As most of you know…we don’t have a garage with this 1950’s house. It was a big adjustment when we moved from our Utah home that had an attached garage. Actually a lot of homes around us don’t have attached garages, and if they have a garage it ends up being a storage shed. We had a shed, but we took it down with intentions to build a shed then it turned into a mini home gym (I think I should say shed one more time:) shed.
There is storage behind the gym for our lawnmower and yard tools, but we were lacking bike storage! Plus I have wanted a place to hide our garbages for awhile now, so we built something that could do both!
Answers to FAQ’s on the Bike Shed and Garbage Shed-
- Did you have plans? No, we designed it based around how much space we had, and to match our pool house/home gym.
- How much did it cost and did you build it? We hired our contractor to do it. It is hard to give a price because we had others things done, an estimate is about 5k.
- Do you need a permit? Yes. Pretty simple to get, just contact your towns zoning department.
- What is it made out of? It was framed then wrapped in Azek, 2″ trim pieces were added to create board and batten look. The doors were made and trimmed out of Azek as well. The roof is called led coated copper.
- Did you paint the Azek? Yes, even tho it is white we filled the nail holes and painted it in Pure White from Sherwin Williams.
- What are the lights around the shed? You can find them here, they are shatter proof bulbs!
Garbages are so ugly. I even hate showing this photo. Ha! But it is a necessary thing! Love that they are now hidden SO much, like more than I should care about garbages being seen. Now if we have extra cardboard we can break down the boxes and stack in here until garbage day! Kevin added some simple Rubbermade shelves for extra storage of things we don’t need to get to. Christmas outdoor lights, pool chemicals, pool floats etc.
Over by the gate to our yard is the front of the bike shed…
It is pretty simple. Large hooks for helmets, and life jackets. And we used these utility hooks on the wall for the bikes (our space is tight). I would recommend this bike storage system (we should switch so we can hang the bike from the tire…which is recommended!).
I put some storage bins for yard toys too.
Kevin built me a simple window box, that I love! It was so easy to make and cost him about $30. Hard to find the perfect size window box at a local store, if you have the tools you could totally make one! I can post a tutorial if you want one!
I LOVE Dwarf Alberta’s for a window box. They are so hearty. We have some on the front of our home (see it here) that have lasted about four years now.
Let me know if you have any questions! You can see more of our yard here.