Add Overhangs to Protect Shed Siding
Consider adding overhangs to the ends of your shed. They’re more work and require some extra material, but overhangs provide some protection from rain and snow, which translates to less painting and maintenance. Plus, overhangs just look better, and they give you a place to add decorative brackets.
Build Economical ‘Sandwich’ Doors
Frame-and-panel doors are expensive, especially if you want a unique style. But you can get the same look for a fraction of the cost by simply laminating two layers of inexpensive 3/4-in.-thick boards together.
For strength, plan to build the front and back layers so the corners overlap each other. Then, to accommodate inset panels, make the front pieces a little wider to create a lip for the panels to rest against. Use plywood or tongue-and-groove boards for the panels, and hold them in with stops nailed on the back. You can assemble the two frames with pocket screws before gluing and screwing them together, but it’s not necessary. After the glue dries, plane or sand the edges to hide the fact that there are two layers.
Save Money With Barn Sash Windows
Utilitarian barn sash windows are perfect for sheds. Basically you order the sash—the movable part with glass—and build a simple frame to hold it. Add a few hinges and hold-open hardware and you’ve got an inexpensive, nice-looking window. If you want a screen, you’ll have to build a separate frame and staple screening to it.