How to Build a Trash Shed
Create an outdoor waste and recycling shed with flip-open lids and easy-access bifold doors
Nothing mucks up the curb appeal of your house more than a bunch of beat-up trash cans and overflowing recycling bins scattered next to the side door. What you need is a sturdy storage house that hides your waste while keeping it organized. This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers recently spent a weekend building one big enough for two 32-gallon trash cans and several stacked recycling bins. Flip-open lids give it easy access so that you can quickly toss something away in the right place. Bifold front doors make it easy to move heavy cans in and out. And handsome siding that matches the house camouflages the whole structure. That means you can put it right up against the house and the focus will still be on the beauty of your home instead of the trash around it.
Building a Trash Shed Overview
Friday: Size and assemble the frame.
Saturday: Attach the sheathing and build the doors and lids.
Sunday: Install the doors and lids.