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.
DIY Fishing Gear Storage Shed With Solar Battery Charger
I built my own solar battery-charged shed to hold my fishing gear so I don't have to carry it all down to the pond with me. Here's what I did (with photos and instructions).
How to Paint a Wooden Shed and a Concrete Wall in the Garden
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.
Turn That Shed Into a Sauna: Step-by-Step Tips
In this article, I share how my sons and I converted a small outbuilding into a sauna with a wood-burning stove. I cover topics such as vapor barrier, insulation, interior wallboards, ventilation, and the woodstove. Also, I have included a BTU calculator to help with choosing the right stove.
How to Refinish and Paint an Old Wooden Porch and Deck
The worn wooden porch and deck on my 100-year-old house were in need of refinishing and repainting. Here's how I accomplished this "do it yourself" project.
What You Need to Know About DIY Shed Building and Design
This tutorial will provide you with all the information you need to know in order to design, plan, and build your own DIY wood shed, including how to ensure you acquire all the necessary permits and how to choose the best design style and location 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 make an oven from clay, sand, and a bit of labor. Here's my account of building a low-cost wood-fired oven using easy-to-find material. Pizza, bread, and fun!
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.
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 are building your own, read on for tips to make your greenhouse efficient!