How to Build a Shed is a guide for DIY fans who would prefer to build their own shed, rather than buy one ready-made from B & Q. The ultimate guide to creating a garden retreat, man-cave or she-shed, this book helps you create an off-the-shelf shed, rather than cheap ready-made ones that are often badly made, freezing cold and fall apart within a few years. And expensive ones are – well, really expensive!
If knocking down old sheds, always check for wildlife (foxes make dens underneath, bats and hedgehogs hibernate in winter). Also check hoglets have left home (at least 8 weeks after giving birth which can be anytime from spring to July). Canadian Lifetime Wood Treatment is a nontoxic alternative to Creosote, you can buy in UK.
What if you could build your own shed from scratch? Obviously you need to be fairly good at DIY. But if you are, this book contains the plans for those with the skills to create a retreat that is as stylish and well-made as a posh shed, but for a fraction of the price.
With clear easy instructions, expert advice and specially commissioned illustrations, this book will help you source materials, choose the right tools and build your dream shed on a budget. You can also buy a similar book on how to build a treehouse, by a professional builder who has built over 160 treehouses.
about the author
Sally Coulthard is one of England’s foremost writers on outside spaces and has written extensively about sheds. She also designs and builds garden buildings (including shepherd’s huts). Illustrator Lee John Phillips is based in Wales.