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.
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.
If you have the do-it-yourself skills and an open timeframe, check out the various plans available online or for purchase. Make sure you thoroughly understand the instructions and actually have the ability and tools to do the job. Other sources for sheds include prefabricated buildings that you would order from a reputable company and kits. Some include pre-cut lumber that is shipped to your house. Before ordering, find out if additional milling, drilling, or cutting will be needed, along with necessary tools.
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.
Plastic shed bases are available in various colors. We sell white, black and green so the base can be as obvious, or as inconspicuous as you like. As it’s advisable that the shed’s base is larger than the floor of the shed, you can even create a decorative boarder using the pavers, filling each with either soil and grass seed, gravel or bark – other fillings can also be used but these are by far the most popular.
This backyard shed doubles as a romantic farmhouse. Unlike a typical farmhouse, this shed oozes all things romantic, from the cut out hearts to the rustic feel. It would be hard not to fall in love with this cozy little shack, as it is adorable to admire and probably even more fun to be in. This would make the perfect, quaint addition to an outdoor garden party area.
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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.
Spread the concrete evenly in the shuttering, taking particular care to push the concrete into the corners and edges. Arguably the best method to lay the concrete is to do it a layer at a time and compact it until the shuttering frame is full. Leave the concrete flush with the top of the framework and smooth it out using either a wooden or plastic float.
The shed we built rests on a foundation made up of 12 solid-concrete blocks. The 4 x 8 x 16-in. blocks are arranged in three rows spaced 59 in. apart. These blocks are typically set directly on the ground, but we put down a 4-in. bed of gravel first because our site occasionally receives groundwater. The gravel will keep the soil beneath the shed from eroding or becoming soggy.
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.
The composition and design of our plastic shed base range may seem a little strange at first. Each panel is secular in design with the intention of certain panels being filled to add further support to the shed above. Typically, with other types of shed base, because they’re solid, a layer of air is trapped between the shed base and the bottom of the shed. This can quickly become warm and moist and, if left, could cause a severe damp problem that’ll leave your shed rotting from the base up.
The plans are OK, but I'm pretty disappointed in the customer service. I had my plans destroyed in a rain storm today and was denied any sort of replacement (was wanting a digital copy so I could re-print). Customer service indicated that they were printed only. I would assume this is to prevent people distributing them online, but it's still disappointing.
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.
I built this shed. It is plenty big. The plans however, were a little confusing. I was able to overcome the confusion. If I had not had someone with a bit a experience helping me, it could have ended much worse. The confusion comes from the studding in the walls. It doesn't make sense, and if you follow the diagram the studs will not line up with the siding seams. You need to think it through with the reality of the shed and not the diagram. If I build another, I would also change the floor structure. It is a bit too bouncy. Needs more support. Overall, I am pleased with the shed. It will last for years. It was just a little confusing. I love the size
Wood foundations are typically built using solid concrete leveling blocks which are 8” x 16” and no more than 2” high. Each block is arranged in evenly spaced rows by placing one in each corner and at each break. These concrete leveling blocks will support the floor. If you choose not to use concrete leveling blocks, we recommend using pressure treated lumber to support the wooden floor frame.
We assembled each layer with pocket screws before gluing the two layers together, but if you don’t own a pocket hole setup, you could simply screw through the overlapping boards instead. Complete the door frame. Then cut the 4 x 8-ft. grooved plywood to fit the lower recess, and cut a piece of 1/4-in. acrylic sheet to fit the upper recess. Secure the plywood and acrylic sheet with 1/2-in. x 1/2-in. moldings nailed to the inside. Sand the edges of the door flush.
This little cottage of dreams has an adorable story behind it. These crafters were in need of a workshop and noticed their neighbor getting rid of his small unattached garage, so they inquired about it, before getting some friends and transporting the whole structure to their backyard, where they gave it a complete makeover. Neighborly interactions, a helpful gang of friends, and a cute, flowery cottage? It's almost too good to be true!
The plans showed up stapled together, with floor plans, an isometric drawing, and then half of the instructions are for the concrete pad/anchors, with alternative designs for people in wetter locales. Finally there are some pages of general materials advice. It's really a great deal, when some garage plans are 200 bucks. Those, I believe, are a bit more detailed, but then this structure is not meant to be a crazy engineering undertaking. The plans are worth the 30 dollars.

No shed, regardless of how well it's built, will last long if it's set on a weak base. Most sheds can be supported by an on-grade foundation, which consists of solid concrete blocks or pressure-treated wood timbers set directly on the ground. The concrete blocks or timbers (aka skids) must be leveled and spaced closely enough to properly support the shed's floor frame. Note that it's important to use solid concrete blocks, not hollow wall blocks, which can easily crack.
The completed base should now be level and square. Conduct a final check with a long straight-edged piece of timber to check if the base is level from each corner. Also, measure the diagonals to finally check that the base is square. Brush off any excess dry sand/cement mix which could hinder the levelling of the shed. The result is a smooth, solid and level base.
This step is easier with two people. Start by measuring the length of the ceiling then cut the amount of straw cladding you need – allow a 5cm surplus.  You will need two lengths.  While one person holds the straw cladding in place the other can nail it in place. Hit the nail in until secure then hammer it at a 90-degree angle so it holds the straw cladding in place.  Put nails in every 15-20 cm to secure.
Pasadena, California, is known for its Craftsman style homes, a great number of which have been carefully preserved and restored. Owned by a University of Southern California (USC)-educated architect, Nott & Associates specializes in the Craftsman style. For a backyard shed, Nott custom designed and constructed the wooden doors, which include period-perfect details and hardware.
This foundation consists of little more than a rectangular wooden frame sitting on a gravel bed. The shed walls are built on the frame, and the entire weight of the building is transferred directly to the ground. However, the real advantage with this type of foundation is that you get to choose from a variety of flooring options. The floor area within the timber frame could be filled with gravel, concrete, crushed granite, marble chips, or slabs of bluestone or slate. Another flooring option is to nail pressure-treated 2x6s over the frame in a manner similar to that of a deck. Just keep in mind that the 2x6s must be installed before you erect the shed walls.

Edrington used recycled and repurposed materials to build the shed. Restored garage doors were used for the south wall to allow light to filter through, good for seedlings. The floors are made of recycled brick on sand. A pull-down ladder leads to the second floor, where the architect built beds and tables as a cozy sleeping nook for his grandchildren. In the afternoons, Edrington and his wife enjoy a cup of tea in the shed.

How about scouring the river for a few days to gather wood for a shed? That may sound like a ridiculous and like one of those cool shed ideas. However, it is cheap, out-of-the-box, and likely a possibility for a unique and very rustic garden centerpiece. It may not be classy but why does it need to be. It is definitely an idea with potential for a different kind of beauty. IDEA: Gather some driftwood and turn it into a rustically beautiful garden shed
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.
 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.
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.
It's important to accurately place the footings, or piers—it makes the build quicker and easier by preventing constant remeasuring and adjustment. We set the four corner piers in rough position and brought them into alignment with a string line. Then we used a tape measure to check the diagonals of this rectangle and to position the fifth and sixth piers relative to the perimeter.
Hello, Sarah! This is my first time reading your blog, and I think this is a very fun idea. I had never heard of a “Pub shed” before, some place you could use for drinks/snacks/entertaining, but also for much needed extra storage in the house! I’m not a DIYer, but I know I get challenged getting all entertainment center, mini music studio, and mini gym/training area in one bedroom, but I manage! haha! It will be fun to see how you get this project done.
Pasadena, California, is known for its Craftsman style homes, a great number of which have been carefully preserved and restored. Owned by a University of Southern California (USC)-educated architect, Nott & Associates specializes in the Craftsman style. For a backyard shed, Nott custom designed and constructed the wooden doors, which include period-perfect details and hardware.
I am building a 20 a 20 foot floor for a workshop in a space under my house so the area is always dry. There is already a crushed stone floor. Can I dig a trench, fill it with stone and lay 4×4’s or 2×4’s on top of it for a foundation? If so, would they have to be pressure treated? Do I even need crushed stone if use pressure treated wood on top of dirt Would concrete blocks or pavers with 2×6 headers be a better idea? Which is the least expensive way to go?
4. Lay out your 4" x 4" skids properly spaced and lined up on your foundation, making sure they are level. Set the floor frame on top of the skids and measure the diagonals to make sure it's square. At this point, toe nail all joists to your skids using 16d common nails. The joists which fall at the 4', 8', and 12' lengths along your skids should be measured before nailing to make sure they are nailed exactly on center at those distances. This way,
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;
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.
This little cottage of dreams has an adorable story behind it. These crafters were in need of a workshop and noticed their neighbor getting rid of his small unattached garage, so they inquired about it, before getting some friends and transporting the whole structure to their backyard, where they gave it a complete makeover. Neighborly interactions, a helpful gang of friends, and a cute, flowery cottage? It's almost too good to be true!
We are preparing to put together our new 8X6 Resign shed on our concrete slab on the side of the house. The problem we are having is that the slab dips lower towards the center for drainage. How do we go about creating a level foundation? What type of foundation would be best and or easiest? This will be both our first times doing a project like this. Any suggestions will help.
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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.
This whimsical garden shed looks like something you would see in a “Lord of the Rings” movie. With its almost twisting structure sitting in the middle of this forest landscape, I am almost surprised I do not see a tiny Hobbit poking about with a pipe in hand. It is a truly gorgeous setup and this just goes to show how versatile these garden sheds can be.
I got in touch with the man behind ReaderSheds, Andrew Wilcox, also known as “Uncle Wilco, Head Sheddie,” and he told me a bit about the rise of this trend in the UK: “When the indoor smoking ban came into force in 2007, I saw a steady increase in the number of pub sheds added to my website,” Uncle Wilco told me. “But for years and years people have always had a quick beer in their sheds on allotments.”
This tiny office space is perfect for those times you need to get away and focus on some important work. Whether you are a work-from-home person or an individual that has a freelance side gig, it is always great to have a space that is just for you and getting your work done. Once you have created this space, your mindset will automatically be in work mode every time you enter it.

Disclaimer: Please note that this guide is intended to present general information regarding the subject. All information indicated are representative and not exhaustive, which means that the results may vary depending on your item, its size, complexity and other circumstances. This is only advice and we do not accept responsibility for any problems you may have whilst following this guide, it is only a representation and not a definitive guide. When in doubt, please ask your manufacturer before proceeding.
You should then lay approximately 3” (75mm) of concrete. Concrete can be produced using either bags of dry mixed concrete with small amounts of water added at a time, or making a mixture of ‘all-in’ ballast, cement and water. For this second alternative, it is mixed in the ratio of 1 part of cement for 5 parts ‘all-in’ ballast. ‘All-in’ ballast is sold in 40kg bags at most building merchants or DIY stores (Note approx 1.25 will be required to produce around 1 cubic foot of concrete). Do not allow the mix to become too wet as this will weaken the concrete.
When thinking about how to make a shed look nice, take a cue from the shed’s surroundings. Set among towering trees and winding stone paths, weathered wood and traditional cottage design elements befit this shed’s forest setting. The steely blue-gray door and shutters suit the design and a glazed finish gives the features a bit of dimension. Board and batten siding offers distinction to the simple form of the garden shed.

This is a very beautiful shed and it matches the main house that was originally designed by J. Merrill Brown back in 1887. In fact, it’s like a miniature version of the main residence. The colors chosen for the exterior are simple but beautiful and the roof is charming as well. It has a very chic look and it’s like an updated, more elegant version of the shed presented above.
The plastic pro base is a lightweight and eco-friendly alternative to a concrete base. It is simply to install, simply level the ground and lay down the weed proof membrane and connect the grids together. The pro base comes as a kit featuring individual tiles, which fit together to make a base. The kit also features a permeable membrane, which allows water to drain away while preventing weeds from growing through.
The plastic pro base is a lightweight and eco-friendly alternative to a concrete base. It is simply to install, simply level the ground and lay down the weed proof membrane and connect the grids together. The pro base comes as a kit featuring individual tiles, which fit together to make a base. The kit also features a permeable membrane, which allows water to drain away while preventing weeds from growing through.
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.
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.
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.
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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