July 22, 2023

Hey there and thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out the ” How to Build a Backyard Studio Shed ” post with information on how you can tackle the build. This was a really fun and rewarding project and I hope it inspires you to build a shed or backyard office.

In this post, we'll go talk about the benefits of building your own backyard studio or backyard office share some of the steps involved. You'll find a video tutorial that documents the process, links to 8×7 shed plans, and guidance to get you started. If you would like the plans, you can purchase the 50 page downloadable PDF with diagrams and instructions here.

How to build a Backyard Studio Shed

Why build a backyard studio shed?

  • You want a quiet space outside your home to read, write, work, or hangout
  • Your current home office or spare bedrooms are turning into kid's bedrooms or a nursery for a new baby
  • You just don't have the space in your home
  • You need some separation between your work life and home life

Whatever the case, I completely understand and am excited for you to begin researching if building your own backyard studio shed is a good fit for you.

Backyard Studio Shed Video Tutorial

Steps to build a backyard studio

Build the platform

This shed is built on skids so it can be moved if you ever want it located in a different location. It is built on pressure treated 4×4 skids that can be placed on a 4 inch gravel bed, concrete pad, concrete blocks, or concrete piers.

How to build a Backyard Studio Shed

Frame the walls

The walls are framed using 2×4 boards that are spaced 16 inches on center. Window and door openings are framed as needed.

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Build the roof

Assemble the rafters and secure to the front and rear wall. Add blocking as required and finish the upper sidewalls.

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Add sheathing to the roof

OSB is used to nailed to the rafters to create the roof. Next, drip edge is nailed on to help direct precipitation off the roof.

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Install shingles or metal roof

Shingles are an affordable and simple way to cover and protect your roof.

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Finish the outside

Add soffit, fascia, trim, windows, and paint.

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Finish the inside

Finish the inside with your choice of materials. We used an exterior siding called t1-11 to make the walls look like shiplap. Luxury vinyl was used for the floors.

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Ready to get started?

If you'd like to build your own backyard studio office and would like plans to guide you through the process, you can purchase the 8×7 shed plans here. The 8×7 plans have an editable list of supplies to help you with finishing the inside of the office. These shed plans are packed with information to help your vision become a reality.

I do also have 10×10 shed plans in case you are looking to build something a little bigger.

How to build a Backyard Studio Shed

If you are looking for other sizes of sheds, I built a 10×10 shed a couple years ago and the website tutorial and plans can be found here. I also built a 12×20 warming house for our hockey rink that may give you additional ideas on how to build your shed.

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