Well Hello There Simply Notable Fans!
I’m Alex, Son/Brother to Mom/Carli, but everyone calls me “Max.” I’ve always been intrigued by the little crafty things Mom and Carli have been making over the years. However, knitting, sewing, and crocheting have never been my thing. Admittedly, I’ve never tried, but I’ll stick to what I know.. Hammers, wrenches, drills and circular saws! I asked Carli awhile back how I could help with Simply Notable, and her response was “Make something!” Well, I did. On with the show!
Last year Emily and I moved into our home in Illinois, and we immediately got to work changing, well, everything! Our house is at the top of a very large hill, so it is difficult to make use of the large amount of property we own. Connor turned four this week, so a big priority for us was a place for him to roam and play, as well as getting some room for Emily to garden.
We got to looking at the yard, and the best area for us to reclaim was a 30′x40′ section of monster steep hillside. Although it doesn’t look it in the picture, this was some nasty terrain, and definitely not safe for a four year old.
Within a week, they were finished installing all the brick, drainage, and grading, and we had sold the old plastic shed.
We were thrilled to have this area to use, but suddenly we realized, “Umm… where do we store the yard tools?”
We looked at city code to find that we were limited to 10′x12′ maximum size for our shed. The search began. After looking all over, and finding prices around $1700 plus tax, delivery, paint, and shingles, we decided that not only could I do a better job, but we would also save money doing it ourselves.
We decided it would be best to build the shed on piers overhanging the back side of the wall so that we didn’t lose too much of that precious real estate we had just paid to create. Emily picked out the door and windows - gave me the general design she wanted, and I went to work.
Once we were satisfied with the outside, we moved to the inside. I laid out the framework for the loft shelving and Emily found some barn wood on Craigslist for super cheap. We sanded the barn wood and installed it like planks.
I installed hinges on an old antique ladder and connected it to an antique pulley so it could be hoisted out of the way. I plan to change this in the days to come with an old “library ladder” system that allows the ladder to slide on rails for easier access to the loft.
All in all, this project took around two months, and cost us roughly $1500 all said and done. We were able to build it much stronger than off the shelf sheds, and to our exact specifications. Below is a link to a PDF with more thorough details on building one of these for yourself. Most of what you’ll find is my lessons-learned and tips, as well as the rough plans I used to put this together. A little creativity will go a long way in personalizing your garden shed, and with a little extra planning yours may come out even cheaper than ours! All in all, we are very happy with this shed, it has brought alot of character to our back yard, and it’s functional too!
I look forward to reading your comments/ideas and seeing your own spin on our back yard garden shed!