Many visitors to diyatlantamodern.wordpress.com have asked if I have plans for my shed available. The truth is that when building my modern shed, I just scribbled notes and made calculations – and mistakes – on the fly as I worked. I wish I had plans at the time!
So, I decided to retroactively go back and create the plans from scratch, using my old notes, remeasuring when necessary, and finding a great illustrator to assist with the technical drawings.
DIY Modern Shed Plans is a 25 page full color booklet which contains the complete plans for the modern shed which I built and is pictured on this site. The booklet includes detailed step by step instructions with helpful tips, technical illustrations, a full materials list, and photographs.
With these plans, you will be ready to start your own DIY Modern Shed project with the added benefit of learning from my mistakes. Best of all, I am personally offering my assistance if anyone has specific questions about the design, materials or techniques used on my DIY Modern Shed.
I am now selling the plans exclusively through my Etsy site, which allows for instant download upon purchase.
DIY MODERN SHED PLANS – By Peter May (C) 2016-18
25 Page Hi-Res, Full Color .PDF booklet – automatic link to download upon purchase
I just completed the first phase of my shed project. I found inspiration, techniques and ideas for materials for the project from other DIY posts, so I decided to return the favor by sharing my own creative and construction process here.
I enjoy building things, but do not have much experience. The only other major project I have completed was a deck/screened porch behind my house. I’ll post about that soon.
Here are the sheds and sites that I turned to the most for ideas and inspiration for my design:
Mark in L.A. took the concept up a notch by adding a small extension to the side and thereby expanding the space, and complimenting the design. I love the clean, light lines of the siding boards and the use of vertical roofing panels for siding accents.
From Mark, in L.A.: “I’ve been meaning to send you pix of our shed…born of your plans. we expanded it a bit to fill the space…and built in some much needed storage. Now my wife has moved her office out of the dining room and looks forward to her mornings sequestered in her shed, working away.”
Shed by Ron and George, Hollywood, CA: “Your plan was so helpful in getting us to think about the right things and do them in the right order. This is 10’ x 8’ with Home Depot lumber. The facade is completely reclaimed. We found the pebbled window in a salvage yard for $30 and the tu-tone luan and door came from a gut job in Hollywood next door to my son’s actor friend. We found a pile of bright blue painted plywood that someone had used as a blue screen studio in the garage, but on the flip side was pristine luan, that makes good siding with enough battens behind it… My son is now using this place as an music and audio post studio, and it’s really allowed him to get stuff done.”
Shed by Ron and George, Hollywood, CA – under construction
Interior of shed by Ron and George. The shed is now being used as a music studio by George and his young assistant with the classic Ramones’ T!
Shed in progress by Eric in Austin, Texas: “Moving and Groovin’!”
More progress by Eric in Austin, Texas.
Eric’s shed is almost complete!
It’s been a few months since I first published DIY Modern Shed Plans, and a few of those who purchased it have been kind enough to share some photos and feedback from their own projects. One of my goals for starting this blog was to create a community for DIYers like me to share ideas and inspiration. On this post I will start a gallery of projects that others share, along with comments about the process. If you are reading this and would like to share your project here, please email your photos (and indicate permission to post) to me at: email@example.com.
I remember the storm well. The same tornado touched down in downtown Atlanta and left buildings damaged that took years to restore. Also, I have a lot of close friends in Cabbagetown and have always loved the historic district and it meant a lot to me that this piece that I selected had a story, and was going to be put to good use.
Nature did the work of making the wood beautiful. Here is how I finished and hung the piece:
First I measured the slab and found the best section.
The slab was around 2.5 inches thick – about the maximum that my circular saw could get through.
There was some discoloration from the effect of the light on the place where the wood was stored for the last few years. I cut this section off.
I set up outside on a lovely Spring Atlanta day
And used this crimped wire grinder to clean up and smooth out the edges
Next came sanding. I went from 80 to 120 to 220 grit. I sanded until my arms hurt and my fingers were dry. But I still left a few nicks and crevasses which only add to the personality.
I used tung oil, rubbing a single layer in front and back, and wiping off the excess with a suede rag. In this picture, a single layer of oil is applied on the bottom part of the wood.
Nature left an amazing topographical pattern in the surface.
After four applications of tung oil and a lot of drying time, it was ready to hang. I used a french cleat on the back and a stud finder to ensure I was screwing into the frame of the house.
In attempt to reclaim a room in my house that was often just used for housing boxes, I decided an update was in order. In homage to my love of travel, flying and DIY, I created a map room. As usual, I turned to the internet for inspiration:
For my room, which I would use as a reading room, and a place to plot adventures, I chose to use a combination of vintage aviation maps (which I found on ebay) and my own beloved collection of National Geographic maps. Here are the results: