ATV and Lawn Mower Shed

ATV and Lawn Mower Shed

After adding a bathroom and a utility room to the guest house, I wanted to free up the garage slot next to the F250, currently occupied by the ATV and two riding mowers. I priced out purchasing a shed and having it professionally built, and found the prices to be too high to justify. Therefore, I decided to build a shed myself. I had plenty of space to work with behind the guest house, and measured out space for a 20 foot by 10 foot shed, which would fit the vehicles I was looking to fit along with storage and work bench space. By putting it near the guest house, it would also be easy to wire for electricity so that I could have a light and outlets to trickle charge the vehicles. I started out with 8 vertical 4×4 treated cedar posts to form the corners of two connected 10×10 boxes to form the 20×10 shed. Each post would be set in the ground and anchored with concrete in holes that were easy to dig with my post auger.

The biggest challenge was getting all of the cross beams level along with the posts themselves. I used steel ties to fasten all of the corners, and adjusted them vertically with screws to fine tune the levels.

Eventually, I had everything set.

Once the levels were finalized, I poured concrete in each of the post holes, and used a reciprocating saw to saw off the tops of the posts that extended past the top cross beams. My next step is to frame the floor, walls, and ceiling, and then to build the roof. It will be a fun project to work on throughout the spring!

Jon Hardin


By day, Jon is the CEO of a software company. Outside of work, Jon is an avid home improvement enthusiast who enjoys a wide variety of renovation, landscaping, and other projects.

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