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Free your garage and basement from the clutter of gardening equipment and patio furniture with this backyard barn. It can be insulated and equipped safely with electrical wiring for use as a workshop or small horse barn. The loft with outside door has sturdy floor joists for increased storage capacity and the 8-foot wide double door will comfortably admit a riding lawn mower. The same construction methods used to build homes are implemented in the design.

Framing consists of 2-by-4 wall studs and roof trusses. Standard-size sheets of cedar-faced plywood can be used for the exterior walls and asphalt or cedar shakes for the roof. Windows can be installed for good cross-ventilation. Dimensions are 14 feet wide, 14 feet high, 18 feet deep. Request plan No. BU1666 ($7.95 plus $2.50 shipping and handling).

Backyard Shed Plan Packet: Includes the barn with loft described above as well as plans for four other sheds: a gable roof shed, saltbox style shed, contemporary shed and another barn-style shed. All can be built in multiple sizes. Request No. BU7252 ($23.95 plus $3.75 shipping charge).

Send pattern requests and payment to: Buffalo News Craft Patterns, 3545 Stern Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174 or call the 24-hour reader request line at (800) 747-1429. Craft Patterns online address is

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