|This is my actual shed...paint job courtesy of my wife|
We needed more room.
We needed a shed.
My idea of a shed is different than most. Most sheds are dark, damp places where rodents reign and trannys (car trannys, not schlong trannys...although to each his/her own) sit in the corner covered by tarps. I do not care for this type of shed. I want my shed to be an inviting, attractive place where I can access my belongings without fear of bombardment by black widows and dust mites.
I couldn't afford a tuff shed, nor did I need to land a motorcycle on it's roof. I also didn't want a cheap vinyl shed that you put together like Legos. Luckily, Costco was running a discount on their Yardline Everton Shed.
The Everton is 8'x12' with a 10' high peak. It has front barn doors, and attractive overhangs on the front/sides of the shed. There is a 3'x8' loft area, and a 8'x12" shelf on the back wall.
How did the Everton size up to the competition? Let me list a pros/cons list for the Everton:
Pros:Cost -- This was $999 with free delivery at Costco. It is a 1300 pound behemoth, so the delivery was nice. It comes bundled in a package the size of a small Kia, and you'll spend 2 hours unpacking and creating your own version of the Shed big bang theory.
Ease of installation -- If you have enough skills to build a model rocket or fix an RC car, you can build this shed. All pieces come pre-cut, and all hardware is included. I spent a little extra and bought some nails for my nail gun, which made the job easier. You'll be placing over 2000 nails by the time you're finished with this project. It took me 4-5 full working days to assemble/paint/roof. I spread that over a 6 week period. I'm lazy.
Storage -- This is a very large shed. This is especially nice because our preparation for the inevitable zombie apocalypse has caused our garage to be filled with ammo, food, water, napalm, and Chinese stars. We can now store all of our normal garage stuff in the shed.
Quality of materials -- The shed uses 2x4 framing, 16" on center joists, 5/8" floor-boards, and a large 56" door opening. It is feels very solid. I believe that in a pinch, you could store well over 100,000 rounds of ammo and 3 kegs of Milwaukee's Best without damaging the floor.
Zombie-proof -- The loft is about 6 feet above the ground floor. If zombies break through the walls or door, you could sit in the loft and calmly double-tap each intruder until they are all dead(er). I suggest storing some beef jerky, Mt Dew, and sunflower seeds in the loft at all times to replenish while you spray brains on the walls.
Cons:Cost -- This shed is not complete without spending additional funds. You will need to buy roof shingles, paint, wood glue, caulk, drip-guard, roofing nails, and an optional trip-wire for the entrance. These things can run you another 3-400 dollars depending on the quality of the items.
Quality of materials -- Despite the fact that the pieces of wood are pre-cut, you will encounter some bowed/bent pieces. The installation manual states that you can call customer service for replacements, but who's really going to wait around for a week to have a 2x4 delivered? I had 4-6 pieces that required some serious muscle power to straighten.
Back-wall shelf -- This thing is way too shallow. At 12 inches, you can only store paint or old porno magazines on it. This should be a 18-24" shelf.
Zombie-proof -- I give this shed a 1-hour rating until zombies break through the walls and enter. I strongly suggest having weapons on your person at all times, or storing some in the shed.
This is a great-looking shed at a very affordable price point. I had very few beefs, but they were enough to deduct 1 star. A solid 4-star rating.