This father and daughter duo turned a standard garden shed into a wonderfully magical space together. This shed has two levels, an upstairs and a downstairs area, so his daughter can move freely about the space and draw inspiration. This just goes to show how much can be done when you put your mind to it and have a bit of ingenuity. What a cool space!
Without the correct base erecting a shed can prove very tricky. It is extremely important that all garden buildings are constructed on a firm and level base which is constructed from the correct, durable material. Assembling the base incorrectly can lead to future deterioration of the product such as doors dropping out of square, thus becoming complicated to use or causing a water leakage.
We built the Colonial-style garden shed shown here from a set of mail-order building plans. The 10 x 16-ft. outbuilding has easy-to-install plywood siding, three large windows and two pairs of doors. The entire building could be used for storage, but we decided to divide the interior space into two separate areas: a 4 x 10-ft. tool-storage area and a 10 x 12-ft. children's playroom.
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.
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.

Have a particularly small outdoor garden area yet want to safely secure tools? Not a problem! Garden sheds and virtually come in all shapes and sizes. Deepening on the size of your particular garden, you may just need a smaller space to store important stuff in. In this garden shed idea, space is small enough to be intrusive into a yard space but effective enough to get the storage job done.
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

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).

The female version of man caves are she sheds: havens to escape that can be designed and decorated in whatever style the owner desires. Inspired by a tiny hummingbird viewed nearby, this shed is aptly named Hummingbird Cottage. Lovely photos on Instagram reveal that the shed is used for art projects, as a retreat, displaying vintage pottery, and for entertaining friends. Extras like a hanging faux-crystal chandelier, potted flowering plants, wreaths, and stained glass give it a personal touch.
Search the hashtage #vintagetrailers on Instagram and you'll discover some 80,000 images of big, small, and mid-sized aluminum travel trailers from roughly the 1950s to 1970s. You might find gleaming silver Airstreams at a lodging rental in Joshua Tree or parked temporarily at a campground near Yellowstone. One trend that hasn't lost steam is the backyard she-shed trailer escape, a dolled-up adult playhouse where women--or men--can escape for alone time or to hang out with friends and a bottle or two of wine.  There's even a Vintage Trailer Magazine for enthusiasts. This vintage Aljo trailer rests in the backyard of a house in Pasadena, California.
Sixty Stores Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 0662525) and acts as a credit intermediary. Finance options are provided by Divido Financial Services Limited in association with a panel of lenders who are authorised and regulated by Prudential Regulation Authority and/or Financial Conduct Authority. Finance available subject to age and status. Terms and conditions apply.
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.

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.
The wooden portabase is a time and cost saving base perfect for garden sheds. The portabase is constructed from timber and comes in a range of sizes to suit different garden buildings. The base features spikes on each corner; these spikes can be sunk into the ground offering a stable base for a garden building. You will need to ensure the ground you install your portabase onto is level otherwise your building could end up getting damaged.
The “pub” part of these pub plans is a relatively new concept. Originally, I was thinking I’d add a small pop-out window to one side of my shed as a small greenhouse-type area: cover it in glass, place it on a side that gets a lot of sun, and use it to start seedlings or propagating my hydrangeas. But, after one of my regular lunches with Dad, he passed along a copy of Family Handyman that included this project, and it included a shed with one side for entertaining!
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.
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.

Sixty Stores Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 0662525) and acts as a credit intermediary. Finance options are provided by Divido Financial Services Limited in association with a panel of lenders who are authorised and regulated by Prudential Regulation Authority and/or Financial Conduct Authority. Finance available subject to age and status. Terms and conditions apply.

It is very critical to have a dry and level foundation. It is impractical to build a shed on an uneven foundation. This will prevent the wall sections (simple diagrams for making shed from scratch) from fitting into place when you try to secure them to each other. For sheds which will need to hold heavy items, it is recommended to build a concrete foundation. The two most common methods of building the shed foundation are as follows.
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.
Sixty Stores Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 0662525) and acts as a credit intermediary. Finance options are provided by Divido Financial Services Limited in association with a panel of lenders who are authorised and regulated by Prudential Regulation Authority and/or Financial Conduct Authority. Finance available subject to age and status. Terms and conditions apply.
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. 
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.
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.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy & effectiveness of the information displayed on this website, the Ugly Duckling House is for entertainment purposes only. All tutorials and demonstrations are not intended to be professional advice (nor substitute as such), and I make no guarantees as to the procedures and information here. Creating with my suggested methods, materials, and tools is under your own risk. Please ensure you are following proper guidelines with anything used, and seek professional advice if you don’t know how to do something! Read my complete disclosure here.
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.

Dig trenches about 12 in. wide and about 10 in. below where you want the bottom edge of the joists to end up. Pour 4 in. of gravel into the trenches and level it off. Make sure the gravel in all three trenches is at the same height. Then cut the 6x6s to 12 ft. long and set them in the trenches. Measure to make sure  the 6x6s are parallel. Then measure diagonally from the ends of the outside 6x6s to make certain they’re square. The diagonal measurements should be equal. Finally, level the 6x6s (Photo above and Figure B in project pdfs).
At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).
Step # 5: The concluded foundation should to certainly be stage and sq.. Do just 1 last test with an extended straight edge to see if the base is stage from just about each and every spot, as effectively as look at the diagonals to in the end verify the foundation is square. Bear in mind to brush absent any abnormal dried out sand/cement mixture that could impede the levelling of your drop. The outcome is an even, sound, stage foundation. The most perfect foundation for the producing of a backyard drop.
According to the Ryan Shed Plans PDF review updated by Vkool, this is a new revolutionary program that covers over 12000 advanced sheds building and woodworking plans. This system is particularly designed for those people who want to build amazing outdoor sheds fast and easily in just several weeks. Inside this e-course, people will discover different shed plans such as:
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.
Here is a nifty idea for a backyard shed. Use it for all your power tools, gardening essentials, and even lawnmowers. A shed like this is a great way to protect backyard items that you do not want to lose due to common weathering wear and tear. These tools, especially the more expensive tools such as the lawnmower, will be protected no matter the season and will promote the longevity of your equipment.
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.
The same thing can happen with concrete or slab bases too, because each time it rains, more and more of the hardcore is broken down as the sandier elements of the concrete are washed away (this is the same element that the rain water washes out of soil). Eventually, the same thing happens as with a compacted soil base, albeit it’s a much lengthier process. The point is though, the only way to rectify the impact the rain has had is to have the shed professionally lifted and the base built back up again.

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.
Do not purchase materials or attempt to build this shed project unless you have studied the information provided thoroughly, and have verified all dimensions and material requirements for yourself. Also verify that the plans conform to local building codes and practices. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information and design, the user is ultimately responsible for the use of this information. All information provided is copyrighted and cannot be duplicated without the permission of Shedking. 
At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

I’ve always wanted to learn more about woodworking. Learn framing. Be better at picturing the insides of the walls I’m always messing with. Overall, I want to also increase my knowledge on the kinds of tools I don’t really use as much for interior DIYs (like a roofing nailer?!?! BRING IT ON!). I learned a little by volunteering in Habitat for Humanity events, but I know that there is still so much more fun stuff I could be doing and learning. So, after months of trying to think of where best to put it, what it might look like, the hoops I might have to jump through to get it, I’m going for it! I am building it from scratch (not using a shed-building kit), and I will share as I go, warts and all (and I’m sure, a few mistakes). 😃 😃 😃
Still in the building mood? Get free woodworking plans to build greenhouses, barns, pergolas, garages, dog houses, potting benches, router tables, playhouses, cabins, tree houses, gazebos, porch swings, picnic tables, swing sets, deer stands, bookcases, home bars, wine racks, decks, work benches, chicken coops, bird houses, benches, and even homes.
×