Two-In-One Shed - A Do It Yourself Building Guide by Popular
This free, illustrated
guide can help you build one of the most versatile, well-designed
backyard sheds that you'll ever find.
Are you planning to
build a new shed in your backyard? Do you need a secure, closed area
for your tools and storage, or an open shelter for firewood, your
lawn tractor or your kid's bikes?
With the beautiful
Colonial-Style Two-In-One Shed, by Better Barns, you'll have both.
It's one of the most versatile, well-designed backyard buildings
you'll ever find. It has a 10'x12' tool shed for general storage and
an 8'x10' open-bay extension that's ideal for keeping firewood
stacked and dry. The open area is also great for storing large items
that might not easily fit into the main shed, such as lawnmowers,
bicycles, patio furniture, wheelbarrows and stepladders.
shed's gable roofs are designed to be built with trusses that are
made of standard 2x4 lumber with plywood gusset plates at the
corners. That means that you can do most of the construction of the
roof while working on the ground, not while teetering up on a
The horizontal 2x4s at
the bottom of the roof trusses serve as floor joists for a small
optional storage loft.
Like the truss roof, the
walls of this shed are built more like a barn than like a
conventional shed. Horizontal 2x4s strengthen the walls and serve as
nailers for vertical siding boards. Although you can use any type of
siding, tongue and groove cedar or pine will make this shed look
great inside and out.
The editors of Popular
Mechanics magazine were so taken by the design that they ran a
feature article on it.
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Blueprints by Better Barns
Your building department may require that you submit construction
plans, and they're helpful to have on hand while you're at work on
the shed. Complete blueprints are available from Better Barns, the
original designers of the Two-In-One Shed. Better Barns also offer
some of the attractive hardware and woodwork shown on the shed.
PopularMechanics.com - Over the years, Popular Mechanics Magazine has featured a
variety of backyard building, home improvement and woodwork
projects as feature articles.
Now, they offer many of the best projects on their website.
These in-depth articles are illustrated with plans, photos and
detailed isometric views. They follow the building from the
planning stage through final finishing. So, they are
step-by-step guides that will help you build the perfect