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How to build a simple shed

21 Jun

Plans for Storage Sheds

If you are a handy person and you have enough time to undertake such a complex project, you can build a basic shed in just one week. Nevertheless, you need to follow a certain procedure, if you want to get a professional result. That is why, you should choose the right free garden shed plans for your needs, tastes and budget and select the location for your construction.

If you are considering building  a storage shed by yourself, you will have to find the right plans, to make the construction simple and to avoid the common issues. Fortunately, there are many different blueprints to choose, therefore it is a real challenge to find the plans and designs that satisfy best your needs and tastes. There are gable sheds, sheds with gambler roofs, or lean-to constructions that are ideal to be attached to your house or to a concrete fence. The easiest way to obtain the plans is to search on the internet. Moreover, you should know there are shed plans that are free, while others come at a small cost.  Nevertheless, you should also read books specialized in this field and magazines that provide ideas and tips regarding the building process.

Building a simple shed

Garden shed plans free

Garden shed plans free

Afterwards, you have to decide the size of the backyard construction, and check the local building codes, in order to obtain the needed permits. For example, you have to know the  distance between the shed and the property line, the depth of the concrete footings, the size and the materials you need to get the job done. Nevertheless, there are certain cases in which you don’t need a building permit, so make sure you go to your local department from the very beginning.

Next, you should buy the required materials and rent the tools needed for the construction. In most of the cases, you need to use the following tools: hammer, circular saw, drill and drill bits, ladder, framing square, level, screwdriver, tape measure, protective gloves and safety eyeglasses. If you have enough time to build a storage shed plans by yourself, you could save a significant amount of money. On the other hand, you could also buy a kit or a hire a team of qualified builders. As you probably imagine, assembling a shed kit is a straight forward process, as it comes with all the needed components and with simple to follow instructions.

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Make sure you select the lumber and the rest of the articles with great care. Therefore, check the wooden components and select only the straight ones, that don’t have visible flaws (knots, cracks, twists).  In addition, the lumber should be designed for outdoor use, therefore you have to invest in quality materials, such as pressure-treated lumber, cedar, redwood or pine. Moreover, the lumber should be dried out, otherwise it might crack or twist in time. The pine is the softest and easiest lumber to work with, but it is not as durable as the cedar and redwood. Cedar and redwood are harder and more expensive, but they will resist for many decades in a row.

How to build a shed

How to build a storage shed

How to build a storage shed

Good free shed plans are available from the website. Nonetheless, we recommend you to find several alternatives  and to make your own design, according to your own unique needs and tastes. Before starting the construction of the shed, you need to learn the basic carpentry techniques. Don’t forget to buy or rent a miter saw, as it is a great way to cut the lumber at different angles, accurately.

You can either secure the shed to a concrete slab, or you can pour several concrete footing and build a sturdy floor. If you choose to pour the concrete footings, you need one pier for each post. Moreover, if you want to obtain a professional result, you have to consult the local building codes (they provide information regarding the depth and diameter of the footings).

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If you don’t have enough experience or time to get the job done by yourself, you should hire a general contractor or buy a wooden kit. A general contractor will get the job done accurately, but it will increase the total costs of your project. On the other hand, a shed kit is a great way to obtain a nice appearance, while keeping the expenditures under control. All the wooden components come pre-cut and the kit also contains the needed accessories, such as screws, nails and asphalt shingles.

There are lots of options when it comes to building your own storage shed, therefore the key is to plan everything from the very beginning. If you need a strong motivation, just think at the storage capacity of the shed and the way it will improve your life. Irrespective of your lifestyle, it is always a good thing to have the tools well organized.


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