Timber Frame Sheds
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 timber frame wooden shed.
As of March 2023, this timber frame kit has been discontinued. We originally introduced this and other timber frame kits in March 2020, motivated by the idea that if one of our crew becomes ill, or if we have to close the shop temporarily, our crew can load their pickups with wood and tools and make the kits at home. We just wanted to keep everyone working.
Three years on, our crew is busier than ever and we’ve made the decision to concentrate on what we do best: custom timber framing projects. If a custom timber frame home, barn, great room, entryway, or other structure sounds like something you’d like to explore, we encourage you to view our work and see some of the projects we’re particularly proud of.
Post and Beam Shed Kits
“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 timber frame shed 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 timber framed shed kits in Western red cedar, if you prefer.
Assembly of our timber shed kits 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?