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.
Concrete starts to harden and set about two hours after it has been mixed, so it must be laid, tamped (packed down) and given its finish within that time. Divide large areas into bays or sections which can be completed one at a time before they begin to set. You can walk on the concrete after three days and remove the formwork after five days (but as always, check any product instructions for the mix you are using as there are rapid-setting options available).

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.
Water is wood's worst enemy. Given the right circumstance and enough time, excessive moisture can rot framing, warp floors and doors, corrode hinges and breed mold and mildew. Fortunately, there's an easy remedy. First, be sure that the lowest wood member--the mudsill--is at least 6 in. above the ground. That's sufficient space to allow fresh air to circulate under the 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..
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.
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.
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This garden shed takes its name very seriously. It’s placed in the middle of the garden and stands out with its cute white design. It’s a lovely addition to the landscape and it’s very functional as well. It’s great for storing all the garden tools and it also serves as a comfortable work space and a lovely area for relaxation and for entertaining friends.
This small backyard shed is a minimalist approach to a larger storage facility. Its classic design serves both in function and as a great element to have in a backyard setting. The shed looks sleek, modern and interesting. It does not look like a standard storage shed, so if you were trying to disguise the shed as something else, this would be a great design to execute that.

Thank you for visiting our blog. Are you using pavers as blocking or doing a large area with pavers to put your shed on? Either way, we recommend using pea gravel under pavers or blocks for drainage, then leveling by adding more blocks or pavers and avoid building leveling materials going higher than 16”. Can you describe how you are using the pavers under the shed treated floor frame?
I have a 20 x 30 Garage on skids. The main skids are running North to South. There is a 2 foot over hang on the East and West side which my walls are beginning to fall a little. I tried to place blocks underneath the garage on each corner and after 6 to 9 months the block is beginning to sink into the ground. I did not add gravel the first time. I want to do it right so I dont have to do it again. My plan is to take a small tiller and under each rafter that is running East to West to dig a hole about 8 to 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep 18 inches long and fill with gravel about 6 inches then use mason blocks or pour concrete 6 inches deep and then place 1/2 inch re-bar in an ” X ” position so that when the pressure is pushing down hopefully the re bar will help in keeping it from going downward along with the gravel helping too. I assume to do this about every 4 feet or so. Problem is I have to get the tiller close to the edge of my garage then dig til it get under the wood foundation then I can go under toward the skids. Please give me advice to learn the right way to build a foundation on a heavy Garage.

The construction of a wood foundation is usually built using pressure-treated 2x6 lumbers. These parts are called the band on the ends and the joist in the middle of the band, spaced out 16-24 inches apart. The foundation frame will sit on top of pressure-treated 4x4 posts called skids. The skids will set on the cinder blocks or on top of gravel to prevent rot.
If your prehung door has exterior trim, pry it off. The wide trim board running around the shed, under the soffit, will take the place of the top door trim. Place the door in the opening to check the fit. The top doorjamb should rest against the wide trim board. Use wooden or composite shims between the side jambs and the 2×4 framing to square the door frame. Place shims behind each hinge and at the top, middle and bottom of the latch side. Adjust the shims until there’s an even space between the door and the doorjambs on the top and sides. Then drive screws through the doorjambs into the framing at the shim locations to secure the door.
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.
Do not make the mistake of not building your own shed because you have never done it before. With the right shed plans you will get the same results the experts get. Begin by choosing plans you feel comfortable with and know you can follow along. Simply follow the steps provided, measure correctly, and in no time you will construct your own shed. Study the building guide to get familiar with all the steps and to get to know the names of all the parts.

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;-)

This nifty shed sits on the back of the property instead of near the front. This way, the shed is out of the way since it is purely a functional shed. No chance of having a party in this joint since its excessively busy storing all the garden essentials. It even has a collection space for chopped wood, which is another cool way to use a garden shed.
P.S. Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma hit my area and knocked out power, downed a few trees, blocked my neighborhood’s entrance, etc. but the UDH was thankfully fine. I just have a few extra downed limbs to chop up for the new fire pit. I hope those of you impacted are, above all, safe — including your pets. And I’ll be saying a prayer for those who weren’t as lucky. Thanks for those of you who have sent comments my way via social media. 💜
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.

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..
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.
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).

Even though garden sheds are typically one-story structures, there’s no rule that says you can’t change that. Take this shed for example. It’s a two-level structure and the second story is a quiet and relaxing area, like a mini-bedroom. In this case, both the interior and exterior designs are elegant. The shed is infused with natural sunlight coming through the dormer window upstairs and the checkerboard tile floor adds a touch of style as well.


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..
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.
For this reason, I am planning to run utilities to the building including natural gas, water, sewer, etc. in order to locate the sewer line for proper flow (connection location) I was hoping to have a standard footer with crawl space installed and attached the building on top of it (just like a house). This way I could access the utilities by removing sections of the floor so I could run the sewer line (and other utilities) to exact areas of the building. Is it possible to have the building constructed/attached on top of this type of footer system?
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.

Recently there has been a push toward tiny homes. This cool shed is a great example of that. Is it small yet very classy. It simple single slant roof is one of the common features. Plus it has a very clean and minimalistic look. There is not much extra decoration on this one. IDEA: Build a tiny home in your backyard garden and use it as living quarters.


We, at Overholt & Sons, have done some research to gather some of the best garden shed photos out there. From our hours of looking, we have compiled a list of 30 exceptional and interesting photos. We set them apart, not as the only ideas and photos, but as some of the best. We intended to set these 30 photos apart from the rest of the noise for your inspiration, enjoyment, and enrichment.

I have a 20 x 30 Garage on skids. The main skids are running North to South. There is a 2 foot over hang on the East and West side which my walls are beginning to fall a little. I tried to place blocks underneath the garage on each corner and after 6 to 9 months the block is beginning to sink into the ground. I did not add gravel the first time. I want to do it right so I dont have to do it again. My plan is to take a small tiller and under each rafter that is running East to West to dig a hole about 8 to 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep 18 inches long and fill with gravel about 6 inches then use mason blocks or pour concrete 6 inches deep and then place 1/2 inch re-bar in an ” X ” position so that when the pressure is pushing down hopefully the re bar will help in keeping it from going downward along with the gravel helping too. I assume to do this about every 4 feet or so. Problem is I have to get the tiller close to the edge of my garage then dig til it get under the wood foundation then I can go under toward the skids. Please give me advice to learn the right way to build a foundation on a heavy Garage.


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?

If wet weather is forecast, cover the concrete with polythene for 24-hours. In warm weather, cover the base with damp sacks and sprinkle them with water over the 24-hour period, this will ensure the drying concrete will not shrink and crack. The result will be a smooth, sound and level base. The perfect foundation for the construction of a garden shed.
Time and time again we’ve discussed the many options available when it comes to building a shed base. We’ve gone through the pros, the cons, the aesthetically pleasing, the permanent and the portable, but we’ve never given a definitive answer on which product we consider to be best. Today, that changes, and we’ll give you the lowdown on the product we consider to be the best, based on ease of use, price, practicality and customer satisfaction.
This whole backyard space seems well put together thanks to the matching wood elements and complementing plant life. This is a great way to incorporate a storage shed into the garden space that does not stick out or look like an actual storage shed. In this case, the storage shed is only made more beautiful by all these complementing elements that work in conjunction.

A Place to Grow recycles greenhouses to create she sheds, wine rooms, art studios, and meditation retreats. For a client in Los Osos, California, a shed is used as a sewing room and private escape. When designing studios and hobby sheds, allow room for shelving, storage, and workspace. Naturally, the space will need to be wired for proper lighting.


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It's obvious that the designer who created simple shed designs like this one wanted to create an outdoor place to relax out of the sun and weather. The simple 2×4 framing and plywood sheathing add an interesting and low-cost touch. But, it’s the owner's use of a pair of sliding glass doors that make this shed so special. Here again, you could save money by sourcing many of the materials such as the doors from a local salvage dealer.
This is an adorable way to incorporate a garden shed into your backyard space while maintaining that rustic charm. Utilizing a log cabin garden shed is not only purposeful, but it is super cute, too. The shed can be used to store all of your garden tools and essentials, but looks so cute on its own; it could absolutely act as a standalone, as well. The natural wood color of this shed also adds to that rustic charm.
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.
Next, you will need to insert wooden shuttering or formwork around the edges of your excavated area. This will need to be made from 6"x1" timber and screwed or nailed into position. If need be, wooden pegged to form a square, level solid formwork to hold back the hardcore and concrete (in the next step). The reason for the original excavation to be 2" bigger all the way around is to take into consideration the wooden frame, you will now have an internal area of 8"x6". If you decide to use thicker timber you will need to take this into consideration at the stringing out stage. 
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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
The toughest and most important part of building a shed is finding the right plans. Sure you can just start building without plans, but do you know how it will look when you are done? Or you can search for free plans, but are they designed right? What I recommend is finding plans, even if it means you have to pay a little. Make sure that sample plans are provided so you know what you are getting. Do not make a purchase just because they show lots of nice sheds but no sample of the actual plans you will be buying. Look for the following before you decide to purchase:

This cottage potting shed takes design cues from the main house, using the same earthy green and white paint colors. Extras like a deck, stone path, and cottage-style mixed planting borders make the backyard shed design feel more like a home than just an outbuilding. Several garden shed decorating ideas, like lace curtains in the windows, a quaint bench, and outdoor art also add homey appeal. In a practical move, downspouts ensure rain doesn’t damage the plants that surround the building.


Our Free shed plans are aimed more at giving you an idea of what to expect with from the premium plan. For the advanced DIYer, the basic free plans may even be enough to build the full shed. But if you’re a beginner the basic free plan will only act as a guide. In order to get the full step-by-step instructions you would need to invest in one of our premium plans.
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