|Better Built Sheds
By Annette Langenstein, Staff
Les Glenn is the owner of Better Built Sheds, located on
Bayshore Drive, one block north of the Marshfield Bargain House in Coos
Bay. He's been building sheds for over 20 years, and is open 8 am
to 4 pm Monday through Friday. He's a one-man business, but isn't
entirely by himself at the shop. His three year old Queensland Blue
Heeler, Jake, keeps him company and lets him know someone has arrived
by barking like the dickens. "But he's lazy," says Les. "And once
somebody comes in here, he just wants to be petted."
Les has moved his business around over the years,
finally winding up in his current location, which is in a large
warehouse that has an upstairs office. "I have a sign out front, but I
need to put one of my finished sheds out there so people notice the
place," says Les. "Only trouble is, when people see a shed out there,
they want to buy it right away, and then I have to replace it."
Les Glenn of Better Built Sheds stands in front of his truck at his business on Bayshore Drive in Coos Bay.
I asked Les to tell me about what he builds. "I custom
build a variety of structures...everything from storage sheds to
greenhouses. Some people even use them as extra bedrooms,
although I don't think that's exactly legal. I use solid wood
construction for my sheds, as well as Lexan corrugated polycarbonate
sheets for the greenhouses. It's better than glass, and is tough
Les told me that last year he was busier than ever. At
one point people were waiting three months for their custom-made
shed. He has photos of his products for people to refer to when
picking out a shed model, but "all the plans are right up here," he
said, pointing to his head.
Usually Les will build a shed at his shop, but there are
times when he takes his flatbed truck out to a customer's property and
assembles the building right there. But he prefers to do his work
in the warehouse on Bayshore Drive where all his tools are.
I asked Les how his Shopper ads were working. "They seem
to be doing fine," he said. "I haven't had as many ads in lately
because I've been so busy trying to keep up with orders." I guess that
proves that advertising in the Shopper works!
So what does the future hold for Les and Better Built
Sheds? "I'll just keep on custom building these sheds for as long as I
can," said Les. "I had some injuries some time ago that prevent me from
working on my feet eight hours a day, and being my own boss let's me
take a break when I need to. I like what I'm doing."
As busy as Les stays, it seems his customers like what
he's doing, too. He says he has lots of repeat customers who have
multiple sheds on their property. And he'd like people to know that he
accepts all major credit cards. If you'd like to join those ranks of
satisfied people, give Better Built Sheds a call at 541-404-3802, where
Jake will be waiting to let Les know you've arrived.
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