Some American Sheds that will take your breath away

Yes Shed of the year and the humble shed is mainly a British thing. (if anyone wants to licence it for elsewhere talk to me 😉 )

But it’s great to see the innovation happening overseas in the USA – I have always been in awe of their Tiny Houses but now looks like our cousins are “getting” sheds as well.

Here are some examples added to that will make you think twice about shed like structures.

LanternShed - Jennifer Watson - Amherst, Virginia


The Shippey Shack - Derek Diedricksen - Waltham, MA (right outside Boston, MA USA)


The Dog House - Jason Arney-O'Neil - Minnesota, USA


PV Lawn Cube 2011 - Bradd Crowley - Prairie Village, KS USA


Red Shed - Edward Garland - Warwick, RI  USA


House of Fallen Timbers - Fallen Timbers - Illinois, USA


The Shed - Matthew King - On lower property, garden overlook.


The HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse - Christopher Bowen - Pennsylvania


1930's Husbands' Shed - Kepa Askenasy - San Francisco, California, USA

If you like this site why not treat me to this book Rock the shack.


We love a shepherds hut – so why not build your own (from a kit)?

We love a shepherd huts on – since I first saw a modern one at the Hegelian gardens a few years back.

Shepherd's Hut @ Lost Gardens of Heligan

Shepherd's Hut @ Lost Gardens of Heligan

and then a friend of my better half has one on his farm!

Plankbridge Shepherds Hut

Plankbridge Shepherds Hut

They are not cheap so hut builders Downland Shepherd Huts have come up with a kit so you can give it a go yourself if you are handy like that Will Hardie and have a large workshop or covered area to DIY

They have three kits ranging from £4,825 to £10,395 (excluding sheep)

The starter kit comes with everything you need

Woolley Shepherd Hut Kit 1

4 x 610mm Cast iron wheels
3.6m x 2.15m steel chassis with pull bar
Plastisol coated curved corrugated tin roof sheets
SIP panel structural floor sections
SIP panel side and end walls
Roof timbers

Where as the top of the range kit comes with a lot of fixtures and fittings

Woolley Shepherd Hut Kit 3

4 x 610mm Cast iron wheels
3.6m x 2.15m steel chassis with pull bar
Plastisol coated curved corrugated tin roof sheets
Plastisol coated corrugated side panels
SIP panel structural floor sections
SIP panel side and end walls
Roof timbers
6mm ceiling panels
Celotex Insulation, floor, walls and ceiling
Fermacell internal wall lining
Oak laminate flooring
Skirting boards
2” x 1” classic vertical cladding
Day bed timbers
Vintage apple crates
Futon mattress
Electrical pack including consumer unit and power sockets
External light
Woodburning stove with hearth
Single hardwood stable door
1000 x 100 double opening casement window in UPVC, colour anthracite grey
700 x 500 top hung window in UPVC, colour anthracite grey
Water proof breathable membrane
Exterior steps to hut

so if you have the space then pop over to their website to buy

HT Garden Room HQ

Hopefully this shed builder is not in the dog house

I love the crazy but creative sheds that you lot build – this one has just been entered into Shed of the year 2014 – and it’s a thing of beauty – and the dog is so lucky!



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any other sheddies built amazing structures for their pets – then let me know.

$200 for an eco shed with a dome – you bet your shed

All been quite on the shed front for a while – but then this one was added to readersheds and it inspired me to post this blog – and I think it would even inspire new shed of the year judge George Clarke.

Earthen Tiny Home Dome built by Jeffrey its been around a while but nice of him to share it on readersheds.

Earthen Tiny Home Dome

The shed was made from reclaimed materials, timber milled on site, and mud.

The total cost for the build was roughly $200.

The geodesic dome is constructed from pallet wood with a 5 sided cedar shingle roof added on top.

The dome surface was created by wrapping green vine maple, harvested from the forest, around the outside to create a lathe. Then an earth/lime plaster was applied. The inside of the dome was first covered with reclaimed peg board, and then earthen plastered.

Eco shed

The dome is insulated with a mixture of reclaimed rigid foam, sheep wool & ‘slip chip’ (which is a mixture of wood shavings and clay slip)

You can view more photos on the shed page.

So you want to build a TARDIS shed for shed of the year 2013

As it’s my holidays I spent over an hour queing to get into the The Doctor Who Experience, the new exhibition down the bay in my home town of Cardiff.

anyway moaning aside the Experience was great after we finally got in and the children(Mrs uw friend was staying) we were with, were suitably terrified by the weeping angels and the Daleks and rightly so, and they were awe of actually flying in the TARDIS itself (so was I)

The exhibition after the experience was excellent they had some original props and all the eleven Doctor (and some companion) costumes.

The evolution of the Cybermen was well presented.

but of course the thing I wanted to see was the TARDIS sheds – sorry the TARDIS models.

They had a few around the exhibition both inside and out – that lots of people where having photos with them as it is one of the UKs iconic objects.

They also had some plans to the TARDIS, and the console that was used in Shed judge Neil Gaiman episode The Doctor’s Wife – which I did not know was based on a design by a Blue Peter competition winner 🙂

anyway if you have created a TARDIS shed why not Share it for shed of the year 2013 – over at

Shed build: A “posh shed” in the making

Sheddie Andrew Smale contacted me via twitter to say if I wanted to see his shed build…

Iam not the head sheddie for nothing – of course I want to see any shed build in progress.

anyway He has also written a description of his build and we hope to see it on very soon.

My “Posh Shed” didn’t really start out to be posh.

I come from a long line of Sheddies, with my Paternal Grandfer having a home built carpentry workshop in his Garden. It was a proper shed and I can still recall the smells of linsead oil, creosote, metal tools and his ubiquitous Senior Service. On my Mothers side my Grandfather was a Railway man/ Market Gardener. He had two sheds, one for the garden and another that he occupied at the side of the railway whilst carrying out flagging duties. He made tea and toast on a paraffin heater. He often took me to work with him and so I spent time in the shed drinking tea, eating toast and watching the railway engines pulling endless trucks full of aggregate for the new M5 Bridge at Avonmouth. At home we had a small shed that was used as a workshop.

Anyhow I wanted a Shed in my garden because my house is so tiny. I wanted something that would be unique but would last. I also wanted a studio in which to carry out my photographic activities. Many of the sheds you see at Garden centres look so flimsy. My son is a Carpenter and so he suggested that we build a shed ourselves. So father and son started the build. The frame for the floor is 4×2 Tanalised softwood timber and the walls and roof made from 3×2 Tanalised softwood timber.

My problem is that I get too involved with these projects so when I suggested that I install a couple of Velux windows in the roof, the bloke at Magnet couldn’t quite believe it. Neither could my son! “Velux windows in a shed”, he was incredulous! However the extra light these bring into the shed makes it all worth it especially for photography.

Next I had to make up my mind what roofing to use. When I was down at the roofing merchants buying some breathable membrane to keep water out but fresh air circulating, I picked up a brochure about cedar shingles. Well it didn’t take me much time to decide that was what I wanted to use. However at a final cost of 600 GBP, it was a little expensive, but I reasoned that they would last a long time. Little did I know that the nails to secure the shingles were 55 GBP per kilo!! Two kilos used.

Finally I went to the wood yard under strict instructions from my son to get tanalised softwood feather edge board to clad the sides. “It’s a SHED”, he reminded me as I drove off. At the wood yard the owner, obviously enjoyed my spending sprees and shook his head at my request. “It’ll cup and split” he said. “Tell you what I’ve got some Cedar planks that I can rip down for you. It’ll look fantastic with the shingles and it won’t cup or split”

Well he was right but it did empty my bank account once more.

Anyway the shed got built, including insulation in the walls and OSB inside. I plan to replace the OSB with pine T&G at some point (when my bank manager agrees!).

I love my shed and I have a railway mans’ enamel billy can to brew tea in. I’ve already used to create a some photographs and of course I have also stored my tools and stuff in it too.

I’m now looking for a leather arm chair for me to sit in.

Like I say it wasn’t supposed to be a posh shed, it was more to create a space like I visited when I was a small buy. I just got carried away, honest!!!!

Here are a shed load of videos to show the build

If a certain lager brewery made pub sheds – these would be the best pub sheds in the world

This is not a favoritism list but based on number of page views of sheds added to since 2009, enjoy and remember to Share Your shed.

For some reason there are a few Scottish sheds in the list – maybe the scots sheddies have a load of mates who visit the shed, but I was aware that the scots liked a beer or two 😉

Do you have a pub shed that could be more popular than these boozers? Put that pint down and get out their creating the Pub Shed of the year 2011.

The 3 Steps, Ayrshire

Cowshed Bar & Spa

Way Side

peppermint patio

Smallbeerfruit on the Beach

LiLi’s Bar

The Tipsy Toad

The HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse

the stepping stone inn

The Shed

And like all Top 10 lists of things – here is an extra one 🙂

paddy’s bar

Looking at building your own garden shed – you may need a shed plan

As you know I am not the most practical person but I do get asked regularly where sheddies can get plans for sheds, there are not a great amount of choice in the UK, well there are lots of shedplans on that ebay, but not much elsewhere (contact me unless you know otherwise)

I have found this great little plan over at myhobbystore if anyone is interested

A single pitch roof on a sawn timber frame covered in shiplap make this an easy piece to build – a very useful piece as a small workshop or store

The haynes manual about sheds has some plans in also

Haynes moves into the garden with this step-by-step guide to constructing an imaginative variety of outdoor buildings, including sheds, greenhouses, pergolas, decking and even homes for dogs, rabbits and birds. Containing clear colour photographs and detailed plans and diagrams.

American Sheddies have more choice for shed plans via and the like

and here are the ebay plans, good luck sorting these!

Pallet building to Save the World…

A great build over at

My middle school class designed and built a basic prototype for a house made of pallets. The pallets are for the basic wall structure, and other materials can be used as sheathing, the floor, roof, etc. With a little imagination the builder can fill in the gaps.

One inspiration was Alexander Saunder’s op-ed piece in the New York Times about helping victims of a 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. His piece “Give Them Shelter ” suggested buying garden sheds from Sam’s Club en mass and dropping them into isolated regions. It is an interesting idea.

We also used several sites dedicated to a “Tiny House” movement, which we first saw in a local piece “Stuck in Vermont “. Tiny houses are houses about ten-feet by ten-feet and intended to be lived in (windows, loft beds, water and the like). There are many other sites dedicated to the movement. This movement, in turn, was inspired by Thoreau and Walden , which we read excerpts from. Many of these sources stressed simplicity and self-reliance. They also dovetailed with groups looking to solve the problems of homelessness and the environment.

Museum Sheds – from Postal to Dad’s Army

We have some great sheds on readersheds that are used for Museums!

Colne Valley Postal History Museum

Colne Valley Postal History Museum - Steve Knight
Steve Knight
Halstead, Essex

Museum Shed

Museum Shed - mary Leahy
mary Leahy
Rear of Garden


Sanctuary - Nigel Pettyfer
Nigel Pettyfer
Bishops Sutton, Hants

The Bygones Museum

The Bygones Museum - Darren Stride
Darren Stride
GT Yarmouth, Norfolk

The Ariel 3 Motorcycle Museum

The Ariel 3 Motorcycle Museum - Andrew Mulcahy
Andrew Mulcahy
Brislington, Bristol

Museum Shed

Museum Shed - Andy

International Shed : The Vespiary, Missoula, Montana

A nice example of recycled old shed thats being used as a workshop from one of our every increasing international Sheddies.

The Vespiary

The Vespiary - Audra Loyal
Audra Loyal
Missoula, Montana, USA

My shed was built over the course of summer 2009. Most of the materials came from the old existing shed, plus materials from Home Resource, a local construction recycling store. Any new material we used, we tried to get local. Most of our wood was locally milled and over half of the insulation is locally grown wool. A good friend of mine was the contractor, and my partner and I were the labor. I learned a ton about construction – everything from permitting to roofing.

I’ve been blogging the process here:

My shed is the new home of my business, The Vespiary Book Restoration & Bindery. Before, I was working at my kitchen table. I love this new space. I was able to move my entire library in and now I have a fantastic reading loft. Cup of coffee, good book, cat, snow falling… perfect.