Garden/potting shed

Port Lavaca, TX(Zone 9a)

I'm drawing plans to build a garden shed with a potting shed attached. I want the messy potting out of the shed used for storage. I'm thinking of putting a wood floor in the storage area and gravel or rock for the floor of the potting shed because I could use the hose to clean after potting. Have any of you ever done that, will it work? I'd like to hear the pros and cons. I'm also planning to put walls only about half way up and screening the top portion so I can see outside while I'm working and screen will keep the mosquitoes out. If you know where some plans are for this sort of constrution, I'd love to know abou them.

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

A guy down the street from me just built something like that but he went all out. He used brick for the floor, which I would say is better than gravel. He put posts in the ground and used barn wall construction. Half the walls were wood then he used poly carbonate panels for the other half.

San Tan Valley, AZ(Zone 9b)

Hi barbur,

Try using the 12"x12"x2" square stepping stones found at nearly every home improvement store. They usually cost about $1 each and are easy to use. Then you have the option of sweeping or hosing them off. They won't sink into wet ground, if you drop something you have a better chance of finding it rather than sifting through gravel and they are easier on the feet.

How big are you thinking about making your shed (width, length and height) and what style is the roof (gable, gambrel, rake, etc.)


Port Lavaca, TX(Zone 9a)

Good ideas, brick or stepping stones would be better for the floor of the potting shed. The screen on the top half would only be on the potting shed. I have to keep the costs down so I'm wondering what would be most economical for the outside covering. I'm thinking of overall 10'x16' with about 9' for storage and 7' for potting. I'm planning to have a rake roof (I had to look that up 8^) probably covered with metal panels. I'm about to head for church so I'll send the ideas that I have on paper when I get back home.

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

Metal will be very hot. Cheap wise bead board is your best bet. Hardi plank would probably be cheaper than metal too. Hardiplank looks like wood siding but is made from concrete and wood fiber. Fire proof and looks like wood at a much lower cost, I would look into that. You do have to paint it though.

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

Here's what I'm thinking of building but I'm figuring out how I want to modify it.

First off I'm not going to use a wood floor. I'm going to put posts straight in the ground and use brick for the floor w/a concrete edge. Think I'm going to use hardiplank for the siding, matches my house. Still figuring out the rest. I'm trying to keep costs under $2000 but if I run electric to the shed I'll go over $2000 so I may wait for that. Any ways I'm thinking of using polycarbonate panels to let light in one side or do three sides at one end. I'll have it worked out in a few weeks.

Here's a couple of links for you.

Port Lavaca, TX(Zone 9a)

Here is the floor plan.
Opps I'm having problems attaching the file.

This message was edited Jan 7, 2007 10:14 PM

Port Lavaca, TX(Zone 9a)

I'll try the floor plan again.

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Port Lavaca, TX(Zone 9a)

Sorry about the quality of the drawing, I'll have to do it again in ink. Anyway, CoreHII, I had looked at that Popular Mechanics plan. But I'm leaning to the rake roof for ease of construction, my sons will probably build it. I like this one because of the roof and the transom windows. Is 10' ok to span for that kind of roof. I like hardi plank is it less expensive than the exterior plywood type sidings?
Since my hubby retired our motto is, "It has to be free or cheap, preferably free."
Keep me posted about your plans.

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