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). 😃 😃 😃
This shed is outstanding because it is built of materials that are still close to their raw form. A wooden shed fits in better with nature. Vinyl sheds or buildings built of other materials, can be can be great for some situations. However for a natural environment wood is much better. First of all wood is a natural product. Secondly it fits better in a woodsy area. IDEA: Just to say you can do it, build a shed with 1) natural products and 2) products that are as much in their raw form as possible.

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.
This shed studio is the perfect place for relaxing, getting some work done, or even living in! Tiny homes are all the rage these days, and what better way to construct a tiny home than utilizing a refurbished garden shed. Not only is the space so cost-effective, but it can really be a great little space if you know how to work with the area well. It could turn out to be a fun project!
Garden sheds are very common and that’s because of their multiple functionalities. They can be used for storage for all the items you no longer have room for in your house but mostly for garden supplies and tools. Also, they commonly used for hobbies. They’re like a mini-home for all your collection items and memorabilia, like a sanctuary for personal items. Moreover, garden sheds also make great workshop spaces. And since their functionality varies from person to person and from type to type, so does their design.

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.

Phase # two: A concrete floor foundation calls for 3 inches (7.five centimetres) of compressed hard main beneath the three inches (7.5 centimetres) cement layer. The foundation could be degree utilizing the soil or rose over it. If it’s to become degree dig deep into the leading component soil to six inch (15 centimetres) permitting for your tough core coating and 3 inches (7.5 centimetres) depth of concrete.


Double-check the corners and the front posts to make sure they’re plumb. Then cut and install the 4 x 8-ft. sheets of siding. Measure and cut the siding panels so that the seams align over wall studs. Rest the bottom of the panels on a temporary 1/2-in. spacer to provide space between the siding and the drip cap. Nail the siding to the studs. Follow the siding manufacturer’s instructions for spacing and nailing the siding.

Remember small amounts of water should be added at a time, and mixed into the concrete. Be careful as excessive amounts may make the cement too sloppy and it needs to stay reasonably dry. Spread the concrete evenly and slightly above the formwork. This can be then levelled off with a long straight edge of timber resting on the formwork. Use a sawing motion slowly over the entire surface of the freshly laid concrete.
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.
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.
The new home and garden trend is sweeping the internet, and it's actually pretty amazing and doable. We've seen she-sheds, but this puts a different spin on making the most out of your shed. DIY bar sheds are popping up all over the place, and some of them are pretty darn creative. With a wide array of different options, this is one of the least daunting DIY home projects we've come across in a while.

So it's not surprising that people often ask me for advice about putting together a backyard storage building. Sometimes I get asked questions that I couldn't possibly answer: "Do you think my husband and brother-in-law can build me a garden shed?" Or, "Would an 8 x 10-ft. shed be big enough to store all my stuff?" Gee, ma'am, I couldn't say. But often, the questions have something to do with shed design, framing or siding options. There, I can help. And so with these inquisitive souls in mind I present my favorite tricks of the shed trade.
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.
This is a shed that integrates nicely into the landscape. It has a steeply pitched roofline and resembles the angles found in birdhouses, on a larger scape of course. Even though it’s small comparative to other garden sheds we’ve seen so far, it still provides space for relaxation and entertainment but this time in the form of a very lovely space with a white picket fence and a couple of comfortable chairs.

Some may think sheds are for storage. However, shed use goes far beyond that. Garden sheds can be turned into cute little spaces in the corner of the garden. Some people even turn space into a cute she-sheds or a little living space. These outdoor living spaces are a great place to get away. IDEA #3: Turn your garden shed into personal living space in your garden.
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;
Turn any outdoor shed space into a space fit for a booming garden party with festive lights, such as these decorative garden lights. The bulbs hang elegantly above the heads of your guests during your next cocktail party, lighting up space and conversation with their calming glow. These string lights do not have to be so expensive, as there are so many brands and designs to choose from.

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:
Clear plexiglass has been used extensively throughout this shed to provide the level of natural lighting needed to create a private reading shed. Plexiglass is extremely durable and makes the perfect choice for this particular use. Not only does it let in plenty of light, but it will keep out the odd wayward softball. Although plexiglass can be a little on the expensive side, you should find the investment more than worthwhile when you see how long it lasts.
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?
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.
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.
Typically, lean to sheds are a structure that you would not want to attach permantly to say your garage or other part of your house! Why? Well, damage can be caused to your permanent structure due to shifting and the like, and also attaching a structure to your home will require you to get a permit (you may have to anyway!) but anything you build that you attach to your home most typically requires a permit.
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.
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?
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.
Outdoor wall lanterns are the perfect lighting elements for an outdoor shed. Especially if the shed is turned into a working or relaxing space, these lanterns only add intrigue to the whole area. From bar sheds to a child’s play space, proper lighting is important when it comes to lighting up your refurbished garden shed. With outdoor lanterns like these, it is easy to create an illuminated space easy to rest your eyes on.
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.
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
Flowers are always a good idea when it comes to creating a tiny shed space. No matter what you are turning your shed into, you should be sure to decorate the landscape around it appropriately. Going for a rustic, desert theme? Succulents and cacti are your go-to. Prefer an English garden space? Gorgeous multi-colored flowers and tiny table set up for tea would be perfect.
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.
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.

Stand the back wall. Then align the corner of the side and back walls and nail them together. With a helper on the outside of the shed to push if necessary, line up the inside edge of the bottom plate with the chalk line and nail it to the platform. Continue around the building, standing the opposite end wall and finally the front wall. Nail the corners together, making sure that the top plates of adjoining walls are flush with each other.
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