Protect your vehicles by installing a new carport into your residence today.

How can a carport improve your home?

If you're looking into purchasing a custom designed shed or shelter for your vehicles, it could be worth looking into building a carport instead. These installations can offer a lot to your home, as well as add value to your property. Here are some of the key improvements a carport can provide to your home. 

Protection from the weather

Looking after the integrity of your vehicles is important. If you have no room to build a garage, creating a carport is just as effective at providing the cover needed to protect your car. Whether this be shading from sun to prevent paint fade, or looking after your car from heavy rain during the winter months, there are a number of reasons why you'd want to cover your vehicle. 

Extension of your home

One of the brilliant bonuses of installing a carport in your residence is that you can use it as an extension of your home during the summer. What this means is that the hot weather will be no match for your shaded, outdoor area. Simply set up a few chairs and tables to instantly create a great space for you and your family to spend time, outside but under the shade. 

Save time 

Carports also tend to be faster to build than a garage. If you're looking for a fast solution to your residential problems, looking into the creation of a carport could be the best step to take. There are a number of different designs to choose from, giving you the opportunity to find something that suits the overall aesthetic of your home. 

Get in touch with the team at Shed Boss to discuss the options available to you and begin working towards the development of your own carport today. 

Turn your custom designed garage into a new bedroom or any number of other rooms.

Three interesting uses for a custom designed garage

Building a custom designed garage is definitely a good move to make if you're interested in creating a safe space to store your car. After all, this is what garages are most often built for in residential settings. However, this doesn't mean it's the only use that a garage can be used for. Here are some interesting ideas for using a new shed to your best advantage. 

Man cave

It's a cliche that the garage is considered a masculine area. However, one awesome use for a garage outside of storing your vehicles is to convert it into a space for men and their friends to hang out without disrupting the peace of the home. 

These things are easy enough to create. Most simply need a rug, some chairs, a television and fridge for refreshments. Creating your own area to spend time in is a fantastic way to use the space afforded by a custom designed garage

Home gym

Working out and getting sweaty isn't necessarily something you want in your home. But utilising an outdoor space like the garage to set up your own home gym could be a brilliant use of the space. Setting up a basic weight system and a treadmill instantly gives you the means to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Bedroom conversion

This is a great option for those with older children looking to have an increased degree of privacy, but who are too young to move out of home yet. Simply think of your custom designed garage as a small granny flat. 

The only thing to consider with this is the number of power outlets in the room. Bedrooms often have multiple electronic devices – especially in this day and age – so making sure the garage has enough for your child will help maintain peace and order in the long run. 

Protect your children from insecticides, gasoline and all the other things often stored in garages.

Keep your custom designed shed safe: Tips for creating a risk-free environment

Like anywhere around your house, your custom designed shed could be home to a number of different things that could hurt or harm anyone going into the area. Minimising the threats throughout your home and garage is the best way to help stop people from getting hurt. However, the main difference between prepping a commercial shed and a residential one is that children could be coming and going more frequently, which means ensuring hazards are well out of arm's reach. 

Garage doors

For example, even the main entrance to a custom designed shed could be dangerous for unattended children. To ensure your door is secure, take a close look at all the nuts and bolts involved to make sure they're tight and secure. Furthermore, make sure all the garage door wheels and tracks are adjusted and aligned properly. Also be sure to provide adequate lubrication where needed.

Many problems with these occur when they begin to stop working as smoothly as normal and people begin pushing or pulling them harder than necessary. Avoid these situations from happening by tending to regular maintenance towards creating a shed that works like clockwork. 

Poisonous substances

Often sheds are used in residential areas as an alternative storage place for things like gasoline and pesticides - the types of things you don't want lying around inside your home for people to stumble across. 

If you're going to be storing these kinds of substances in the garage, make sure you put them in specifically designed storage places that are up and out of reach from wandering young hands. Or perhaps putting them under lock and key could be another option. Regardless, taking steps towards protecting your children should be one of the first things done following the construction of your new shed. 

Colourbond steel is a great material to use for the construction of your custom designed shed.

What are the benefits of Colorbond steel?

 If you're looking to get a custom designed garage from Shed Boss, the first step is getting in contact with the team to discuss the options available. One thing you'll learn is that all the sheds are made from Colorbond steel material, which is a specific choice made to help make the product as sturdy as possible. 

What are the benefits of Colorbond steel?

Understandably, before committing to such a huge investment, you'll want to know everything you can about what you're spending your hard-earned cash on. One of the best features of Colorbond steel is the strong durability that comes from the oven-baked finish of the material.

This helps the steel resist flaking and blistering during the hot summer weather and, when coupled with the corrosion-resistant base of the material, ensures you're shed will remain strong well into the future. The material has been tested under a number of different conditions throughout Australia and can be applied to a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential applications. 

Given the durability of the material, many of these custom designed sheds are also cyclone rated, which makes them a suitable option for building in states with harsher weather conditions. 

Furthermore, construction with Colorbond steel is fast and efficient. Given the flexibility of the product and the engineering put into the creation of the material, it's often a quick and easy option for erecting on-site, allowing you to save both time and money in the long run. 

Finally, sustainability is taken to heart with Colorbond steel. With less on-site wastage and impact on the surrounding environment, you can rest assured that your shed is being made and constructed in the most eco-friendly way possible.  

Safety and hygiene are two important factors to consider when building a new barn.

Maintaining barn safety in farming conditions

When you're looking into purchasing a garage or barn for your farm, there are a number of things that you should give consideration to before committing. One of the most important – especially if you have other employees working for you – is the safety measures implemented in the installation. 

Here are some tips to help create a safer working environment for you and your staff in order to help make your barn as safe as possible and ensure your venture remains as productive as possible. 

Adequate lighting

A number of incidents occur each and every year simply because people can't see properly in their environment. Depending on what you use your installation for, the importance of being able to see at all times is paramount. For example, if you're using the barn as storage for animals, you should ensure you're able to see clearly and avoid causing harm to either the animals in the building or yourself. 

Having a reliable source of lighting means you'll be less likely to misplace items that you need. Barns and garages are great options for additional storage – especially on farms – and being able to organise your equipment easily will help make your life a lot easier in the long run. 

Good signage

Another thing to consider is putting adequate signage on your barn, depending on what you're using it for. Leaving agricultural chemicals in there should be clearly labeled, both on the container and the barn door, just to warn people in the area of what's in the building. 

Furthermore, if you're storing animals in the barn, emphasise hygiene for you and your employees. Putting up signs reminding people to wash their hands and boots before and after working with the animals will work towards reducing the incidence of sickness and other health problems in the future. 

Protect your soil by installing gutters on your new shed.

Gutters: Protect your investment with forward planning

Rain is a natural fact of life. Just as certain as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, you can be sure that your new custom designed shed will be exposed to the the potentially damaging effects of wet weather in the near future. However, one thing that some people seem to skip on when creating their new installation is roof gutters. 

These are great for helping drain the water away from your new shed and protect the integrity of your design. Here are some of the benefits associated with installing gutters along the roof of your new shed.

Keeping people dry 

When people are coming and going from your home or the shed during the rain, they don't want to get wetter than they have to. Without gutters, water simply runs over the edge of the roof and plummets towards the unsuspecting people walking beneath.

Having a gutter installed means the water is caught and funneled way, removing any potential threat of being soaked coming in or out of the door. 

Preventing soil erosion

If you live in an area with heavy, frequent rainfall, it's possible that water constantly falling on the same spot can begin to eat away at the structural integrity of the soil around your shed. This can lead to a muddy, messy lawn with damaged grass and soil. 

This can make your home look unsightly and potentially be harmful, increasing the risk of slipping and causing injury. Luckily, installing a gutter with your new shed means the water is taken away from the edges and safely discarded. 

These are just two of the benefits associated with putting gutters on your shed's roof, but they show how important a little forward planning can be when it comes to shed design.

Increase the value of your home by installing a custom designed garage.

Adding value to your home: Consider a custom designed garage

If you're interested in ways to help increase the value of your home, it could be worth looking into making additions to your existing property. While some people may think installing a deck or extra bathroom could be the way to go, one thing that many houses these days are missing is a custom designed garage. While many have built-in ones, sometimes creating a separate space from your home is the way to go. 

What are some of the benefits of a custom designed garage?

One thing to remember is that a new installation like a garage will only add value if done correctly. In fact, shoddy work can actually detract from the value of your home. So ensure you get in contact with a professional to discuss the options available to you and be willing to have a say during the development stage. After all, you'll be looking to create the perfect garage to complement the style of your home. 

However, creating a wonderful space in your property can offer buyers something different and new. Ensure you make the garage large enough to be used for a number of different purposes. You don't know what potential buyers will want to use the garage for – whether it be for vehicles, storage or converted into another living space. 

Take this into account when planning with the builders. Discuss the chances of reducing space limitations – such as built-in storage areas – in order to leave the garage an open canvas for future homeowners. 

Furthermore, think about your property's location. If you live in a busy, crowded area, chances are there is often competition for parking spots in the region. However, offering an off-the-road solution can help entice buyers to consider your property, especially if their vehicle will be safe, protected and guaranteed a spot. 

Avoid flooding damage to your shed by taking preventative measures.

Prevent flooding: How to protect your shed from water damage

With winter well and truly here, Australia is being given it's fair share of wet weather. This could lead to a number of water-related complications, especially in states prone to flooding like Queensland. If you've recently invested in a custom designed shed, taking steps to prevent water damage from occurring to your new installation should be high on your list of winter preparation priorities. 

Placing your shed in the right place

A lot of prevention comes from choosing the right location for your shed to be constructed. For example, placing the installation at the bottom of a hill is typically not a good idea due to the tendency for water to run down slopes and gather at the bottom. Therefore, choosing a slightly elevated piece of land could be a brilliant way to avoid these complications in the long term. 

If this isn't possible, creating your own elevation by placing a concrete slab on the ground before commencing construction could create a good degree of height for the shed to be built, which will help prevent water from seeping into the shed. 

Install a separate drainage system

Another way to avoid internal water damage in your new shed is to create an independent drainage system around the outside of your shed. This will help to collect any bodies of water and get them funneled away from the shed without getting larger and causing damage to the installation. 

Have reserve options available

In the instance where the flooding is going to be inevitable, it's good to have a system installed to help prevent major damage to your property. Having a cache of sandbags put aside for these situations – especially in flood-prone states – will allow you to take early action and prepare the shed for the brunt of the force. 

Corrosion can be a major complication for sheds, with prevention being the best option for your future.

Avoiding corrosion: What are the benefits of preventing decay?

At Shed Boss, only the highest quality materials and practices are put to use when creating custom designed garages to help ensure you get the best product possible. This means building a product that will last you years and serve your needs to the fullest extent possible.

One thing that needs to be considered when looking into creating a garage in your home or workplace is longevity and avoiding decay. Exposure to the elements will naturally put your development through varying degrees of wear and tear – but avoiding serious cases of corrosion and rusting is one of the main things to focus on. 

What is corrosion?

Corrosion is the result of a chemical reaction within metal, most commonly a by-product of oxidation. This process creates a number of oxides or salts that begin eating away at the metal, leading to discolouration and, eventually, holes and overall degradation of the metal. 

The drawbacks of corrosion are wide and varied. Not only is it an aesthetic problem from a number of standpoints, but the overarching issues tend to head deeper than cosmetics alone. Corrosion often degrades the useful properties of the metal – including strength and permeability – which can lead to a whole host of problems if the issue isn't fixed or prevented. 

Luckily, Shed Boss take specific precautions towards avoiding these incidents from occurring. The materials used have all been engineered to meet the highest Australian standards in order to provide peace of mind to clients and give them the best quality product possible at the end of the project. 

If you're interested in building a garage at your home or place of work with the highest commitment to quality and corrosion prevention, get in contact with the team at Shed Boss today. 

Consider purchasing a custom designed patio before summer this year.

Make the most of your summer: Invest in a custom designed patio

While the winter chills may be cutting through to the bone right now, remember summer is just around the corner. The days of warm weather and shining sun are on the horizon. Making the most of the great times ahead can be aided by considering investment in a custom built patio at your home. Become the ultimate entertainment pad by creating a space where long lunches can drift into late night revelry. 

Shed Boss offers a number of different options for those considering this approach. Making the most of your backyard and outdoor opportunities is the name of the game, with a patio offering the ultimate in satisfaction. Giving you the option to shelter yourself from the sun's rays while still feeling the cool summer breeze will make your backyard feel like paradise. 

The custom design means Shed Boss' experts can tailor the project specifically to your needs and property requirements, giving you the last say in customisation and allowing you to create a fantastic accompaniment to your home. Give your family and friends a stylish outdoor entertainment area to enjoy throughout the year, investing in your future as an entertainer in the long term. 

Furthermore, if the day comes when you decide to move on and sell your home, installing a patio is a great way to help increase the value of your overall property. Simply take care of the patio as you would any other part of your home and look forward to a boost in asking price when it comes to putting your real estate up on the market. 

If you're interested in this prospect, get in contact with the team at Shed Boss to discuss the options open to you. Getting construction underway in the coming months means you can have your new patio entertainment-ready for summer in no time!