She Sheds: Plans for How to Build & Customize


Ever dream of having your own personal
retreat right in your backyard? It can happen! Convert an ordinary tool shed into a
she shed. Actually, it can be a he shed too. We’ll walk you through everything you
need to know to build your own. First, check your local building codes or
homeowner’s association guidelines. Some things to check on include shed size,
foundation, and even color. Your she shed can be an upgrade to an existing shed or
a brand new one. If you are building, pick a spot in your yard that’s close to level.
It’ll be easier to set the foundation. The foundation can be a concrete slab
with sill plates. 4×4’s on masonry blocks. Or, for areas that freeze,
4×4’s set on concrete footers below the frost line. Click below to
watch our “How to Build a Foundation” video. When the foundation is down, the
shed can go up. Kits come with the easy-to-follow instructions or they can
be installed for you. The basic installation involves building the walls,
adding the roof, installing the doors and windows, painting the exterior, adding
trim and finishing with shingles. Once you’ve built the shed, you can
really start to customize. Sheds are designed for tool storage where minimal
light isn’t a problem. A window is usually included with kits.
However, you may want more light in your she shed. Consider switching out the
regular doors. Get doors that are the same size or a little bit larger than
the standard doors. The wall panels are usually precut for the door openings so
going smaller won’t typically work. Click below to watch our french door
installation” video. For even more natural light, add skylights. The installation
involves cutting out and framing the opening, securing the skylight and
sealing tight with a flashing kit. Click below to see our skylight installation video.
Next, finish things up inside. Installing permanent electricity isn’t always
necessary, but if you decide you need it, have a pro install it. Adding insulation
is a smart move. It’ll help keep the temperature just right and limit
moisture build-up. Then, install the drywall. Hang it on the walls and finish
it off with some drywall mud. Then sand. Don’t install it on the ceiling if it
doesn’t have vents. You could get mold. Click below to watch our drywall
installation video. After the drywall has been finished, it’s time to paint. Use a
paint-and-primer-in-one for the walls and ceiling. If you’re painting the floor,
prime it first, then use porch and floor paint which will stand up to traffic. For
steps on painting, as well as helpful hints, click below to watch our painting
video. To finish things up outside, attached lattice skirting to give the
shed a little personality. How about a deck or patio in front for a finished
appearance? A small floating platform deck will do. It’s built on masonry
blocks so there’s no need for post holes. Place some furniture, planters and a few
accessories to liven things up. And finally, the interior decor. For deep
meditation in a tranquil yoga studio, keep your decor simple. Consider a
water fountain to create a relaxing atmosphere. For a home office
‘shedquarters’, storage cubes will help keep files and office supplies organized.
Perhaps you plan to bring out your creative side in an artist’s studio. Slat
wall is a simple way to keep all your tools handy. Or maybe you just wanna sit back with a book in your private library. A few shelves and a comfy chair might be
just the thing. When everything was complete, we built our shed for about
$5,000. A simple shed converted into your very own personal retreat. To see all the
how-to’s relating to building a she shed, go to Lowes.com/SheShed

63 comments

Can you list where the shed came from? Is it sold at Lowe's? It sounded like it was a prefabricated shed but maybe I'm wrong.

You Can buy this exact shed at Lowes. It is called the "MetropolitanLean to shed " by Heartland. It cost roughly $1899 if you just have it delivered by Lowes and you DIY. For roughly $2600 you can have Lowes build it on site at your home in your backyard. In person it looks much bigger than the video. It is 8ft 12ft.

a small Ac unit for less than $100.00 would work fine. run an extension cord if you can't afford having electrical installed. Trust me I live in Texas. I know about the heat. you usually have to plan outdoor activities accordingly or even seasonally.

I need a stronger foundation…maybe a 6" concrete slab… gonna put a bench-press, a squat rack, and some heavy ass free-weights

You had me mapping out my building plans until the 5K part. C'mon I know you're a hardware store but no one is paying 5K for a she-shed

Oh my goodness $5,000! That is a lot of money for something so small. I helped my Dad make one from scratch and it was less than $4,000 and is 24" long by 18" wide. Now that is not all decorated up on the inside but it does have flooring and is finished with dry wall. I just wish I could live in it rather than store "precious junk!"

This project looks nice, although the price tag is seeming to detour people from building this, it still leaves room for improvements. Adding renewable energy source such as PV panels on top while having battery packs to store that gathered energy will have an increase cost but also has the benefit of not driving up your power bill, not to mention you would have somewhere to go if your power goes out. Even if you don't do PV, you can still put a mini fridge and an AC unit would give you the ability to make this into a nice game room for the kids or yourselves when you don't want to deal with things going on inside the home (like when your wife throws a girls only party in the house). People that grow all sorts of plants could use this as a grow room too due to the ability to control temps inside. I know I'm rambling on at this point but overall it is a good project to do if you have the yard space for, my only thing is to see if there would be a more cost efficient way to achieve the same or similar result.

As if the entire rest of the house wasn't already "her space" … tools once more being relegated to the garage, which will most likely have them evicted once that space is needed too for more of "her stuff".

While I love the idea of a She Shed, a man cave is just as important. We all need to have that special place to call our own where we can go to relax or do that favorite thing (hobby) we are passionate about.

Any DYI project will always be cheaper if you do it yourself. However, you have to know what your doing, otherwise it could take forever to build one. The skylights are lovely. I would want them in mine along with insulation and electricity.

I don't need a theme. I just want a cute spot to get away from my husband and kids๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

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