Build a Shed From The Foundation to The Roof
Advice, tips, hints, and building guides from a professional shed builder.
You can easily learn everything I know on how to build a shed from the floor up to the roof. All you need to build your new shed is some basic building skills and a few tools. And I might add the best way to build your shed is to get your family involved and you will all have some fun!
The following links will guide you through what I feel is the best and easiest way to get that new backyard shed you want to build. All the information you need is right here, online, and available for you to read now. No manuals to download. Just click below, read, and get your shed construction going.
Please keep one thing in mind with your shed building project - Always have fun, and please be careful!
1. Check your local building codes if you haven't already to determine what type of anchoring you need to do for your garden shed. Chances are if you have applied for a permit you'll know the answer to this question already. Usually, there are two types of anchoring if you are not building on top of a concrete slab.
You can anchor your floor by attaching it to posts which are anchored in cement usually down below the frost line, or you can use cable tie downs.
Using the post anchoring method you will typically have anywhere from two to four anchors located in the corners of the floor, with support blocking spaced evenly along the way in between the anchors.
Cable tie down method of anchoring is not as effective, but is required in some counties across the country. Its a good idea to check your county guidelines on the best method for anchoring your shed floor.
Complete guide on shed floors
Shed WallsYou can use the surface of your shed floor to build either wall first. First, measure and cut your top and bottom plates. Now place them together and mark off locations for your wall studs and door stud location. Cut your wall studs and door studs (door studs if you are building a saltbox shed) and lay them in between your top and bottom plates and nail into place.
Complete guide on shed walls.
Siding Your Shed
What kind of siding should you use? You will need to decide this before planning and building your shed.
From Smartside siding panels to lap siding, its all explained for you.
Perhaps the most difficult task to build a shed is the construction of your doors. Here is a method I used all the time when I built sheds professionally. Shown is building double shed doors, but you can use it for single shed doors also.
Complete guide on how to build shed doors. Pictures, diagrams and more.
Build Your Shed Roof
To build a shed roof, first you have to assemble your roof trusses. All of my shed plans are for sheds built with trusses. What's the difference? Most typically sheds and small storage barns are built with a ridge beam running down the middle of the top of the shed roof. Attached to this ridge board are joists extending down to the adjacent walls top plates.
Shed Ramps, Shelves, and More For Your Shed
A sturdy and well built ramp is essential if you plan on moving riding mowers and other heavy equipment in and out of your shed. The following is one if the best and easiest ways to build your shed ramp.
Complete guides to shed ramps, shelves, and more.
Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Storage Shed
Finishing your shed with paint and caulk is important if you want your shed to last longer than normal. Before painting your shed, I recommend that you caulk with a paintable siliconized latex caulk. Caulk along all exposed horizontal joints where water can get in, and also caulk along vertical joints where water can work its way in.
DisclaimerDo not purchase materials or attempt to build this shed project unless you have studied the information provided thoroughly, and have verified all dimensions and material requirements for yourself. Also verify that the plans conform to local building codes and practices. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information and design, the user is ultimately responsible for the use of this information. All information provided is copyrighted and cannot be duplicated without the permission of Shedking.
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