Today’s post has been in my drafts for months and months, but I never took the time to snap all the photos I wanted to share (despite unending requests to see the shed!)
Now I have the photos, and I’m finally sharing a mini tour of our shed, almost ONE FULL YEAR after we actually built it — better late than never right? 🙂
Our shed is a 10′ x 10′ square — and although I wanted it to be a bit smaller, I think it really fits this space quite nicely and looks great when you’re coming down our driveway (which is one of the main reasons we chose this location). It’s also super handy to have it RIGHT next to the vegetable garden (another reason we chose this location).
As you’ll see from the photos below, there is a single door on the front and a larger sliding barn door on the side. The single door is what we use almost all the time — but Dave uses the barn door to get the mower out (we move the red chair to push the mower out to the driveway).
Eventually, we plan to have more plants and flowers around it — maybe an arbor or trellis with vines growing up the side. And I really want to get a small old windmill and water pump to use as decorative features next to the shed!
It’s a work in progress, but we are very happy with how it looks so far — and of course we love all the extra storage too!
Here’s a tour of the inside…
As you can see, it’s pretty basic on the inside — nothing fancy at all! We just used a few extra wooden shelves we had leftover from our mudroom addition to create a bunch of vertical storage, and we used a piece of plywood to create storage in the rafters for extra fence pickets, our roof snow rake, and a couple outdoor Christmas trees I use to decorate over the holidays.
We also used the overhang on the front of the shed to store more of my outdoor Christmas decorations and a few pieces of camping gear that we don’t need to access on a regular basis.
Our shed is actually quite a bit emptier during the spring, summer, and fall months, because so much of our outdoor stuff is in use. Once the weather starts getting colder, we’ll actually move our kiddie pool, all our patio furniture, our stackable Adirondack chairs, and some larger planters into the shed. Plus, we’ll hang our bikes from hooks in the rafters.
It’s amazing how much we can fit in a 10′ x 10′ square building!
So some of you might be wondering…why ANOTHER shed?
As you might remember, we built a teeny-tiny outhouse-looking garden shed 3 years ago.
The idea behind that shed was mainly to add a decorative element to our landscaping — because for some odd reason, I’ve ALWAYS wanted an outhouse-looking building in my yard.
Plus, this tiny shed was built with old barnwood from the ORIGINAL big barn that used to be on our property back when this was a working farm — so it’s pretty cool to have a little piece of that history in our yard again.
The outhouse shed was not built with the intention of “storage”… but it has been a cute and decorative way to create a small amount of storage on the far side of our yard. We’ve used the outhouse shed for yard tools, kid’s toys, lawn games, and more over the past few years (not all at the same time!) and I just LOVE how it looks.
However, over the last couple of years, we have felt the need for some sort of larger shed to keep lawn tools (especially motorized and/or dangerous tools), fertilizer, gas cans, propane tanks, oil receptacles, weed killer, pesticides, etc.
But what about the Garage?
We were previously storing almost everything I mentioned above in our garage, but after having kids, it became apparent that kids toys + chemicals, propane, oil, and lawnmowers were NOT a good mix!
Plus, after our super fantastic garage renovation, we hated to clutter up our nice, neat garage with yucky oil cans, grass-filled mowers, and messy fertilizers.
Thanks to the new shed, our garage ONLY contains car stuff (soap, buckets, windshield wiper fluid, air compressor, etc.) and a boatload of kid stuff — bikes, strollers, toys, scooters, side-walk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes, bats and balls, etc. etc.
And what about the extra garage?
Yes, that’s right — we have an extra 2-stall garage + outbuilding that could easily accommodate everything in our shed plus SOOOOOO much more… and for about a year, we did move everything out of our garage and into the outbuilding because we wanted the garage to just be for car stuff and kid stuff (as I mentioned above).
However, the problem with storing all the gas, propane, fertilizer, pesticides, and mowing equipment in our outbuilding is that we actually use our outbuilding for entertaining on a very regular basis… which meant we were constantly moving all that dirty, grassy, smelly stuff out, covering it with a tarp, sweeping out and cleaning the inside of the garage, and then moving the stuff back in after our party was over.
This was do-able, but not for the long-term.
Since we don’t have a nice basement (see pictures here), this heated outbuilding is often our “hangout spot” when we have lots of people over. We haven’t done any renovations in this space yet, but we have big plans for it… eventually!
For now though, we really just wanted it to be free from messy lawn tools, smelly fertilizer, and greasy gas cans.
So… we built a shed! 🙂
I know it might seem a little crazy for someone who doesn’t like extra stuff to have 2 full-size garages and 2 storage sheds… but I promise we don’t fill any of them with things we don’t use!
At this point, we don’t store anything in our basement except a few Christmas decorations, our extra freezer, and my canning supplies… and the tiny outhouse shed is completely empty right now.
Also, believe-it-or not, our large extra garage + outbuilding is also almost empty because we recently sold most of the furniture as we’re hoping to start demolition in there over the winter (yay!!)
The extra storage is fabulous… but the fact that it’s cute and decorative (and uses a bit of that old barnwood again) is just the cherry on top!
One last Before + Progress + After photo progression!
(December, 2010 — the day we moved into our house)
(September, 2013 — after doing quite a bit of yardwork)