Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds: Complete plans for 12 Sheds, Including Garden Outbuilding, Storage Lean-to, Playhouse, Woodland Cott

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Cool Springs Press, Jan 15, 2008 - House & Home - 240 pages
A modern guide to classic outdoor structures.

Sheds and other landscape shelters have never been out of style, but they are now seeing a remarkable surge in popularity, and are being used in creative new ways. The common garden shed is now just as likely to serve as a workshop for an artist to pursue his or her hobby; or may be used as a writerĘs retreat; or may even be equipped with a satellite dish, high definition television, recliners, and used as a meeting spot for Sunday afternoon football parties. In many parts of the country, spacious sheds are being fully appointed with furnishings and used as detached rooms for everyday living or as backyard offices.

This book offers readers fuel for their aspirations but also provides practical information for planning and building sheds of all types. Although the basics of stick-building are covered, the book focuses more on the most common consumer option: ordering and buying a kit shed, working from blueprint plans, and customizing the shed to individual needs.

  • Features a planning and design section to help readers create unique shed projects
  • General technique chapter provides an in-depth overview of each step in shed construction
  • Includes easy-to-follow plans and directions for 12 sheds covering all design options
  • Bonus appendix includes a dozen advanced shed plans that can be special-ordered
  • More than three times as many complete plans than any other sheds book


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I can't believe how many problems, misprints, and pure misinformation I discovered as I used this worthless book. I built the "Convenience Shed" following the provided plans. I soon discovered that there is no framing diagram for the right side, which has a door and window! Many of the measurements are completely inaccurate. For example, the stud spacing on the left side doesn't match the actual length of the building. Another example: every measurement it gives for 15/16" is actually 1 15/16". If you look closely at the pictures of the carpenters constructing this building, you'll soon see that they aren't even following the plans and directions the book gives.
Skip this one!


Building Basics
Lumber Hardware
Framing the Structure
Siding Trim
Doors Windows
Shed Projects
Gothic Playhouse
Service Shed
Metal Wood Kit Sheds
Shed with Firewood
Additional Shed Plans
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Philip Schmidt is an avid environmentalist and a home improvement expert who has written many successful DIY books, including Build Your Kids a Treehouse, The Complete Guide to Patios and The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds.

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