Sheds & Outdoor Structures
How to Build a Low-Maintenance Garden Storage Shed From Steel Cladding
A diary detailing the various stages of construction of my new garden shed over a two-year period from 2015 to 2017. Covering construction of the frame, sheeting the walls and roof, making the door and adding facias.
Need Extra Space? Add a Finished Shed to Your Yard
This article will break down how we put together our shed and what you need to know to build your own.
Turn an Ordinary Outdoor Shed Into the Ultimate She Shed
A common outdoor shed can be turned into your very own sanctuary for gardening, relaxing, crafting, and entertaining.
How to Paint a Wooden Garden Shed and Concrete Wall
Learn how to paint your garden shed into a piece of art and enhance your garden. I show you what is the best type of paint to use for a wooden garden shed and for painting a concrete garden wall.
I Locked a Brown Goshawk in With My Chickens: How My Poultry Survived a Night With a Hawk
This article discusses how to care for chickens and establish a safe and secure chicken run.
How to Refinish and Paint an Old Wooden Porch and Deck
My 100-year-old house had a worn wooden porch and deck, which were in need of refinishing and repainting. Here's how you can accomplish this "do it yourself" project based on my experience.
What You Need to Know About DIY Shed Building and Design
This tutorial will provide you with information to design, plan, and build your own DIY woodshed, including how to acquire all the necessary permits and choose the right location and best design style (such as lean-to sheds) for your particular needs.
How to Build a Shop
What decisions and steps are involved in designing and building a steel building? This article reviews plans for a 40x60 shop, a very common building on ranches and dairies. Robert A. Avila, PE has designed hundreds of steel buildings in the U.S. and abroad.
How to Build an Outdoor Wood-Fired Earth (Cob) Oven
If you can make a mud pie, you can also use clay, sand, and some manual labor to make an oven fit for baking pizza, bread, and other fun foods. Here's my account of building a low-cost wood-fired oven with easy-to-find materials.
How to Build a Chicken Coop and Greenhouse Combo
My neighbor, who is an excellent carpenter and all-around handyman, designed and built this chicken chateau and greenhouse duplex. Here are instructions to help you build one, too, with photos to guide you.
How to Find Old Grain Bins (Silos): Location and Value
Learn how and where to locate used grain bins for grain storage, cottages, or grainzebos. I'll let you know how to tell a good quality bin from one of poor quality, and which suppliers have grain bins for sale, in case you decide to go ahead and purchase new.
How to Build a Two-Story Shed, With a Lot of Help!
The chronicles of our shed-raising adventure. Fun, humor, danger, and storage room all combine in the up-and-down tale. Building a two-floor shed was a major undertaking, but with a plan in hand and family to help, we got it done.
Greenhouse Building Materials: Should I Choose Glass, Polycarbonate, or Poly Film?
When it comes to greenhouse construction, there are several things you need to consider when designing the perfect home for your plants. Whether you are purchasing a kit or building your own, read on for tips to make your greenhouse efficient!