Sally Coulthard’s latest how-to book for sheddies
Sally Coulthard has already written two books on shed decor, and Studio, about creating a beautiful workspace. She’s now come up with a book for those of us who would like a space in the garden but don’t want to spend a fortune – How to Build A Shed.
A garden room for working or relaxing in is high on many people’s wishlist, but cost is often a stumbling block.
Cheap ones intended for garden storage aren’t waterproof or warm enough to spend time in during the colder months. And professionally designed and installed garden offices can cost thousands. Knowing how many of my readers lust after a she shed, garden room or similar, Sally sent me a copy to review.
A how-to manual
How to Build A Shed is an attractive book, hardback with clear illustrations, and reminds me of those Haynes manuals that showed you how to repair your car. Back in the days when you could put your head under the bonnet and tinker, before car repair needed computers instead of spanners.
In fact Sally says her book will enable you to build your own shed even if you’ve never picked up a hammer before! She knows it’s possible because she’s built her own, but alternatively you could use the book as a guide and pay a professional to do it for you.
With clear illustrations (the illustrator Lee John Phillips has drawn some of the estimated 100,00 objects in his grandfather’s shed) Sally takes you step-by-step through this project for two people.
The shed plan
Her shed measures 2.4 x 3.6m and has a sloping roof, and in most circumstances it won’t need planning permission. It has a pair of glazed doors in the front wall, which not only provide adequate light and do away with the need for windows, but also provide three clear walls for maximum flexibility of layout.
The book begins by describing essential tools and materials, and the skills you will need. It covers building the shed base, walls, roof and doors, adding cladding, electrics and insulation. Sally does recommend that you get professional help with some jobs, especially if you’re a complete DIY novice.
Finally she provides suggested layouts for a variety of uses – guest rooms, office, workshop, studio, potting shed etc. Photographs at the end of the book show her own completed shed in its orchard setting, woodburner chimney sticking perkily out of the roof.
How to Build A Shed could be a great investment for yourself, or a heavy hint for the DIYer in your life! Tempted to give it a go? I’d love to know how you get on 🔨 🔧