Nowhereville

Bite the hand that bores you

Ideabook #1

These windows are the kind of thing you base an entire design around. Also, this shed is bigger inside than out, which is a plus.

The leftmost bottom shed is a design that was popularized in Make magazine, the MD-100 by Edgar Blazona. Free plans are available at scribd, and RelaxShacks.com offers their take on it as well. I’m not sure the floor is really far enough off the ground, and it’s entirely uninsulated.

The right bottom shed is a simple utility shed, but the integrated deck and clerestory windows are quite nice. I think plans for this are available online somewhere, too.

Legalities & Permits

Building anything in an incorporated city brings with it the obligation to not do anything dumb and thereby endanger your house or your neighbor’s. The constraints on sheds are pretty light, though. Here’s what I have learned.

Building the Backyard Office

I’ve never built a shed. I’m moderately handy; I’ve framed a wall, and I’ve run electricity; I can hang drywall, and use a level. I’m going to keep a log of what I decide while learning how to build a shed that won’t fall down in my back yard. Perhaps it will be of use to someone other than me. I’ll write about the design process, build-or-buy, legal and technical issues I run into, and if appropriate the whole build process. There are scads of interesting books on this subject, and I’ll include my notes on them as well, and annotated links to building sites and other blogs.

Why build a shed? Our house is small enough that I have to give change back from the cost of the nickel tour. With my wife and I both working at home and a baby napping, building an office shed/greenhouse in the yard is a dream come true.