Carriage House Shed
I needed a shed to store my small trailer, tools and landscaping supplies. Our home is on a cul-de-sac and the best location was across the driveway from the house where it would be readily visible from the street. So rather than a "utility" building I decided to design and build something that would compliment the architecture of the house and, hopefully, enhance its value. The shed is "L" shaped with steeply sloped rooflines, a small window with shutters and a skylight. It has two sets of carriage house style swinging doors hung on large decorative but functional "T" hinges and with hand wrought handles custom made by a Kentucky blacksmith I found online. All exterior finishes including roofing, siding, window, shutters and gutters match those on the house. I designed and built the shed entirely myself. Much of the work was accomplished tools my wife bought me, including a Ryobi ONE+ 18V Combo Kit at Home Depot for Christmas (soon after I started building the shed). I used all of the tools in the kit extensively including the circular saw, drill, flashlight and, of course, battery and charger. I also added a ONE+ reciprocating saw to the kit and it came in very handy. Since the shed build I have continued to increase my ONE+ collection adding an impact driver, string trimmer, hedge trimmer, spare heavy-duty batteries and a six battery charger. All of my tools and accessories were very reasonably priced thanks to Home Depot promotions. I love these tools, especially because they all accept the same batteries, and I use them almost daily for projects and maintenance around the house.