Asked on Oct 07, 2017

How to build an enclosure for my outdoor washer and dryer.

by Rosie
I am an older woman, not too agile but I want to build this enclosure. I want to make it of would be approximately 60" long by 46" tall and 46" from back to front. What pieces of wood would I need to buy. Do stain it? How do I make weather proof? I want it open in front and I would like to be able to take off the top.
Can I have any suggestions? Thanks it is much appreciated.

  6 answers
  • Christina Christina on Oct 07, 2017
    Hi Rosie, My husband and I build this exact thing on the entrance patio of a very small house many years ago. All I remember that might help you is that we built it from plywood and painted it with the same outdoor paint that we used on the house.
    It worked very well and looked a lot better than having a washer and dryer next to our entrance!
    good luck!

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Oct 07, 2017
    You could build a frame with 2x4 lumber and then cover it with plywood to get the look you are going for. I would hinge the top to make it easier to lift and close it instead of having to completely remove it each time. I think paint would probably protect it better than stain.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 07, 2017
    The plywood should be an exterior grade, or you could use OSB (oriented strand board.. cheaper than plywood) but we have found that after framing an composite exterior siding is both affordable and practical... it can be painted and does not warp like plywood or OSB. If you live in an area freezing is an issue... the shed would need to be insulated and or heated.

  • Big lulu Big lulu on Oct 07, 2017
    This sounds like quite a big project. I'd try to find a handyman who can do this. Wood can be heavy and hard to maneuver. You'll spend a lot on materials so don't tackle this alone.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 07, 2017
    If you want to stain it, use marine polyurethane for the finish coats. It is made for exposure to water, wind, etc. on boats wood, like flooring, door, etc. I used it on the wood steps out our back door when we replace them and two years later it still looks brand new. We have human feet using that door all the time and two large , one medium and one small dog taking the steps all the time in and out the dog door.. The hinged top was an excellent suggestion.

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 07, 2017
    I suggest you draw out your shed, then put in your measurements.... graph paper works best. Then take to local lumberstore/home depot who will cut the wood for you. Here is a how to video, you will probably need a building permit if you live in town..... I would also have a outside electrical outlet installed if one is not there already, and you will need a plumber to put in a drain and water supply. It would be best to select a location for your shed where the water is on the other side of the wall and an electrical line. Another consideration if you plan on building on a side where a neighbor's building is..... what is your city variance requirement for how close you can build next to your property line..... usually at least 5'. I would have the plumber install the lines first before the slab. If you live in snow country, make sure the water lines and drain go deep enough to prevent freezing, and insulate your shed well.
    You can rent any tools you don't have. If you need help, consider having a barbeque or dinner after a day of volunteers helping you.... you can prepare the food the day ahead or even order deluxe pizzas.