Since outdoor space is limited in a big city, everyone knows you must make smart use of vertical real estate. For a greenhouse/shed in San Francisco's Bernal Heights, Step 3 Studio designed in open-framework structure that provides shelter for a garden shed that stores potting materials and plants on the ground floor. A steel staircase was built on site, which leads to a second level surfaced in steel grid mesh. The higher elevation is the perfect spot for container plants that require more sun. It's also a nice place to hang out and enjoy views of the city, day or night.
The photos were chosen on the basis of being unique, creative, outstanding, or exceptionally beautiful. They range from rustic to classy and from artsy to frugally-built. Some are very nature-like and blend in with what is around them while others stand out. Whatever the case, they all are meant to, in some way or an other, portray truth, beauty, and goodness.
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!
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.
This side shed is a great way to store simple stuff, such as the lawn mower or your garden tools. It almost blends into the scene with the toy beside it and the rich foliage next to it. It is unobtrusive but quite functional, as it will prevent so many tools from either rusting in the rain or being baked in the sun. Overall, these sheds can save you money since all of your garden essentials will be protected.
This interesting cube-shaped building is definitely not a shed. Not the way the builder used slats on three sides to provide plenty of ventilation for those evening meals in the great outdoors. Note that the entire back wall is solid to help keep the weather out, you could add outdoor curtains to help block any excess breezes and keep out the rains. What a great way to create your own outdoor family room!
Factor in size, because a really small shed probably won't be ideal for a bar. Think about how many people you plan to host on a regular basis, as well as your ideal seating (stools take up less room than a booth). Keep in mind that your local building department might have a size restriction on backyard sheds built without a permit. Around 120 square feet is usually a safe bet.
Just because you are using a garden shed, it does not mean that you cannot fancy it up! This gorgeous garden shed is the essence of luxury. The purple flowers just pop against that alabaster fence and shed. This is an adorable coffee area and definitely, a place you could sit and feel comfortable having some morning conversation in. The foliage in this scene definitely adds more class to the décor.
Not only can your shed blend with nature or even be made out of natural products. It can also be made out of the actual raw products nature provides. Wood is natural but it is often cut up. At the least it is debarked and cut so it fits together. However this shed is made of the products that are exactly the way nature gives it, namely in their original form. IDEA: Try building a shed from materials that you do not have to alter at all.
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.
Once the concrete has cured, set a post on top of the footer. Use the intersection of the mason's string to set the post square. Making sure the post is plumb — and holding it straight — add concrete around the sides and cover with soil. Brace each post to keep it in position while the concrete sets. Watch our video How Do I Set a Post in Concrete? for an illustration of bracing.
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 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.
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.
By searching online you can find some free shed plans that are decent. Most often though these plans will be geared towards more experienced builders and they will not be very detailed. If you are a first time builder look for plans you can understand, even if it means paying a little. Use plans that contain a material list and plenty of details if this is your first time. Most free plans available are not as detailed with the building steps, so free is not always a good idea. If you go to the top of this page I have provided a list of some of the best plans from reputable websites.
This wooden shed may be simple, but it is within the simplicity of the structure that the true beauty is a draw. This would make the perfect playhouse for children or even a getaway space to go have some coffee in and read a book in. It is an adorable space that could be used for so many different things. The possibilities are endless when it comes to shedding like these.
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.
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.
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.
When building the floor frame, which includes the mudsill, floor joists and perimeter band joists, use 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 pressure-treated lumber. Many prefab sheds use untreated construction-grade lumber for the floor frame, which is fine--if you plan to keep your shed indoors. Even in ideal conditions on the perfect site, a shed floor will be exposed to some moisture, and in time, untreated lumber will rot.
Not only can your shed blend with nature or even be made out of natural products. It can also be made out of the actual raw products nature provides. Wood is natural but it is often cut up. At the least it is debarked and cut so it fits together. However this shed is made of the products that are exactly the way nature gives it, namely in their original form. IDEA: Try building a shed from materials that you do not have to alter at all.
This lean-to shed features clapboard style siding which is not only easy to install but provides exceptional resistance to rain, wind, and snow. While you can build your shed from brand-new lumber, you could also opt to save money by building your shed from used lumber. The doors appear to be made from tongue and groove lumber but could also be made from pre-grooved plywood sheets that give the same appearance for far less money.
Although slabs, concrete and wooden bases all have their merits, they also come with quite a few disadvantages. Plastic shed bases on the other hand have very few disadvantages, it’s just that the majority of people never consider them as an option – to be honest, the majority of people are yet to discover them. Due to being relatively new to the market compared to veterans like slabs and concrete, when you search online for “what’s the best material for a shed base?”, unless you’re looking at a relatively recent article, plastic bases are unlikely to feature. However, there are plenty of reasons that they definitely should.
The slanted roof of a modern house in the San Francisco Bay Area is echoed in this small wooden tool shed. Conceived by Astrid Gaiser Garden Design, the shed becomes an interesting part of the landscape design instead of something tucked or hidden in a corner or side yard. Gaiser even added a chalkboard for kids and adults to draw and write messages.
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.
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.

By searching online you can find some free shed plans that are decent. Most often though these plans will be geared towards more experienced builders and they will not be very detailed. If you are a first time builder look for plans you can understand, even if it means paying a little. Use plans that contain a material list and plenty of details if this is your first time. Most free plans available are not as detailed with the building steps, so free is not always a good idea. If you go to the top of this page I have provided a list of some of the best plans from reputable websites.


This free shed plan is designed to match the facade of your home and built to add value and appeal is a great long-term investment and a smart build. In one weekend you can have a perfectly suited diy wood shed that looks amazing and works great to keep wood dry, and keeps wood easily accessible. You can trim this woodshed in the same exterior material that your home has and roof it with the same shingles. This shed plan will keep the vermin out and your wood stash in great condition. Good overall firewood storage shed plan!
A 1964-built Eichler home was bought in original condition with vintage appliances, fixtures, and finishes. The new owners wanted to retain its iconic midcentury modern design, but requested that Gast Architects make some updates to create a calm, light-filled, and inviting home. Gast strived to preserve the signature finishes of the house while creating a larger, more modern kitchen, opening up the floor plan, and updating the master suite. The shed in the backyard repeats the lines of the main house, resembling a mini Eichler.
There are two 4×4 posts at the front of the shed that support the front half of the roof. Secure the bottom of the posts to the deck frame with metal post anchors. Tie the top of the posts together with the second (top) 2×4 plates that run over the top of the walls. Miter the ends of the 2×4 plates over the posts and attach them with screws (Photo above).
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.
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.

Ordering a prehung wood door like this from the lumberyard could cost as much as $1,000, but you can build one suitable for a shed at a fraction of the cost. We purchased clear pine at a home center and spent $120 for the boards. Photos 8 – 10 show how to build the door and mount it to a trim piece with hinges. The door consists of two layers of 3/4-in.-thick boards that overlap at the corners to add strength. Rip 1×6 boards to 4-1/2 in. on a table saw for the outside layer (Figure F, Additional Information below).
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