Outdoor Living4 min

It's Family Fun Month! 5 Ways to Use Your Shed for Family-Friendly Activities

August is Family Fun Month, so take advantage of the dog days of summer to make some great memories with your kids! Getting your kids to play outside isn’t just fun – it’s also good for their vision, social skills, attention span and overall health. Here are a few ideas to turn that practical backyard shed into a place for family-friendly activities that will get everyone outdoors.

Backyard Movie Night. Turn your shed into a movie screen by hanging a white sheet on the side, or project the movie onto a light-colored shed wall. To ensure everyone has a great view, create tiered seating by making the first row out of blankets or sleeping bags, the second row with low lawn chairs and the tallest chairs in the back row. Leave an aisle so kids can easily get snack refills during the movie.

Draw a Path. If you have kids, you know that anything involving chalk is generally a good thing. Turn your shed into a magical destination by chalking a themed pathway to the shed (think “yellow brick road”, “castle” or “theme park”). Decorate the shed according to the theme for a fun, temporary escape.

Create a Mural. Get artistic by hanging a canvas or large sections of paper on the side of the shed for kids to draw or paint a mural on. If you are worried about color from little hands getting on the shed, be sure to use water-based paints or chalk that can be washed off the siding once the project is done.

Put on a Play. Many kids love dressing up and basking in the limelight. Channel their enthusiasm by making your kids the writers, directors and stagehands in your own family play. Hang up a scenic backdrop on your shed and let the theatrical adventure begin.

Keep Score. Get a little competition going with a game of baseball, and to add some creativity, have the kids make a scoreboard out of poster board to hang on your shed. Worried about damage to your shed? LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products are resistant to impacts from common projectiles found in a backyard, such as golf balls, baseballs and rocks.

Enjoy the Versatility of LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® Products

No matter how you use your shed, LP Outdoor Building Solutions products are built to last. They are available for purchase nationwide through independent dealers. Find a shed dealer near you.

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Trends5 min

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

Curb Appeal5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

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5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?