Popular Mechanics Shed Nation: Design, Build & Customize the Perfect Shed for Your Yard

June 15, 2013 - Comment

Become a citizen of Shed Nation! With hardworking advice from Popular Mechanics on designing, building, and customizing a shed for any yard, this is the ultimate inspirational handbook for every homeowner.  There are innovative plans for building several sheds, each with a different practical use, as well as contributions from Popular Mechanics readers who share their

Become a citizen of Shed Nation!

With hardworking advice from Popular Mechanics on designing, building, and customizing a shed for any yard, this is the ultimate inspirational handbook for every homeowner.

 There are innovative plans for building several sheds, each with a different practical use, as well as contributions from Popular Mechanics readers who share their own designs.  

The sheds include:

Small Is Beautiful: A 6’ x 8’ shed with solid framing, plywood sheathing, and cedar siding. It’s big enough to hold a variety of tools, but won’t dominate the backyard.

The Groundskeeper: This 9’ x 13’ shed with a spacious layout and a crisp, no-frills design is ideal for the beginning DIYer. 

The Big Red Shed: This handsome shed is a multi-purposer’s dream; a 10’ x 12’ tool shed combined with an 8’ x 10’ open bay that’s great for firewood or tractors. 

Classic Colonial: A stylish, multipurpose garden shed with decorative trim and architectural accents. Includes a 12’ x 12’ general storage space, 4’ x 12’ potting area, and a small loft for seasonal storage.

The Greenhouse: Complete instructions on purchasing a kit greenhouse in a variety of sizes (7’ x 9’, 8’ x 16’, or larger) allows for a big-league growing season. 

For additional motivation, beautiful photographs present a wide variety of sheds, from tree houses to eco-friendly buildings


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Comments

Stanley R. Dennett "Florida Retired" says:

Shed Nation This book is excellent. It has given me a lot of ideas for the shed I wish to build to replace the rusty tin shed that was there when I purchased my property. I will probably combine two or three of the styles in the book and build a custom shed that fits my personality and my landscape. There is a lot of information in this book to help amateurs such as myself or professionals who are past masters at building sheds. I think it is a good purchase for myself and would be a good addition to any DIY library.

Scott Wilde says:

Excellent Source This book provides an excellent place to start when planning for a shed. Ultimately there are many things to consider when tackling this project, and this book has very practical ideas. Not only style ideas, but designs based on the intended use for the shed, materials, construction musts, etc. This is a must read for the DIY.

Patrick K. Miller "Keeper of Nothing" says:

Meh Small book in size and in content. This really is nothing to brag about, I could get the same info online in about two minutes and save a lot of money. The plans inside are mainly for large buildings, nothing really under 12×12. Save yourself some money and get a real book.

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