Great Garden Sheds Showoff

A garden shed can be much more than a storage space — you can make it an essential part of your homestead.

| April/May 2012

We received a terrific group of entries for our Garden Sheds Showoff contest. You’ll find our 11 favorite garden shed designs in this article, and you can view dozens more inspiring entries in our Image Gallery. In the “Most Colorful/Decorative” category, the winner of the $500 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools is Barbara and James Stanley’s charming Crickhollow Cottage in Hendersonville, N.C. In the second category, “Best Use of Repurposed Materials,” the $500 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools goes to Sharon and Dan Clements of Mount Blanchard, Ohio, who built the beautiful, rustic-looking garden shed using numerous reclaimed building materials.

Most Colorful/Decorative Garden Shed Winner

Barbara and James Stanley; Hendersonville, N.C.
To build this combination potting shed/workshop, the Stanleys purchased a basic playhouse kit and added custom details using salvaged and bargain materials. Inside the shed is a creamy antique tin ceiling purchased from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. A galvanized tin and maple potting bench — complete with cabinets and drawers — was salvaged from a school cafeteria. James even installed wiring and plumbing, so the workshop has electricity and running water.

Best Use of Repurposed Materials Garden Shed Winner

Sharon and Dan Clements; Mount Blanchard, Ohio
This shed gets its rustic look from the reclaimed, weathered materials the owners used to construct it. The exterior siding is barn wood, and the metal roof came from a fence that formerly stood on the property. Other reclaimed building materials include pool decking purchased on Craigslist, wire fencing used as a trellis and, inside, repurposed croquet mallets used as hooks for hanging garden hoses.

Check out the Image Gallery for more unique garden shed designs with charming personality and a touch of character.

Are you ready to build your own garden shed? For a free, basic shed or cabin building plan, see Build This Cozy Cabin.

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