Additional options include ready-built sheds that are shipped completely assembled. Find out if these will need to be finished, sanded, and painted or stained. Prefab and already-built sheds are an attractive concept, but investigate shipping costs. Consider feasibility and logistically how you'll manage the project. Some sheds are delivered by a truck equipped with a crane. Will the crane be able to drive on your property and deliver the building without tearing down walls or fences or plowing over a lawn or garden?
Here is a nifty idea for a backyard shed. Use it for all your power tools, gardening essentials, and even lawnmowers. A shed like this is a great way to protect backyard items that you do not want to lose due to common weathering wear and tear. These tools, especially the more expensive tools such as the lawnmower, will be protected no matter the season and will promote the longevity of your equipment.
The fact that they’re lightweight also makes them really quick and simple to install. Each panel features an interlocking mechanism on each side which attaches in seconds to the other panels. Most people can expect to lay around 100 m2 of these plastic pavers in just an hour, so there’s no need for building your shed base to take up your entire day.
When it comes to building a shed on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is by using reclaimed or recycled wood for every part of it you can. Depending on where you live, (at least in my area) there are always old homes being torn down. Most of this wood is still perfectly usable and is more affordable than buying new. Not only this, but you are doing your part to reduce the number of trees being cut down.
It is good to consult your local building council and show them your shed foundation plans to check if you need any building permits. This can vary from area to area. Choose the construction site wisely. Make sure it is easily accessible. Check that there are no trees or shrubs growing near the shed. The shed must be situated in an area which receives ample sunlight and air.

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The female version of man caves are she sheds: havens to escape that can be designed and decorated in whatever style the owner desires. Inspired by a tiny hummingbird viewed nearby, this shed is aptly named Hummingbird Cottage. Lovely photos on Instagram reveal that the shed is used for art projects, as a retreat, displaying vintage pottery, and for entertaining friends. Extras like a hanging faux-crystal chandelier, potted flowering plants, wreaths, and stained glass give it a personal touch.
Not sure what to do with the old shed you aren’t using for storage? Refurbish it and turn it into a bar space! This is a fantastic idea for the couple that loves to entertain or the house on the block that is notorious for throwing parties. It is such a cute idea and given there are so many great ideas out there, you can easily turn the space into a chic bar area in no time.
There are a few styles of pier blocks available, including one that has a square hole molded into the top through which a vertical 4×4 post can be inserted. Another type has a flat wood block set into the top so you can toenail a joist in place. For building shed foundations, I prefer to use Dek-Block piers. Each block measures 8 in. high by 11 in. sq. and weighs about 45 lbs. Molded into the top surface are a 3 1/2-in.-sq. recessed socket and a pair of 1 1/2-in.-wide slots. The socket accepts a 4×4 post; the slots are used to support a 2x floor joist. Because Dek-Block piers can accept either a joist or a post, they can be used on very uneven sites and badly sloping terrain.
If you're like most people, your shed is probably a little hut in your backyard that you don't think about much—a tiny eyesore filled with rusty tools, boxes full of junk and other knick knacks.  Which is why we're loving that home owners are starting to repurpose these forgotten storage spaces into something awesome: tiny bars located in their very own backyard.
Did you always want to dine outside? Well, this is your chance. Although it looks a bit like a box of matches, this space may be exactly what your yard lacks. It is obviously not suitable for storage and it’s not available as a building kit but it sure adds some elegance to your backyard. It’s not very cheap either, but this depends on the contractor.
Need a space to unwind and relax? Turning an old shed into a spa wonderland is not that far-fetched! Space could easily be converted into an area for your hot tub or even turned into a sauna. If you have a hot tub already, it would be easy to use a shed to build a protective covering around it. If you do not have a hot tub, you can start from scratch and turn the outdoor shed into the luxury spa of your dreams!
This is the last of our photos on garden shed designs. However it is not the least. While most of the other nature-friendly shed designs are more about meshing with the greenery around them, this shed is more fitting to the barrenness around. The setting here is dryer and more desert-like, but no less beautiful. The natural wood look fits great with the sand and the rocks as well as the more desert friendly plants. IDEA: Try a desert garden and add a wooden and unpainted shed to compliment it.
Shed foundations fall into two basic categories: on-grade and frost-proof. On-grade foundations (sometimes called “floating foundations” — that’s this kind, not this kind) sit right on the ground and are sufficient for all but the very largest outbuildings. They’re also the quickest and simplest to build because they don’t require you to dig deep holes or pour concrete footings or piers. On-grade foundations are usually made of pressure-treated lumber or solid-concrete blocks.
For a seating area I cut 4 x 18 inch lengths of 3x3 post and I had some 12mm thick wood that I used for the seat but you could use ply board (I recommend 18mm for strength). Simply cut the ply to size then drive a screw through the ply board into the posts. Once made then use corner braces to secure in place to add that extra strength and make sure you test it out before you use it. If you are making a longer seating area then you may need more posts in the middle for support.
It is good to consult your local building council and show them your shed foundation plans to check if you need any building permits. This can vary from area to area. Choose the construction site wisely. Make sure it is easily accessible. Check that there are no trees or shrubs growing near the shed. The shed must be situated in an area which receives ample sunlight and air.
Lay down a covering of compressed gravel about 3 inches deep. Mix the cement with ballast in a ratio of 1:5. Keep adding small quantities of water the mixture as you mix but make sure it doesn’t become too diluted. Pour the concrete into the foundation and completely fill the framework to the top. The excess of concrete can be leveled down with the edge of a timber board by using a cutting motion along the entire top of the freshly laid concrete.
With the wall in position, secure it by screwing down through the bottom 2 x 4 plate and into the floor framing. Frame and erect the rear wall, followed by the front wall. Then, install the interior partition. If you're including a playroom, as we did, cover the partition side that faces that room with plywood, and screw it in place. Then install the final wall.
It is very critical to have a dry and level foundation. It is impractical to build a shed on an uneven foundation. This will prevent the wall sections (simple diagrams for making shed from scratch) from fitting into place when you try to secure them to each other. For sheds which will need to hold heavy items, it is recommended to build a concrete foundation. The two most common methods of building the shed foundation are as follows.
There are two 4×4 posts at the front of the shed that support the front half of the roof. Secure the bottom of the posts to the deck frame with metal post anchors. Tie the top of the posts together with the second (top) 2×4 plates that run over the top of the walls. Miter the ends of the 2×4 plates over the posts and attach them with screws (Photo above).
This simple shed design features steel building siding that comes in wide sheets. These sheets allow you to cover large areas, are typically easy to put up, and are incredibly strong. You can buy new sheet metal or seek out one of the many used building material vendors in your area to help keep costs under control. Note the clear plexiglass roof and extra-large windows for additional light.
Sheds are much more than a place to store stuff. they can also be a place to grow food. This garden shed has a clear roof to create a greenhouse effect. This sun shed provides plenty of room and natural light to do gardening all year round. It is one of those garden shed designs that is both fun and profitable. IDEA: Exercise your green thumb with a greenhouse shed.
Since outdoor space is limited in a big city, everyone knows you must make smart use of vertical real estate. For a greenhouse/shed in San Francisco's Bernal Heights, Step 3 Studio designed in open-framework structure that provides shelter for a garden shed that stores potting materials and plants on the ground floor. A steel staircase was built on site, which leads to a second level surfaced in steel grid mesh. The higher elevation is the perfect spot for container plants that require more sun. It's also a nice place to hang out and enjoy views of the city, day or night.

Typically, lean to sheds are a structure that you would not want to attach permantly to say your garage or other part of your house! Why? Well, damage can be caused to your permanent structure due to shifting and the like, and also attaching a structure to your home will require you to get a permit (you may have to anyway!) but anything you build that you attach to your home most typically requires a permit.

You’ll need standard DIY tools including a circular saw and drill to build this pub shed. A framing nail gun and compressor will speed up the framing. Since there’s a lot of trim and siding to nail up, we used a coil siding nailer loaded with galvanized ring-shank siding nails. You can rent a coil siding nail gun like this for about $30 a day. A miter saw and table saw aren’t required but will make your cuts more accurate. This is a big pub shed, but it’s no more complicated than a small one. If you have experience with deck building or other small carpentry projects, you shouldn’t have any trouble finishing this pub shed. There are a lot of materials to cut and hoist, though, so you’ll want to round up a few helpers. Expect to spend five or six weekends completing the pub shed.
This shed features plenty of glass to let the sun shine in. Note that it even has windows in the end gables for even more light. The use of both metal and clapboard siding gives this outdoor shed the look of a tiny home, which may help it blend into your backyard more easily. The double glass doors are perfect for letting in more cooling air or large items. This shed would make a great outdoor studio for the artist in the family.

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If you do not have a lot of bulky gardening equipment, but would still like to protect and store your standard tools, acquiring a smaller shed may be the best bet for you. This convenient space will provide shelter for all the gardening essentials and will help you keep all your tools organized. What a great feeling to know that all your tools are going to be organized within the same space and you do not have to go out and hunt for them all.
Sheds are much more than a place to store stuff. they can also be a place to grow food. This garden shed has a clear roof to create a greenhouse effect. This sun shed provides plenty of room and natural light to do gardening all year round. It is one of those garden shed designs that is both fun and profitable. IDEA: Exercise your green thumb with a greenhouse shed.
People are often a little dubious about the capabilities of our plastic shed bases, just because they’re plastic. However, they’re stronger than the majority of other bases available and are certainly a whole lot better looking. These base panels can withstand weights of up to 420 tonnes, meaning not only can they take the weight of a shed that’s filled with everything from garden furniture to bikes and barbecues, they can also withstand the weight of a HGV and pretty much anything else you throw at it!
This garden shed was built to be one of those sheds for sale that stands heads and shoulders above the rest. It was designed to appeal to what is popular in the current age. With a classy dormer roof and modern vinyl windows, it has all the modern eye is looking for. SHEDS IDEA # 19: Order a shed with all the bells and whistles to bring some class to your backyard. Start with filling out our FREE Quote Request Form.
The next step is to install the 1-in. x 9-1/4-in. trim board that fits against the soffit and runs around the perimeter of the shed and porch. This wide trim board forms one side of the false beam that runs around the porch ceiling. Add a 2×4 frame to the underside of the porch ceiling to create the false beam. Then nail the grooved panels to the porch ceiling and cover the 2×4 false beam with trim (Photo above). You can install the corner boards at this stage, but the battens will have to wait until after you’ve built and installed the windows. Figures S – V show details for the siding and trim installation.
Each truss is made up of two 2 x 4 rafters and one 2 x 4 ceiling joist. The three boards are joined together with 1/2-in. plywood gussets. To speed up the assembly process, build all the trusses on the shed floor before erecting the walls. Start by cutting all the rafters to length with a 40° angle at one end of each. Cut 2 x 4s to 10 ft. long for the bottom chords of the trusses. Also, cut all of the plywood gussets.
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