She Sheds: All Play & No Work
She sheds have quickly made their way into the mainstream imagination, joining the ranks of other custom home modifications like the Man Cave, Basement Bar and Game Room. And here at Direct Colors, we think that is a very good thing. If you don’t know already, she sheds are small buildings, usually in the backyard or garden, that offer women (hence the name) the space to pick up or embrace a hobby that their day-to-day life may not have room for. We see a lot of she sheds take on gardening themes, but that just barely scratches the surface of what they can be.
She-sheds may be seen as the outdoor version of a “man cave”—attractively designed to support women’s hobbies or interests, but often a she shed will double as private office space as well. However your she-shed evolves, remember that it should always be a place where you can relax in a pleasant environment doing something you love with minimal chores involved.
While many she sheds are decorated and designed down to the very last detail, it also helps to ensure that they are easy to maintain and durable! Just like with any home improvement project, you don’t want to waste a lot of time on upkeep and maintenance due to wear and tear. Concrete Flooring brings an affordable, easy to maintain design that allows you to match or create the exact look you want. Concrete floors are pretty enough to be featured in high end home design, but durable enough for outdoor use and abuse! Here are a few tips from Direct Colors for anyone considering a classy, low maintenance She-Shed of their own:
Integrally Colored Concrete Floors
Integrally colored concrete slabs make an easy and cost-effective addition for homeowners looking to enhance their home’s natural theme with a patio or walkway—they’re also a perfect fit for She Shed flooring. Simply choose a color to add with ready mix concrete, mix per instructions, and pour to form your slab. Concrete pigment provides a rich, uniform concrete color all the way through the slab that does not wear away. With hundreds of colors to choose from, it’s easy to match existing theme and to start fresh with a new one.
Once the integrally colored concrete slab is poured and curing, the homeowner has only one step remaining: apply the appropriate Concrete Sealer. Concrete Sealer enhances color, provides protection and makes clean up easy. Since she-sheds should be about fun and not chores, we recommend applying the Penetrating Sealer & Hardener for the quickest, easiest one-time sealer application possible.
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Shed Concrete Floor Size: Approx. 375 sq ft.
Project Completion Time: 7 Days
Estimated Project Cost: $1,096
Direct Colors Products Used
• 25 lbs of Battleship Gray 230 Concrete Pigment ($113.90)
• 1 Gallon of Penetrating Concrete Sealer ($109.95)
• 1 Pump Up Sprayer ($14.95)
• 1 Gallon of Residential Wax & Polish ($38.95)
• 9″ Floor Trim Pads ($14.95)
Other Products Used
• 139 – 60 lb. bags of Ready-To-Use Concrete Mix ($804)
Considering Flagstone or Pavers?
If you’re considering a flagstone floor or stepping stone walkway, concrete pigment is by far the best option, not only due to the color variety, but for the natural stone appearance this option offers. Read our Step by Step post focused on integral coloring and acid stain for stepping stones and pavers.