Over 10 years ago a 150-year-old oak tree fell on our shed. It was demolished. That gave me the opportunity to design a one-of-a-kind shed to meet our needs.
The footprint and location had to remain the same as the one that fell so we wouldn’t neeed any building permits or inspectors.
I started looking at lots of pictures. This one seemed very nicely designed as well as utilitarian. I’m pretty sure I found it in Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders by David Stiles which is in our public library.
I flipped the design so it would fit better into our terrain. The window would have a southern exposure. (When I first drew up the plans for this design I flipped it by holding the paper up to light and tracing the picture on the back of the same sheet.)
I hired a carpenter and his grown son to build the shed which they did from this drawing. I wanted to use an old door that we had around the place.
We also had an old window probably from a 1940’s storm door. The carpenter installed it horizontally.
I knew I wanted two sides: the dirty side for mowers, garden tools and gear. The equipment storage side is totally separate from the side entered by the blue door. The storage side has large sliding double barn doors which allow just about any equipment to be easily put away.
And the clean side: a nice place for small projects, planting, storing tools, lawn furniture and boating equipment.
The shed in the book also pictured a potting bench.
I wanted one extra feature. (This next part will give you some insight into just how crazy I am.) I had been saving a cast iron enamelled kitchen sink with drain board from my first house. When we remodeled the kitchen in the previous house circa 1990 the sink was replaced with a more modern one. I saved, moved and lugged this sink to The Glade thinking I might just be able to use it someday.
Our carpenter not only installed the sink but made a wooden covering for it in case we wanted to use the bench as an entire flat surface.
Now we have a lovely shed which we call the Wee Little House that might be better built than any other structure on the property.
Do you have outbuildings? Do you love them? Or are they a shambles?