Flowers are always a good idea when it comes to creating a tiny shed space. No matter what you are turning your shed into, you should be sure to decorate the landscape around it appropriately. Going for a rustic, desert theme? Succulents and cacti are your go-to. Prefer an English garden space? Gorgeous multi-colored flowers and tiny table set up for tea would be perfect.
I just retired, had some spare time, and needed a garage large enough to store my stuff and small enough to not require a building permit in Boise Idaho. The 16x12' model fit the bill. I ignored the bulk materials list and bought lumber in groups small enough to fit in my Ranger pickup. I cut and nailed the trusses first, then the walls, then with help of my son-in-law (a carpenter) we stood it up on the foundation I had dug but my son-in-law had poured. It came out exactly 12' by 16' just by following the measurements given! Wow. My first project was a success, thanks to these plans. I used french doors instead of the single man-door, and two windows instead of the one. Overhead Door installed the garage door.
If you don’t already have a garden shed, but wish you did, take a look at the sheds shown here. Whether you want a simple utilitarian structure for storing tools and equipment, a workspace for potting, a playhouse for kids, a fanciful focal point for outdoor living, or something in between, you’re sure to find inspiration in these photos posted by members of our sibling site FineHomebuilding.com. Click on the links below to see more photos of these structures.
Although skids are often set directly on the ground, I prefer to lay them on a bed of gravel. The stone creates a very stable base that’s not likely to settle or wash away. Begin by laying the skids in position on the ground, then mark around each one using spray paint or flour sprinkled from a can. Move the skids out of the way, then use a flat shovel to remove the sod and about 2 in. of soil from the marked areas. Check the excavated areas to make sure they’re close to being level. If they’re not, remove a little more soil from the high spots. Next, add 3 in. to 4 in. of gravel. Compact the gravel with a hand tamper or gas-powered plate compactor, then replace the skids.
Thank you for visiting our blog. Yes, the 16×16 Aspen is a great choice as it offers lots of storage space and overall value. We would recommend footers that are slightly smaller than your typical one car garage. Considering ground movement, you definitely want that slab on a solid foundation to keep from cracking. Yes, the concrete pad can act as a floor with no wood floor needed, the bottom plate has to be a treated material. You’ll want anchor bolts placed in the concrete to place the treated plate to hold the shed to the concrete floor. THe shed is a true 16’x16′, so 192”x192″ are the dimensions. Great questions. Feel free to give us a call at 855.853.8558 if you have any other questions!
Mark the position of the rafters along the beams at 16-inch centers and carefully nail them in place. We even went so far as to set each nailhead to firmly pinch the rafter down against the beam. We nailed the front fascia in place and moved on to the skip sheathing for the roofing. Note that two pieces of sheathing are nailed on at the peak and at the base. The rest are spaced evenly between them.
Figure A (above) and Figure E (in Additional Information below) show how to build a shed and the exterior trim details. Start by mounting the brackets. Line up the outside edges of the lower brackets with the face of the siding, push them tight to the soffit and screw them to the wall. Center the top bracket on the peak and push it tight to the soffit. Starting with the pieces that go under the brackets, wrap the corners with the corner board. Overlap the front corner board onto the side corner board (Figure E, in Additional Information below).
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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