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She Sheds: Plans for How to Build & Customize

Ever dream of having your own personal retreat right in your backyard? It can happen! Convert an ordinary tool shed into a she shed. Actually, it can be a he shed too. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to build your own. First, check your local building codes or homeowner’s association guidelines. Some things to check on include shed size, foundation, and even color. Your she shed can be an upgrade to an existing shed or a brand new one. If you are building, pick a spot in your yard that’s close to level. It’ll be easier to set the foundation. The foundation can be a concrete slab with sill plates. 4×4’s on masonry blocks. Or, for areas that freeze, 4×4’s set on concrete footers below the frost line. Click below to watch our “How to Build a Foundation” video. When the foundation is down, the shed can go up. Kits come with the easy-to-follow instructions or they can be installed for you. The basic installation involves building the walls, adding the roof, installing the doors and windows, painting the exterior, adding trim and finishing with shingles.

Once you’ve built the shed, you can really start to customize. Sheds are designed for tool storage where minimal light isn’t a problem. A window is usually included with kits. However, you may want more light in your she shed. Consider switching out the regular doors. Get doors that are the same size or a little bit larger than the standard doors.

The wall panels are usually precut for the door openings so going smaller won’t typically work. Click below to watch our french door installation” video. For even more natural light, add skylights. The installation involves cutting out and framing the opening, securing the skylight and sealing tight with a flashing kit. Click below to see our skylight installation video. Next, finish things up inside. Installing permanent electricity isn’t always necessary, but if you decide you need it, have a pro install it. Adding insulation is a smart move. It’ll help keep the temperature just right and limit moisture build-up. Then, install the drywall. Hang it on the walls and finish it off with some drywall mud.

Then sand. Don’t install it on the ceiling if it doesn’t have vents. You could get mold. Click below to watch our drywall installation video. After the drywall has been finished, it’s time to paint. Use a paint-and-primer-in-one for the walls and ceiling. If you’re painting the floor, prime it first, then use porch and floor paint which will stand up to traffic. For steps on painting, as well as helpful hints, click below to watch our painting video. To finish things up outside, attached lattice skirting to give the shed a little personality. How about a deck or patio in front for a finished appearance? A small floating platform deck will do. It’s built on masonry blocks so there’s no need for post holes. Place some furniture, planters and a few accessories to liven things up. And finally, the interior decor. For deep meditation in a tranquil yoga studio, keep your decor simple.

Consider a water fountain to create a relaxing atmosphere. For a home office ‘shedquarters’, storage cubes will help keep files and office supplies organized. Perhaps you plan to bring out your creative side in an artist’s studio. Slat wall is a simple way to keep all your tools handy. Or maybe you just wanna sit back with a book in your private library. A few shelves and a comfy chair might be just the thing. When everything was complete, we built our shed for about $5,000. A simple shed converted into your very own personal retreat. To see all the how-to’s relating to building a she shed, go to Lowes.com/SheShed

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Why Every Gardener Needs a Garden Shed

One of my all-time favorite hobbies is having a garden each year. I think my love for gardening started when I was a little girl spending summers with my grandmother and helping her take care of her large vegetable and flower gardens. I love the feeling of getting dirt in my fingernails and of seeing healthy vegetables and beautiful flowers grow from the tinest seeds. My grandmother taught me a lot about life and about gardening during those summers. One of the main things I remember her teaching me, however, was that every gardener needed a garden shed.

I thought this advice about a garden shed was a bit strange at first. In fact, I questioned my grandmother about it because I thought surely she had spoken wrong. A garden shed? Sure, they are great, but why would every gardener need one? That was my question to my grandmother.

She answered my question about the need for a garden shed in the most magical and memorable way. She walked me over to her special garden shed and brought me inside with her. Once inside she began explaining all the different tools, seeds and fertilizers that she had in her garden shed. I was quite amazed at everything my gram had in her garden shed. It was really organized and she seemed to have a great reason for each thing she had in there. She said that all gardeners will take more pride in their gardens if they have a special garden shed filled with everything they need to garden.

To make a long story short, I have since become very convinced that my grandmother’s words are true about a garden shed. The more I have gotten into gardening the more I have seen the truth that it requires a lot of tools and things to make a garden grow with success, and my garden shed is the perfect place to store everything for my garden. Each year it seems like I grow my gardens a bit bigger and so each year my garden shed gets a little more filled with all of the right products and tools for each of my new attempts.

So if you are a gardener of if you are thinking about starting a garden for the first time, then I suggest you invest into a garden shed. It will hold everything you need for your garden and allow you to take pride in the work of your hands.

Storage Sheds: The Un-Clutter Solution

A storage shed is a light structure (generally made of wood) in a back garden used for storage of tools, vehicles, or useful items and is very often used to pursue hobbies like gardening and light engineering. Storage sheds are available in a variety of designs and materials in the market.

Types of Storage Sheds Based on Material. The materials used for storage sheds are wood, plywood, vinyl, metal, steel and Rubbermaid. The materials have various advantages and disadvantages. Wood is the preferred material as it gives an aesthetic appeal. However wood needs to be treated for ultraviolet protection every year and sometimes treatment is also given for protection against pests and borers. Cedar wood is preferred material. Particle wood and plywood are very popular for storage shed sidings. However they are least resistant to water as they get out of shape after repeated wetting and drying. Hence plywood should be avoided in places where it rains frequently.

Vinyl has the advantage of being maintenance free. However vinyl is lower on the visual attractiveness scale. Metal sidings include aluminum, which is light and when anodized gives a good look and lasts a long time. Steel sidings, though cheap, should be avoided as they rust easily. Metal sidings have the least appealing look. Vinyl coated steel has a long life and gives good strength. Rubbermaid and poly vinyl chloride sidings are maintenance free, requiring no painting, no rust treatment and no rot or pest treatment. One thing that should be looked into while selecting siding material is that the siding material should match with the main building siding material. A different siding material may give a contrasting look to the storage shed.

Do It Yourself Kits Vs Professional Installation. Storage sheds can be professionally installed as well as self assembled. Usually for easy assembly, the parts are numbered in self-assembly type storage shed kits. Also assembly instructions are provided with storage-shed kits. Self-assembly may save money and can be a satisfying though difficult experience.

Sizes & Accessories. The usual sizes of storage sheds are, 12′ X 24′, 12′ X 30′, 12′ X 10′, 10′ X 14′, 10′ X 8′, 8′ X 6′ etc. It is better to opt for a double door. For those who want to keep light engineering machines, a good foundation is necessary. Other accessories that come with storage sheds are windows, shutters, weathervanes etc. Hooks and shelves increase the capacity of the storage shed by utilizing vertical space. The windows should be so designed that they match with the main building.

Building Codes and Laws. In various states there are laws on sheds like zoning ordinance, building codes, deed restrictions, building permits, siding materials etc. It is prudent to go through these before installing a storage shed.

Storage sheds are available in various shapes, colors, patterns and sizes. They can be customized to suit an individual’s taste. Smaller sheds are called tool sheds. Larger sheds called barns are used to house vehicles, boats and other large items. The prices range from $300 to $4000 depending upon size, material and accessories in the storage shed.

Importance of Shed Plans

Considering a garden shed? Thinking about building it yourself? Then before you embark on your project make sure you have a reliable shed plan for the design you have in mind.

Building your own shed can without doubt cut costs but without pre-planning it could turn out to be considerably more costly that you thought. There are numerous good shed designs available on the market so the first step is to be sure the one you choose will work for you. What is the shed going to be used for? Where is it going to be placed? What materials have you considered? Do you have all the essential tools? And lastly, what is your overall budget?

If you can answer all these questions then you are on your way to building your masterpiece. As with any project you need to spend some time on the planning. For any keen DIY enthusiast it is key to stick to the plans and not be too ambitious as what set out to be a successful project could well turn out to be a nightmare.

The importance of quality shed plans is paramount and you can determine what looks reliable by the overall design of the plans. A good shed plan with have detailed information of not only the step by step construction but also a complete list of all parts and materials required along with costs and details of various suppliers. You can obtain good shed plans from reputable DIY and home improvement stores and with a simple Google search even online in a downloadable format. So, once you have your shed plans you can start to put together and carry out your project with confidence.