The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds: Backyard Office, Potting Sheds, Playhouse, Artist's Retreat, Summerhouse, Urban Barn (Black + Decker): ... ... Tractor Barn, Hobby Studio, Woodland Cottage Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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Phil Schmidt is the author of The Complete Guide to Gazebo & Arbors and The Complete to Patios. He lives in Colorado, USA.
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B&D Sheds includes plans for several shed designs that includes, Blue-prints, cut-list, and supporting photos to get you through your project.
Pros: lots of info about construction, tons of color photos to support the written information, fabulous ideas presented through out the book, heavy paper that can withstand a construction zone.
Cons: The blue-prints need to be double checked. On the shed I built, the B&D blue-prints had many inconsistencies, which could had led to some serious head scratching during the build. Luckily, the errors were found before construction began. So, please vet the plans carefully, check all dimensions, before you cut the first board.
Summary: Get this book, back up your info with some web-research, and build your own shed. You'll save a ton of money VS buying a prefabricated shed from a big-box home center.
Overall, I give the book the grade of "C" as an overview of garden sheds, but I think much more in-depth information is needed for the book to be useful to anyone planning to build a shed. Note, I am comfortable with tools and building things, so I will take the ideas from this book and create a different shed than what is in the book. With that, I'd suggest folks look at this book in person at the local home/hardware center to see if it has enough information for them before they order it online.
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