Building a Shed at the Cabin

Need-to-know carpentry tips

By Kurt Anderson
Published: July 1, 2009
cabin shed
Photo by Susan Leggett,

Time and space – there’s never enough of either at the cabin. Building a storage shed is a great way to increase storage space, but it’s a big job, involving significant investments of weekend time or hard-earned vacation days. Yet by learning a few simple basics, any DIYer with modest carpentry skills can build an eye-pleasing shed to store all those extra goodies at the cabin.

Yeah, I know: Pre-cut shed kits abound at home improvement stores and on the Internet, and it’s easy enough to find fully-assembled sheds that manufacturers will deliver right to your cabin yard. All that’s fine and dandy, but sometimes a pre-fabricated box building just doesn’t fit into its surroundings. An aesthetically pleasing cabin is a natural part of the landscape, and the outbuildings should reflect that rustic character. The best way to accomplish that is to “build-to-suit” – a contracting term that means you’ll end up with a building that looks like it belongs exactly where it is.

This article lays out some basic carpentry tips for framing up a storage area that you can modify to complement common cabin designs. This is not much different than the process used to build a garage or simple cabin, and is an excellent way to build your first structure yourself. The best part? When you’re done you’ll be able to finish the exterior of your shed to match your cabin’s design … and have a bunch of extra storage space to boot.

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