Portable Buildings of Alberta

Utility Sheds

Discover our diverse range of utility sheds, designed to enhance your space with practical storage solutions. Ideal for storing gardening tools, outdoor equipment, seasonal items, and more, our sheds help declutter your home or garage, creating an organized and spacious living environment.

The gable-style roof of the Utility Shed offers the possibility of higher walls, enhancing the interior's spaciousness and allowing for taller storage shelves, as well as ample space for lawn and garden tools or ladders. Moreover, Utility Sheds are Engineer Certified.

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Prebuilt and Delivered

Our custom sheds are crafted with precision and care to match your specific design preferences. Once you’ve created your ideal shed using our intuitive design tools, we prebuild it to your exact specifications, ensuring every detail is as you envisioned. When it’s ready, we deliver it directly to your location, providing a seamless and hassle-free experience from design to installation.

For those in need of a quicker solution, we also offer a selection of ready-made sheds available for immediate purchase. These sheds are designed with the same attention to quality and craftsmanship as our custom options, ensuring you don’t have to compromise on excellence. Whether you choose a custom design or a ready-made shed, you can trust that you’re receiving a high-quality, durable product that meets all your storage needs.

We deliver throughout Alberta, Eastern BC, and Western SK, offering FREE delivery for the first 70km from our nearest dealership yard. Beyond this, a charge of $3 per KM applies. Please contact us for our dealership locations and more information.

We offer more than just utility sheds, we also specialize in garages, cabins, garden sheds, horse sheds, she sheds, offices, workshops, wood sheds, and more!

Customize your shed with a dormer package, only available for our sheds.

The Advantage of Having a Backyard Shed

There really are so many advantages of having a backyard shed for things like room for garden tools, backyard storage and patio furniture and even a potential workshop. Our sheds come with the floor included, and ready for your utility or storage needs.

Contact us for more information and to get a quote on the kind of shed you require.

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Utility Shed Package Includes

Dive into our selection of utility shed packages, where each structure is engineer certified, combining quality, safety, and functionality. Our range includes various Utility Shed Sizes, from a convenient 8’x 10′ to a spacious 16’x40′, designed to cater to all your storage needs. With an emphasis on durability and usability, these sheds are perfect for enhancing the functionality of any outdoor space.

Explore the options to find the ideal shed that aligns with your requirements
  • 6’3″ Standard Inside Wall Height {May Upgrade to up to 8′}
  • Single Barn Door {Double Barn Door on 10′ Wide and Over}
  • 16″ on Centre Pressure Treated Floor Joists
  • 2×4 Pressure Treated Floor Joists Standard {2×6 Pressure Treated Floor Joists Standard on 14′-16′ Wide}
  • 5/8″ Engineered Tongue and Groove, Engineered Panels {May Upgrade to 3/4″}
  • LP Smart Board Siding {with 50 Year Limited Warranty}
  • 13 Standard {Plus 5 Urethane Upgrade} Colour Options
  • 5/8” T1-11 Pressure Treated Siding Option {Limited Lifetime Warranty}
  • 5/12 Pitch Gable-Style Roof
  • Choice of Metal Roofing {With 30 Year Limited Warranty} 6 Standard {Plus 12 Upgrade} Colour Options
  • Choice of Shingle Roofing {With 30 Year Limited Warranty} 4 Colour Options

Customer Benefits

  • Engineered Alberta Approved Construction
  • Optimize Wall Space for Storage Without Incurring Additional Costs
  • Every Shed Delivered Fully Prepared for Immediate Use
  • 50 Year Maintenance Free Siding
  • 30 Year Metal or Shingle Roofing
  • Specially Designed Flooring
  • Custom Colour Match Available {Match Your Utility Shed to Your Home/Yard Design}
  • Custom Add on options {Doors, Windows, Lofts, Workbenches, Shelving, etc}
  • Deliver Throughout Alberta, Eastern BC, and Western SK – the first 70km from our Nearest Dealership Yard is FREE {please contact us for our dealership locations}

Construction Details

Below are the details of our portable Utility Shed Package, featuring only the finest quality materials sourced from Old Hickory Buildings of Canada.

Utility Shed Framing:  Engineered 2×4 studs are spaced every 16″ on centre.  We double the wall studs wherever our siding has a seam so that both sections of siding will have a full stud width to be fastened to.  Exterior walls are sheeted with Premium LP Smart Panel Siding, then painted with high quality paint designed especially for the outdoor shed industry.
Utility Shed Roofing:  Trusses are spaced ever 24″.  The roof  is then sheeted with OSB roof sheeting and then sheeted with 30-year 29 gauge high quality metal roofing or residential grade architectural shingles.

Utility Shed Flooring:  4×6 pressure through treated skids that are notched at 16″ on centre to ensure consistent floor joist spacing. Recessing and toenailing the joists in the notches lock them in place ensuring the shed can be loaded, unloaded, and moved repeatedly without any warping of the floor system.

We use  2×4 pressure treated floor joists {2×6 on 14′ wide and over}.  The floor is then sheeted with 5/8″ {may upgrade to 3/4″} tongue and groove, engineered panels, which provide exceptional strength and stiffness for a flatter, more stable floor.  Advanced resins are moisture resistant.

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Want to Custom Design Your Shed?

Experience the creativity and precision with Old Hickory’s 3D Shed Builder. It puts the design process in your hands, enabling you to create the shed of your dreams.

Unlike other brands that rely on generic third-party configurators, their tool ensures that the shed you design is the one we meticulously build and deliver, giving you confidence in the accuracy and quality of the final product. All of our materials are sourced directly through Old Hickory Buildings.

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Utility Shed FAQ'S

What is a Utility Shed?

What is a Utility Shed?

A utility shed is a small, freestanding structure that is typically built outdoors and used for outdoor storage or as a workspace.

They are commonly found in backyards or gardens and are used to store various items such as gardening tools, lawn equipment like a lawn mower,  and outdoor furniture. These sheds can also serve as a workshop for DIY projects, hobbies, or other activities that require a dedicated space.

Outdoor sheds can be constructed from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, or plastic, and can vary in size and design depending on the owner’s needs and preferences.

Portable Buildings of Alberta also has Studio sheds, which can give you more flexibility and room when it comes to use cases.

What are some Examples of Utility Sheds?

What are some examples of Utility Sheds?

Utility sheds come in various shapes, sizes, and designs to cater to different types of storage and workspace needs. Here are some examples of utility sheds:

  1. Garden sheds: Garden sheds are designed for outdoor storage specifically they are used to store gardening tools, supplies, and equipment such as shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, and pots. They may also have shelves for organizing seeds, fertilizers, and other gardening materials.  A garden shed can also double as a storage shed.
  2. Tool shed: A shed specifically designed to store and organize tools, such as hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and power tools. Tool sheds often feature pegboards or shelving for easy access to frequently used items.
  3. Lawn equipment shed: A shed for the outdoor storage of larger lawn care equipment like lawn mowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers, as well as related supplies like gas cans and spare parts.
  4. Bike shed: An outdoor storage shed designed to securely store bicycles and related gear, such as helmets, locks, and maintenance equipment.
  5. Potting shed: A shed with a workbench and storage for potting plants, featuring ample light and ventilation for nurturing seedlings and propagating plants.
  6. Workshop shed: A larger shed that provides outdoor storage and space for woodworking, metalworking, or other DIY projects. These sheds often include workbenches, storage for materials, and built-in electrical outlets for power tools.  You could also call this a storage shop.
  7. Greenhouse shed: A shed that combines outdoor storage and workspace with a greenhouse area for growing plants, typically featuring transparent or semi-transparent roofing and walls for ample sunlight exposure.
  8. Pool shed: A shed designed to store pool equipment, chemicals, and maintenance tools, as well as provide a changing area for swimmers.
  9. Artist studio shed: A shed designed as a dedicated space for artists to work on their projects, featuring ample natural light, storage for art supplies, and proper ventilation.  This is also great for outdoor storage of things that aren’t affected by freezing.
  10. Home office shed: A shed that functions as a private, dedicated workspace away from the main living areas of the home, often featuring insulation, electricity, and climate control for comfort during work hours.  Outdoor living can really expand your home use and make for additional spaces.  These sheds are weather resistant, have common exterior width and common exterior lenght and we have a wide selection of sizes.

These are just a few examples of backyard sheds and storage sheds, and many people customize their sheds to fit their specific needs and preferences.

What is the most Durable Type of Shed?

What is the most Durable Type of Shed?

The most durable type of shed is typically one made of metal, such as steel or aluminum. Metal sheds are known for their strength, longevity, and resistance to weather conditions like rain, snow, and strong winds. They are also less susceptible to issues like rot, insect infestations, and warping, which can affect wooden sheds over time.

However, it is essential to note that the durability of a shed also depends on factors like the quality of materials used, construction techniques, and proper maintenance. Even the most durable type of shed can have a shorter lifespan if not built and maintained correctly.

It’s also important to consider other factors like aesthetics, insulation, and cost when choosing a shed material. For example, wooden sheds can offer a more natural and visually appealing look, and they can be easier to insulate compared to metal sheds. On the other hand, plastic sheds, such as those made from resin or vinyl, can offer a balance between durability, low maintenance, and affordability, although they may not be as strong as metal sheds.

In summary, while metal sheds are generally the most durable, it’s essential to consider various factors and personal preferences when selecting the best type of shed for your specific needs.

Are there Rules about Backyard Sheds?

Are there Rules about Backyard Sheds?

In Alberta, Canada, there are rules and regulations regarding the construction and placement of backyard sheds. These rules can vary between municipalities, as each has its own specific bylaws and building codes governing sheds and other accessory structures. It is essential to consult your local municipal office or planning department for the most accurate and up-to-date information relevant to your area.

Some general guidelines that may apply to backyard sheds in Alberta include:

  1. Permits: Depending on the shed size and location, you may need a building permit before construction. Generally, smaller sheds under a specific size (e.g., 10 square meters or 108 square feet) may not require a permit, but it’s important to check with your local municipality.
  2. Setbacks: There are usually setback requirements dictating how far a shed must be from property lines, other buildings, and specific features like utility lines or water bodies. These setbacks can vary depending on your specific location and zoning.
  3. Height restrictions: There may be height restrictions for accessory structures, including sheds, to ensure they do not obstruct neighbors’ views or cause privacy concerns.
  4. Foundation and anchoring: Depending on the size and type of shed, there may be rules regarding the type of foundation required and how the shed needs to be anchored to withstand wind loads and other weather conditions.
  5. Building codes: Your shed must adhere to local building codes, which typically outline the materials and construction methods required to ensure the structure is safe and structurally sound.
  6. Easements and right-of-way: Ensure your shed does not encroach on any easements or rights-of-way on your property, as this can lead to legal issues and potential removal of the structure.

Remember that these are general guidelines, and specific rules can vary between municipalities in Alberta. Always consult with your local planning department or municipal office before constructing a backyard shed to ensure you comply with all relevant regulations.

In Calgary – Accessory buildings have certain by-laws that are based on the size of the structure.  If the structure is under 10 square metres in size and is not sitting in a right-of-way there are no by-laws.

If the structure is over 10 square metres in size then there are a few by-laws.

  1. Must be a least 1 meter in distance from the main dwelling or garage.
  2. Must be 0.60m from the side and rear property lines. In other words, you cannot place accessory buildings that are over 10 sqm on your property lines.
  3. Must have maintenance-free siding. If the siding on the accessory building is maintenance-free, then it can be placed up to the side property line, but not the rear property line. 0.60m is still the required distance to the rear property line.

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Does a Utility Shed need a Slab?

Does a Utility Shed need a Slab?

A backyard shed does not always need a concrete slab as its foundation, but it depends on the size, purpose, and local regulations in your area.  A small garden shed for example may just need a flat area where it can be placed.  Some people also put their garden shed on gravel or pavers.

If your shed is intended to have heavier outdoor storage you may want to consider a more sturdy foundation, as storage sheds sometimes need that.  You want your outdoor storage to be as low maintenance as possible and keep your storage shed looking great for a long time.

 

There are various types of foundations you can choose from when building a shed, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages:

  1. Concrete slab: A concrete slab provides a solid, level surface for your shed and is suitable for heavy sheds or those used as workshops with heavy equipment. However, it requires more effort, time, and cost to install compared to other foundation types.
  2. Gravel pad: A gravel pad is a simple, affordable foundation option that provides good drainage and a level surface for your shed. It’s suitable for smaller to medium-sized sheds and those that don’t need to support heavy loads.
  3. Concrete blocks or piers: This foundation type consists of concrete blocks or piers placed at the corners and along the perimeter of the shed, with wooden skids or beams on top to support the shed floor. It’s a relatively easy and affordable option, suitable for sheds that don’t need to support heavy loads or for sheds built on sloped or uneven ground.
  4. Wood skids: Wood skids are pressure-treated wooden beams placed directly on the ground, upon which the shed floor is built. This option is suitable for smaller, lighter sheds and is relatively simple and affordable to construct. However, it may not provide the same level of stability and durability as other foundation types.
  5. Screw piles: Screw piles are metal piles that are screwed into the ground and provide a solid anchor for your shed. This option is relatively easy to install, and it’s suitable for sheds that require a more robust foundation but without the need for a full concrete slab.

When deciding whether or not your backyard shed needs a concrete slab, consider factors such as the shed’s size, weight, intended use, local building codes and regulations, and the ground conditions at the site. If you’re unsure about the best foundation type for your shed, consult with a local contractor or building professional to help determine the most appropriate option for your situation.

What are the Benefits of a Utility Shed?

  1. Storage Space: One of the primary purposes of storage sheds is to provide extra backyard storage space. Outdoor sheds provide the ability to store items that are not frequently used, such as gardening tools, outdoor equipment, seasonal decorations, bicycles, or even household items. By adding outdoor storage and keeping these items in a shed, you can free up space in your home or garage, helping to maintain a more organized living environment.
  2. Organization and Accessibility: Utility sheds or a storage shed can offer a designated space for storing and organizing various belongings. With shelves, hooks, and storage systems, you can keep items neatly arranged, making them easily accessible when needed. This helps reduce clutter in your living areas and simplifies the process of finding and retrieving items. It can also free up more storage space in your garage.
  3. Protection and Security: A well-built utility shed provides protection from the elements, keeping your belongings safe and sheltered. It shields items from rain, snow, sunlight, and other weather conditions that could cause damage or deterioration. Additionally, sheds with secure locks and sturdy construction enhance security, preventing unauthorized access to valuable items.
  4. Outdoor Equipment Maintenance: Utility sheds offer a convenient location for storing and maintaining outdoor equipment. When leisure season is over, you can store lawn mowers, trimmers, and garden supplies can be stored in the shed, keeping them protected and extending their lifespan. Proper storage also reduces the risk of accidents by keeping potentially hazardous equipment out of reach from children or pets.
  5. Flexibility and Versatility: Utility sheds are versatile spaces that can be customized to suit your specific needs. They can be transformed into workshops, hobby areas, or even small home offices equipped with windows. This flexibility allows you to utilize the shed for various purposes beyond storage, providing additional functional space on your property.
  6. Property Value: Well-maintained utility sheds and outdoor structures can enhance the value of your property. A well-designed and properly constructed shed adds functional appeal to potential buyers, as it offers additional storage options and organizational benefits. It can be seen as an attractive asset that sets your property apart. Sheds complete that backyard project and allow easy access to store products in a convenient place.
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