Oh, Canada

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In recent months, Modern-Shed has been getting more and more calls for jobs up in Canada.
We love our Canadian customers and can absolutely ship and sell to our northern neighbors, however, there is one important caveat to remember:
Due to the complexities of international labor laws, it is not legal for Modern-Shed installers to actually come out to your property and install a shed for you if you live in Canada. 
So, to reiterate, we can sell and ship to Canada, but we cannot install. We can absolutely help our Modern-Shed customers in Canada find contractors in your area who can help you finish the job.

Why we use … superior flooring

Talking about floors may seem boring.

However, a flooring system underpins an entire structure and gets so much use and abuse; it is the backbone of our structures. I mean, have you ever walked, jumped or put a grand piano on your walls?

Our customers use their Modern-Sheds for any number of uses, including home offices, gyms and music rooms. In order to give them the most flexibility with how they are going to use their shed now and in the future, we build our floor systems to last a very long time and endure any wear that may occur.

Modern-Shed flooring — built to withstand any number of musical instruments!

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The Modern-Shed Garage

Greater Seattle area — When David and his family of four moved into their Pacific Northwest home, built in 1912, there was a major problem sitting in the backyard.

“The home had an existing garage that was maybe 50 years old,” David recalls. “There were raccoons living in the walls. There was actually no back wall. It had totally fallen apart and the whole thing probably would’ve just fallen in.”

The family had the garage removed, but as they explored their options to build another unit in the backyard and expand their living space, they ran into some issues.

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The Modern-Shed Garage, featuring a frosted glass door from Northwest Door

“I was originally going to build a garage with a mother-in-law unit, we had it designed and everything, a garage with an apartment above it,” David says. “However it didn’t meet the requirements of the city we live in. It also was going to be very costly.” Continue reading

The Painter’s Dilemma: Meet Barbara

Before finding Modern-Shed, Barbara’s large-scale paintings had begun to take over her living space.Before finding Modern-Shed, Barbara’s large-scale paintings had begun to take over her living space.IMG_6718

“I’m a large-format painter, specifically I paint portraits, but for the last seven years I’d been painting in our dining room,” she said. “The last series I did were roughly 30-by-40 feet. Sometimes I do 36-by-72 feet work. I work in panels and by the end of the day I’d have stacks of paintings.” Continue reading

Why Should Men Have All the Fun?

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Author Erika Kotite spent nearly a year studying the “she shed” phenomenon for her new book, “She Sheds: A Room of Your Own.”
While men have got their man caves, women also need a space of their own, as many of our clients have come to understand. “She Sheds” shows readers how to create cozy getaways with inspiration from across the country.
In addition to building her sister a she shed, Kotite also featured a couple Modern-Sheds in her work.
Buy her book on Amazon and check out other blog posts for more inspiration on ways women use their sheds!

Sustainable Products We Love

Earth Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we at Modern-Shed don’t still care about providing sustainable products.

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Modern-Shed customer and artist Andy Yoder’s 200-pound globe created out of 300,000 matchsticks.

Our customers have invested in a wide range of “green” products that enhance their Modern-Shed experience, from Green Grid roofs to compost Envirolet toilets, but we also are committed to using products from companies that prioritize sustainability in our structures.

Some of the standard Modern-Shed “green” features include use of sustainable products such as James Hardie plank siding, glue-lam beams and Oriented Strand Boards (OSB).

Many of our materials are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, to ensure that our wood materials have been produced by high environmentally conscious standards.

Modern-Shed also uses durable materials like aluminum, galvanized metal and concrete-based siding and our windows are 100 percent recyclable.

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