I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia, a world traveler, and an art school grad. I am completely self-taught with construction techniques.

Please feel free to contact me with comments or inquiries.

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  1. Your shed project is almost EXACTLY what I had in mind for my own shed. Were you able to put any plans together? Did you ever consider running power to it? I want mine to serve as a woodshop, so power would be a must. Thanks for any help or guidance.

    • Hi Chris – The frame for the windows in the extended section above the wall with the roll up door is 15″ tall x 16′ long. Since I made the frame with 2x4s the windows themselves are 12″ tall. I used 3 window panels which I believe are 61″ long each, with vertical 2x4s in between at 64″on center

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for your reply, another question, from the pictures it does not seem like u used felt paper under the metal/plastic roof to protect the osb. How has that worked for you. I ask because I am at that stage and bought a whole roll and rather take it back if it it not needed.
    Thank you again,

    • Hi Chris,

      Actually I know it is not pictured but I did use the felt paper on the roof between the OSB decking and the roofing panels and I recommend it. I also ran caulking down the seams between the panels. Good luck! Share some pictures of your project when you’re done!


    • Hi Audrey,

      On my project, I spent approximately $4500. Raising the price was some of the choices for materials – such as cedar boards for the siding, and stainless steel decking screws as exposed fasteners, etc. as well as the large size (10′ x 16′ x 8′ high on the low side.)

      On the other hand, I saved some money by using a salvaged door and salvaged windows.

      I think you could definitely build a shed for cheaper by making choices to build smaller or to use other materials.

      It seems that most people who have started their own projects have used my guide as a basic step by step and for inspiration and the basic building process, but have altered the scale or materials in some way (you can see pics of a few projects on my site here: https://diyatlantamodern.com/2016/04/28/other-modern-shed-builds/

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.


  3. Love your shed. Question on the hardibacker board you used. Is it basically the same one use use inside a shower? How are they holding up till now?

    • Thanks! Actually although I’m not an expert on shower/ bathroom building, I am pretty sure that the material you are referring to is CBU- which is some sort of composite material which has a lot better waterproofing. I used OSB for the sheathing on my Shed. It’s cheap and strong but not particularly waterproof and would not work well as shower backing. I know less about CBU so I can’t say how it would hold up as wall sheathing.

  4. Thanks for the reply. I guess I should have clarified. I was referring to the cement boards around the front entrance. I wanted to find something comparable to what you used but was unsure if the CBU would hold up in the winters

    • Ah of course. No those are actually Hardee boards graded for exterior/ siding use. I was lucky to get them salvaged from the school where I work when they were doing renovations, but I have since found them available for sale in 4’X8′ sheets from a local lumber shop in Atlanta. Like other Hardee products, you can get them in certain colors or unprimed. They hold up great and you can drill and cut into them like wood – just make sure to get a few extra blades for your saw as they dull the blades quickly. Also wear a dust mask and glasses while you are cutting as they kick up a lot of unpleasant dust. And if you are screwing into them you absolutely must pre-drill the holes or it may crack or crumble.

  5. How much did the Janus 650 weigh? If this was very heavy, how did you go about installing it as you mentioned you did most of it alone.

    • I don’t know the exact weight but I can say that it was much lighter than I expected- but I did have a friend help me with the installation- this step I could not do by myself.

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