Here are some hints on building your garden tool hutch and your power mower garage.
Rather than building this as an “outbuilding” to your shed, attach it to the wall above the ground. This protects it by keeping it off the wet earth, and also puts it at an easily accessible height.
Build a simple framework out of 2x2s, and sheathe it with plywood. Then screw the rear of the frame into the shed’s studs. Add two gatefold doors at the front for easy access to everything inside. For maximum storage, use one side for long-handled tools and install shelves on the other side for smaller items. By using pegboard hardboard for the back “wall” of the hutch, you can put hooks and shelf supports wherever you desire. (If you’re using this technique, make sure you install spacers behind the hutch to allow room for the hooks to be installed.)
Build a sloping roof to shed water. Our example (in last week’s article) has asphalt shingles, but you can roof it with stained or painted wood, or aluminum flashing, among other materials.
Power mower garage
Unlike the hutch, this needs to be at ground level so you can easily roll the lawnmower in. For the entire footprint, dig down a few inches and fill the hole with gravel. This allows water to drain and prevents weeds from growing up. Using pressure-treated wood, build a simple framework and floor it with plywood, or alternatively, use patio stones for the floor.
We used metal roofing for the top of ours, but you can choose from a variety of roofing options. For additional storage space, hinge the roof and install a shelf below it. Rather than installing a hinged door at the entrance — which can be obstructed by shrubs and changes in elevations nearby — consider using strong magnets. Simply lift the door away when it’s lawn cutting time, and put it back into place when you’re done.