Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders

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Sheds no longer need to be ugly utilitarian buildings, rusting and rotting away on sagging foundations. This revised and expanded second edition of Sheds makes this best-selling book even more useful. Here is a book that contains absolutely everything you need to know to design, build and enjoy the ultimate backyard shed.
Award-winning designer David Stiles first helps you think through the issues involved in shed design - such as intended use, size, cost, placement and ...
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Overview

Sheds no longer need to be ugly utilitarian buildings, rusting and rotting away on sagging foundations. This revised and expanded second edition of Sheds makes this best-selling book even more useful. Here is a book that contains absolutely everything you need to know to design, build and enjoy the ultimate backyard shed.
Award-winning designer David Stiles first helps you think through the issues involved in shed design - such as intended use, size, cost, placement and difficulty of construction. Following a chapter on construction basics (which includes how to make a concrete base and information on how to move an existing shed), he then guides you through each step of building a basic 8 x 10 foot shed - from foundation to cupola and everything in between. This core chapter includes a materials list, step-by-step illustrated instructions and a daily labor schedule.
The book then presents several more basic sheds, along with a number of more complex special-use sheds, including a work shed, a pool shed, an Irish garden shed and even a Japanese boat shed.
Packed with detailed illustrations, plans and common sense advice, Sheds is like having a consultant at your side as you work. Whether you are an average amateur or an ambitious expert, this book has something for you. An extra section of full color photographs of unusual sheds is an inspiring bonus.
New material in this revised and expanded second edition includes a new Potting Shed, a Storage Shed on Posts complete with a sleeping loft for kids or guests, oriental sliding doors and screens, and a Small Tool Shed attached to the house for small items.
About the Author:
David Stiles is a professional designer, builder and architectural renderer. A graduate of the Pratt Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, he is the author and illustrator of five how-to books. His articles have appeared in "House Beautiful," "Popular Mechanics," "American Home" and the "New York Times."
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Editorial Reviews

The Modesto Bee
Step-by-step advice on planning and building sheds ... along with dozens of hand-drawn illustrations, safety tips, advice on tools and materials and a labor schedule.
Staten Island Advance
Step-by-step advice on planning and building shed, from a simple home for tools to an elaborate Japanese boat shed with a veranda.
Cincinnati Enquirer - Joy Kraft
Covers all project parts from the foundation to the crowning cupola with everything in between.
Globe and Mail - Carolyn Leitch
Even if it's never before occurred to you to build [a shed], reading this book may provide a sudden rush of inspiration.
From House to Home
You'll get the materials lists, estimated costs, and step-by-step, illustrated instructions to build a truly attractive outbuilding for gardening, storage and more.
About.com: Pool and Patio
It would be great to see what the Stiles' own backyard looks like, since they're the prolific authors of several books on building playhouses, treehouses, sheds, etc.
National Post - Shari Kulha
Procrastinate no more: Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders will get you fired up and hammering before you're even back from a lumber-shopping spree.
Palm Spring Desert Sun
Everything you need to know to design, build and enjoy the ultimate backyard shed.
Library Journal
The use of the term sheds in this book's title is a misnomer, given that a dictionary defines sheds as small, rough shacks for storage. Except for a lean-to type wet/dry garbage shed and a firewood shed, the construction plans, directions, and many illustrations in this guide are for attractive and even fancy units ranging from 80 to over 350 square feet. The purposes range from storage, work, and gardening to poolside, boat storage, and pavilion entertaining. After introductory information on designing and building techniques, fairly detailed directions are given for building a basic 8 10 shed. From there on directions are less complete, on the assumption that the builder is experienced or will contract the more difficult work. Suggested only for collections with subject demand.-- W.T. Johnston, formerly with Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, Ga.
San Francisco Chronicle - Newsday
Hands-on homeowners with some weekend project experience can get step-by-step advice on planning and building sheds in [this book].
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554072248
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/20/2007
  • Edition description: Third edition, revised and expanded
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 597,705
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Stiles is a designer'/builder and together, with his wife Jeanie, has authored fifteen books, including Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide, Revised Edition (Firefly 1998), The Treehouse Book (which won the ALA Notable Children's Book Award), and Playhouses You Can Build (Firefly 1999). A graduate of the Pratt Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, David is the winner of two awards from the New York Planning Commission for his designs for The Playground for All Children.

David and Jeanie's articles have appeared in several magazines and newspapers including House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Home Mechanix, Rebecca's Gardens, and The New York Times. They have appeared on numerous television programs, including Lifetime Television Our Home and the Discovery Channel's Home Matters shows. They divide their time between New York City and East Hampton, N.Y. where they live in a barn which they renovated themselves.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Designing Your Shed
— Building Permit
— Getting Ideas Onto Paper
— Drafting and Evaluating the Design
Chapter 2: General Shed Construction Primer
— Materials
— Timber Framing
— Setting the Offset Stakes
— Foundations and Footings
— Doors and Door Height
— Windows
— Skylights
— Cutting Rafters
— Eaves, Soffits and Rakes
— Slope and Types of Roofing
— Cupolas
— Insulation and Electricity
— Finishes
— Shelves, Bins, Hangers, Pegs, Etc.
— Safety
— Moving Sheds
Chapter 3: The Basic 8 x 10 Shed
— Materials Needed
— Tools Needed
— Daily Schedule
— Step—by—Step Instructions
— Groundwork
— Floor Framing
— Wall Framing
— Roof Framing and Sheathing
— Siding
— Track and Trim
— Roofing
— Shutters
— Door
— Shelf
— Ramp
Chapter 4: More Basic Sheds
— 11 x 10 Saltbox Shed
— 8 x 10 Shed with Wraparound Windows
— Simple Garden—Tool Shed
— Materials
— Step—by—Step Instructions
— Recycling Shed
— Materials
— Step—by—Step Instructions
— Firewood Shed
— Step—by—Step Instructions
Chapter 5: Irish Garden Shed
— Step—by—Step Instructions
— Cutting the Logs
— Groundwork
— Timber Framing
— Bracing
— Framless Windows
— Rafter Truss
— Walls
— Roof
— Floor
— Door
Chapter 6: Japanese Boat Shed
— Step—by—Step Instructions
— Pole Framing
— Hip Roof
— Shoji Sliding Doors
— Double Doors
— Side Door
— Ornament
Chapter 7: 9 x 10 Storage Shed on Posts
— Materials
— Post and Beams
— Knee Braces
— Floor
— Wall and Roof Framing
— Sheathing and Trim
— Roofing
— Doors
Chapter 8: More Special—Use Sheds
— 10 x 11 Potting Shed
— Work Shed
— Victorian Shed
— Pool Shed
— Play Shed
— Pavilion Shed
Chapter 9: Inspirations
Glossary of Shed Terms
Further Reading
Index
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Preface

Introduction

I have had a passion for building small structures since I was a kid. My first project, a clubhouse, ended in total failure because I did not know how to plan joints. Since then, I have built numerous treehouses, huts and forts. Now I have graduated to building sheds. Sheds, after all, are simply small houses, and many of the same principles apply to building both. If you plan on building your own house, you should definitely start by building a shed. This will not only test your building skills, but it will also give you a place to put your tools so they won't rust or get stolen. Even if you don't have such lofty homebuilding goals, a shed tailored to your needs and built by you and perhaps family and friends is a long-lasting, satisfying structure.

Let me dispel some common myths right away. Don't be misled by your neighbor saying, "You can build a shed in a weekend." All sheds take longer to build than you may think. To build anything right means you have to build it carefully; that takes time. How much time depends on your skills and the complexity of the shed you choose to build. A safe rule of thumb is to figure out the time required for each step and double it.

Another myth is that if you build the shed yourself, it won't cost anything. Not true. Even a doghouse will cost something in materials. Lumber is not cheap. You may be thinking of scavenging used lumber — be aware that using old lumber of different sizes and strengths can lead to problems later on and may add unnecessary building time.

The shed you build yourself can be built better than any you may buy. You can build it to last a lifetime, you can build it to meet your exact requirements, you can build something you will be proud of. You can build a shed that will make you feel good every time you open the door and smell that unforgettable scent of real wood and see the shed that you put together with your own hands.

A recent study explored the success of home centers across the United States. The tool and hardware departments were getting a lot of business from "weekend carpenters." Most were business people who spent a large part of their lives in offices. The study found that what most of these people lacked in their lives was being able to have total control over a project and to feel the satisfaction that resulted from beginning the project and carrying it to completion themselves. Building a shed provides you with just that.

Building a shed is a big project and an activity that you should take pleasure in doing. In order to avoid mistakes and the frustration of trying to meet a deadline, allow plenty of time for completion. Make it an open-ended project that you can enjoy.

Any homeowner, especially those without a garage or basement, will be amazed what a difference a shed makes to their property. Not enough room for storage is one of homeowners' top complaints, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Once you have completed a shed, you may find that your awareness of sheds has been elevated. As you drive through the countryside, your eye will unavoidably be drawn to people's yards, and you may quite naturally begin appraising the success or failure of other sheds. You may even feel inclined toward replacing that silver-framed photo of your trusting family dog with a color photo of your shed!

Sheds is different from the few other existing shed books or shed chapters in more general books, because it helps you get started thinking through what you want in your shed and then helps you design a shed to fit your needs. I begin with a compendium of construction techniques — it helps to get familiar with these at the design stage and to refer to them again during actual building. The book continues with simple step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building a basic 8 x 10 shed from the bottom up. A section on a few more basic sheds is followed by a sampling of more complex special-use sheds whose designs come from hand-crafted outbuildings all over the world. I have included plans for all the sheds described in the book. I have purposely chosen designs with very different construction techniques and architectural features so that you can actually combine elements from various designs to create your custom-made shed. Perhaps you want to include the pole framing of the Japanese Boat Shed in your work shed along with the window of the Basic 8 x 10 Shed. The possibilities are endless. Finally, for the confident craftsperson and the dreamer there is a section of inspirational drawings and color photographs — ideas to incorporate and ideas to build on.

Sheds is written for creative, hands-on homeowners with do-it-yourself experience in weekend projects and basic home repair. You should have at least a few building and repair projects under your tool belt, be ready to tackle medium-sized, challenging projects and be willing to stretch your carpentry skills for worthwhile accomplishments.

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Introduction

Introduction

I have had a passion for building small structures since I was a kid. My first project, a clubhouse, ended in total failure because I did not know how to plan joints. Since then, I have built numerous treehouses, huts and forts. Now I have graduated to building sheds. Sheds, after all, are simply small houses, and many of the same principles apply to building both. If you plan on building your own house, you should definitely start by building a shed. This will not only test your building skills, but it will also give you a place to put your tools so they won't rust or get stolen. Even if you don't have such lofty homebuilding goals, a shed tailored to your needs and built by you and perhaps family and friends is a long-lasting, satisfying structure.

Let me dispel some common myths right away. Don't be misled by your neighbor saying, "You can build a shed in a weekend." All sheds take longer to build than you may think. To build anything right means you have to build it carefully; that takes time. How much time depends on your skills and the complexity of the shed you choose to build. A safe rule of thumb is to figure out the time required for each step and double it.

Another myth is that if you build the shed yourself, it won't cost anything. Not true. Even a doghouse will cost something in materials. Lumber is not cheap. You may be thinking of scavenging used lumber — be aware that using old lumber of different sizes and strengths can lead to problems later on and may add unnecessary building time.

The shed you build yourself can be built better than any you may buy. You can build it to last a lifetime, you can build it to meet your exact requirements, you can build something you will be proud of. You can build a shed that will make you feel good every time you open the door and smell that unforgettable scent of real wood and see the shed that you put together with your own hands.

A recent study explored the success of home centers across the United States. The tool and hardware departments were getting a lot of business from "weekend carpenters." Most were business people who spent a large part of their lives in offices. The study found that what most of these people lacked in their lives was being able to have total control over a project and to feel the satisfaction that resulted from beginning the project and carrying it to completion themselves. Building a shed provides you with just that.

Building a shed is a big project and an activity that you should take pleasure in doing. In order to avoid mistakes and the frustration of trying to meet a deadline, allow plenty of time for completion. Make it an open-ended project that you can enjoy.

Any homeowner, especially those without a garage or basement, will be amazed what a difference a shed makes to their property. Not enough room for storage is one of homeowners' top complaints, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Once you have completed a shed, you may find that your awareness of sheds has been elevated. As you drive through the countryside, your eye will unavoidably be drawn to people's yards, and you may quite naturally begin appraising the success or failure of other sheds. You may even feel inclined toward replacing that silver-framed photo of your trusting family dog with a color photo of your shed!

Sheds is different from the few other existing shed books or shed chapters in more general books, because it helps you get started thinking through what you want in your shed and then helps you design a shed to fit your needs. I begin with a compendium of construction techniques — it helps to get familiar with these at the design stage and to refer to them again during actual building. The book continues with simple step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building a basic 8 x 10 shed from the bottom up. A section on a few more basic sheds is followed by a sampling of more complex special-use sheds whose designs come from hand-crafted outbuildings all over the world. I have included plans for all the sheds described in the book. I have purposely chosen designs with very different construction techniques and architectural features so that you can actually combine elements from various designs to create your custom-made shed. Perhaps you want to include the pole framing of the Japanese Boat Shed in your work shed along with the window of the Basic 8 x 10 Shed. The possibilities are endless. Finally, for the confident craftsperson and the dreamer there is a section of inspirational drawings and color photographs — ideas to incorporate and ideas to build on.

Sheds is written for creative, hands-on homeowners with do-it-yourself experience in weekend projects and basic home repair. You should have at least a few building and repair projects under your tool belt, be ready to tackle medium-sized, challenging projects and be willing to stretch your carpentry skills for worthwhile accomplishments.

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