How to Build Sheds With Landscape Timbers


A timber structure has a great amount of character that meshes with the surrounding landscape in a natural way. While it is quite an investment to build a full timber home, a landscape timber shed is an effective way to get some of the same effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Gravel
  • Level
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Wood planks
  • Tarp
  • Level the area that will serve as the foundation by spreading gravel out. Lay timbers across the gravel and level them. Cut pieces to the correct size to act as posts. Nail them to the foundation timbers. Lay additional timbers along the sides of this construction, perpendicular to the foundation timbers. Nail them into the foundation timbers to create a frame.

  • Lay planks of wood across the timber frame to create a floor. Fit the planks tightly together and nail them to the timbers. Cut upright posts to frame the walls of the shed. Make the area of the frame somewhat smaller than the foundation. Create two triangular frame pieces that will serve as the ends of the A-shaped roof. Attach them to the wall frame.

  • Fill in the walls by stacking and nailing timbers to the frame. For sake of ease, no windows will be included. A door can optionally be added, though the shed can function without one. Lay timbers between the two roof frames to create a basic roof. Nail them down at the ends. Lay tarp over those timbers and add another level of timbers on top of the tarp. Nail them down. A more elaborate roof is possible, but this is an easy, cheap, effective option.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you doubt your carpentry skills, hire a professional; the structure could collapse and cause injury if improperly built.

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