Build An Heirloom Garden Shed
Anything but typical, this handsome outbuilding can be built by one person in about a week
A backyard shed is a handy repository for all manner of tools and implements for gardening and lawn care. While most of these structures are utilitarian buildings, they don’t have to be. In this article, FHB Project House editor Justin Fink shows how to build an attractive, stylish garden shed that would be a showpiece for any backyard. The shed starts with a basic floor that rests on concrete blocks upon pads of compacted gravel. (If your site isn’t adequately level, you will need to do preliminary site work or consider poured-concrete piers.) After the floor framing is complete and secured, the walls go up. The wall assembly consists of 4×4 top and bottom plates, 4×6 corner posts, and 4×4 wall posts. Next comes the roof; while the roof is more of a challenge than the floor and walls, a handy layout jig (instructions included) makes the work easier. With the basic framing complete, the roof trim goes on, followed by the roofing. Half of the roof is covered with cedar shingles, while the other half is covered with clear polycarbonate panels to maximize incoming sunlight. After the roof is complete, install the door, the windows, and the sill. To complete the shed, install the trim and siding.