Yearly Archives: 2015

All Tough-Structures Sheds are Custom Built – Except this One

All of our Tough-Structures sheds are custom built for each client and it typically takes 1-2 months before we can deliver your building to site.

As luck may have it we currently have as beautiful BRAND NEW 8′ x 12′ Contemporary Shed available for immediate delivery this week! We can even paint it any colour you like!


Tough-Structures: Contemporary Shed

Tough-Structures: Contemporary Shed

Having TWO doors gives easy access to your gear and they are STEEL so it makes it that much hard for thieves.

Our Tough Structures make an excellent:

High Security Bike Storage
Tool Shed
Garden Shed
Storage Shed

Contemporary Tough-Structure:

Size: 8′ x 12′
Siding: Painted 5/8″ Ranch Board
Doors: 36″ Steel Out Swing
Door 2: 48″ Locking Roll-Top Door
Windows: Acrylic Clerestory
Paint: YOUR CHOICE (if paint colours received by 9am Tuesday morning)
Roofing: Standing Seam Galvalume Metal (best roofing you can buy)
Options: Ground Skirt
PRICE: $7997 (taxes and delivery are extra.)


This building will be sold on a first paid gets it basis. 75% payment required on deal signature, balance on delivery.

If you want this building in your backyard before Christmas please get in touch with me right away.

Geoff Baker
Westcoast Outbuildings Inc.

4 Mind Blowing Tape Measure Tricks

Tape Measure Tricks

Tape No matter how simple or complex a project is, a tape measure is an essential tool that will be used. Yet, it has four features that most people don’t know about to make projects go even that much easier. Leah is a building trades teacher and demonstrates how to make life just a little bit easier utilizing the built in tricks on all tape measures.

She begins with explaining what that slot on the end of the measure is for. If you are by yourself and don’t have someone to hold it in place for you, a screw or nail can be put in and that slot will hold the measure in place.

The serrated edge of the tape measure is there by design as well. If no pencil is handy it can be moved back and forth to create a marking place in whatever is being measured.

Leah goes on to explain two more useful tips that will help to ensure the proper measurement is being taken. It is amazing how we can use a tool, yet be unaware of all of the total potential it has to make our lives easier. What great tips!


Factory Tour: Gulf Island Modular Cabin

Thanks for your interest in Westcoast Outbuildings, BC Leader in Small Structures.

As our company grows so does the size of our projects.

Late this summer we completed the supply and installation of a 912 sq/ft three module cabin to Salt Spring Island. It was a huge milestone for our company.

As we close out 2015 we’ve seen nearly 80% growth in our sales and the trend to larger multi-part buildings continues.

Right now in our North Vancouver Factory we have a stunning 660 sq/ft Modern Cabin under construction.

The building is so big it can’t be transported in one piece; to make this work we are building it in three separate modules that will be 95% complete when they leave our factory.

Once complete the 25′ long x 13′ wide modules will be carefully transported by truck and trailer via highway, BC Ferries, country roads and finally up a nearly 1.5 km long 1950’s logging road to their final destination.

It’s a VERY challenging delivery to say the least but we love the projects that other builders turn down!

These are exciting times for our company and the factory is all a buzzzz and a real hive of activity.

You’re Invited:

Before we ship out the modules in November we wanted to invite you down to our Factory for a tour of this NOT SO TINY cabin and see how our system works.

If you’ve been planning a project in your head or at the kitchen table with your family now is a great time to meet 1-on-1 time with our Team and discuss your modular or prefab building project.

Tours are being offered from 8:00 to 6:30 PM every day from October 21-31 (excluding Sunday’s)

To confirm a date and time that works for you please:

 Book Now


Geoff Baker
Westcoast Outbuildings Inc.

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Devils in the Details – Launching a Floating Sales Kiosk

Granville Island Floating Sales Kiosk

Our client (Vancouver Boat Rentals) came to us with a clear vision of what they wanted us to build. They wanted a Modern, Cleanly Designed, Eye Catching floating sales kiosk.

We’ve all heard the saying “the devil is in the details”. Part of building a solid and cohesive brand meant our client had to get the details right from the very start.


Granville Island Floating Sales Kiosk

Granville Island Floating Sales Kiosk

The Floating Sales Kiosk would be positioned prominently at the entrance to Granville Island and would be seen by tens of thousands of visitors a day and according to CMHC who manages the island there are over 10 Million individual visits to Granville Island each and every year.

I don’t know of many places in Vancouver that receives this type of exposure!

Typically when we build a structure for a client we act as a Design Build firm. We design the building with input from the client and ultimately build and deliver it. We always have some latitude to fine tune and adjust components as necessary to achieve the best look and feel (as we see it).

The clients vision for building and unwavering design aesthetic left no latitude for design changes.


I’ll be honest, at first I had challenges with this type of design oversight, and it wasn’t how we typically work; there was the occasional butting of heads.

Ultimately, our client’s vision forced us to Up Our Game and really strive to turn out the best product possible. There was no room for 2nd best here.

This floating sales kiosk was a true learning experience for us and the final outcome looks incredible. In the end I really appreciated my clients commitment to his design and his fortitude to see it through to completion.


Backyard Office Space: Creating Calm from the Everyday Chaos

Backyard Office Space:

Sometimes all it takes is a little distance to create the calm in the midst of the chaos of every day life and that is exactly what our client did.

Just feet from his backdoor, and tucked away in the tranquil backyard of his North Vancouver property stands this 8′ x 12′ Lifestyle Outbuilding Backyard office space.

8' x 12' Lifestyle Outbuildings: Backyard Office

8′ x 12′ Lifestyle Outbuildings: Backyard Office

Want to read more about this project and view the complete photo gallery?


P.S. We are currently working to obtain CSA Certification for our buildings. Once achieved we will be able to deliver our Lifestyle Outbuildings COMPLETELY BUILT to ANY Canadian Province or Territory and 7 US States including California without a local building inspection being required!

Global News Features our Micro Laneway House

Vancouver Micro Laneway House:

Over the last 5 years Westcoast Outbuildings has become the leading producer of Tiny Structures in BC.


12′ x 24′ Micro Laneway House Concept by Westcoast Outbuildings

You may have recently seen or read articles on us in the Vancouver Sun and on Global News discussing our soon to be released Micro Laneway House for the Metro Vancouver housing Market.


These affordable models will range from 200 – 500 sq/ft. with many being under $100K COMPLETELY installed and ready for occupancy.

Our cutting edge modular design means we will build your Micro Laneway House in our factory, deliver it fully built to rigorous CSA Certification standards which ensure top quality production.
Our goal is to have a micro laneway house in your backyard complete and ready for occupancy in as little as 60 days from building permit issuance.

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Tesla Energy – Elon Musk… Smartest Cookie on the Planet?

Listen to this man, follow this man, learn from this man.

Yesterday I spent 18 minutes of my afternoon watching Elon Musk CEO of Tesla Motors announce the creation of Tesla Energy and the Tesla Power Wall amongst other products.

Tesla Energy

Tesla Energy

I believe Tesla Energy is truly a world changing technology allowing people to break the chains of the “grid” as we know it and no longer beholden to coal fired power plants.

I don’t say that lightly in the slightest… Elon is probably one of the more brilliant members we have of the human race we have on the planet these days. A true visionary.

He has the knack of taking what looks like an overwhelming challenge and makes it very easy to understand and most importantly shows us the way through the maze of naysayers and get straight to the solution.


“We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky… the sun… you don’t have to do anything… It just works… shows up every day and produces ridiculous amounts of power.”

Watch the Vidio, listen to this man, follow this man, learn from this man. One smart cookie.

Size Does Matter: Why Small Living Might Be Better For You

Why is Smaller Better?


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