Creating a Garden Shed


Reference Number: KB-00860
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Essentials or Home Designer Landscape & Deck



QUESTION

I would like to design a shed for my garden that will be used for storage and a work space for a potting bench. Do you have any suggestions?


ANSWER

Outdoor sheds are a popular solution for storage needs and can also be used to create a sheltered place to work on outdoor projects such as potting plants or maintaining outdoor tools.  There is no limit to the variety of styles that a storage shed can take, from a basic, store-bought unit to a custom-built structure.  In this example, we will create a relatively simple structure with a roof that is partially enclosed to provide secure storage and an open work area.

 

To create an enclosed shed

  1. Select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall  from the menu, then click and drag to draw the basic outline of your shed.

    • Don't worry about placing the walls precisely as you draw them - they can be easily moved into position in a moment.

    • In this example, the Auto Rebuild Roof feature is enabled, so as soon as your walls enclose an area, the program will build a roof over it.  As changes are made to the exterior walls, the roof will automatically update. Auto Rebuild Roof can be enabled or disabled by selecting Build> Roof> Build Roof  from the menu. 

      Note: Home Designer Essentials does not have an Auto Rebuild Roof feature. In order to updated the roof planes as you draw you will need to select Build> Roof> Build Roof each time you want to update the roof planes.


  2. Select CAD> Dimension Lines> Auto Exterior Dimension  from the menu to create dimensions around the exterior of your structure.  You can use these dimensions as a guide when resizing the building.


  3. Click the Select Objects  button, then click on a wall to select it.  Click and drag the Move edit handle that displays along the wall at the point where you clicked to reposition the wall.



    • In this example, a shed measuring 8 feet by 10 feet is created.


  4. By default, the program will draw a hip roof over the structure.  If you would like a gable roof instead, select a wall that you would like to build a gable over and click the Open Object  edit button.



    • On the Roof panel of the Wall Specification dialog, check the box beside Full Gable Wall.

    • On the Materials panel, click on Exterior Wall Surface and make a note of the material being used, then click OK.  This information will come in handy later.


  5. Select Build> Door> Hinged Door  from the menu, then click on a wall to place a door at that location.


  6. To center the door along the wall:



    • Click the Select Objects  button, then click on the door to select it.

    • With the door selected, click the Center Object  edit button.

    • Click once in an empty space inside the shed near the wall that the door is located in.


  7. Select 3D> Create Camera View  from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow towards the outside of your shed to see the results so far.


Now that we have our basic shed lets create the open work area.

 

To create an open work area

  1. Select File> Close from the menu to close the camera view and return to floor plan view.


  2. Select Build> Wall> Straight Railing  from the menu, then click and drag to draw railings to enclose the open work area. 



    • As before, it is not necessary to position this wall precisely as you draw.

    • When you are finished drawing, select the railings and move them into position as needed using their edit handles.


  3. Click the Select Objects  button, then click on one of the railings that will define the open work area to select it.


  4. Click the Open Object  edit button, and on the General panel of the Wall Specification dialog, check the box beside Invisible.

    • If the railing is collinear with a Full Gable Wall, specify the railing to be the same on the Roof panel.


  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each of the walls defining the unenclosed work area.




  6. Select 3D> Create 3D View> Full Camera  from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow towards the outside of your shed to see your progress.





  7. You may find that the open work area has sheetrock on its one wall instead of the shed's siding material.

    • Select 3D> Materials> Material Eyedropper  from the menu, then click on a wall with your siding material to load that material into the Material Painter.

    • When you click on the wall surface, your cursor's icon will change from an eyedropper to a spray can.

    • Move your cursor onto the sheetrock wall surface and click to apply the siding material. 


  8. By default, this room area has a framed floor platform that is 12  inches deep.  If you would prefer a 4" slab instead, click the Select Objects  button, then click in an empty space on the floor of the work area. 

    • Note: In version 7 and earlier programs, you cannot select rooms in  3D; however, beginning in version 7 you can double-click on a floor surface in 3D to open the Room Specification dialog.


  9. Click the Open Object  edit button, and on the General panel of the Room Specification dialog:

    • Select Porch from the Room Type drop-down list.

    • Specify the Floor Height as -8", to  bring the bottom of the slab down so that it is even with the bottom of  the enclosed area's floor platform, then click OK.

The program will always place a floor platform inside this room; however, we can make it look exactly like the terrain.

To create a work area with an earth floor

  1. If your plan does not have a terrain perimeter, select Terrain> Create Terrain Perimeter  from the menu.


  2. Click the Select Objects  button, then click in an empty space on the floor of the work area.


  3. Click the Open Object  edit button, and on the General panel of the Room Specification dialog:

    • Specify the Floor Height as -12".

    • Make a note of the Ceiling Height value, and then click OK.  


  4. Use the Material Eyedropper  tool to apply the terrain material to the floor of the work area, parts of which can most likely be seen through the terrain.

Now we want to put in some posts to hold the over hanging roof.



To add support for the work area roof

  1. Select File> Close from the menu to close the camera view and return to floor plan view.


  2. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu and expand the geometric Shapes category.

    In Home Designer 2014 and earlier versions, select Library> Library Browser.

    In Home Designer Pro, you can instead select Build> Framing> Post from the menu and place a post.


  3. Browse to Shapes> Boxes and select the Closed box then move your cursor into the drawing area and click to place a cube shaped object near your shed.


  4. Click the Select Objects  button, then click on the box to select it and click the Open Object  edit button.


  5. On the General panel of the Geometric Shape Specification dialog:



    • Specify the Height the same as the Ceiling Height of your open work area room.

    • Specify the Width and Depth as 5 1/2".

    • Specify the Floor to Bottom height the same as the Floor Height of your open work area room.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.


  6. With the box still selected, move it into position at the corner of two invisible railings forming the work area.


  7. Click the Copy/Paste  edit button, then click near the other corner defined by invisible    railings.  Select and adjust this post's position as needed using its    edit handles.





  8. Create a Camera  view to see the results of your work.