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Ever dreamed of having your very own garden retreat? Off-the-shelf sheds aren’t always the answer – the cheap ones are badly made and freezing cold, and the better quality ones are really expensive. But what if you could build your own shed from scratch? How to Build a Shed is the ultimate practical guide.


With its clear, easy-to-follow instructions, expert advice and specially commissioned illustrations, you’ll be able to source the materials, choose the right tools and build your dream shed on a budget – even if you’ve never used a hammer.





How to build your own ultra-shed - and in under two weeks...It demonstrates that anyone can design, build and decorate a useful and beautiful garden structure at a fraction of the cost of a ‘posh’ garden retreat.  The Telegraph


A complete practical guide to building your own shed with step-by-step instructions and and useful labelled diagrams. Gardens Illustrated


Sally Coulthard's How to Build a Shed (Laurence King, £14.99) is my gardening book of the year. It's an extraordinarily lucid, step-by-step guide to every- thing from choosing the timber to installing a stove. Each job is designed to be done by no more than two people, even if they have no DIY experience —and at a fraction of the cost of buy- ing a ready-made shed. Morning Star



Never picked up a hammer before but still dream of owning your own garden retreat?  This book may just be the ticket, with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations..." Real Homes


What grown-up doesn't dream of their own little oasis to retreat from the world? This gem of a book tells you how to build one.  The Herald


"Clear, accessible and never patronising, it is not only this year's best handbook for people considering building their own garden office, it also has rather natty endpapers."  Shedworking


"Armed with a can-do attitude, [Sally] decided to have a go at building her own and the result is a stunning writer’s retreat...It’s aimed at DIY novices who, like her, are willing to “have a go” and it features very clear, easy-to-follow instructions, expert advice on sourcing tools and materials, along with detailed illustrations and instructions." YORKSHIRE POST


"...more than just another construction guide. It’s a practical balance between well-illustrated steps, detailed materials lists, and photographic inspiration that can be used to build a writing retreat, an art studio, or a quiet place to hang out. If you have a yard, tools, and patience, you can soon have a sweet little place all your own" Santa Cruz Bookshop



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"gardening book of the year"