You can easily learn how to build a shed whether it be saltbox, barn, lean-to or a gable style shed.
All you need to build your new shed are the guides I have included below, along with 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!
These guides apply to building sheds for many purposes whether you need one for storage, a garden shed, tool shed, home office, studio, arts and crafts shed, she shed, man cave, back yard bar, or just a quiet place to hang out and get away from it all.
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!
When you're learning how to build a shed, there are some considerations to check into. One of the most important is finding out your localities building codes. Other factors include weather conditions, deed restrictions, and your budget to name a few.
Learn more about the planning stages for your shed building project.
This is one of the most crucial aspects of building your shed. The choice of foundation and building it correctly will mean your shed will definitely live a longer healthier life! If not built properly, you will run into problems even before you have finished building your shed.
To find out what I mean by the above, please have a look on my shed foundation options page.
Check your local building codes if you haven't already to determine what type of anchoring you need to do for your 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 on-line guide for building wooden shed floors.
You 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 on-line guide for building shed walls.
What kind of siding should you use? You will need to decide this before planning and building your shed.
From LP 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 on-line guide on how to build shed doors. Pictures, diagrams and more for single, double, and roll-up shed doors.
Adding windows to a shed can be a great way to bring more light and ventilation into the space. It's a relatively simple project that most DIY'ers can complete with some basic tools and materials. Before you start, it's important to make sure your shed has the proper framing in place for adding shed windows.
Your shed roof can be built by either making trusses or framing with a ridge board and rafters. Barn sheds usually are built with trusses. Gable roofs could be one or the other. Saltbox style roofs can be either or. Lean to shed roofs are single slope roofs with just a series of single rafters spanning from side to side.
One of the best features of your shed will be the loft. The best style shed for a loft is the barn style shed because of the gambrel style roof. Lofts can be used for storage, and if you are building a shed home, tiny house, or small cabin, the loft can be used for sleeping.
Here's more information on-line on how to build a loft for your shed.
Cupolas originally served the purpose of ventilation of a roof space. However, you'll find that adding a cupola to your neat shed will further enhance the charming appeal of your already awesome shed!
I have some neat plans for adding a cupola to your shed. Once you get there, you'll see how to get them for free!
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.
Adding shelves to your shed will just increase the efficiency and use of your shed. Often you will have left over materials such as pieces of 2x4's, siding, and plywood. You can easily use these to build shelves and benches for your shed.
Here's a neat way to add shelves and benches to your 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.
Mentioned earlier above for checking building codes, here is a link for the building codes put out by FEMA.
If you want to take a lot of the headaches and hassles out of building your shed, then why not check out the shed plans I have here on my site. All the shed building plans I have come complete with construction guides, materials lists, loads of pictures, and email support from John, the shed master and owner of this site. I have plans for gable sheds, barn sheds, saltbox sheds, and lean to sheds that can be built for any purpose you have in mind.
Do 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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