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Wood benefits

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Advantages of Wooden Material:

1. Wood is recyclable

Frames and heavy boards can be re-used easily. Wood waste can be used as an energy source or compost.

2. Wood is renewable

Sustainable forest management makes sure that companies that use wooden products do not take advantage of this resource.

3. Wood is ecological

During their growth, trees purify the atmosphere because they emit a certain quantity of oxygen, which is produced through photosynthesis. However, trees also store and give-off carbon dioxide. Without the intervention of people, wood would biologically degrade and convert into compost, as a result of which, CO2 would be released into the atmosphere. With the use of wood in construction, CO2 becomes stored in a fixed form; in turn the greenhouse gas impact on our environment decreases.

Therefore, using wood as a construction material helps purify the atmosphere by holding in a large quantity of carbon dioxide.

4. Wood is a low-energy resource and an efficient heat insulator

The production and processing of wood demands rather little energy when compared to other construction material. Moreover, wood is an excellent source of heat insulation. Compared with brick construction, the heat insulation capacity of wood is six times higher and as much as twelve times higher than concrete. When a brick house is heated, the walls absorb most of the heat that is exuded. With wood construction, the inside space and air is immediately heated, because wood is less dense than brick. The result is a warmer house that warms quicker and most importantly, a lower energy bill.

5. Wood offers light construction

The lightness of wood allows significant savings regarding the foundation.

7. Wood is tough

Wood has exceptional mechanical strength. The carrying capacity is five times higher than with concrete.

9. Wood is easy to use

Those who design wooden chalets can use their creativity to devise the perfect cabin.

10. Wood is cheap and durable

Building with wood is more affordable and efficient for several reasons:

A decrease in construction time as compared to other building material.
No heavy foundation is necessary; even in more swampy areas one can work with a foundation of foam concrete.
Durability with exceptional mechanical strength. Many believe that a wooden chalet requires much more maintenance and lasts for a shorter period of time than for example, a brick house. However, many places around the world have century old wooden chalets that are still in good condition. Nevertheless, the very important step of wood protection should be completed during and after construction to ensure a long-lasting building.
11. Wood is healthy

Wood purifies air. Wooden walls can breathe. It has been proved that people with asthma, allergies, and rheumatism benefit from living in wooded surroundings. Therefore, wood ensures a healthy environment.

Why choose us?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Garden sheds are useful for many reasons. A variety of shed kits are available for consumers to choose from. These versatile assets can be used as:

An additional room – Could your home use an extra room? Whether you want a guest room, a place for arts and crafts, an office, or a workshop with tool storage, a log shed is a perfect fit.

A child’s play area – Little girls will love playing “house” in a cozy log shed and boys will take pleasure in a place to call their own “fort”. Log sheds are an ideal play area that can be utilized in rain or shine.

A quiet retreat – Everybody needs a little time away for some leisurely relaxation; an affordable log shed will serve as your perfect getaway when needed.

An extra storage area – When you need more storage space or want a storage area that is light, airy and attractive in the interior as well as the exterior, unlike a stuffy attic a log shed will fill that void.

A place of work – Anyone who works from home can appreciate the concept of having a quiet and separate work space, especially if the home-based business deals with visiting clientele. Or, perhaps the student of the family needs a special environment to study, complete schoolwork or welcome a visit from a tutor.

These are just a handful of the many ways to make great use of your SolidBuild garden shed. Additionally, what makes a shed so versatile is that the purpose of the shed can change to fit your evolving needs. For example, a garden shed that began as a playhouse for a little girl can be transformed into an art studio for an aspiring teenage artist. This kind of versatility can be maintained for years, provided that the shed is of high quality and well maintained.

 

Garden Shed Assembly

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

It’s fun and easy to assemble our products. If you are building it first time and have the foundation ready it takes about 5 hours to assemble all shed and about another 3 hours to finish the roof. Clear and advanced manuals are included in every kit. You can watch the video or read step by step instructions and FAQ below. We know that your shed will look beautiful and you will love it like thousands of our previous customers.   We also are always here to help and assist you in any way possible, if a problem should arise.

Example of how to build Whales garden shed shed

The steps which you will be reading about here have been created to be as easy as possible to follow.  Hopefully you will find these extremely beneficial toward getting a beautiful shed constructed on your property.

Step: 1

Firstly, you want to organize all of your materials, and you want to ensure that you prepare the proper and most sound foundation to work with.  Now, you might use concrete, slab, solid block styles, treated wood joint or even piers; it is totally up to you.  Bear in mind here, with technical jargon and all in mind, the foundation is the heart of this structure so it must be perfectly level and balanced.  With regards to most kits that utilize treated joints, these are excellent for solid surfaces only.  If you are going to do your assembly on top of grass then you must go with the bigger joints to bring stability.  Consider something like:  4×4’s or 2×6’s to secure your shed on.

 

Step: 2

Your second step to this process should be in attaching the joints to the proper slab, or to a ground surface.  In this respect your shed will have a strong anchoring, allowing for it to maintain itself against huge wind gusts.  Now, you might want to utilize ground anchors, or even a concrete anchor style.  All of this will vary depending on the foundation you’ve gone with.

Step: 3

Once your foundation is secure you are going to finally begin building your structure.  The first two parts are known as starters.  These represent regular boards which are simply split in half.  You would screw them into the joints.  As mentioned in the beginning of this, it is good thinking to organize all your materials beforehand so that the assembly process will go fast and smooth.  This phase can be particularly amusing in some respects because the shape develops so rapidly, with only a small fraction of materials being utilized.

Step: 4

At this step you want to count your layers and make sure you have the appropriate number.  Because of the ease of assembly it is fairly easy to miss items with the doors and windows, so it is always best to double check the layers.

Step: 5

Installing the doors and windows is one of the most easy of steps too many.  The reason is that you’ll simply slide these into the proper openings and then voila!  That is it!  There is no nailing or screwing to the frame, and they will sit firmly in the frame just fine.  Of course, you have to construct a door frame for the door!  With regard to the frame, you need to take 4 of the long screws and place these in predrilled holes.  The doors come in after 4 layers have been attributed onto the structure.  These allows for ease of sliding the main door into place, simply because you won’t have to reach very high to do so.

Step: 6
Now, once the windows and doors are securely slid into proper place and fitting well, you want to focus on the layers again.  These determine how far you need to go up in the construction of the shed.  You will have excess parts remaining, but don’t worry about these.  Just focus on the layers, as mentioned.

Step: 7

When examining the construction, if you see that it appears to be a little loose in places then you can use the gables to start tightening it up.  These can just be slid into their correct spots.

Step:8
The beams that you’ll be putting to use in this step are the heaviest parts because they happen to be the thickest and the longest.  These also just slide into their coordinating positions, so pay careful attention to the right left and center ones to get them positioned correctly.

Step:9
Now you want to turn your attention to the roof boards.  These have to be put together in a very precise way.  You need to start from the front and ensure that the very first and the very last boards are securely nailed down.  If you are going to be screwing them in instead, using a power screwdriver can ensure they go in good and tight.  You might need to trim excess wood from the edges too, just to make the beams even.

Step: 10
With regard to shingles, you are going to want to invest in felt paper as it is the best.  For the fascia board you can put this on directly after the shingles, making it much simpler.  The nails you use for shingles should be no larger than 1inch.  If you go with anything bigger then the ends of the nails would be visible from inside the shed, so that is not a beneficial thing.

Step:11

In finality, you’ve completed what is hopefully a beautiful, well balanced structured shed in your garden.  Your friends and family probably won’t believe that you assembled it yourself, but feel proud!  You’ve achieved a great creative stand in shed design now. The only thing you might want to do now is stain or paint it, that is totally up to you.  If you do want a designer look then you can go with a three scheme matching color option, with one being for the door and window trim, the second for the roof beams and floors, and the final one for the rest of the structure.  Enjoy your final product!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is it difficult to assemble a garden shed by myself?

Building your log cabin is easier than you think. Detailed instructions accompany each kit. Piece by piece the components fit together to create a cabin that is at once appealing and durable. The result is a DIY job to be proud of.


2.  Do I need a permit to build my  shed?

Permit requirements may vary from county to county. Please make sure to contact your local building department for more information.

3. How long will it take to assemble a shed kit?

It depends on the size of the shed, but usually it takes one day to build a 10’ x 10’ kit.

4.  What is included in the kit?

The kit includes wall and roof components, glass doors and windows, all hardware plus extras, floor panels and trim parts. Everything except foundation materials and roof shingles are provided.

5. What kind of foundation do we recommend?

A firm, level base is essential. Concrete slabs or compressed gravel to support the cabin’s foundation timbers work best. However, the shed can also be assembled on patio stones, super spikes, or cinder blocks that are placed under floor joists.

6.  What do the shed kits made of?

These sheds are made out of solid 2″ tongue and groove northern pine milled logs, not panels. Thick logs and reinforced roof structures allow these sheds to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

7. Can the cabins be moved after assembly?

Yes. Some of the smaller cabins can be moved however, we do not recommend moving cabins larger than the 13′x13′ model.

8. How do I treat and care for my wooden garden shed?

Sheds are made out of wood and therefore, need to be treated just like any other wooden product. It is very important to apply wood sealant of your choice as soon as you erect your shed. By doing so, you will prevent discoloration caused by sun and possible water damage. Please maintain your cabin properly and it will surely keep its original appeal for many years to come.

Shipping

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Shipping of small sheds and garden cabins is free withing the 48 continuous United States. If you live outside of this area please contact the shipping department at  1800-590-2508. You will be given the date and time of the delivery so that you can prepare ahead of time. The average shipment is about 1000-2000 pounds. Because the crated shed kit are more than 10 ft long the shipping company’s can’t use the lift gate to unload it. The shed needs to be unloaded manually from the truck.

It is recommended that at least two people are ready to unload the shed from the truck, usually it takes about 30 minutes and the separate boards aren’t heavy. The customer is also recommended to have a wire cutter to cut through the metal strapping.

We use a number of delivery services depending on the nature of the products ordered. Your purchase will be delivered by our own vehicles or LTL Couriers. Make note that delivery of these buildings are only to the curbside unless otherwise agreed in advance. Please feel free to call and ask about any shipping concerns you may have.

Use your shed

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Garden sheds are useful for many reasons. A variety of shed kits are available for consumers to choose from. These versatile assets can be used as:

An additional room – Could your home use an extra room? Whether you want a guest room, a place for arts and crafts, an office, or a workshop with tool storage, a log shed is a perfect fit.

A child’s play area – Little girls will love playing “house” in a cozy log shed and boys will take pleasure in a place to call their own “fort”. Log sheds are an ideal play area that can be utilized in rain or shine.

A quiet retreat – Everybody needs a little time away for some leisurely relaxation; an affordable log shed will serve as your perfect getaway when needed.

An extra storage area – When you need more storage space or want a storage area that is light, airy and attractive in the interior as well as the exterior, unlike a stuffy attic a log shed will fill that void.

A place of work – Anyone who works from home can appreciate the concept of having a quiet and separate work space, especially if the home-based business deals with visiting clientele. Or, perhaps the student of the family needs a special environment to study, complete schoolwork or welcome a visit from a tutor.

These are just a handful of the many ways to make great use of your SolidBuild garden shed. Additionally, what makes a shed so versatile is that the purpose of the shed can change to fit your evolving needs. For example, a garden shed that began as a playhouse for a little girl can be transformed into an art studio for an aspiring teenage artist. This kind of versatility can be maintained for years, provided that the shed is of high quality and well maintained.

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012

All natural material: all natural pine wood, completely dried and ready to last for many, many years.

Health: provides a perfectly healthy environment for you and your family. Good for people with asthma or other respiratory ailments.

Aesthetic look: charming from the inside out. No need to plant greenery, bushes or vines to hide it.

Do-it-yourself: have fun by building something extraordinary with your own hands and save money doing it.  Easily movable sheds can be built in remote or difficult to reach places to create your own private paradise.

Cost: no extra money spent for windows, doors, hardware, floors, dry wall, or sanding. No hidden fees, what you see is what you get.