Living in South Texas we don’t have basements; my wife and I are fortunate to own our own house, and I am fortunate enough that our garage is dedicated to being a workshop, although this didn’t come about until recently.
Up until now the garage was just that it held everything that wasn’t really fit to be inside the house along with all of my woodworking tools etc. However, I’ve moved all of those non-woodworking (at least a majority) of them to a shed in our back yard, and the garage has official been renamed the workshop!
Building a small shed in your backyard is a perfect way to get all of those things that aren’t woodworking related out of the way. You have a bunch of different options, buy a wooden kit, buy a metal kit, build one from scratch yourself.
If you are looking to buy you also have an endless number of choices, shop around and remember the big sale weekends.
If you are looking to build your own you can certainly use your favorite search engine and look around a bit, there are numerous free planes and articles, one such article by The Family Handyman.
I ended up purchasing a 5×6 low profile metal shed. The installation was straight forward:
1. Start by leveling off the area you plan to place the shed, I removed the sod and then leveled it with rock.
2. build a floor out of pressure treated 2×4’s and pressure treated plywood.
3. for the metal shed it was a matter of snapping together the panels and screwing the different sections together per the manufactures instructions.
4. a little shelving will go a long way to giving you additional space rather than just stacking everything on the floor. I still have a little work to do inside of mine but it holds (for now) everything that I need it to.
It took me about a half a day to level with rock and build the floor and then just short of a full day to assembly ,weatherize and shelve the shed.
-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)