Sheds & Buildings

From a tool shed to a greenhouse or a guest cabin we give you step-by-step instructions on how to build what you need in the backyard. With tools and materials lists you can take to the hardware store and diagrams for reference, you'll find it simple to give outdoor areas a DIY upgrade.

How To Clad A Timber Shed
Give a rundown shack new cladding to turn it into a smart workshop.  The old cedar weatherboards on this shed were starting to split and fall off, exposing the framework to the elements. Not only unsightly, the damaged boards also posed a risk...
Home backyard fixtures are best kept hidden, and the pool pump is no exception. This miniature house conceals the machinery and protects it from the elements, while still allowing easy access.   The dimensions can also be easily adapted to suit...
Build a structure on reinforced concrete footing then render and paint for a smooth finish. There are three parts to building a solid exterior wall, including sinking the footing, laying the bricks and applying a smooth rendered finish. Tackle...
build a backyard cabin, two boys in front of an outdoor cabin
The Ferguson family built a backyard cabin to serve as a retreat for their children 
With parents and three robust boys aged six, 14 and 17, our narrow two-bedroom weatherboard workman's cottage was so crowded something, or someone, had to go. We had already added a storage attic to the roof and needed a lot more than the tiny gard...
model of a backyard cabin
Use extra space in your yard to install a backyard cabin
We’ve put together a list of the different types of backyard cabins available. Prices start from about $20,000 but can vary depending on what options you choose, whether you will complete the installation yourself and what materials are used.   ...
We show you how to lay a simple jetty-style sleeper deck & then use this as the base for an awesome kit-form greenhouse. "I’ve always wanted a greenhouse. One a wee bit bigger than this though.   A greenhouse gives your year round control over yo...