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How a Prefab Backyard Studio Changed an Artist's Life

A Prefab Backyard Studio nestled among some trees.

Any artist will tell you that in order to create high-quality art, you first need a dedicated space with sufficient lighting and little distraction. For some artists, this optimal space for art creation can be hard to find, especially when the busyness of life seems to encroach upon their lives. Thankfully, there is a solution to a problem such as this, as is evidenced by the inspiring story of Kelly Money and her beautiful prefab home studio.

Kelly Money painting with an easel in her backyard.

An Artist and Her Paints

Kelly Money is an artist who resides in New Hope, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she had fallen in love with the world of art, especially in the area of painting. Because of this love, she began pursuing a formal education in the art field at Mason Gross School of the Arts. While attending there, she experimented in several different types of mediums, but none of them seemed to satisfy her the way that painting did. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in fine art, Kelly once again returned to that first love.

The following years found Kelly working primarily with oil paints, painting anything and everything from still lifes to bridges to landscapes. In addition to this, she continued to further her education with local art instructors and masters in the Bucks County artist community. This helped her further clarify and pursue her unique style she was developing.

Eventually, that style began shifting towards a focus on horizon lines and cloudscapes. In doing so, Kelly had an intense desire to capture as many shifting cloudscape configurations on her canvases as she could. She felt that every distinct one that she captured had a hidden story that she wanted to pull out and portray to her viewers. Says Kelly, “I like to create a story. That’s what draws me in, and often what people respond to in my work.” As of today, her work continues to focus on the beauty found in landscapes and skies, especially low horizons with big, vivid clouds.

“I like to create a story. That’s what draws me in, and often what people respond to in my work.”

The Need for a Backyard Studio

In truth, however, Kelly is much more than just an established artist; she is also a wife, mother, and dog-owner. She realized these aspects were great blessings in her life, but she also realized that they could be a challenge for an artist. As a painter, Kelly thrived on serenity and meditation as a way to focus on the beauty around her, which eventually became subjects of her paintings. But with the busyness of life and the crowded conditions in her home, the serenity she needed was hard to find, and painting became a difficult task.

Kelly walking out the door of her prefab backyard studio.

Kelly realized she needed to find a solution that allowed her to once again find that serenity needed for painting, while at the same time fulfilling the responsibilities of being a wife and mother. To do that, she began exploring options for a backyard studio outside of her home. Some might call it a She Shed as it was to become a place for her creative talents to blossom. After searching the web for a local shed manufacturer in the Philadelphia area, she eventually found another artist who had bought a prefab backyard studio from Sheds Unlimited. This fellow artist had great things to say about her experience and, as one might expect, this inspired Kelly to experience Sheds Unlimited for herself.

Kelly realized she needed to find a solution that allowed her to once again find that serenity needed for painting, while at the same time fulfilling the responsibilities of being a wife and mother.

Kelly's Prefab Backyard Studio after completion at Sheds Unlimited.

Prefab Backyard Studio: A Dream Come True

And thus, the process of creating a custom backyard art studio began. Working with a team, Kelly designed a space that she felt would help her once again capture that serenity, a place filled with ample light and dedicated working space. Once this customization phase was complete, Sheds Unlimited began assembling Kelly’s backyard studio dream.

As one might guess, the procedure for assembling a prefab backyard studio is much more time intensive and detailed than an average shed. Such a project called for electrical work, wood finishing, and insulation in addition to the assembling of the shed itself. Kelly realized that her home art studio project was going to take some time and that the end product would be well worth the wait.

"It was quite a process," says Kelly and "There were some mistakes made," she continues, "but the team was amazing about remedying them and delivering a shed I am thrilled with.”

Turns out, the mistakes had to do with the colors of the shed that did not turn out quite right. To make it right, "they actually remade the shed which was amazing," says Kelly, "Kyle Zook handled everything, He was very professional and wonderful to work with. He gave me the option to have [a] discount or remake it."

I had to wait longer but it was worth the wait

The interior of Kelly's Prefab Backyard Studio.

Eventually, the day came when Kelly’s wait was over. Her backyard studio dream was finally complete. Even the prefab studio shed delivery was complicated as it had to go through the long driveway and even across the neighbor's yard. 

Now she could once again enjoy painting in serenity! 

“The workmanship is beautiful and I couldn't be happier with the end result. The only drawback was I had to wait awhile, but it was worth it. I would definitely use Sheds Unlimited again if I have the need.”

I would definitely use Sheds Unlimited again

Kelly's six year old son looking out the window of her backyard studio.

Generally off-limits, Kelly has been known at times to let a few visitors in to see her beautiful studio. This includes her six-year-old son, whom Kelly allows to join her occasionally so that he too can experience his mother’s work process and cultivate his own artistic aspirations.

Thanks to a new prefab studio, Kelly’s dream has become a reality right in her own backyard, and she can once again balance the demands of being a wife, mother, and painter. “I LOVE my shed/studio! You have no idea. It’s seriously changed my paintings and work ethic having so much light and a dedicated space. I could go on…”

Sheds Unlimited Customer Reviews...

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Great, great,great job. From the time we walked the extensive invintory on the lot to the clean up after our shed was installed. Couldn’t have went smoother. The communication thru the process was spot on. The 3 young men that installed my shed couldn’t have been nicer or worked any smarter. Couldn’t be anymore satisfied. Thank you so much

Mike keavec from 1317 Bonair Terrace Havertown Pa 19083

I am so glad I got my building here! The guys that put up my 16' by 28' were so polite & nice & really hard workers! I never even saw them take a break. The building is solid as a rock & the price was the best I found & I checked at least a dozen places. So glad I bought here!!!

Kelley Fisher from Blandford,MA

Great experience from beginning to end. We are well satisfied with the construction and delivery of our shed. We have had several neighbors comment that the shed looks nice. I would recommend Sheds Unlimited without a second thought.

Sanford Alabovitz from Reading, PA

The Shed is a good quality. everything went very smooth with everybody at Sheds Unlimited. The staff was always friendly and answered my questions very quickly. The delivery guy was great, did a great job helping in leveling the shed out. I highly recommend buying a shed from you guys.

Steve from Howell NJ

Sheds Unlimited is a fantastic company to work with. They were really patient, friendly and professional while we customized our shed.We just had our shed delivered yesterday and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Buy from Sheds Unlimited with confidence.

David Henderson from Swarthmore, PA

From the first call to inquire about our shed through the delivery process, I was more than satisfied. Customer service and quality were both outstanding, which is less and less common to come by. Delivery was terrific and quick and we love our new shed. A+++

Alyson from Middletown NJ

A perfect experience. Some things to note from my experience:

1. The website is informative and very easy to navigate
2. The people you will speak with when you call are pleasant and eager to help
3. The ordering process is simple and accurate
4. The delivery was as described (and fun -- we all enjoyed it).
5. The shed is very well constructed.
6. Lastly, the price. If you find a better deal, chances are the quality won't be as good.

All in all, a perfect experience. I couldn't be happier and I'll be recommending old.shedsunlimited.net to my friends!

Erik Nelius from Freehold, NJ

Purchased  8x12x10 shed. Easy customization, easy delivery, easy to deal with, pricing.....fantastic

Michael C from Manville, nj

FROM MY FIRST PHONE CALL TO SHEDS UNLIMITED UNTIL MY DELIVERY, IT WAS A FIRST CLASS OPERATION. THEY ANSWERED MY NUMEROUS QUESTIONS AND WORKED WITH ME ON MY DELIVERY DATE. THEIR PRODUCT IS EXCELLENT AND VERY COMPETITIVELY PRICED. WHEN OTHERS SEE MY SHED, I WILL BE RECOMMENDING THEM TO SHEDS UNLIMITED.

Tom Beck from Warrington, Pa.

We have just received our Classic Woodshop Shed and it is Beautiful!

We started our journey with Sheds Unlimited with Mark Beachey; he walked us through all the different features and price points and was extremely patient with us in our decision process. He was very helpful and knowledgeable. We finally selected the Classic Woodshop Shed and started planning for its arrival. We explained to Mark that we would be traveling and that mid September would be the best time for the Shed to be delivered. Mark stated that that would coincide with their building schedule and we should have no problems getting it delivered in that time frame. Mark was a delight to work with.

We were told in an email that Austin Beachey would be handling the coordination of the delivery and to contact him via email. This is where communication seemed to break down. We sent our email, with a picture of our completed pad, and received no response. We called, to speak to Austin, and the receptionist stated that she could not locate him. We provided our phone number and email address, and were assured that Austin would reply to our phone call. After waiting a week with no response, we called a second time and attempted to speak to Austin, but we were in the mountains and the phone signal was very weak on our end. We were able to let him know that we would send a second email with pad picture to start the delivery planning. The second email was sent, with pad picture, and we received no response. After the third email, we finally heard from Austin and received a tentative delivery date of sometime the following week or the beginning of the week after. No real date was provided. Then we waited and waited and waited. At the end of the first week we sent another email query, and this time Austin responded. He said that he had responded to our most recent communications, but the email that he sent to us with the “delivery date” had gotten stuck in his draft folder. It happens. Chalk it up to electronics. We accepted that and moved on. We were given a delivery date of Monday September 25 at 2:30. GREAT! Finally the shed would be here. Got a call Monday morning on the 25th from Austin stating that the driver was going to be delayed and it was going to be closer to 4:30 pm. No problem. Shed was going to be here at 4:30 … still no problem.

Delivery of the shed: 4:30 p.m. - no shed … 5:30 – no shed. The delivery truck finally showed up around 6:30 p.m.; two hours late. That I dealt with, BUT at 6:30 at night it was starting to get dark. By the time the one and only person that delivered the shed was able to get it off the truck and onto the Mule, it was very dark. We helped guide the driver in getting the shed from the truck to and positioned on the pad. Our lot is 300 feet deep and very dark where he had to place the shed. We had to provide lights for the driver to be able to see to put the shed on the pad. Finally got the shed on the pad and situated around 8:45 pm. Our delivery driver was great and worked very hard to get the job done. We give him 5 stars.

Keys to the shed: We do not have a key to get into the shed. The driver explained that he normally has a Master Key that will open the door and allow us access to the shed's interior to get our set of keys for the shed locks and to inspect the shed. The driver did not have a Master Key to enter the shed. He stated that he had explained this fact to Austin, but that piece of information was not provided when Austin notified us of the later than expected delivery of our shed. The driver explained that, when we called to pay for the shed, we should ask to have a key delivered to us. We’ve had the shed two days, and we have yet to enter our shed to inspect it. When I spoke to the receptionist the next morning, she stated that the company is mailing us a key and it will take about 3 days; we believe the key should have been FedEx’ed overnight.

Recommendations: Have someone personally contact (not via email) the customer regarding the pre delivery and post delivery to ensure everything is on track and all parties are kept informed. This allows all parties involved to communicate any unexpected circumstances and to solve issues before they become problems. Always have two delivery drivers. Getting the shed off of the flat bed, on to the Mule, and moved to the pad is a very impressive operation, but the process is filled with moments of danger. If the delivery driver had gotten hurt, the customer would have had no idea how to give aide … Safety above all else!

The bottom line is that we will highly recommend Shed's Unlimited to friends and family; we would go back to Shed's Unlimited to purchase another shed should we need one; and we were happy with most of the process. We acknowledge that the communication challenges could have been handled better on our end. Thank you ALL for your work in planning, building, scheduling and the delivery of our beautiful new shed.

Bob and Karen Moen from Portsmouth, VA