Congratulation on taking the first step in selecting a set of shed plans and discovering building tips for contructing your own outdoor shed!
With the right set of garden shed plans you will have what you need to build a shed for storage.
We have found that shed-building can be approached two different ways:
- You can drive to your local hardware store and research prefab metal sheds and wood shed kits containing pre-cut boards
- You can build a wood shed yourself with a good set of shed plans.
Building Your Own Shed From Shed Plans
A shed kit may provide you some savings in both time and labor, but these elements are not critical when building a shed.
You should look at building a shed as a recreational project. For a cost of between $500 and $700 in material and set of good shed plans, you can enjoy designing and constructing a shed that blends with your home.
The best part is that you can put your personal work belt around your waist, hammer nails, make that skill saw scream, and paint and trim. It is an opportunity to build a house without suffering with building the actual thing.
We have found that spring and autumn are great times for building a shed like a firewood shed, garden shed, or storage shed. Working weekends and weeknights you will finish it in time to put the lawnmower, yard gear, and hoses away before the heat or snow arrives.
Prefab Wood Sheds
Prefab wooded shed usually costs twice as much as steel sheds.
They usually do not come with a foundation.
Wood kits vary in how many elements come in a prefab condition. Some kits include all the boards cut, while others provide instructions for cutting the wood to size along with cutting templates.
Some kits only provide a wood materials list that you have to purchase and cut. For a high-end wood shed kit, you could spend up to about $6,000.
Basic Elements For Sound Shed Plans
Most shed plans will vary to some degree but the basic elements will be fairly similar. Here are some of the basic elements that most Storage Shed Plans may include:
- Ideas For The shed’s Location
- Carpentry Tools Required
- Foundation Instructions
- Floor Plans
- Framing Methods
- Wall Details
- Roof Instructions
- Door Ideas
- Windows Styles
- Trim and Paint
- Ramp Suggestions
- Landscaping Ideas
5 Secrets to Building a Better Shed
Here are some of my favorite tricks for a high quality shed based on my shed building experience.
1. Start With a Sound Foundation
2. Provide for Good Air Circulation
3. Build a Weather-Resistant Floor Frame
4. Build With Low-Maintenance Materials
5. Plan For The Needed Door Size, Door Placement, and the Ramp
Check For Local Building Codes
Check for local building requirements in your community for the following before starting to build a wooden shed:
- Visit or Call The Local Building Department For Requirements
- Determine Whether A Building Permit is required
- Building Inspector will inspect the Shed for meeting Building Code
- Have Utility Companies mark all buried electrical wires, phone cables, and cable TV cables
I have heard about storage sheds being built on easements, encroaching on the neighbor’s property, and built on protected wetland. In all these cases the sheds had to be removed at the cost of the owner. Once again make sure all building codes and property requirements are well checked out and accounted for.
What is Next?
Most people who visit this website are looking for easy to use shed blueprints.
If that’s what you’re after, then I highly recommend you check out “My Shed Plans” by Ryan Henderson.
Ryan’s My Shed Plans is the #1 selling set of plans on the internet (for several years in a row!) and it’s made up of over 12,000 shed and woodworking plans.
Apart from that, I encourage you to browse my website and bookmark it so you can come back and visit again soon!
Thanks for visiting,