DIY: 3 Ideas For a Backyard Pub Shed

By John Hawthorne

A grown up version of a tree house is the garden pub shed, which is fast becoming a popular way to get that extra bit of value out of your home property. First, you need to think about what you want to build and the overall theme for your pub shed. For some it will be utility over comfort, while others will prefer a more personal feeling. So hopefully between the examples given below, you will find a bit of inspiration if you are interested in building one of your own.

Our first example is the ultimate in function, as it is primarily a brewing facility right on your own property. Endless conversations can be had as you guide your guest through the process and you sample the various wares. This style of pub shed should have the majority of space given to brewing and bottling, with a separate area for relaxing and enjoying the end result.

Another example of function over form is the all metal shed. The style is very economical as the building materials are typically industrial in nature. The use of corrugated aluminum or steel makes a universal method of sheathing and roofing your pub shed. Any other styles can be added, however the shiny nature of the walls and roof might distract for certain additions. If this is the case, you may want to pay a little extra for colored sheets. The beauty of this method of building is that the rough cuts of the aluminum are hidden and attractively encased in fine woodworking. Prepping and staining the 4x4’s ahead of time will ensure the clean details are not lost. Another inexpensive feature is that it will be built on an already existing deck. By using galvanized brackets to secure it to the deck boards, this pub shed is not going anywhere and can be easily removed and relocated, if need be.

A rugged style of tavern was the inspiration for this next example. The “outpost” style, as it is referred to, has a very rough woodwork feeling, as if the structure is a very old piece of history. Often featuring nautical paraphernalia, this kind of pub shed is definitely a historical piece that tells a story. The feeling of a village pub is not quite in tune with this style. However, it's close. Bringing together a blend of dark earthy tones, along with plenty of unfinished rough cut wood, will add to the esthetic. Old boat oars and driftwood make great additions, if you choose a nautical theme.

If you are a homeowner interested in creating a small addition to your property — and the function is to be recreational — then you can look online at the many different examples of these garden pub sheds. Remember to check all your local building codes before starting any DIY project to avoid problems down the road.

About the Author

John Hawthorne is a former sports writer and carpenter who enjoys his freelance writing career. If you are interested in seeing more of John's work regarding home building, you can check out

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