If the building site is high and dry, you can set the blocks directly on the ground. However, if there’s any chance that rain runoff will occasionally drain under the shed, you’ll need to use a shovel to remove a patch of grass under each block, compact the soil with a hand tamper, then cover the exposed dirt with 2 in. or 3 in. of gravel before setting the blocks. The gravel bed will ensure that the soil beneath the blocks won’t wash away or become soggy.
It is easy to transform a garden shed into a stylish office space with so many design ideas out there. There are plenty of design platforms to help get you going, but when it comes down to it; your space should be uniquely you. Whether you prefer a more luxurious space or just need a space to gather your thoughts, your office shed should be a place you feel comfortable in.

When indoor and garage storage isn't enough, sheds are a perfect way to introduce organization to your backyard—and to your life. Available in a wide variety of materials, styles and sizes, there is one certain to meet every need and price point. We found some stylish examples, beginning with this Little Garden shed with double-hung windows and Dutch door entrance. Available at Family Home Plans. 
Just because you are using a garden shed, it does not mean that you cannot fancy it up! This gorgeous garden shed is the essence of luxury. The purple flowers just pop against that alabaster fence and shed. This is an adorable coffee area and definitely, a place you could sit and feel comfortable having some morning conversation in. The foliage in this scene definitely adds more class to the décor.
It’s unconventional, but building the roof upside down on the platform has advantages. First, you avoid a lot of ladder work. And second, you can nail the soffit material to the overhangs easily without having to work overhead and in cramped spaces. You do have to take a little extra care to make sure the framing is square and the perimeter 2x4s are perfectly straight before nailing on the soffit, though. Start by cutting out the rafters using the pattern in Figure D (in Additional Information below) as a guide.
After crosscutting the steel roof panels, we fastened them to the skip sheathing using self-tapping screws with a rubber gasket under the head. We drove the screws with an 18-volt drill and a socket wrench attachment, but we'd advise using a more sturdy nut driver because penetrating the roofing requires a fair amount of force. Finally, we screwed the diagonal braces to the posts.
The idea for this has been in my head for a while (and on a paper for a shorter while), but let’s face it: I need more DIY space — especially for tools and garden storage. The one-car garage I have is packed full all the time with the mower, gardening materials, woodworking tools, paint, and more. Even though I try as best I can to keep it organized(ish… meh) by cleaning it out once a year, that still means I spend a lot of time looking for the things I need in a very tight space (you would think losing things in a smaller space would be less frequent, but… nope).
Many people are switching to the renewable, efficient, and affordable fuel we all know as wood. Wood burning stoves and furnaces are built to be highly effective at making the most out of the energy potential in wood, while being extremely safe, and of course in some instances a beautiful and comforting fixture in any home. Burning wood properly is also clean. Gathering enough wood to keep the wood burning furnace roaring is a process that takes time and space, which is something that needs to be carefully considered. Wood needs to be kept dry, off of the ground, and in a place that’s easy to access. Wood sheds are essential to the home that heats with wood. If you’re thinking of saving some money by building your own firewood storage shed, we’ve got 10 great wood shed plans to get you started.
Ordering a prehung wood door like this from the lumberyard could cost as much as $1,000, but you can build one suitable for a shed at a fraction of the cost. We purchased clear pine at a home center and spent $120 for the boards. Photos 8 – 10 show how to build the door and mount it to a trim piece with hinges. The door consists of two layers of 3/4-in.-thick boards that overlap at the corners to add strength. Rip 1×6 boards to 4-1/2 in. on a table saw for the outside layer (Figure F, Additional Information below).

The next step after installing deck boards on the front porch is to build the attic floor. The 2×8 joists covered with sheets of flooring material provide storage space in the attic. We left a 4-ft.-wide opening for easy access to the front and back loft areas, but you could also cover the entire area with a floor and provide an access door or pull-down ladder instead.

Hendy Michelle from the website Vkool.com says, “Ryan Shed Plans is really a useful guide for woodworkers who really want to start a woodworking business. The e-guide includes many useful techniques to build a lounge chair and outdoor fireplaces. Additionally, the system also supplies blueprints, schematics and intricate illustrations of different shed plans. In other words, when ordering this program, people will have 60 days to decide if they want to keep the Ryan Shed Plans program or get their money back.”
We are interested in a 10 x 16 shed in our backyard. We plan on putting it near an area that is slightly sloped, leading to a low spot that collects water when it rains a lot. It will not be directly in the wet area, but close. Is compacted gravel recommended for this? Is there any problem with the shed sinking? Would a concrete slab be better for stability? We are in Rochester NY, and I think the frost line is 42″.
This charming backyard garden shed has been transformed into a beautiful art studio. Not only is the space relaxing, but also the fact that it was constructed from a shed makes the space much more affordable than having to go and build and office space from scratch. Once you have the groundwork done and your shed layout, you can decorate it any way you choose to make it uniquely you.
I’m looking at putting a 10 x 12 shed in our back yard (Michigan). I’m wondering what would be recommended – if anything – for a base. It looks like, from the installation process photos, that the builder will assemble the foundation and can put that directly onto the grass. Our ground is level enough – within the 6″ required – so I don’t think that would be an issue. It sounds like – from what i am reading – that I wouldn’t NEED to do anything to prepare in terms of putting down stone or anything. Is that correct?
It’s often necessary to stack two or more solid-concrete blocks on top of one another to create a level foundation. To keep the blocks from sliding out of position as you set the floor frame in place, use a caulking gun to apply a generous bead of construction adhesive between the blocks. You can also use the adhesive to glue shims to the tops of the blocks.
Start by cutting the 2×8 ridge board to length and marking the rafter locations on both sides using Figure K as a guide. Also mark the rafter locations on the floor along both sides of the shed. Next, set the ridge on temporary 2×4 posts and brace it with diagonal 2x4s (Photo above). The top of the ridge should be 76 in. from the floor. Cut a pair of rafters (Figure J) and set them in place to test the fit. Make any needed adjustments, and when you have a pair of rafters that fit perfectly, mark one of them as a pattern. Use the pattern to trace the rafter cuts on the remaining 2x6s and cut out the rafters.
I’ve been looking at building a tiny house out of (2) 12×16 barn sheds I want to have the sheds install on top of a 2′ concrete foundation wall to allow a second story loft. I’m not sure if I need footings they will be at right angles to each other separated at the corners by 3 to 4 feet I could send you a floor plan of my design and see what you think
Award Winning Designer, Candace Osmond has been in the industry for over a decade. She studied Interior Decorating & Design and is also an accomplished writer and multi-published author. When she's not typing away from the comforts of her desk, Candace can be found travelling to warm destinations, tending to her garden, or enjoying the outdoor haven that is her backyard. Candace currently resides in the breathtaking Maritimes of Eastern Canada with her husband, two beautiful kids and one slobbery bulldog.

Hello, I plan on purchasing the 16×24 two story Everest and converting into livable cabin. I am in process of demolishing dilapidated cabin currently on site and then plan on installing footer and concrete slab. There will be 1 bathroom and small kitchen on 1st floor. Do you have any recommendations for slab (4 inch vs. 6 inch)? Any thoughts on best way to run piping? Should I give slab installer any specific directions (anchors, etc.)? Does slab need to be exactly 16×24 or should it be slightly larger? Do I need to send the schematic I prepared showing location of windows and doors?
A 1964-built Eichler home was bought in original condition with vintage appliances, fixtures, and finishes. The new owners wanted to retain its iconic midcentury modern design, but requested that Gast Architects make some updates to create a calm, light-filled, and inviting home. Gast strived to preserve the signature finishes of the house while creating a larger, more modern kitchen, opening up the floor plan, and updating the master suite. The shed in the backyard repeats the lines of the main house, resembling a mini Eichler.
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.
A concrete base is the most common type of base for garden buildings and are relatively easy to build, but most people will hire a reputable builder to install the base. A concrete base must be installed in advance of receiving you garden building, this ensures the base has properly set before the building is installed. If the base has not properly set a build up of condensation can form within your new garden building.
A garden shed can be strictly functional, but it can also be a decorative focal point around which you design your garden or yard. These plans will help you build a basic shed, but don’t stop there! To customize your shed, you could create a combination toolshed and greenhouse, put a martin house on top, or use part of the shed for a chicken coop or rabbit hutch. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you could create a living roof of moss or succulent plants.
So it's not surprising that people often ask me for advice about putting together a backyard storage building. Sometimes I get asked questions that I couldn't possibly answer: "Do you think my husband and brother-in-law can build me a garden shed?" Or, "Would an 8 x 10-ft. shed be big enough to store all my stuff?" Gee, ma'am, I couldn't say. But often, the questions have something to do with shed design, framing or siding options. There, I can help. And so with these inquisitive souls in mind I present my favorite tricks of the shed trade.

This worked awesome. Build a 8x12ft greenhouse using these brackets. Be careful, the brackets are as sharp as a razor and will cut very easily, but it worked really well. Buy two, and 12ft 2x4s and 8fter's work great. Buy a deadblow hammer cause it takes a little persuasion since wood is never perfectly straight, but once you get the gist of it, you're on your way.
If the building site is high and dry, you can set the blocks directly on the ground. However, if there’s any chance that rain runoff will occasionally drain under the shed, you’ll need to use a shovel to remove a patch of grass under each block, compact the soil with a hand tamper, then cover the exposed dirt with 2 in. or 3 in. of gravel before setting the blocks. The gravel bed will ensure that the soil beneath the blocks won’t wash away or become soggy.
This open concept garden shed almost looks like a farmhouse. The open area would be perfect as a gathering area for guests or partygoers for your next backyard soiree. The super cute furnishings make this space absolute charming and it would be hard to pass up the opportunity to sit in this adorable, tiny space. This is a great space to utilize storage and double as an entertainment venue for later.
First and foremost, you will want to construct an ornate case to serve as your liquor cabinet. This should be easily accessible to whomever may be fulfilling the function of makeshift bartender. Secondly, a handcrafted station should be installed in a fashion that is inviting to all guests. L-shaped formats can help you cram in tons of extra company, but horizontal rows are equally alluring. When it comes to the counter tops, any composition will do. Just make sure the surface matches the stools.
I placed the screws about 8 inches apart throughout the layout of the floor.  For the plywood ends that butt up against each other, I install two screws on each piece exactly next to each other.  I then used some of the leftover dirt I had and back filled the sides of the frame.  Finally, I tamped the edges with my hand tamper at a slight angle so water will deflect away from the floor.
At first glance, this shed looks life an old craft spot or an antique area. Admittedly it does have a bunch of rustic decoration and wood siding which is less flashy and classy than vinyl would be. However this shed is rather new and of recent design. It a combination of the past and the present. IDEA: Create a reminiscent spot with a new shed with old decoration.

There are several ways to economize when building a shed: Install three-tab roof shingles instead of architectural shingles, or use grooved-plywood siding in place of cedar bevel siding. But don't ever skimp on the building materials used for the floor frame or plywood floor deck. I can't tell you how often I've walked into a shed and found the floor to be dangerously spongy. One building in particular had a floor so badly rotted it felt like one of those inflatable moonwalk attractions you see at carnivals.
Victoria, Australia-based Archiblox designs and makes sustainable, prefabricated modular residential and commercial projects. This simple, straightforward, and modern structure can be used as a studio, office, guest house, or pretty much whatever you desire. Modules can be grouped together for larger spaces and are designed to subtly echo the geometrical arrangement seen in nature.
It is easy to transform a garden shed into a stylish office space with so many design ideas out there. There are plenty of design platforms to help get you going, but when it comes down to it; your space should be uniquely you. Whether you prefer a more luxurious space or just need a space to gather your thoughts, your office shed should be a place you feel comfortable in.
We’ve also recognized that one shed design does not fit all. Our innovative modular system allows for tremendous customization to fit your exact needs. We offer millions of combinations of sizes, door and window placements, and colors and options. All of these have been thoughtfully designed to work together, and engineered properly to create spaces that function in a variety of climates and conditions. Our 3D Configurator allows you to design and price a building that meets both your needs and your budget without having to wait for architectural renderings, or pay the cost associated with design-build.
Set up a levelled formwork. This involves measuring, cutting and fitting timber to the shape of the base in order to contain the concrete. Check diagonal measurements to ensure the formwork is square and level as this will determine whether your shed base is 100% sturdy. Next, spread a layer ofwell-compactedd hardcore (all-in ballast or crushed gravel) and cover with a liberal amount of sand. This needs be well compacted and flattened down, preferably with a compacting tool or roller.

Homestead Structures would be happy to help you plan and build your new outdoor bar shed. Whether you’re looking for someone to complete the structure start to finish, or you just want a bar shed kit to build yourself, our product specialists would love to help you out! Call us at 877-272-7252 or fill out the form here to discuss your backyard project.

Door placement is also important. You often see doors placed on the gable end of the building, which looks nice, but makes it virtually impossible to reach items stored at the rear of the shed. A better alternative is to put the door on the long side wall, so that you'll be able to access items to the right, left and back. Another option is to install doors on both gable-end walls, so that you'll be able to easily reach items from either end of the shed.


Is there have a bunch of old materials laying around that could be put to good use? A few cool shed ideas, can turn even seemingly useless materials into a great backyard garden shed. Plus it can be done cheaply. With some old windows, used pallets, and even driftwood, plus a host of other retired materials, these garden shed ideas can bring your backyard garden to life.
Hey guys, We have started our own pub shed here in East Texas called K&K Bear Cave We have been working on it less than 2 weeks and its AWESOME!! We still have a lot of things we are going to do but I have been researching this for quit some time. Here is our FACEBOOK page if you would like to take a look! https://www.facebook.com/KKBearCave Stop in and say Hi and you saw this post, would LOVE to hear from ya!
Of all the different simple shed designs, this one uses simple stacked lumber siding in which each length of board is laid edge on to the one below it and nailed in place. While this design can be quite strong, unless you seal the gaps between each board with some form of caulking, it might let the rains come in. Once your little girl grows out of it, you can turn it into a dog house, or add plexiglass windows and a door to turn it into a storage shed.
When building a solid-concrete block foundation, it’s important that all the blocks be level. However, it’s equally important that the blocks in each row be perfectly aligned. The best — and fastest — way to line up the blocks is with a taut string. Install the first and last block in each row. Then stretch a length of mason’s line along the edge of the two end blocks and use it as a guide to set the intermediate blocks..
When you’ve decided on a shed location, dig two trenches 16 in. wide, 12 in. deep and 13 ft. long. Center the trenches 66 in. apart. Fill the trenches with a 3-in. layer of gravel and compact it with a hand tamper. Repeat this process until the trench is full. Use a level and long board to level the top layer of gravel. If the ground is flat, also make sure the gravel beds in the two trenches are level with each other.
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