Looking for novel ideas on skirting my shed

festucablueOctober 25, 2007

My shed is on high stilts, aprox.10 feet at its highest point, on a slope, and I use the underneath area for storage. Needless to say it's unsightly and I am looking for suggestions on how to enclose it; am hoping to find a solution that is cheap,I can do it myself, will last at least a few years with low or no maintenance, and that will blend with the surrounding forest. Whimsical and practical suggestions are welcomed alike. Thank you.

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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

There are so many things you could do that it really depends on what the area around the shed looks like to decide what would look best.

If you have any willow trees in the area you could weave some of those willow fences to enclose the area.

Depending on what the shed looks like you could find some old rustic farm and/or barn doors and mount them around the base of the shed. You could make or find some punched tin panels to fill in any gaps around the doors. Or even better find some old windows with wooden frames and put them above some old, wooden doors with peeling paint on the 10 foot high side. That way you'd be able to conceal the stuff you're storing but still let in enough light so that you can see what's in there.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 9:09AM
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Old barn siding nailed on in intervals like slats, then plant flowers and vines in front of it.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 1:43PM
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Sounds like a challenging project...and great ideas from those postings above. Could you send a pic? Maybe we can come up with more ideas??? Jeanne S. ... I love old barn wood and I love old windows and doors...thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 2:05PM
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kudzukween(8 MS)

Check out your local freecycle and you may find some lattice or doors or siding for free. www.freecycle.org and look for the city closest to you :)

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 8:43AM
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what a great combo of ideas! I looked for a freecycle group in my area, found one,so I plan to go visit it and see if there are any old doors, windows... Thanks for mentioning light, I completely overlooked the fact that by enclosing it I will not be able to see inside.
Actually,I am rather attracted by the idea of weaving tree branches around some wood beams.
Thank you all.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 6:07PM
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garden2garden(z8 FL)

Lattice panels, even discarded smaller pieces of lattice (long skinny panels and triangular corner pieces are nice) can be very useful to direct the eye away from the junk underneath, and enclose it somewhat, but still let light in and air through. You can paint or stain dark to match the branches you want to use. It all blends in and looks like it's been there forever. Plant some morning glories or some other carefree vine in the spring. Or find some great climbing roses and let them do what they do best.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 6:59PM
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