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Create Your Own Recycled Shed

Making your own shed from recycled goods gives your garden space extra character - and saves money and material.
  • Dream First

    Connecticut gardener Helen Barlett advises people to take their time planning a shed. "Dream about it," she says. "Imagine what use it will be to you." Consider the table height as well as where you'll keep potting soil. 

    Date Published: February 26, 2018
    Date Updated: February 27, 2018
  • Find Materials

    Search locally for materials that can be repurposed in the shed, so your building displays regional flavor. Look for weathered boards, corrugated metal, rocks, bricks, logs, and other items. Materials with a history in your area tend to look appropriate and complement surrouding plants and architecture. 

    Date Published: February 26, 2018
    Date Updated: February 27, 2018
  • Place Carefully

    Check local zoning and building codes before settling on shed size and placemnt. Your locale may require certain standards for foundations, entries and steps. 

    Date Published: February 26, 2018
    Date Updated: February 27, 2018
  • Make it Bright

    If the shed won't have electricity, consider installing extra windows and painting the interior white to give it extra brightness. Whenever possible, orient larger windows toward the south for added illumination in the spring and fall. 

    Date Published: February 26, 2018
    Date Updated: February 27, 2018
  • Take a Seat

    Include some simple seating, like vintage stools and chairs. Recycled seats become artsy on display and provide places to perch as you bunch flowers, make notes, snap beans, or take in the beauty of your garden. 

    Date Published: February 26, 2018
    Date Updated: February 27, 2018

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