I even have a friend whose parents have a bar shed. They don’t call it that, and I never realized it until writing this article, but it’s the size, shape, and build of a standard shed, located near their pool. It houses all of the pool supplies, alongside a nice 4-person bar, a beer fridge, and a sizable selection of liquor. It was right in front of my eyes all this time. I just never really thought of it as a bar shed.
1. Choose a location. You may have already completed this step but it’s good to put some thought into the location of your outdoor storage building. Check with your local township to make sure you follow setback guidelines. If installing next to a fence it’s a good idea to allow enough room between the shed and fence so that a person can squeeze through. Make sure the location can be accessed by your shed builder’s delivery equipment.
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.
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.
Concrete requires 3” (7.5 cm) of compacted hardcore (all-in ballast or other crushed rubble/gravel) underneath the 3″ concrete layer. The base can be level with the ground or raised above it. If you want it to be level, excavate the top earth to 6” (15 cm), to allow for the hardcore layer and 3” (7.5 cm) of concrete. Level the area with a rake and spade and remove the pegs.

These garden shed ideas are here to help you on your journey. Whether you wanted something classy or something rustic or even a combo of both, these ideas were meant to inspire ideas. Or whether you wanted something nature-friendly, something artsy, or even to use old materials, these ideas were offered to think outside of the box. To use these ideas, you can either build you own shed from scratch or you can have us build the shell and then deocarate it to your likings.


The amount of rainfall the UK is subjected to each year means that the ground is constantly trying to dry out. When a shed is placed directly onto grass or soil, as some people like to do, when it rains and ground becomes sodden, the shed (or anything heavy for that matter) will start to sink into the ground. This sinking is rarely even, as very often some areas of ground are considerably stronger, or more compacted, than others. This means that as soon as the shed starts to sink, it becomes uneven and, overtime, is left under immense pressure because of this strain.

These storage sheds are straight off the farm. I almost expect to see a lazy cow grazing in the far backfield or a group of chickens pecking at the ground. If your goal is to create a classic farm space, using these storage sheds is a sure-fire way to do so. Again, these sheds are not only functional, but they are adorable to look at and will definitely be an interesting conversation piece to guests.
I have this vision of one on a 5’x10′ utility trailer, tables, chairs, umbrellas designed to fold & mount on the exterior walls for transport. “Quiet” generator with long cable for refrigeration & lighting. A frat house dream, a fishing hut supplement (even ice fishing), one shed serves my house or your house (not at the same time). Fun could be designing the shelving, storage, displays such that the glass wear won’t break but doesn’t have to be unpackaged for use/display…. I would call it Mo-Bar. Perfect it & sell design to Coleman… lanterns, stoves, and bars;-)
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).
Check with your local building department to see whether a permit is required. Also find out if there are rules about where your pub shed can be located on the lot. Take the Materials List (in the project pdfs below) with you to your favorite lumberyard or home center and go over the list with the salesperson to see what items you may have to order. Then set up a delivery so you’ll be ready to build the pub shed when your help arrives. A few days before you plan to dig, call 811 for instructions on how to locate buried utility lines. Now it’s time to start building your pub shed.
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.
This backyard shed’s design is a nod to the property’s farmhouse. But beyond its charming shake siding and robin’s egg blue door, the design is practical and savvy. Many of the materials used to build the shed were salvaged from a home renovation. The shed can also be moved, as it is set on concrete piers on gravel and sand instead of a permanent foundation.

I’ve looked into it, and reviewed the rules for what my county requires and also called the county’s code office to ask them questions. The main issue is whether or not the structure is considered “permanent” or not. I’ll get into that in more detail on a future post but you’re ABSOLUTELY RIGHT about checking to make sure you have everything you need before you start!
Whatever technique is more fascinating, it is recommended that you’ve got received a two-inch (5 centimetres) leading all-about the bottom of your garden building. To determine the dimensions of foundation essential for the real creating you intend to construct, incorporate four inches to the whole foundation measurements to make sure an ample basis measurement.
Start by marking the joist locations on the two side joists using Figure H (in project pdfs) as a guide. Then cut and install the joists (Photo above).  Mark the joist locations on two rim joists and nail the rims to the top plate. Make sure they are set in 1-1/2 in. from the outside edge of the wall to allow space for the second rim joist. Attach the joists with screws or nails driven through the rim joists. Then add the second rim joist and install joist hangers on every joist.
Next, frame the floor with 2x6s. Start by cutting the 12-ft.-long rim joists for the front and back and marking the joist locations. Cut the joists and nail them to the rim joists. When you’re done, square the joists (Photo above). Then use a taut string line or sight down the 12-ft. rim joist to make sure it’s straight. Then drive toenails through the joists into the 6x6s to hold the joists in place.

Modifications can be made to these plans if need be such added doors, windows, building dimensions, etc. Stud spacing, floor joist spacing, and roof joisting spacing is 16" on center, Materials can be changes as well such as wall, roof, and paint coverings. If you wish to print these plans, they can be printed to scale on 8x11 paper. A full pdf files is available on my website, along with other shed plans too. Building Plans Here
In each corner place an L-shaped plate against the inside of the long capping timber close to the spike you’ve just attached: one side against the wood, the other on the ground. Hammer the plate to flatten it against the ground until the top is flush with the timber. Screw the plate to the frame, and repeat for each corner. These L-plates help to keep your shed level.
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..
This backyard barn storage shed is the perfect space to store all the essentials. Doubling as a functional space, this barn is adorable to look at. It adds class to an outdoor area and guests will surely notice this adorable mini barn sitting amid your backyard decorations. If you do not have a very large outdoor area, you can always scale down to suit your needs.

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It’s no surprise that most sheds are designed to be built with an on-grade foundation. This base is quick and easy to build, relatively inexpensive, and adaptable enough to accommodate all but the most severely sloping sites. In addition, the components are small and light enough to easily set into place and shift around, making it very easy to get everything square and level. Although it’s not technically a “permanent” foundation, an on-grade foundation, when properly built, will probably outlast the shed it supports.
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.
This simple shed is framed using 2 x 4s and then covered in sheets of pre-grooved plywood to help keep costs under control. When all you are doing is building a tool storage shed, a design such as this is strong enough to handle snow and ice, yet light enough that you can move it around your yard. Note that the owner used the framework to install tool hangers and that he added a single window for light.
This is dependent completely on the size of your shed. For the majority of our Wooden Sheds, there are preattached bearers on the underside of the floor running the length of the building. However, for the 10x8 and 12x8 buildings with 28x44mm framing, the bearers will run the width. You will need to take this into account when planning the number and size of additional timber bearers you require – here’s a few examples;
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Of course, garden sheds can have more elaborate designs as well. For example, this one features a porch. It’s a relatively common element and it’s great in the case of those sheds that serve as quiet and calm spaces where you usually go to relax and clear your mind. It’s nice to have something like on your property. This shed even has views of not only the garden but also the hills.

Galvanized steel stanchions, stainless steel wire, and a hardwood cap were used for the railing of this modern shed built by J. C. Stoneman Construction. Located in Port Townsend, Washington, the modern shed features a sliding glass door, clerestory windows, and a pitched roof that overhangs the porch and provides shade. The siding is made of Western red cedar.
Stand the timber upright on its edge and push and pull it backwards and forwards across the frame while dragging it from one end to the other and this will level it roughly. Next, lift the board at both ends about 4 inches above the frame and tap it back down on the frame, moving up and down the frame as you do so. Try and tap together so both ends of the board hit the frame at the same time.
This backyard barn storage shed is the perfect space to store all the essentials. Doubling as a functional space, this barn is adorable to look at. It adds class to an outdoor area and guests will surely notice this adorable mini barn sitting amid your backyard decorations. If you do not have a very large outdoor area, you can always scale down to suit your needs.
A wooden base is sufficient for most smaller sheds. It’s basically a simple wooden frame, strengthened with crossbeams, onto which you build your shed. Check the weight of your shed and its contents. If you intend to install a large garden building - anything larger than 10 x 8 feet - or store a lot of heavy equipment, consider a paving slab or concrete base instead.
This country garden shed not only offers a covered space to pretty much do whatever you’d like with, but it adds so much character to the scene. You can easily set up chairs and table to create an adorable place to sit and have your morning coffee while reading the paper. It is a conversation piece and even a conversation space if you were to utilize it that way.
Using Figure C as a guide (in project pdfs below), chalk lines on the floor to indicate the inside edges of the walls. These lines provide a reference for straightening the bottom plate of the walls after the walls are standing. Cut the top and bottom wall plates and mark the stud locations on them (Figures D – G, also in project pdfs). Build the side walls (Photo above) of the pub shed. Then build and stand the front and back walls. Brace them temporarily.
 If you do not require a shed floor it would be advisable at this stage to add a damp proof membrane, this can be laid on top of the hardcore ready for the concrete. A concrete mix of 5 parts ballast and 1 part cement should now be mixed and poured into the area, enough concrete should be poured so that it is just proud of the formwork. It can now be tampered down level and flat using a straight piece of solid timber. The result should be a smooth level concrete base - the ultimate shed base.
Connect three windows to form the window assembly for the side wall (Figures R and U). Use a pair of 2x4s as spacers between each window. Screw through the window frames into the spacers to hold the windows together. Tip the triple window assembly into the window opening. Shim under the windows until about 3/8 in. of the top frame is exposed on the outside. Shim between the studs and the window frame to level and plumb the window unit and to adjust the frame until there’s a consistent space between the window frame and the sash. Make sure the window frames are flush to the siding. Then screw through the window frames into the studs to hold the windows in place. We added Stanley Storm Window Adjuster hardware to the windows to hold them open and to lock them.
There may be a pile of wood in the backyard that looks like it should be disposed of. However, with a little care and creativity, it can be made into a rustic looking shed that fits in a backwoods or backyard garden area. A little creative piecework, and cleaning old wood can become a beautiful piece of art. A coat of clear coat paint could bring out the aged beauty and protect the wood for years. IDEA: Repurpose your old wood and turn it into a piece of art in your garden.
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.
Using Figure C as a guide (in project pdfs below), chalk lines on the floor to indicate the inside edges of the walls. These lines provide a reference for straightening the bottom plate of the walls after the walls are standing. Cut the top and bottom wall plates and mark the stud locations on them (Figures D – G, also in project pdfs). Build the side walls (Photo above) of the pub shed. Then build and stand the front and back walls. Brace them temporarily.
Well, not these plans. You have the option of building a very functional and spacious lean-to shed on different foundations. Your foundation choices are: concrete slab, a wooden floor supported by concrete piers, or a wooden floor supported by skids. That lost option also means that your lean-to could be mobile as well so you won’t have to decide where you want to permanently put it.
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