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I built a small garden shed our backyard. The intent was make it look like the main house as much as possible and still maintain its functionality. These are the steps I took to make my vision a reality. While this is probably more work than required (most people don't need a stucco garden shed with 15 windows and 3D printed molding) the same basic steps would apply to a simpler design.

Tools You Might Need:

  • Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Screw Gun
  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Pneumatic Braid Nailer
  • Pneumatic Stapler
  • Air Compressor
  • Tin Snips or Sheet Metal Scissors
  • Router
  • Shovel

Step 1: Start With a Plan

Most of the design work for this project was done in a 2D CAD program. I used DeltaCAD, its free!

I started out with a "plan" set of drawings and then produced an "as-build" set of drawings as the structure was being built (over months). This let me be more flexible while I was building because while I had a plan, I didn't need feel obligated to stick to it at every last joint

The "as-built" set of drawings let me make decisions about the design based on how it was actually built and not based on a plan I had deviated from.

<p><strong>hi</strong>, kurt: this is <strong>the</strong> COOLEST garden shed i've ever seen in my life .... i'm the only female i know who compares garden sheds, &amp; <strong>yours rules</strong>! i showed it to my son when he visited, &amp; he agreed! we both got a charge out of your <strong>&quot;outdoor&quot; kitties</strong>, as well ~ <strong>x^D</strong> {p.s: your back yard is my idea of heaven, with the huge, shady trees, stone wall, et al :^D}</p>
<p>Nice job. Love the look, especially the false/real door. I'm curious about three things: 1. What do you figure the weight of the door is on those 4 hinges? 2. Did you make the fake stairs out of Styrofoam and then stucco that to keep the weight down? 3. Do you ever have little kids go charging up the stairs to get into the kid size house? My grandkids would never let me have this as a shed.</p>
<p>The door is about 150 lb, and I'm confident the hinges can hold that, 4 hinges actually give you heaps more carrying capacity over 3 (not just 4/3 more) , the stairs are plywood underneath so they have the look and feel of concrete but the concrete is only about 1/2&quot; thick. Kids played in the shed while it was being built but now that its finished its less of an attraction. The little door is actually really little 24&quot; high and 9&quot; wide (1/4 scale). You would have to be a very small child to fit or even think you could fit!</p>
<p>WOW!!! I never would had thought about the front was a door. I thought it would be on another side. I been working on a hide away door on a playhouse so one end will open the whole wall on one end along with a little front door. Any pointers welcome. </p>
<p>When I did a roof with my dad, we used a chalk line to draw a straight line before we started laying the next row of shingles. It's not necessary, but if you've already got one, it can help.</p>
<p>Ah I just noticed you were from Providence. Not far from me! Nice!</p>
Man this is really freakin cool! Do you have a photo of the door open once it's finished? I'm curious as to exactly where the door is.
<p>I get asked &quot;where is the door&quot; a lot but don't have a great picture. Here's a picture of Starla and Bentley who are inside cats who think they are outside cats... which just happens to have my very best &quot;open door&quot; picture in the background.</p>
<p>That's great! So the entire mini faux door, and a portion of the house all swing out with the door when you open it. Very clever.</p>
<p>This picture helps a lot... the &quot;steps&quot; are also attached to the door and swing with it out of the way? The in-scale &quot;illusion&quot; door reminds me of the forced perspective turrets of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. Nice project!</p>
<p>Great job! For the door, I think the bottom picture in step 9 gives a better idea. Thanks for making the instructable.</p>
<p>That is really awesome. Thanks for sharing. </p>
<p>Where did you get your cat tent? ( Nice shed, but hey, Cat Tent!)</p>
<p>Amazon - they love that thing.</p>
<p>jarndt3: your comment tickled me as much as looking @ the kitties in their safe, exclusive little <strong>club-house</strong>!</p>
<p>Nice work, how much did this cost you to build?</p>
<p>Thanks, This guy set us back about $3000 in materials (New England Dollars) .</p>
<p>Hello Kurth,</p><p>Wonderful idea and excellent realisation!</p><p>Very nice Instructables, with useful detailes of construction!</p><p>Zoran</p>
Nice shed.... <br><br>But.. <br>Is it only for showcasing or a person get into it.. <br>'coz door seem very small
<p>altomic is correct, essentially the entire front of the house is the door. (The little blue door is fake). </p><p>One issue this causes is that the door can only open 90 degrees because the steps which protrude from the house swing with the door and eventually contact the wall of the shed just below the right window. </p><p>You are not the first person to ask me this, the other misconception is that the blue door is regular sized and the structure is proportionally large.</p>
<p>the front door is &quot;the front door and upper windows in one.&quot; </p><p>have a look at step 8.</p>
Cool...
<p>This is so cool! Planning to build a shed soon - this was a useful read for me. I know each town/state has it's own rules, but I'm curious what criteria your shed had to meet to be considered &quot;non-permanent&quot;. Also, being a non-permanent structure, where you allowed to build without a permit?</p>
<p>My interpretation of my local ordinances was that there could be no concrete pilings or footers and the structure had to be less than 10' x 10'. You're spot on, I stayed within those constraints to avoid having to get a permit. I think the intent of those rules is so that the structure can be moved but I won't not want to move this guy, it has nearly 1500 lbs of stucco on it. </p>
<p>thats an amazing copy! you did a great job! I would love to see photos of the inside and the door open as well. great job! </p>
<p>Wow, really succesfull miniature copy you made</p>
<p>great project! do you use it as garden shed? because it looks like a great kids playhouse...</p>

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