Backyard Barn: A Free Do It Yourself Building Guide by Popular
Do you need a secure,
closed area for your tools and storage and a backyard room that you
can use as a studio, workshop or kid's playhouse? The Colonial
Backyard Barn plans may help.
At 10 x 16 ft., this
handsome building is large enough for most backyard needs. It has an
interior partition so it serves double duty as a storage shed and an
all-weather multi-purpose room. Double doors on the side and gable
end make it easy to access the space.
A free illustrated step-by-step building guide, by Joseph Turini of
Popular Mechanics Magazine, includes an isometric drawing showing
all building details.
The project is planned
to be easy for do-it-yourself builders. As an example, the little
barn's gable roof is designed to be built with trusses that are made
of standard 2×4 lumber with plywood gusset plates at the corners.
That means that you can do most of the construction of the roof
while working on the ground, not while teetering up on a ladder.
Read the original June, 2002 magazine article by Joseph Truini,
print the plans and step-by-step instructions
and get started on your project >>>
Blueprints by Better Barns
Your building department may require that you submit construction
plans, and they're helpful to have on hand while you're at work on
the shed. Complete blueprints are available from Better Barns, the
original designers of the Colonial Backyard Barn. Better Barns also offers
some of the attractive hardware and woodwork shown on the building.
Over the years, Popular Mechanics Magazine has featured a
variety of backyard building, home improvement and woodwork
projects as feature articles.
Now, they offer many of the best projects on their website.
These in-depth articles are illustrated with plans, photos and
detailed isometric views. They follow the building from the
planning stage through final finishing. So, they are
step-by-step guides that will help you build the perfect