The Cutest DIY Garden Shed Ever.

5 Weeks

My hubby and son built a potting shed as a fun project this summer. They did the whole thing from scratch, even made their own trusses. It is a "Salt box" style.
The potting shed my hubby and son built.
They started of course with the floor. It is an 8x12 shed.
First stud wall assembled on the floor.
And then assembled the stud walls.
Standing the first stud wall.
Continuing to build stud walls going from left to right and finally the front wall.
The back wall now on.
Standing the right side wall
Time for the front wall.
Standing the front wall.
They built all of the trusses before even starting the walls and now is time to put them up.
Finally the trusses.
Taking shape.
Next is to enclose the building with plywood and install the windows.
Installing the windows.
Next was the roof sheeting, tarpaper and the roofing shingles.
Roof is on and painted plywood for protection
Siding, trim and window box is done.
The doors are built and going on.
Double doors for tractor entrance.
Dutch door done and painted and the two master builders proud of their accomplishment.
Hubby Bob and Son Mike
Inside paneled and potting bench all done. Ready for next spring's gardening activities.
My little corner of the world...
Landscaping done by me and loving my little "Doll house" gardening shed.

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3 questions
  • Crave
    on Feb 28, 2016

    How much did you spend on this project?

    • Patty S
      Patty S
      on Feb 28, 2016

      @Crave $3,500.00

    • Grace
      on Mar 26, 2016

      What's the square footage inside the shed? What did your men use as flooring? Absolutely adorable. Special guys you have.

    • Patty S
      Patty S
      on Mar 26, 2016

      10x12, 3/4 inch plywood special treated floor. Thanks

    • Sue Lilly
      Sue Lilly
      on May 15, 2017

      Love it well done
  • Ernest
    on Apr 29, 2016

    Where did you get the two doors at the end

  • Clou77
    on Apr 29, 2016

    Will you add electricity? If so, do you have any idea what the cost would be? I love it! You did a great job! I'd love to have one to use as an art studio! Enjoy!

    • Patty S
      Patty S
      on Apr 30, 2016

      No, we will not. It is not needed as a garden shed.

    • KD
      on Oct 19, 2016

      Adding electricity can get pricey, depending on how far the shed is from the main house. Starting price will be close to 1 thousand. Then add on 200 for every yard or so . (Hubby is an electrician)

    • Judy Holcomb
      Judy Holcomb
      on Oct 19, 2016

      FYI: Make sure you check city/county building codes before adding electricity-I made the mistake of purchasing a large barn building to use on a part of our property as a sewing/crafting room and found out our city code wouldn't allow us to run electricity from our home (which was approx. 300 yards from the building) - we would have to add a separate pole and meter to be able to have power unless went to solar panels (which would have been a lot higher and more beaurocratic red tape to get approved) - We could have run an underground line to; but another problem was the building would have to be on a permanent foundation (I didn't want to do that in case I wanted to move it later--would also raise property taxes being on perm foundation) - ended up using my dream project as an outdoor storage shed (sigh) - lessons learned the hard way. (I was going to use this as a jumping off point for a Tiny House project but City Codes ruled that out, too) Whatever happened to having freedom to do what you wanted to in your own house or property? Oh, well, I guess that's the price we pay for modern conveniences of living in town.

    • Alexis
      on May 24, 2020

      Judy couldn’t you use a generator.

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