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.

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.
Make a template on the shed floor for assembling the trusses. Begin by laying out the parts for one truss. Align the bottom chord with the edge of the plywood floor. Then cut four 24-in.-long 2 x 4s. Lay two alongside each rafter and screw them to the plywood floor. Now use these short boards as stopblocks for laying out and assembling each truss. Fasten plywood gussets to each side of every truss with carpenter's glue and 1-in. roofing nails and set the trusses aside.
There are a few styles of pier blocks available, including one that has a square hole molded into the top through which a vertical 4×4 post can be inserted. Another type has a flat wood block set into the top so you can toenail a joist in place. For building shed foundations, I prefer to use Dek-Block piers. Each block measures 8 in. high by 11 in. sq. and weighs about 45 lbs. Molded into the top surface are a 3 1/2-in.-sq. recessed socket and a pair of 1 1/2-in.-wide slots. The socket accepts a 4×4 post; the slots are used to support a 2x floor joist. Because Dek-Block piers can accept either a joist or a post, they can be used on very uneven sites and badly sloping terrain.

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.


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.
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.
I’m trying to figure out what all needs to be done to be able to build a shed in my yard the specifications are as follows it’s a metal prefab shed that’s 14′ wide 31′ long and 8′ tall and weighs roughly 1800lbs, floor inside must be able to hold the weight of a full-sized truck and tools. Where do I need to go for permits and which do I need and what type of foundation do I need in order to support all the weight?

We built inexpensive windows for the shed using plastic barn sash mounted in 1×4 pine frames (Photo above and Figure Q and R). Start by measuring the sash and building a 1×4 frame that’s 1/4 in. wider and taller than the sash. Cut 10-degree angles on the bottom of the sides to provide a sloping sill. Cut 1×2 stops to fit in the frame and position them to hold the sash flush with the outside edge of the 1×4 frame. Then attach galvanized screen door hinges to the frame, set the sash in place and drill holes for the fasteners. Since the plastic isn’t strong enough to hold wood screws, we drilled holes through the sash and attached the hinges with machine screws, washers and nuts.
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.
Cut the sill piece and assemble the windows with pocket screws. Using a router with a 3/8-in. rabbet bit, rout a 3/8-in.-deep recess on the back of the window to receive the 1/4-in. Plexiglas acrylic sheet (Photo 14). Set the window frame, recessed side down, over a piece of acrylic sheet and trace the shape with a permanent marker. Cut the curve with a fine-tooth jigsaw blade and the straight sections with a fine-tooth blade in a table saw or circular saw.
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.
Thanks again for reaching out to us. I spoke with our engineering department and your servicing branch. Our sheds are designed for typical storage. Transforming the shed into a livable space voids the warranty. Unfortunately, we cannot facilitate your requests. If you have any other questions, feel free to give our branch a call at (678) 797-5402. Have a great day!

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?

Since this is going to be a much bigger project, it will be isolated as its own series (look for “Pub Shed” as the category on posts for updates). As you guys might have seen in some of my Instagram shares or updates about the back yard, I’ve already begun the process to try to make it into a reality. More specific details (now that I’ve actually announced the first round of plans with this post) will be upcoming, including building the base (it’s not fully “in” yet, so that will have its own post when it is).
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.
I am planning to build a 20 X 16 shed in my yard in Brandon, FL. I want to be able to pull my truck in to work on it at times. I will be putting it on a Wood deck platform. What it the best ideas for weight support for the 5K Lb. truck? IE: 2X6s, 2X8s what type f spacing is best and which direction should the joists be going in reference to the roll up door? And help would be appreciated.

Is there have a bunch of old materials laying around that could be put to good use? A few cool shed ideas, can turn even seemingly useless materials into a great backyard garden shed. Plus it can be done cheaply. With some old windows, used pallets, and even driftwood, plus a host of other retired materials, these garden shed ideas can bring your backyard garden to life.
This wood storage shed is a great element to the backyard setting since its super cute and definitely nifty. Store all your garden tools and even power tools in this shed since its large enough. It even has an adorable covered patio area where you and keep all your chopped wood. It is a good place to keep the wood dry for any upcoming fire pits or barbecues when the weather starts to get warm.
Set up a levelled formwork. This involves measuring, cutting and fitting timber to the shape of the base in order to contain the concrete. Check diagonal measurements to ensure the formwork is square and level as this will determine whether your shed base is 100% sturdy. Next, spread a layer ofwell-compactedd hardcore (all-in ballast or crushed gravel) and cover with a liberal amount of sand. This needs be well compacted and flattened down, preferably with a compacting tool or roller.
Hendy Michelle from the website Vkool.com says, “Ryan Shed Plans is really a useful guide for woodworkers who really want to start a woodworking business. The e-guide includes many useful techniques to build a lounge chair and outdoor fireplaces. Additionally, the system also supplies blueprints, schematics and intricate illustrations of different shed plans. In other words, when ordering this program, people will have 60 days to decide if they want to keep the Ryan Shed Plans program or get their money back.”

The best spot for a shed is level, well-drained ground close to where you work in your garden or yard. The location doesn’t need to be perfectly flat; the foundation design shown in the plans allows for adjustments to make the floor level. Small sheds require only a top-of-soil foundation, even in locations with freezing winter temperatures. Precast concrete deck blocks work perfectly for this.
Thank you for visiting our blog. Asphalt has no values worthy of anchoring a structure to since upheave on it can occur easily. I understand you are not anchoring to it but asphalt can get soft in extreme heat. Asphalt may compress unlike gravel, which once leveled, should remain solid for a shed foundation. Suggest you stay with proven fill under foundations such as a gravel intended for this use. Your local gravel supplier can recommend the size. I hope this helps answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at 855.853.8558 if you have any other questions. Have a great day!
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.
This adorable teak storage shed is perfect to sit on a patio or covered garden area when you need to just store some of the essentials, such as garden shovels, brooms, and rakes. Almost acting as a storage closet, this nifty space definitely does not take up too much space and can almost just blend into the background. This is ideal for a small garden area or even a side garden area that still needs a little bit of storage capability.
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).
Some sheds ideas take very little money, but some others are much more involved. However, that is the idea, namely, to provide ideas that match a wide range of needs and desires. The following ideas are more geared to higher spending limits. The are ideas more geared to keeping up with the Joneses. pending more money. They are the modern and classy garden shed ideas.
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.

Our panels are all SUDs compliant and made to comply with the Flood and Water Management Act 2010; this means that, unlike other shed bases, surface water build-up and risk of flooding is significantly reduced. Not only that, a plastic shed base is unable to retain water which means that there’s no risk of damage to the base or of water collecting and causing damp on the bottom of your new shed.


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.

If there’s even the slightest chance that you may someday want to move your shed to another location, make the job easier by modifying the skids before you set them in place. Start by trimming off the bottom corners of the skids at a 45-degree angle so they’ll slide more easily over the ground. Also, bore a 1 1/2-in.-dia. hole about 4 in. from each end. That way, you’ll have a convenient place to hook up a tow chain or steel cable.
After crosscutting the steel roof panels, we fastened them to the skip sheathing using self-tapping screws with a rubber gasket under the head. We drove the screws with an 18-volt drill and a socket wrench attachment, but we'd advise using a more sturdy nut driver because penetrating the roofing requires a fair amount of force. Finally, we screwed the diagonal braces to the posts.
I'm always surprised at how little forethought most backyard builders give to the shed's doors. After all, there's no sense in building a shed to store a particular item, such as a lawn tractor or wheelbarrow, if you can't fit it through the door. I saw a shed recently that had its doors removed. When I asked why, the homeowner explained that he framed the doorway wide enough for his riding lawnmower, but didn't take into account the amount of space taken up by the hinged inset doors. So, he had to remove the doors to fit the mower inside. (He's in the market for a skinnier mower.)
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.
If there’s even the slightest chance that you may someday want to move your shed to another location, make the job easier by modifying the skids before you set them in place. Start by trimming off the bottom corners of the skids at a 45-degree angle so they’ll slide more easily over the ground. Also, bore a 1 1/2-in.-dia. hole about 4 in. from each end. That way, you’ll have a convenient place to hook up a tow chain or steel cable.
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.
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 year’s pub shed is one of the most versatile we’ve ever built. The bar and covered patio area make it a perfect place to entertain or just hang out. The steep roof and sturdy lofts provide tons of extra storage space. And the high-tech materials, including reflective roof sheathing and prefinished floor panels, add to the shed’s comfort and convenience. Of course, if you don’t want a bar, you can install a bank of windows in its place. In fact, without too much more work, you could eliminate the front porch and build one big shed for even more storage space


I am planning to build a 20 X 16 shed in my yard in Brandon, FL. I want to be able to pull my truck in to work on it at times. I will be putting it on a Wood deck platform. What it the best ideas for weight support for the 5K Lb. truck? IE: 2X6s, 2X8s what type f spacing is best and which direction should the joists be going in reference to the roll up door? And help would be appreciated.
Need a space to unwind and relax? Turning an old shed into a spa wonderland is not that far-fetched! Space could easily be converted into an area for your hot tub or even turned into a sauna. If you have a hot tub already, it would be easy to use a shed to build a protective covering around it. If you do not have a hot tub, you can start from scratch and turn the outdoor shed into the luxury spa of your dreams!
When it comes to time-tested building methods, it’s hard to beat a skid foundation. Builders have been using this type of on-grade foundation to support outbuildings for more than three centuries. The technique is surprisingly simple in both concept and application: Two or more long, straight timbers (skids) are laid on the ground in parallel, evenly spaced positions. The building’s floor frame is then built on the skids, which are sometimes called runners or deadmen.
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.

And since we started with a simple shed, we’re going to finish in the same tone. This cute garden shed has a very lovely, simple and clear look. It’s made with prefab wall panels and doors and windows that slip into precut openings, making the building process very quick and easy. Then all you have to go id decorate it with hanging baskets and boxes and add beautiful plants.
I placed the screws about 8 inches apart throughout the layout of the floor.  For the plywood ends that butt up against each other, I install two screws on each piece exactly next to each other.  I then used some of the leftover dirt I had and back filled the sides of the frame.  Finally, I tamped the edges with my hand tamper at a slight angle so water will deflect away from the floor.
It's a work in progress and likely a labor of love for Rob, aka Weekend Shed Head, who chronicles the construction of his backyard man cave in Nottingham, England, on his Instagram account and YouTube channel. An experienced and enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer, he sort of makes things up as he goes along and seems to know what he's doing. Along the way, Rob posts photos of train stations, the curry dinners and full English breakfasts he cooks, and charming flowers and decor in the garden.
We are interested in a 10 x 16 shed in our backyard. We plan on putting it near an area that is slightly sloped, leading to a low spot that collects water when it rains a lot. It will not be directly in the wet area, but close. Is compacted gravel recommended for this? Is there any problem with the shed sinking? Would a concrete slab be better for stability? We are in Rochester NY, and I think the frost line is 42″.
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.
Phase # one: Talked about previously mentioned earlier determine where you can spot your get rid of inside an optimum area, allow enough distance from hedges or partitions for straightforward access to the sides. Use pegs and twine to attract out your foundation 2 inches (5 centimetres) larger than the location from the developing on either side. Finally, a figure out angled to guarantee the spot is square.
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.
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. 💜
Since this is going to be a much bigger project, it will be isolated as its own series (look for “Pub Shed” as the category on posts for updates). As you guys might have seen in some of my Instagram shares or updates about the back yard, I’ve already begun the process to try to make it into a reality. More specific details (now that I’ve actually announced the first round of plans with this post) will be upcoming, including building the base (it’s not fully “in” yet, so that will have its own post when it is).
Generally, smaller sheds of up to 8×6 do not need a foundation. Small sheds can be rested on crushed stone with either treated wood foundations or concrete foundation blocks. Large sheds will need to have strong foundations. Considering Backyard Buildings smallest shed size is 8×8, all of our sheds will need a foundation setup prior to the arrival of one of our installers.
If you need lots of space for storage, garden room, or office space, the most common design will be the gable shed. The gable roof design has two sloped roof that resembles a little house. This design is the most popular because it blends will with your home. The gambrel shed resembles a barn. It is great for storage as no space will go to waste. A larger size gambrel shed will have enough room to build a loft. Having a loft will keep everything organized and allow you to store more stuff. By installing a ramp to the shed you can also store ATV, snowmobiles, jet skis, trailers, and such things.
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