Small / Short Storage Shed

Posted: December 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

As you might imagine, I love spending time in my shop (actually my 2-car garage).  But my wife likes to park in there sometimes so I have to keep everything mobile.  I realized I had too much stuff.  I have a cement mixer, a power washer, lawn mower, and tons of other stuff.  So I decided I needed to build a small shed to house some of the outdoor and infrequently used equipment.  My HOA says my shed can’t be taller than my fence.  Since I have a 6 foot fence, I’m kinda stuck with a short shed.  But that’s fine.  I’m not really interested in standing up in the shed.  It isn’t big enough to need to.

Anyway, this post will show the steps I took to build the shed…

First I started with a base.  I built it using store-bought lumber.


I believe it was all 2X6.  I put some landscaping bricks in the ground (on the corners) for the base to rest on.


Then I started working on the floor


The flooring is some leftover (aka recycled) boards from an old swingset/fort that I disassembled.  They are about an 1″ thick.  Very nice foundation.   Notice I left enough space around the edges for the walls.  That way, I minimize the chance of water getting inside the shed.

Now for the walls.


I built the first couple of walls.  I wasn’t adding any windows or openings on the back or sides so these were easy.  Goes really quick with a nailgun.  Here’s a great one from Amazon: Bostitch Framing Nailer.

Now I work on adding the remaining walls.IMG_1870

It is kinda hard to see here, but the remaining walls were put up.  I tested putting the lawn more through the doorway to make sure it was wide enough.  You can see my level on the ground.  It is imperative that you keep everything level.  Here’s one from Amazon: Stanley 2 foot Level

Now to start adding the siding:IMG_1885

You can see here some progress after adding the siding.  I priced out using pre-made siding and it was going to be fairly expensive.  So I ended up going with fence boards.  These are the exact same Fir fence boards that I used to build my fence so they match perfectly.   It was more work, but it wasn’t too bad using the nailer.  Here’s a great one from Amazon: Bostitch Framing Nailer.


You can see in the above picture, I added the roof.  It is Polycarbonate Roofing Panel from Home Depot.  I wanted clear.  But when I went to Home Depot, there were 3 panels on a cart that had damage (holes) in one end.  They were 75% off, so I got all 3 for around $35 or so.   I had to cut them anyway to make them short enough, so cutting off the bad spots wasn’t a big deal.  I also ended up with enough to make a matching doghouse.  See the picture later on.

As far as the boards at the top.  They are kinda there for decoration (why I left the dogears on them) and to keep the rain from getting in.  There was a little space between the top of the siding and the roof (since the roof panels weren’t 100% level).


This last picture shows the shed after I put corner pieces on it.  Just just kinda finished it off.  The corner pieces are joined together using a Kreg Jig.  It makes joining wood really easy…

You can also see the back of my cement mixer inside the shed.  I couldn’t wait to get stuff moved into the shed to free up space in my garage.

shed and doghouse

Here’s a picture of the shed with doghouse.  I added the doors to the shed.  They are basic rectangles built from 2X6 with more siding.  I’ve (since this picture was taken) added a board across the front to hold the doors closed.  Our dog loves the doghouse.  He sleeps inside, but is outside during the day.  So it is great when it starts raining.  He snoozes in there all day (lazy dog).

Not only was I able to move a lot of my outdoor and infrequently used equipment to the shed, I had a lot more stuff get stored in there.  My dad passed away in 2016.  I ended up bringing back a ton of stuff from their home place.  I want to keep it but don’t need it out.  So I made a few shelves and a lot of ways to hang stuff.  I’ll try to remember to take a pic of all of the stuff (junk) inside.  I’m constantly surprised at how much stuff fits in it.

But being able to get anything out easily, now that is another story.




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