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

by David R. Stiles, Jeanie Stiles
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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."

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].

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554072248
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/20/2007
Edition description:
Third edition, revised and expanded
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
310,172
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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