Why Every Good Gardener Needs A Garden Shed

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One of my favorite hobbies is trying to grow things in my garden every year. I believe my love for gardening began when I was a little boy, helping her take care of her vegetable and flower plots and spending summers just pottering around with her outdoors. I adore the sensation of getting dirt under my fingernails and, of course, of seeing vegetables and beautiful flowers grow from the tiniest of seeds. My grandmother taught me a great deal about gardening and about life during those long, hot summers. One of the most important things I remember her teaching me, though, was that each and every good gardener really needed a backyard shed.

I thought that this advice regarding the humble garden shed was a bit odd in the beginning and I would often question my grandmother asking why she thought this was the case. A backyard shed? Sure, they are great, but can one really be needed by every gardener, surely not? That was my question to my grandma.

She answered my questions concerning the actual need for a wooden shed in the most magical and memorable way. She walked me over to her garden shed and ushered me inside. Once inside, she began explaining all the various tools, seeds and fertilizers which she had in her potting shed. I was very amazed at everything my granny had in that shed, I can tell you! It was really well organized and she seemed to have a reason for every single item she had in there. She said that if they have a garden shed full of everything they need, that most gardeners will simply take  more pride in their own gardens. I have since become convinced that my grandmother’s words are true about owning a garden shed and, whats more, the more I have gotten into gardening, the more I have seen the fact that it requires a whole shedload (literally!) of things and tools to create a successful garden. I have also become convinced that my backyard shed is the best place to store everything for my own garden. Each year it feels like I grow my garden a little bit bigger and my garden shed gets a little more crammed with all the right products and tools for each of my new attempts.

So if you’re of if you’re thinking about starting a garden for the first time a gardener, then I suggest you invest in a garden shed. If its good enough for my grandma, its good enough for anyone.

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Pool Sheds – Not Just a Luxury Item

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This week I would like to discuss something close to my heart, namely, elegant Pool Sheds.

We tend to do a lot of living around our pool shed. From the obvious such as a place for pool toy storage, to a secure dry place for pool equipment and supplies that come with owning and operating an outdoor pool. From electric or gas heaters requiring venting, to a place for storing pool towels, we have allot to think about before even considering the interior.

In addition to the utilitarian uses for our pool sheds, it also tends to be a central point for socializing poolside. We dry off and change there, make drinks and prepare food (BBQs), and much more. The pool shed is a busy little beaver to say the least. Caroline and Daniel from Winnipeg have definitely made things work. “There’s plenty of room for things like towels, pool toys as well as tools such as the pool vacuum, strainers and other things we need to have handy,” says Caroline. Our whole family absolutely loves living poolside all summer long and I don’t think we would enjoy it quite as much without the pool shed

“Entertaining is one of our biggest pleasures. Outdoor cooking is made much easier with a fully stocked pantry and wet bar.” We had a change room and bathroom installed so there isn’t anymore of the back and forth between the pool area and the house. Organization is key to keeping the pool shed running smoothly.

Keeping Your Pool Shed Organized

Pool Shed or Studio?

Start by figuring out everything that you’re going to want to store in the shed. Then divide the space with partition walls and determine what rooms will be for what. Make sure there’s plenty of shelving everywhere and cupboards with drawers. Use the shelving as well as hooks and keep things off the floor. When you look up, it’s surprising how much room you’ll find.

Despite our best efforts, sometimes it just takes a year of day to day living to realize how we’re going to need the space organized. Temporary curtains will help physically divide the space and inexpensive stackable shelves are a great alternative. Once you’ve got a better idea as to how your going to be using the space, what items you’re using all the time and where you’d like things to be located, you can call back the contractors and have permanent walls, shelving and cupboards installed.

Mind Wasted Space

Depending on the size of your pool shed, you’ll have to be careful how you use your space. If you don’t have room for a walk in closet or cabinet consider sliding compartments with drawers, shelves and hanging polls.  Look around for space you might not normally consider usable. You’d be surprised how much you can store up in the rafters, or in shelves above or below pool equipment such as heaters and filters.  That’s where custom shelving is necessary – it’s hard to find something off the shelf at a home improvement center that’s going to fit in such particular locations.

Get rid of anything that you don’t use on a regular basis, and every spring when the pool is being opened, do a quick inventory of everything in your pool shed. Anything that you didn’t use last year, ditch it and put it somewhere else where you have more room.

If you’re a pack rat and find it hard to get rid of things – give this a whirl (aside from maybe taking medication). Clear everything out and organize it all into boxes labeled keep, don’t keep and maybe. This is a great method to help purge items we’re simply not using enough to justify them taking up valuable space in the pool shed.

Building Another Pool Shed

Dual Pool Sheds

Depending on your budget and property, an option is to just build another pool shed. It helps separate the two uses between the sheds. One is a “working” shed, while the other is for play. Cooking, entertaining, listening to music, making drinks, showering, playing games – all for the play pool shed – while the pool equipment such as pumps, filters, cleaners, chemicals and other utilitarian objects go in the work shed.

Mark & Lisa of Los Angeles added a second pool shed last summer and it’s been well worth the investment. “Now that we’ve had it for awhile, we don’t know how we ever lived without it,” says Lisa. “We both absolutely love it. We spend so much time out here, almost more then in the main house. We entertain friends and family, watch TV, swim of course and sometimes we even sleep out there.”

The advantage of having two sheds are pretty obvious, but beyond the extra space that it provides it adds value to your home, and it creates a great place to hang out and socialize all summer long, and if you have kids in the house still, it’s a great way to keep them close. After all why drive all the way out to the beach when you’ve got your own little personal oasis right in the backyard?

For more information and photos of some great pool sheds, visit Storage and Garden Sheds.

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The Worlds Fastest Shed!

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We may like building shed fast here at woodshedplansblog.com but this guy has taken things to whole new level.

According to the BBC, “a gardener has completed an attempt to break the world record for the fastest shed.

Kevin Nicks, from Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, got bored with his Volkswagen Passat and converted it into a shed on wheels.

Earlier, his unusual vehicle was clocked at an average of 70.8mph over two 100m runs during a day of record attempts near York.

Mr Nicks, 50, said he was happy to have achieved his goal.

He will now submit his results to Guinness World Records, which will decide if he has officially broken the previous record of 58.4mph.

Mr Nicks, who is hoping to use the vehicle as advertising space, said: “It’s good to be getting the word out there, which will help as an advertising tool.

“I can say ‘advertise on the side of the world’s fastest shed’.”

It took Mr Nicks seven months to transform his car, using steel beams and timber, and create his shed on wheels.

It is legal to drive on the road and can reach speeds of almost 80mph, he said.”

You can read the whole amazing store here but, if your more interested in building a shed fast as opposed to making your shed go fast, then I suggest you take a look at these great shed plans.

 

Happy shedding!

 

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The Importance of Planning Your New Wooden Shed Design

One of the most important aspects of building a new wooden shed is the planning. You know what they say, fail to plan and you plan to fail – and this is certainly the case when it comes to any kind of construction project.

There are several things you need to consider when building your own shed. First off all you need to decide on the size of the shed you are wanting to have in your garden. I my case I was looking for a shed where I could withdraw and do some of my own handcraft stuff, but it also needed to be big enough to store a lot of the garden equipment and  the bikes of my wife and children.

Also an important thing to consider is the design of your shed. The best way to get a feel for that is to look at some different wood shed design plans. There are many different styles of wooden sheds and I would advise you to have a good look around before you decide on which shed you are going to be building yourself.

Another thing to keep in mind is if you have all the different tools that you need. It will save you a lot of stress and time when you plan everything first. If you don’t have to appropriate tools, I would recommend buying them or borrowing them from a neighbour or friend. I have made the mistake have not having exactly the right tools. This actually damaged our shed and I had to re-do a whole part.

The great thing is if you have the right wood shed plans that the planning will become alot easier. These plans come with very detailed descriptions and it will tell you exactly what you need and when you need it. It’s very difficult to go wrong with these plans.

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Storage Shed Plans – Picking The Right One Isnt As Easy As You Think

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There are a number of storage shed plans to choose from but they basically come down to five basic styles. The style you go for will very much be determined by the space you need form the storage shed, the space you have to work with in your garden and the look you are trying to achieve.

A lean to shed is probably the simplest to construct and takes up the least space because as the name suggests, it is usually constructed next to or attached to an existing building. The design incorporates a single sloping roof running back to the front to encourage the rain to run away from the back of the shed.

A cable roof shed consists of two sloped plains meeting at the top in the traditional triangle shape. Two of the side walls are extended upwards in effect like two triangles standing on the square ends to form what is called the Cable End. A variation of this is the barn roof shed is a cable roof with two slopes or pitches on either side. It’s a little more difficult to construct and frame but offers more head room and height space and is a great look when it’s finished.

You will see salt-box style sheds very frequently in use as it is the most popular type of shed built in the U.S. They are distinguished by the long slope at the rear of the roof. The reason for their popularity is that they are easy to build and offer great space on a small footprint. There are plenty of good storage shed plans for the salt-box style so shop around.

The hip roof shed is similar to the cable end but with four slopes to the roof as opposed to two. Here the slops meet at the ridges producing an attractive feature and giving a more quality look and feel to the shed. This style is also used for making garden seated features like pagodas.

With good storage shed plans you don’t need to compromise the look and attractiveness of your shed to achieve the functionality you desire. And, if it looks good, a quality shed can also add to if not the value but certainly the sales appeal of your home.

At the end of the day, there is no limit to what you can achieve. It just needs a little imagination, planning, money (of course) and a set of good storage shed plans. If you are not an experienced D.I.Y person, it may be better to walk before you run. An idea may be to practice buy building a smaller version of what you ultimately want for a shed as a log store for example. But let’s be clear, this is not rocket science. If you plan the project out well, take your time and work to the plan – there is no reason why t you can’t start the build even with no previous experience.

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The Best Way To Build Your Own Shed

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Once I decided to build my own shed, I realized the one thing that I absolutely needed was a good set of wooden shed plans. I looked into the possibility of just buying and making a kit but found them to be way too expensive considering I didn’t have a big budget. Shed kits nowadays are extremely expensive and that just wasn’t an option for me.

Click Here To Check Out The Wooden Shed Plans That I Used

Even if you are quite the handyman, as I would consider myself, a good set of plans is going to be essential and will save you money in the long run. The great thing about the shed plans that I used was that they came with perfectly clear step by step instructions regarding the materials I needed and exactly how to put them together. In the end I was so grateful I found these plans because they provided not only a huge number of plans, but also all the exact step by step help I needed to get the job done right!

As you probably know by now, I had been searching for a website that offered a variety of different plans for a long time, but hadn’t found anything half decent. Either the plans they provided weren’t any good or they were way too expensive (in the $200-$300 range!!) I wasn’t willing to pay that much for shed plans, so I was starting to get quite frustrated and was beginning to think that there weren’t any feasible options other than to buy a kit.

However, I finally  found what I was looking for. The website offered thousands of different plans for, in my opinion, very good value for money. Like I said before, not only were the plans clear and easy to follow, but the extra support offered by the author was also amazing. He told you exactly how to use the plans to construct the exact shed that you are looking for. Not only were the shed plans exactly what I needed but they were also the cheapest that I could find!

You Can Use The Exact Same Shed Plans Through This Link

If I can make this work then so can you. Please take a few minutes to look through my other posts – I’ve tried to be as informative as I can, and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

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How To Build A Wooden Shed – Part 2 – The Base

Hi folks – in case you missed it you can read Part 1 here. Today’s post is going to be about how to construct the base of your wooden shed.

Just like any other building, a garden shed needs to be built on a firm set of foundations, especially if it’s a larger shed. The best material to use is concrete, but because this can be expensive and difficult to put in place, it may not be suitable for your particular project. However, if you are planning a larger structure or one that you hope will pass the test of time, then this is definitely worth the extra investment. The concrete slab needs to be about 100mm thick and, of course, for larger structures a more substantial base will be required.

With most wooden shed kits you will usually get some kind of wooden flooring included. This normally takes the form of tongue and groove boards laid on battens which help raise the floor from the ground and prevent it suffering from the effects of damp and mold. These battens also enable airflow under the structure which also helps prevent the floor from rotting. Of course, these battens should ideally be placed on a concrete foundation to prevent them from rotting themselves, but if a concrete base is not possible then make sure they are treated and preferably laid on a membrane or even a bed of stone chips.

One of the best, and most cost effective bases for your wooden storage shed is actually paving slabs as these are cheap to buy and easy to lay – just ensure that the soil is levelled before putting them down.

Here are the basic steps involved in marking out and laying the base for your shed.

  1. Use tape or string and pegs to mark out the base of the shed – remember to add a surround – usually 50-100mm on each side. Remove the turf if there is any, and flatten out the soil as much as possible. If you need extra help, hire a rotovator to churn up compacted soil and then skim off the top level until its flat with a normal garden spade.
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    Using a spirit level lay the slabs in a regular pattern along one edge. I recommend that you use a hardcore base if possible as this will help drainage and give a smoother base to work from, although soil will be fine if levelled correctly.storage-shed-foundation-02
  3. If possible, cut a slab in half and continue the next line by placing the half cut slab down first. This gives a staggered pattern which helps dissipate the load and avoids having lines of slabs rising up along their edges in the even of uneven weight distribution in the shed.
  4. Continue until you have filled the area. Don’t make any longitudinal cuts of the slabs unless absolutely necessary, this is a lot of extra work –just make the base the width of the slabs.
  5. Finally, place the battens across the slabs making sure they are central and coat them with a good quality wood preservative. Similarly, give the underside of the base a couple of coats as well since you wont be seeing this again for a long time – at least that is the plan!storage-shed-foundation-03

That’s it. Your base is ready and its time to move onto the next part of the project – actually putting the shed together. Making the base might not be the most exciting part of the project but it is one of the most important – get it right and the rest of the jigsaw will fall easily into place.

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The Secret of Getting Free Wood Storage Shed Plans

When I decided to build my own shed I decided to do some research and, of course, if you have been following this blog then you will remember that,  with the help of different wood shed plans, I managed to come up with a great design. In the beginning, I had a look at different models and plans, but, to my frustration, I wasn’t able to find anything suitable. I did some research on the Internet for wood storage shed plans and I had a look at quite a few different products and websites.

Turns out, it was quite difficult to find free shed plans. I though it would just be a matter of surfing the net for a couple of minutes, find a nice free shed plan website and voila I could start building my wooden shed. Not so.

The problem with these plans is that I could not find any with a shed of my liking. Most of the free plans featured very dated models and I was looking for something bigger and more modern to build.

Another problem that I encountered with the free plans were the instructions provided; they were very difficult to figure out, and even for someone like me who is  a fairly experienced hand worker (don’t know if my wife would agree on this one ) I simply wasn’t  able to figure out how to build a shed easily and without causing myself some problems.

So it wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. But, I’m not a quitter so I decided to keep looking and, I think, after about 6 hours off non stop surfing on the net looking for free plans I finally gave up.

It was only then that I actually came across some paid shed plans. Initially, I though that this would be way too expensive for my modest budget but, you know what,  I found that it wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. I was actually able (with a very small investment) to get my hands on some great shed plans, ones that were very easy to follow and made the job a lot easier.

Of course, if you are on zero budget or if you are just a tight-wad :) then free wood storage shed plans are an alternative to paying but, really, in order to save yourself a lot of headache and trouble I would not recommend that you spend the time and effort required to put together a suitable set of shed plans using these free websites.  I’m very glad that I actually came across these other plans. It helped me big time to understand actually how to build my own shed. And thats got to be worth a couple of bucks.

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Building Cheap Sheds To A Budget

Building a shed on a budget needn’t be a pipe dream and with a little bit on ingenuity amazing results can be achieved with very little money.Inexpensive shed design is very much down to planning and making best use of what you have available. A simple storage shed for example can be put together in quick time and last for years without costing hundreds of dollars.

Before deciding on which inexpensive shed design to go for, you need to consider a number of key points. Firstly, and most importantly, what am I going to store in the shed? This is the starting point for everything. Storing your prized vintage Harley is one thing and using as an overspill for little used, low value household items is something else altogether.

You will need to think about:

  1. Location. How accessible does the shed need to be? If you are going to be storing heavy items, is it possible to position the shed closer to where the items will ultimately be used to limit the distance you’ll have to carry them.
  2. Security. How secure does the shed need to be? What is the value of the items that will be stored there? How does that affect the decision that will have to be made about the quality of the door and lock used?
  3. Legals. What are the legal requirements and planning restrictions in your area with regard to where you position the shed in relation to your neighbors land and the size and height you can build to.
  4. Drainage (and from that the foundations you intend to use.) Is there good natural drainage in the area you intend to locate the shed and if not, what decisions to you need to make about improving the drainage and the right foundations to use.
  5. Materials and cost. Consider very carefully the materials you intent to use. Do you need to buy the most expensive timber? Well, no. A less expensive product will do the job just as well and if you care for it over the years, will last just as long.

Another thing to consider when building a shed on a budget is what you will ultimately be saving by investing in a inexpensive shed design plan as opposed to buying a pre-built shed and that is what you will ultimately save. Generally you should expect to save between 50% to 65% building your own shed against buying a shed. Also you have the personal satisfaction of starting and completing the project yourself. Inexpensive shed designs start at just a few dollars and if you buy the right one, this will undoubtedly be money well spent.

Finally, and to state the obvious, building a shed is an outside job and you will need a dry area to store your materials. Plan well in advance when you intend to start the build. Should you start in the middle of winter when it’s cold and damp? Likely not the best option. Surely Spring would be a better option so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labors over the summer.

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My Shed Plans Review

free-shed-plans-woodworkMy Shed Plans is a complete guide that explains how you can build a beautiful shed from scratch. Ryan Henderson the writer of the book has given detailed blueprints and step by step instructions that even a beginner can follow. Shed builders can choose from 12,000 shed plans and woodworking patterns.

Once you sign up you will receive the entire package instantly in the Members’ Area via downloads. There are easy to follow instructions provided in the members’ area just in case you have never downloaded anything from the internet before. After making the purchase you will get all the shed plans and woodworking blueprints within 5 minutes. This means that you get the product for a lower price as there are no shipping costs. However, if you prefer buying the CD then you can buy that and it will be sent to you via mail.

Woodworking can be time consuming but making the right plans takes even longer. My Shed Plans Elite provide you a wide range of design to choose from and once you have the design you will be able to construct your shed nicely and it will take less amount of time to build it. It keeps all things simple. The aim of My Shed Plans is to make woodworking a fun activity for you. Once you follow Ryan Henderson’s instructions making shed will be a less time consuming and more fun thing to do.

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The book also teaches you how you can build shed that costs less. You will be able to build a good shed much cheaper than the overpriced ready-made sheds that you see. If you have the resources you can build a decent shed for nothing at all.

My Shed Plans Elite will explain everything in detail and you don’t have to worry about running out of ideas anymore. My Shed Plans Elite package comes with 2 bonuses. The first one is about foundation, roofing and the second one is about woodworking secrets and contains tips and tricks that may prove very useful. The Total price of My Shed Plans Elite is 47$ and there is a money back guarantee in case you feel like returning the book. What’s more, you keep the bonus books that you get with it.

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