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thumb Introduction (Now Playing)

Learn the steps involved and the options available for building a high-value shed in a couple of weekends.

thumb Install a Block Foundation

Watch it Now (free preview) - Locate, square, and level your shed foundation quickly using the floor framing as a template.

thumb Shed Floor Framing Basics

Watch it Now - Get your shed off to a good start. Learn how to size, cut, and assemble a square and level floor frame for your shed.

thumb Building a Gable-End Wall (Part 1 and 2)

Watch it Now - While simple to accomplish, this advanced technique of framing and siding a wall before raising is a real time saver.

thumb Building the Bearing Walls

Watch it Now - Learn a valuable wall-building technique that applies to any house as well as this shed.

thumb Build The Roof (Part 1 and 2)

Watch it Now - Learn an easy technique of constructing site-built roof trusses using only a Speed Square, a tape measure, and a straightedge.

thumb Installing Trim

Watch it Now - Watch Rick explain how he uses careful design and a trim-in-place technique to achieve great results.

thumb Installing Windows and Doors

Watch it Now - See how Rick uses a few simple techniques to square windows and doors during installation.

thumb Installing Lap and Shingle Siding

Watch it Now - Learn efficient techniques for keeping reveals even and straight, siding around window and door openings, and siding against trim.

thumb Install Architectural Shingles

Watch it Now - Learn time-saving tricks for handling shingles on a steep roof as well as tips on reducing waste.

thumb Foundation System

Watch it Now -Learn the basics of the most common shed foundations and what to consider when deciding on the right foundation for you.

thumb Siding Options

Watch it Now -There are many options for siding. In this episode, Rick explains some different types of shingle and lap siding.

thumb Accessorize Your Shed

Watch it Now -A ramp and a flower box complete the exterior of the shed. See how to frame a sturdy ramp quickly and assemble a flower box in just a few minutes.

thumb Shelving and Storage Options

Watch it Now -Watch as Rick assembles a planting table, fastens corner shelves, and uses overhead storage space.

thumb Landscaping Completes the Look

Watch it Now -We invited the editors of Fine Gardening to landscape our shed. Watch the experts work some magic to complete the cottage look.

thumb Behind the Scenes Interviews

Join us from the set of Build a Shed and listen to archived interviews with Rick and Mac during the filming of this series.

Rick Arnold

South Kennsington, R.I.

Rick Arnold

Veteran contractor Rick Arnold is a contributing editor at Fine Homebuilding magazine. He is the author of numerous articles and books on home construction and remodeling. He is a well-known and sought-after speaker and presenter at home shows and building seminars around the country.

In this series, we take you right to the job site, where you can build along with Rick and his helper as they construct a sturdy, attractive backyard shed.

The shed you’ll see Rick build is not a prop in a studio. It’s an actual project, and the construction methods that Rick and his helper demonstrate reflect the best practices of professional builders. You’ll see firsthand what’s involved in locating and leveling the foundation, framing the structure, installing doors and windows, installing siding efficiently, and even landscaping effectively.

In addition to video, you’ll also find complete 3-D plans with Rick’s notes on construction as well as Rick’s Fine Homebuilding article on shed building, a design gallery of great ideas for detailing a shed, and excerpts from The Taunton Press’s best-selling book Building a Shed by Joeseph Truini. We’re also including a collection of how-to articles covering many of the crucial processes involved in building a shed. Written by the best builders in the country, our articles explain in easy-to-understand terms the best practices used by builders across the country. Keep in mind that building codes governing shed construction vary from region to region. Always consult local regulations before starting work. And good luck on your project!

This video also features Mac, the sideburn strutting carpenter’s helper who’s never at a loss for commentary.



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