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How to Use and Maintain Sheds in New England

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How to Use and Maintain Sheds in New England

Sheds are an important part of homes all around the country, but they play a special role in New England states like MA, NH, RI, and VT. In the Northeast, the changing seasons and often harsh winters make a quality storage shed a must-have for many homeowners. If you invest in a shed for your property, it’s essential that you make the most of it and take the right steps to maintain it. Here are some seasonal tips on how New England homeowners can get the most out of their...

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Do I Need a Permit to Build a Shed?

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Do I Need a Permit to Build a Shed?

A high-quality shed makes a great addition to any home—not only will it look awesome in your yard, but it’s the perfect spot to store your summer grilling supplies, fall landscaping tools, winter snow gear, and more. However, before you start construction, it’s essential to figure out if you need a permit to build a shed and, if so, to obtain the proper documents. Read on to educate yourself on the factors that dictate whether a shed requires a building permit. Permits on a Town-By-Town Basis The most important thing...

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Where Should My Shed Go?

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Where Should My Shed Go?

Investing in a new shed can be a great idea. Sheds give your home extra storage, functionality and can look great in your yard. But for use and style, it’s important that you place your new shed in the optimal location. Follow these tips so that you’ll know where to put your new shed so that it works for your yard. Think About Function First Are you planning to build a garden shed? Are your using it for a ride on mower? Are you storing snowmobiles or other tools? Place...

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Create the Ultimate Barbecue Shed

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Create the Ultimate Barbecue Shed

  In summer, autumn, or even in winter, grilling and barbecuing are some of the best ways to prepare dinner. Whether you’re looking to cook for some friends at a backyard tailgate before the big game or prepping dinner for the family, it’s important that you have the optimal set up for your grill and yourself to make the best possible meals. Aside from the grill itself, the best tool for this can be a great companion shed to store everything you need. That way you can go from having...

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6 Summer Shed Must-Haves

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6 Summer Shed Must-Haves

Summer is here! Make sure your shed is prepared to help you with every fun summer activity that comes up. Spend a little time this year getting your shed ready for the summer. Along with regular use and maintenance, ensure that your shed has all or some of these features so that you’re ready for every warm weather activity. 1. A Great Hose  Whether you’re watering your garden, your lawn, or setting up a sprinkler for the kids, you’ll need a quality hose. The summer is so short, don’t waste...

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What Shed Size and Style is Right for Me?

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What Shed Size and Style is Right for Me?

 Investing in a shed is a great idea for any homeowner. It allows you to add functional style to your yard for everything from storage to a specialty space.However, a shed doesn’t work if you get the wrong style or size. Nobody wants a shed that hogs the whole lawn or one too petite to fit your lawnmower. It’s critical to find the right shed for you, your needs, and your space. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the right shed size. Measure Your YardDo you know the...

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How to Organize Your Shed in One Afternoon

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How to Organize Your Shed in One Afternoon

Whether a gardening workshop where you tend to exotic flowers or a simple storage space for all of your outdoor adventure gear, your shed can serve a number of purposes. But whatever your shed is to you, it’s important that it is clean and well organized.Here are a few tips to help you get your shed from messy and cluttered to tidy and sorted in just one afternoon.Start by Cleaning When your shed is overwhelming and messy, it’s important to start by simply cleaning and sorting. Pick a nice, warm...

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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

You test the acidity of your soil to make sure it’s in perfect condition, carefully cultivate your compost heap, and strategically pinch off leaves to encourage growth in your prize plants. But do you have a place to safely store tools, soil, fertilizer, mulch, bulbs, and the plethora of other things you need to keep your enviable backyard in shape?If this question made your mind jump to an image of your meticulously curated garden supplies scattered among empty paint cans and rusty bikes in your garage, it may be time...

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Pool Area

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Pool Area

On a sweltering summer day, there’s no better place to relax than poolside. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that summer 2015 will be hotter and drier than usual in New England, so now’s the time to start making your outdoor pool area the ultimate place to chill out.Here are five ways you can enhance your summertime hangout, even if you’re on a budget.1. PlantsEveryone loves a lush surrounding, but there’s a reason most pools have wood or cement decks. Leaves, petals, and debris can clog your pool filter, so...

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