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5 Secrets to Building a Better Shed: DIY Guy Photograph by Neal Barrett Advertisement - Continue Reading Below I'm something of an expert on building backyard sheds. So it's not surprising that people often ask me for advice about putting together a backyard storage building. 1. No shed, regardless of how well it's built, will last long if it's set on a weak base. Also, you should never build a shed in a wet, low-lying area, and if the site is exposed to occasional rainwater runoff, set the blocks or timbers on 2 in. to 4 in. of gravel. Larger sheds, typically those more than 200 sq. ft. in size, require permanent foundations that extend down to the frost line. Finally, if you're using buried wood posts or on-grade timbers, be sure to cut them from pressure-treated lumber rated for "ground contact." 2. Water is wood's worst enemy. Leave at least 2 ft. to 3 ft. of space around all sides of the shed. 3. For the shed's floor deck, use ¾-in. exterior-grade plywood; anything thinner will flex between joists. 4. 5.
Super Shed Pictures - Photos of Extreme Sheds Builder: Mike Christie-Fogg Location: Colchester, Conn. Square Footage: 250 Why the Shed is Super: Visually stunning, agriculturally functional, made from salvaged materials and popular with the neighbors' goats, Christie-Fogg's greenhouse and potting shed prove that one man's trash can become another's treasure. While remodeling a 1940s Ford dealership near his home in Connecticut, woodworker Mike Christie-Fogg hit the lumber jackpot. "These big beams, rafters and solid ¾-inch pine flooring had to come out. The plan came together after he drove his Toyota Corolla past a pile of antique windows put out as garbage. Now, he germinates seedlings there in spring, and in summer, tomatoes ripen among rows of shovels. Matthew Monteith
How to Build A Storage Shed: Frequently Asked Questions Over the years, Popular Mechanics has published several articles about designing and building backyard storage sheds, many of which I'm proud to have written. These articles have always generated a lot of mail from readers looking for specific answers to their shed-building questions. It's not possible to answer every question, but here are answers to the five most frequently asked ones. 1. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Great question. • First, the town building inspector will want to make sure the shed is built to code so that it won't sink into the ground, suffer a catastrophic roof collapse, or be blown over by a strong wind. • Second, town officials will need to approve the proposed building site to ensure it isn't encroaching into wetlands, sitting over a septic system or straddling a property line. • Lastly, if you build a shed on your property without first obtaining a building permit, the town can make you either move the shed, or even take it down completely. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Build a Small Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed When I first started building projects, I didn't care if I worked in the gravel driveway on a cold day. I didn't care if I had a little spot behind the boat, on the floor in the garage to work. I was so crazy about building, I found a way around anything to work on a project. But over the years, slowly, tool by tool, I've been working up to a dedicated work space. And boy is it nice. It's kind of like having a sewing table. So when my friend Gina from Lady Goats wrote me saying, Help, Ana, I'm building in the rocks and dirt! I hope this solution we came up with works for many of you too! Gina sent me a link to a cedar shed with a retail price of $1600. She wanted to use cedar, and I thought, what cheaper solution than cedar fence pickets for siding? Gina is going to add a few fun things to the inside - like a mitersaw cabinet and some door shelves, so stay tuned as we turn this shed into a workshop! And here's a few notes from Gina: - The paneled doors were kind of tough to get tight.
Small Storage Sheds • Ideas & Projects! If you have a small home, chances are you have a small yard… and have extra stuff to store! Finding a small storage shed that doesn’t look like it ate your little slice of paradise is a chore. But there are solutions that fit in a small yard, and some of these storage shed ideas have DIY tutorials as a bonus… you know, for when all those other DIY projects are done? Joseph Sandy created this amazing reclaimed wood DIY storage shed, and it has a great write up on Houzz. Need plans for a good, basic storage shed? Another great project with this DIY shed with free plans at Ana White, By Lady Goats! From ‘A Cultivated Nest’, this cute DIY garden shed was made from an old door! This next one is simply inspiration for your existing (or the one you’re building!) Another Pinterest inspirational find, brought to my attention by A Cultivated Nest, (Great blog!) Finally, we end with a tutorial for this simple shed, with complete downloadable plans, photos and instructions from Popular Mechanics.
Shed of the Year Shed of the Year Contest Boat roofed shed byAlex Holland. Winner shed of the year 2013.The roof is an upturned 14 ft by 7 ft wide clinker fishing boat from the early 1900s placed on a frame of old telephone poles. Windows were recycled from a 1940s caravan and an old farm house. Old salvaged wood door to above shed. Boat shaped shed on wheelsby Mark Rowland.Entered in Shed of the year 2015.Steamed timbers with a copper keel cover.readersheds.co.uk Interior of Rowhaus above. Bathroom shed by Steve Marples and Gina Biddick.Based on a Ford Thames van and houses a bathroom with shower. Owl House.This shed is a finalist in Shed of the year 2015.Made entirely from cob, recycled plywood, recycled glass bottles with a living green roof. readersheds.co.uk Rammed Earth Shed.This shed is a finalist in Shed of the year 2015.By Michael Thompson (who gives courses).Michael says "It just turns out that when you strive to save money, you usually end up saving the planet by accident.
Salvaged Wood Sheds Salvaged Wood Sheds For garden tools or sleeping. Shed at Linden Hill Gardens, Bucks Co, Pennsylvannia.Constructed from reclaimed wood, doors, and windows.lindenhillgardens.com Salvaged Wood ShedBy Funky Junk Interiors. Multi use building with PV Cells on roof. Shed built from old pallets.By Andrea: scrapality.com Shed made out of reclaimed and recycled wood. Garden shed made of recycled materials.By Laurie Ceesay, artsychickquilts.blogspot.com Salvaged wood shed.Via: bhg.com Reclaimed wood shed by Kathy of Ritzy Rust.Ontario, Canada. facebook.com/RitzyRust Tiny reclaimed wood cabin in Texas.250 sq ft. Reclaimed wood shed/cabin in Quebec.cabinporn.com Shed in Staumsvick, Iceland.By Óskar Steinn Ómarsson. flickr.com Recycled cabin in Central California by Victor Summers.Only the corrugated tin roof is new. Inside a nature lover's off-grid writing shed in Oregon.Architect Erin Moore designed the building for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore. Sleeping shed.www.tumblr.com
How to Build a Classic Cottage Garden Shed By Jeanie and David Stiles, from "Backyard Building" December 2015 David and Jeanie Stiles are renowned builders and authors of 23 books on woodworking projects. In Backyard Building, (The Countryman Press, 2014) the couple shows readers how to make that patch of land their very own. There are more than 20 projects ranging in complexity, the easiest of which requires only a few hours of dedication from a beginner. Because of its simplicity, this classic cottage can be used as a potting shed, or be converted into an artist’s studio or a children’s playhouse. Materials Base 2 10' 2×6 pressure-treated lumber for base 1 14' 2×6 pressure-treated lumber for base 2 14' 2×6 pressure-treated lumber for floor joists 4"×8"×16" solid concrete blocks for base (quantity varies) Slate shims for base (quantity varies) 2 4'×8'-3/4" exterior plywood for floor Roofing 5 bundles 18" premium red-cedar shingles for roofing 2 12' 1×4 #2 cedar for ridge trim Base Begin by building a level base. Floor Walls Siding