Colonial Style Backyard Barn: A Free Do It Yourself Building Guide by Popular Mechanics Magazine

Free DIY Plans, from Popular Mechanics Magazine, for a Colonial Style Backyard Barn

Do you need a secure, closed area for your tools and storage and a backyard room that you can use as a studio, workshop or kid's playhouse? The Colonial Backyard Barn plans may help.


At 10 x 16 ft., this handsome building is large enough for most backyard needs. It has an interior partition so it serves double duty as a storage shed and an all-weather multi-purpose room. Double doors on the side and gable end make it easy to access the space.

A free illustrated step-by-step building guide, by Joseph Turini of Popular Mechanics Magazine, includes an isometric drawing showing all building details.


The project is planned to be easy for do-it-yourself builders. As an example, the little barn's gable roof is designed to be built with trusses that are made of standard 24 lumber with plywood gusset plates at the corners. That means that you can do most of the construction of the roof while working on the ground, not while teetering up on a ladder.


Read the original June, 2002 magazine article by Joseph Truini, print the plans and step-by-step instructions and get started on your project >>>

Blueprints by Better Barns  Your building department may require that you submit construction plans, and they're helpful to have on hand while you're at work on the shed. Complete blueprints are available from Better Barns, the original designers of the Colonial Backyard Barn. Better Barns also offers some of the attractive hardware and woodwork shown on the building.  Over the years, Popular Mechanics Magazine has featured a variety of backyard building, home improvement and woodwork projects as feature articles. Now, they offer many of the best projects on their website. These in-depth articles are illustrated with plans, photos and detailed isometric views. They follow the building from the planning stage through final finishing. So, they are step-by-step guides that will help you build the perfect project.



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