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Although not a new concept, backyard garden sheds have gained great popularity in the last decade. Smaller home designs and the need for more storage space explain the fact why more and more homeowners are adding a garden shed to their backyard. While a lot of Aussies are wasting money every month on self-storage   fees, others have realized that garden sheds are a much smarter alternative.

What Is The Purpose of a Garden Shed?

A garden shed is a small building used for storage. It can be simple or more complex, small or large, store-bought or a DIY project and it can be made from different materials to match your house’s exterior. It can be used for various purposes, including:

  • Storing gardening tools, a lawnmower, and other miscellaneous items;
  • Storing bikes and winter sports equipment;
  • Greenhouse or potting shed;
  • A child’s playhouse;
  • An office or a gym room, separated from the main house.

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But aside from having a place to put bikes, tools and other stuff away, sheds are not a merely clearing-backyard-clutter innovation. They are primarily designed to protect your stuff from the elements. In other words, investing in a quality shed will save you from making other investments, hence the importance to choose it right. Today, there is a wide range of materials, sizes and styles to choose from which means you will need to consider your needs and preferences and choose accordingly.

Material

Garden sheds can be made from wood, metal or plastic. Many would say that wooden sheds are the most durable as they have been used for centuries. They are also considered the most attractive. However, wood is a natural product that is subject to warping. It is just a natural consequence of the material being exposed to different weather conditions. While it can be nice to have a natural-looking shed in your garden, make sure you are ready to treat it annually with paint or preservative to keep its good look.

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Metal backyard garden sheds offer a number of advantages over their wooden counterparts. They feature an integrated locking system which prevents the door from being prised open. Some models don’t have windows to keep valuable items out of the sight of potential burglars. Metal sheds also give homeowners peace of mind that pests will be kept at bay, so the shed and its contents will remain unaffected. These units are also covered in a powder coat paint that makes them weatherproof and very durable.

Plastic sheds are the cheapest type of storage space you will come across on the market. Aside from the damp-proof membrane needed when installing them, plastic sheds require very little maintenance. However, these units are not very stylish and they can’t be repainted.

Size

When buying, you should also consider how you plan to use the shed and what you’ll store in it. If you want to keep your garden essentials in it, such as a lawnmower, rakes and small garden tools, then a small shed will provide just the right storage space you need. If you need enough room to store a BBQ and small garden furniture, a medium-size shed would be more suitable. For multi-uses, large sheds are the ideal choice as they enable you to store a wide array of goods. With a large shed, you might have enough room to create your own workshop.

The size of your yard will also be a determining factor when it comes to the size of the shed you can fit into your space. For small gardens and patios, a small shed (4×6 or 4×8) will provide much valuable outdoor space. Medium-sized gardens can make great use of medium-sized sheds for keeping gardening tools and medium-sized furniture. If you have a large garden, you can benefit from the extra storage space that large sheds offer.

Style

Don’t worry if your garden doesn’t have much space to offer. With the diverse range of shed styles on the market today, you are bound to find one that suits your garden. Pent or lean-to sheds, for example, are designed to be positioned on the side of a property, which means you don’t have to compromise on garden space. Corner sheds are also a great choice for small gardens. When style and size are important factors, metal sheds that feature sliding doors keep the unique compactness and tidiness while maximizing the space where they are placed.

Store-Bought or DIY Sheds?

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Although building a backyard garden shed is not Quantum Science, buying a finished product is most certainly the easiest way.
But if you are interested in how to make a backyard shed by yourself, here’s a short tutorial  to help you out in the process.

As multitools have become an essential part of everyday carry, the need to pack more in one small and compact piece of metal has been growing increasingly. With functionality becoming more and more versatile, the durability factor of a multitool has also seen a major upgrade especially now as Leatherman and other manufacturers are starting to offer a 25-year warranty on their products. But since nothing can withstand the test of time, it’s important to keep your trusty pocket friend in shape.

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Unfortunately, when it comes to the way your shared office at work looks, you don’t have much of an authority to make a change. But when it comes to the design of your home office – you’re the boss that makes all the calls. So, if you find yourself drawn to the way offices in the sixties were styled in, or are simply a huge fan of Mad Men – there’s nothing stopping you from recreating that exact look. Australian furniture stores offer an abundance of mid-century bookshelves, chairs, desks and other pieces to help your home office look like a place where Don Draper would brainstorm ideas over a drink. Let’s look at some of the steps to help you create a mid-century style office that will get you excited and motivated to work.

Use Mid Century Bookshelves to Keep Clutter at Bay

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Home offices are infamous for easily getting cluttered with folders, books and documents. But since the home office is a room that’s usually closed to guests, many don’t worry whether it’s messy or not. But even though other people won’t see your mess, allowing things to pile up on your desk can badly impact your productivity.

What’s more, a cluttered office goes against the very principles of mid-century design. As you know, mid-century and Scandinavian style share similar traits, and the love for simplicity, minimalism and order is one of them. With that being said, it’s important to have your things neatly organized and stored away. And one of the best ways to do so is to use a mid century bookshelf.

Depending on your needs and tastes, there are a number of mid century bookshelves designs to choose from. For instance, you can go for a traditional bookcase with evenly spaced shelves and a closed-back frame. But there are also mid century bookshelves with funkier designs like for example, cube bookcases and modular units cubby-like storage spaces.

There’s also the material to think about. Mid century bookshelves are available in a variety of materials, but if you want something lasting and beautiful – opt for some type of rich hardwood. For instance, solid oak has an attractive natural wood grain finish and is also known for its exceptional quality. In addition to oak, maple, walnut and teak are also good choices.

Besides serving as file cabinets and storage spaces, a mid century bookshelf can also be a great way to nestle some decorative items and framed family photos. After all, you don’t want your home office to be too serious, but placing décor on your desk will only clutter it up. By using a bookshelf for decorative purposes, your desk will remain free for the task you have presently at hand, and the lack of distractions can help you focus better.

What’s more, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a separate room function as your home office, and need to take care of work matters in the living room or bedroom – a bookshelf can serve as a room divider. With the help of a chunky bookshelf, you can separate your home office space from the rest of the room and give yourself some privacy.

Go for a Retro Colour Palette

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One of the most recognizable aspects of mid-century style is its unique colour palette. While Scandinavian uses palettes where neutrals dominate, mid-century is quite the opposite. To capture the essence of the mid-century era, use colours such as burnt orange, avocado, mustard and baby pink. However, these colours can sometimes be overwhelming and make it hard to concentrate. For that reason, contain them to the smaller office details – like for instance, pictures, ornaments, seat cushions and pillows. These pops of colour may be all you need. To balance these colours out, use furniture in brown and other warm, earthy tones.

Don’t Overlook Greenery

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Every office will benefit from a dose of fresh and vibrant greenery. Not only do plants help keep clean the air, but they are also known to have a positive effect on our mood. Even looking at pictures of greenery can make us happier. In addition, some plants can also bring a vintage mid-century vibe to your office, like for instance a Snake Plant, Spider Plant, Rubber Tree or Fiddle Leaf Fig. On the other hand, cacti and succulents are more appropriate for modern offices, and bamboo just screams ’90s.

Designate a Lounging Spot for Time-Off

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Some of the best ideas often come when you relax and allow your mind to wander. Whether it’s a chunky armchair or a comfy, upholstered sofa, a dedicated lounging spot will help you destress and refresh your thoughts so that you can get back to work with a clearer mind. To really pay homage to the mid-century era, you get an Eames lounge chair which is one of its most iconic designs. While the original may cost a small fortune, there are many affordable replicas that have the same mid-century appeal for less.

Having an outdoor kitchen has become one of the fastest-growing trends in Australia, and every year, more and more homeowners benefit from moving their indoor living space in the outdoors. This may be due to the popularity of cooking programs like Food Network, which has Australians hooked on preparing delicious foods. If you’re contemplating whether or not you should get an outdoor BBQ kitchen yourself, there are many things to consider in order to ensure you make the right purchase. An outdoor BBQ kitchen can be a huge investment, so it’s worth taking the time to do your due diligence.

Apple’s products have a lot going on. From Macbooks and iPads to iPhones – a range of products that many would argue are awesome and have space-age design aesthetics. While all that gives these products some advantage over Windows PCs, when it comes to data loss – things are pretty similar. You can accidentally delete files, reformat the hard disk or reinstall your operating system and cause detrimental damages to your data. In cases when data is lost, you are going to need an Apple and Mac data recovery expert to help you retrieve as many files and information as possible.

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In order to keep rain and the cold from entering your car, the doors, or rather their contours, need to be covered in a material that enables the proper sealing. Seals ensure a snug and tight fit on your vehicle’s doors, but not just any type of seals but pinch weld seals. These pieces of rubber basically fill up the space between the door and the jamb, and although they may seem complicated, they are actually fairly simple. Fitting them may not require as much skill as it does patience, but a bit of knowledge on the matter can go a long way.

What You Will Need

For this fitting to take place, you need certain things that will make it happen. You’ll need a drill driver for the panels, a cloth to clean up the dust, side cutters and a razor to get the correct length of the pinch weld seal. As with all rubber supplies of this sort, you’ll need to stick the ends of the pinch weld seal, for which you’ll need super glue and soapy water. You’ll also need a rubber mullet in order to place the seal inside as tightly as possible.

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Out with the Old

To get rid of the old used up seal, you’ll need to remove the panels that cover the pinch weld, loosen up the top panels of the door and then completely remove the threshold plate. Afterwards, you’ll need to pull out the weatherstripping by starting at the bottom of the door opening where you will find a tube that prevents the two ends from sagging. By keeping the rubber firm, the tube eliminates wind noise and water leaks. You should start removing the rubber seal from the vehicle’s pinch-weld by gently pulling it away. After that, give it a good wipe down so there’s no debris and dust in the pinch-weld.

In with the New

Once you’ve removed the old weatherstripping, it’s time to put the new one in place. You will do this by placing the U channel of the pinch weld seal around the whole perimeter using a rubber mullet. When doing this, try to get in as much as you can in order for the fit to be as tight as possible. This should be done because rubber supplies like the pinch weld seal shrink as they age. You will be left with an excess of about 3 mm, which you will need to cut out and superglue them together or sprinkle some soapy water on the tube to fit the two ends with the tube inside. In the end, put the top panels and the threshold plate back in place and you’re done.

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Being improperly dressed and being cold while hitting the slopes is a sure way to make your experience less enjoyable. Your first line of defense from the cold weather is your outerwear, which is why it is of the essence to choose quality pieces that will protect you from the elements without restricting your movement. However, choosing the best from the best can be tricky, as there are quite a few factors to consider when shopping online or from your local brick-and-mortar store. For that very reason, here are some of the most important things to consider when buying mens outwear.

Breathability

First things first, you’ll need to find a jacket and pants that have good breathability rating as you are going to sweat even if it’s cold outside, due to the nature of this sport. Quality mens outerwear for snowboarding is MVTR (Moisture Vapour Transmission Rate) tested, which means that the amount of moisture that can escape your jacket or pants in a 24 hour period is predetermined. If you are casually sliding down the slopes, then breathability of about 5,000 to 10,000 grams will do the trick, but if you are someone who likes to go a bit more extreme then you should aim for a rating closer to the 15,00 mark or above.

Waterproof Rating

While a breathability rating shows how much moisture can escape the jacket or pants, a waterproof rating shows just how much moisture can the jacket or pants keep out. Here the rating is measured in mm with the lowest recommended rating being 5,000 – you can go lower than that but it’s not a good idea. The same rating applies here – the range between 5,000mm and 10,000mm is suitable for the regular snowboarder, while the adrenaline junkies should look for 15,000 and above. Remember that the price increases together with the rating.

Durability

While waterproof and breathability ratings protect against the cold and keep you dry, what will actually make these properties last longer is the material of the clothing. Durable mens outerwear is made of tightly woven polyester or nylon, which offer the highest form of performance even in the most extreme of conditions. You should also check for the type of seams in order to get the best protection possible. The durability and quality of the waterproofing rating are reinforced with fully taped seams as they are made using waterproof materials both on the inside and outside. A jacket or pants with critically taped seams typically have this material only on the most vulnerable spots.

Camping is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature. However, for some, it can be a not-so-comfortable experience, especially for those who can’t live without the luxuries and convenience of modern life. Typically, when camping, most people don’t have the luxury of taking a warm shower, the convenience of a microwave, or the coziness of a memory foam mattress bed. But, luckily, it is not all bad news. Today, there is a wide range of outdoors camping equipment on the market that’s designed to make life in the woods a lot easier and more fun. Here are some steps you can take to ensure a comfortable camping experience and a more memorable adventure out in the wild.

There is no doubt that a garden shed is a practical addition to any home. It is a great storage solution that will help you store all your gardening tools, bikes and literally anything you cannot store inside your home. It is very natural for us people to collect a lot of things during the years. Some of them we use on a daily basis while others just seasonally. Garden sheds are the ideal solution to this never-ending problem. However, there are a few things to consider if you want to make the most out of your investment.