our handcrafted items, and explore our 3-D Shed Builder to visualize your next project.
Taking a few hours to prepare the garage for the winter months will make it much easier for homeowners once the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall. Follow these five steps for a well-organized garage that will see the family through until spring.
1. Clean and Declutter
First, throw out, donate, or recycle anything from your garage that is no longer of use, from pool toys that didn’t last through the season to bikes and sports equipment that children have outgrown. Sweep out the space to remove dirt and debris to start the organization project with a clean slate.
2. Swap Out Seasonal Items
Shift summer items such as bikes, gardening tools, and hoses to the back of the garage. This leaves room to place winter items within easy reach, including snow shovels, road salt, and of course, sleds.
3. Install Wall Storage
Large items like snowboards, bikes, skis, and sporting equipment take up too much space on the garage floor. Solve this storage issue with durable wall racks. Taking advantage of vertical space boosts the overall utility of the garage.
4. Check the Snow Blower
Before the first big storm, make sure the snow blower is accessible and in good working condition. If repairs are needed, make them now and be prepared for every wintry forecast.
5. Keep the Cold Out
Check the garage door to make sure weather stripping is intact on all door and window seals. Damaged stripping or poor insulation can allow snow to enter the garage, as well as increase the home’s energy use and utility bills.
Homeowners who need additional storage can consider a handcrafted custom garage from Grey’s Woodworks. We offer four main styles that can fit one, two, or three cars as needed, all with a five-year warranty. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 845-985-7006 to learn more about our high-quality products and exceptional customer service.
When a garage gets so overrun with clutter that there’s no room for the lawn mower, it’s time to consider investing in an outdoor shed for extra storage space. Sheds come in many different sizes and styles, so it’s worth spending the time needed to research the available options. Important factors to consider are the shed’s siding, size, accessories, and builder.
There are many choices to consider for the exterior siding of your shed. Painted Duratemp siding is a low-cost option without compromising on durability. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance-free and made to withstand the harsh winter months here in the Northeast. Vinyl is incredibly versatile and is available in many colors. LP Lap siding and Breckenridge Board & Batten siding are composite sidings that give the appearance of wood without the maintenance. LP siding comes in a wide range of paint colors and Board & Batten siding is available in a choice of stain colors. Cedar and other specialty sidings are also available.
The ideal size of a shed depends on each person’s needs. A small Wood Shed, Mini-Barn, or a Patriot Shed may be ideal to store garden tools, firewood, and other supplies. A larger shed like an Elite A-Frame or Elite Dutch makes the perfect workshop and should have plenty of space for a riding lawn mower, several garbage bins, and some bulky yard equipment. Homeowners looking for a work area and enough room to store their mowers, motorcycles, and other tools should consider a custom-built shed or even a two-story structure.
After deciding on a material and size, it’s time to pick out accessories. These might include ramps for lawn mowers, wheelbarrows, and more; different door styles; lofts for storage; a workbench; and other optional items, including skylights, shutters, and flower boxes.
When you invest in a shed, you should be confident that your shed builders will provide the design, materials, and workmanship you’re looking for. Grey’s Woodworks is a family-owned business that’s built beautiful, handcrafted wooden storage sheds since 1979. In recognition of our commitment to quality, we’ve been voted best-in-class by the Times Herald-Record for the past two years. Each product we build is backed by a five-year warranty. We have several styles of storage sheds to choose from, and our online 3-D shed builder allows you to design your own structure. Whatever your storage needs may be, contact us to learn more.
There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book under a gazebo or hanging out with friends under a pergola. Although these structures are similar, understanding the details which make them different is important to deciding which structure is better for a particular home.
Gazebos are traditionally oval, octagonal, or hexagonal. Their prominent feature is their open, wall-less sides and cone-shaped roof. Although there are normally seats or railing around the perimeter of the structure, it is not completely enclosed unless you add an optional screen kit. Gazebos can also vary in size from only a few feet to a space that is big enough to host bands or parties.
Pergolas, also known as arbors, are made of pillars or posts topped with crossbeams and are generally square or rectangular. They are normally constructed from wood or vinyl, and feature an open lattice, which is commonly used to grow vines or other climbing plants. Unlike gazebos, pergolas do not traditionally provide shelter from inclement weather since they do not have complete roofs.
Choosing the Right Structure
There are many features of pergolas and gazebos that should be considered when deciding on which to build. Many who opt for gazebos do so because they offer seating and complete coverage, allowing one to enjoy the outdoors, even in hot or rainy weather. However, some people prefer the open nature of a pergola, which allows the sun to shine through or garden vines to thrive. In addition, where the homeowner wants to put the structure in their yard will impact whether a gazebo or pergola is more appropriate. For example, if an expansive deck already exists, then a pergola could be added to create a semi-shaded spot for a picnic table as an alternative to a traditional table and umbrella. Also, if the backyard has many flowering plants that need ample sunlight to thrive, then the gazebo should be placed in an area that doesn’t prevent them from receiving that vital sunlight.
Determining whether you’d prefer an open roof or total coverage is the first step of deciding whether a gazebo or pergola is right for your home. The next step is contacting a trusted woodworking company about construction! If you’re interested in beginning the process or learning about our financing options, give Grey’s Woodworks a call at (845) 985-7006 or contact us online today!
The leaves are falling, and autumn is finally in the air! In New York, fall is about more than just leaf peeping: it’s time for homeowners to prepare their homes for the heavy winter snow. With these suggestions, and a little hard work, anyone can be prepared for that first snowfall.
Gather Leaves and Debris
It’s okay to leave a few leaves in the yard, but thick layers can attract pests looking for a winter home. They also block sunlight and air from reaching the grass. Raking up leaves and other debris keeps the yard healthy during the cold season, and leaves can actually be shredded for mulch that can be used around the shrubs. Other old plants should also be cleared from the lawn and flower beds before Jack Frost strikes.
Prepare the Lawn
Once temperatures rise in the spring, water from melting snow begins pooling in the yard. Soil needs to dry out quickly for a lush lawn, and taking a few steps now can make that happen down the road. Giving the lawn one more mow and using a garden fork or aerator to break up soil helps guarantee that nutrients continue to nourish the grass’s roots during winter. Lawn fertilizer also encourages a greener springtime lawn.
Prune Trees and Bushes
Now is the time to prune trees and bushes before winter. Large branches can break under the weight of heavy snow, so out-of-place limbs should be cut back. Homeowners should also divide perennials, like roses or clematis, and spread them to other flower beds, but they should wait until spring to divide fall-blooming plants, like chrysanthemums. Planting annuals that like cooler fall temperatures, like pansies, keeps some color in the yard during the dreariest months of the year.
Don’t Forget the House
In New York, preparing for winter means more than just cleaning the lawn. A few steps need to be taken around the house to keep it properly maintained as well, such as stowing away outdoor furniture and cleaning leaves and debris from gutters. After that, power washing the deck helps prevent mold and mildew, and adding a weatherproofing stain can further protect the space from moisture. Water hoses, fountains, and irrigation systems should be drained and stored inside until spring.
Storage Options From Grey’s Woodworks
Once you’ve finally completed these tasks, your gardening and lawn tools should also be stored for the winter. Need a place to put them? A fully assembled storage shed from Grey’s Woodworks can be delivered to your home, and you can even build your own custom design with our 3-D Shed Builder. Call Grey’s Woodworks at (845) 985-7006 to learn more!