Post and Beam Shed
The Swiss Army knife of sheds
THE BIG FINISH:
There are all kinds of roofing and siding options for this little structure. The simplest is to install a traditional corrugated metal roof, and start stacking your wood! The sides? Simple board and batten with barn-style sliding or swing-out doors. Or, sheathe the sides with polycarbonate sheets and turn it into a cold frame/potting shed.
Post and Beam Shed
“the little building that could”
Given the compact footprint and the incredible versatility of this building, it’s one of my favorite kits—my wife’s, too! Ironically, it’s that versatility that started lots of trouble in my house, with much discussion about what the post and beam shed “could” be. We’re showing it here as a firewood storage shed, and it’s perfect for that. But just add sides and doors and it becomes an outdoor garden shed (or She Shed?), with plenty of space for racking up garden tools on one side, and shelves for smaller tools, seeds, bulbs, fertilizer, etc., on the other. With big swinging doors you can access it all. At our shop, we use it as a Grilling Shed (see photo below). You might even set it up as a backyard chicken coop! The structure is certainly stout enough to keep Mr. Fox out. Here’s even another idea: a roadside stand where you can sell the produce from your garden!
The post and beam shed kit comes complete and ready to assemble in Eastern white pine, with a pressure treated base structure for building directly on a patio, driveway, or crushed stone pad. We can also build you one in Western red cedar, if you prefer.
Assembly is straightforward (video here), and everything is pre-cut and pre-drilled for the pegs. At just 6′ x 10′ overall, none of the pieces are that large or heavy, so this would be a good project to take on with your family. And because the assembly process is modular, you don’t have to be in a rush—tackle it over a series of weekends: first the base, then the wall framing, finally the roof rafters.
In my house, the utility discussions continue. I’m pretty sure I can talk my wife out of the chickens, but not the garden shed. She’s an avid gardener, and working out of a plastic locker isn’t doing it for her anymore. Maybe she’ll let me steal one corner of her shed to store a couple tools. Wait—a tool shed! Why didn’t I think of that before?