A Bamboo Backyard Shed

by Tim Layton on March 14, 2010 Google+

in Do It Yourself,Exteriors,Outdoor Living

Yesterday, I threw a shed together with materials I had laying around. I used a raised planter box as the foundation and made pretty quick work out of it, breaking most of the rules of good construction as I went along. You can see the wrong way to build a shed quick here.

I thought I’d get a little feedback, but apparantly nobody was all that impressed. Well, maybe you’ll be impressed with the way Kim and I finished it off today, but even if you’re not, I know I am! Take a look:

bamboo covered shed

Now that’s a shed!

I just happened to have a bunch of bamboo left over from some earlier projects and we decided to use it to cover the wall we’ll look at most. It’s not the easiest material in the world to work with, but it sure looks awesome!

I had to rip all the poles in half so I could put a flat side against the wall and shoot it on with finish nails, with a screw here or there for added strength. I mixed in various diameter bamboo and I really felt like that bumped the look up a notch or two.

We had that old window sash laying around too and Kim did a quick bit of spraypaint art to add some color and pizazz behind the glass. Our youngest son got a kick out of it. He said “So, you’re making it look like there is an ocean and a sunset inside your shed?”. Who asked him, anyway?


noworries150So there you go, our little Island Shed built in just two days. I spent about as much time with the bamboo as I did building the rest and I’ve still got a few details to complete, but it’s full of stuff already and we’re so thankful for the much needed space.

The little addition to our tropical hideaway feel was just an added bonus.

Have a great week!

Article by Tim Layton


1 Laurel March 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I was impressed last night, but now I’m **really** impressed! Great job, and thanks for the creative ideas.

2 Cheryl March 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

LOL – love it!

Really goes with your yard, IMO.
.-= Cheryl´s last blog ..Hee! Physics test funny. =-.

3 Holly March 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Love it :)

4 Remodeling Guy March 14, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Ah, there you guys are! I was starting to think I was alone in here! Thank YOU for thumbs up!

5 Karen March 15, 2010 at 1:19 am

Oh yeah? You call that a shed? My crew and I put together a real beauty a couple of years ago, and it was still standing until last summer. Luckily for the world, I do have pictures for documentation.
I shoulda painted it though. Yours kind of looks better with the paint, even though mine has a more rustic beauty.
.-= Karen´s last blog ..I Can Misbuild A Shed With The Best Of Them! =-.

6 southernstarr March 15, 2010 at 6:43 am

wow came out great and love the beach window, since i live near the beach i would really love to have one of these so rock on you both did a great job !! i will have to show my husb this site for more projects too ,he’ll enjoy it !

7 50centlove March 15, 2010 at 7:50 am

Hey mon! I love the style of it!
.-= 50centlove´s last blog ..Gardening…..{I Love a Good Path} =-.

8 Krys March 15, 2010 at 11:02 am

I’m most suitably impressed!
While hubby dearest would most definitely take on a project like that it would be without hours/days/weeks of research and reading ahead of time.
He would have to read plan after plan, measurement after measurement, then finally decide on his custom size…
We would not be doing this on a wing and a prayer, as you did!
LOVE it, though! If he were a bit more impulsive that way, we might have a few more projects done!
.-= Krys´s last blog ..Color =-.

9 Pink and Polka Dot March 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

wow! that’s awesome! where’s the margarita’s?

10 Pat Layton March 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

WOW!!!! So cool. You are truly brilliant if I must say so myself!!
MOM :)

11 Lise March 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I love it! Great job!

12 Tug March 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Love it! I need to get out of my apartment & find a stand alone house with storage so I can play around more.
.-= Tug´s last blog ..Self Portrait =-.

13 Franki Parde March 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm


14 Grandma March 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

So wonderful to see you using your creativity !!! Is it big enough for the family at Easter?

15 Franki Parde March 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Very exotic! Nice job! fmp

16 Mary March 25, 2010 at 8:37 am

Love the shed. Thinking outside the box gives awsome results.

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