Just Sheds : Railway carriage shed

Sometimes you see a shed that make you take a second glance, then say wow.

This is a great example of something old, an Railway carriage design with a modern design twist.

This is what the builder Brian says about the great shed.

My neighbour had two small sheds but still couldn’t get his car in the
garage. The idea was to use walls from the existing sheds to create a
larger square – so we’d only have to buy materials for the larger floor and
roof. Dave wanted something long and thin instead, to suit the space so I
thought of a railway carriage.

I had helped friends in the New Forest make a large shed into a small shed
with a generous roof, and brought back the spare walls and floor. We
adapted walls from these various sheds to form the unseen side and end of
the new.

Here is the computer generated plan

We used treated 4″ x 2″ beams to form a rectangular base and re-used various
floor and roof sections to make the floor.

The roof length is 36′ the deck area 4′ and the cabin area 31′ – allows for
6″ overhang. The roof is 6mm ply – just thin enough to bend, just strong
enough for the job. We found this ply bends far more easily when run
lengthways so we had to join the sheets in pairs. We added 6″ strips of
thicker ply along the edges a) because we’d made the cabin slightly too
wide, b) because it formed a firmer edge for the roof felt.

Doors at either end should allow stuff to be packed into the centre. The
design lends itself to shortening – a 19′ cabin under a 24′ roof looks quite
attractive on paper.

The original design had a door from the cabin onto the balcony before we
decided instead that a gap in the handrail would make it more accessible. A
round-ended table should follow when funds are replenished. Treating the
new shiplap timber is an earlier priority.

By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear