How to Build a Beautiful Garden Shed on Your Own and Save Money

I love do-it-yourself (or DIY) projects. Especially wood-inspired DIY projects. There is something about the smell of the wood and the satisfaction of actually seeing your progress, and then being able to enjoy whatever youve built afterwards. Though a DIY Wood Shed is a little ambitious for me, it is a great project for the avid DIY-er and, who knows, maybe it will inspire you to build something afterwards, like your own tiny home or log house!

In the Fall of 2002, a gentleman named Sean decided to construct his own 18x12 garden shed in the style of the classic American chicken coop, complete with clerestory windows. By the Fall of 2003, Seans wooden shed was completed (sans chickens). Seans shed was a complete DIY project that is, his method of building was without the aid of experts or other professionals. DIY is described as a behaviour where individuals engage raw or semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g. landscaping). DIY behaviour is often triggered by various motivations, including economic benefit, lack of product availability or quality, or the need for customization. The term do-it-yourself has been associated with consumers since at least 1912, primarily in the domain of home improvement and maintenance activities, and by the 1950s the term had come into common use.

So, Seans DIY Wood Shed appears to be much more planned than my typical DIY project, where I usually start out of boredom rather than necessity, without any real plan or focus until part-way through, once I realize I dont have everything I need to do whatever it is I want to do and then I give up. Sean actually drew all of the plans up in TurboCad (as a result, the detail and accuracy helped during the construction phase of his project). After the initial plan and design phase, Sean had to prep the site for his DIY Wood Shed (a couple of small trees had to come down and some excavation was required to prepare the land for the Wood Sheds foundation). The most important part of Seans DIY construction project, however, was surveying the foundation in order to make sure everything was perfectly square. Without a perfectly square foundation, no matter your DIY project, it isnt going to finish square (which will create problems and frustrations throughout the entire project).

After all of the initial preparations, Sean was ready to build his DIY Wood Shed, starting from the ground, or floor, up. Floor framing, wall framing, beam installation, rafter installation and then onto the roof and wall sheeting. Next were the door and windows installation and the addition of fascia, trim and roof shingles. (It almost sounds easy, doesnt it?) The windows Sean installed were of the clerestory type, which is basically a window set in a roof structure or high in a wall, used mainly for daylighting (the practice of placing windows and reflective surfaces so that during the day natural light provides effective internal lighting), while the doors were simple and basic, built from plywood and Cedar 1x4s, to provide that real barn yard look.

Seans little chicken coop inspired Wood Shed is a great DIY project for anyone with any knowledge of basic construction principles. And after tackling a project like this, you might want to ask yourself if you would be interested in downsizing and simplifying, maybe turning to a tiny home or a beautiful, rustic log house as your next DIY project!


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