DEAR TIM: I want to build a deluxe shed. I’ve just retired and have plenty of time on my hands. I want to stop paying the outrageous offsite storage fees. First and foremost, what do you think of my shed matching my house? Is this a good idea or a waste of time? In your Read More »
Unique Shed Designs - Dream It & Build It QUESTION #1: Hello Tim. I’ve put off building a small garden shed for too many years. After the wretched winter I endured, I deserve something that will lift my spirits. I don’t know where to start, but I do know I want it to be an Read More »
DEAR TIM: I’ve got a quaint outdoor shed that I’ve neglected. The wood at the bottom is rotting and the shingles must be replaced. I need it more than ever and recently discovered it’s not to code in my county. I want to repair it and improve it but I’m told the shed has to Read More »
Outdoor Shed Tips QUESTION #1: Tim, what can you tell me about outdoor sheds? I’m thinking it could end up being an outdoor retreat more than it might be for garden stuff and junk. How can you keep a shed cool that bakes in the sun all day? I want to make sure the shed Read More »
Treat Your Own Wood Question #1: Tim, is there some other safe DIY treatment I can do to prevent the wood from being destroyed by wood rot and insects? I’m chemically sensitive and don’t want to rely on the normal treated lumber that one buys from lumber yards. Is there a downside to DIY treatment Read More »
"I do NOT make a normal practice of bashing my peers, but this instance is so egregious I had to point it out." This column was SO GOOD that I shared with the 31,000 subscribers who read my September 9, 2018 AsktheBuilder Newsletter. Exterior Wall on Slab Must Be Out on the Edge An exterior Read More »
Shed ramps are necessary for almost all sheds that have a wooden floor. It is very common for a shed floor to be six or more inches above the outdoor grade level. Shed ramps can be made from wood or metal. Wood ramps are fairly easy to construct, but they must not be too steep.
Building storage sheds or garden sheds takes some important preplanning. Check your local building codes to see if a building permit is required for your shed. Outdoor storage sheds can be built on a wood frame or concrete foundation. Wood sheds are easy to build and very affordable. Should your shed plans call for a mini-garage door? Great for that riding lawn mower.
There are several garden shed floor options. When building your storage shed, you can pour a concrete slab or install a treated wood floor system that will not rot and will give you peace of mind for decades.
Tar paper has been time-tested as a weather barrier. Normally used on roofs, tar paper makes a great barrier for the exterior walls of your housing, building or shed. Tar paper keeps the wood beneath it dry.