This is the fourth installment of our “How To Build A Shed” series, by Ryan Henderson author of My Shed Plans
How To Build A Shed In 10 Steps – Outdoor Storage Shed
So you need an outdoor storage shed to keep your outdoor items properly protected, perhaps you want a boathouse, or a place to keep your garden equipment and garden tools. You have shopped around to see what’s available, but you just can’t find one that suits your needs.
Well, that’s no problem. You can build one yourself, even if you’re not a carpenter. All that is required is for you to follow some quick and easy step-by-step shed building plans, and you will have it built in no time.
Building A Shed
The first step in building a shed is to determine where you want to build it. You need to have the spot in your yard planned out before you begin. What space you have available will determine the maximum size you can build it.
Once you know the exact size of the shed you are building, it’s a good idea to make a rough sketch of what you want. There are many home improvement stores that you can take your sketch to. Many home building stores will draft up your storage shed plans for you, according to the specs you provide them with.
Building supply stores are usually willing to supply you with a list of building materials that you will require. So now you have your shed building plans, a list of the building materials you will need, as well as the cost of the building materials. In addition many building supply stores will provide you with a guide on how to perform each step.
Purchase the materials you will need as outlined in your plan. it’s a good idea to have everything at hand so you don’t have to keep running out for supplies once you start construction.
Now you are ready to start. Level your ground and prepare to lay the foundation. You would have already decided whether you are going to have a wood plank floor or concrete slab type.
Next comes the side walls. Put your materials aside that you are going to use for this. It is better to construct the walls on the ground then lift them into position once they are together. Just follow your guide for the how to instructions.
Now its time to start the roof. You will need to build your trusses. So construct one and then use it as a template for the rest. Once again follow your guide on how to build the trusses.
Your storage shed should now be taking on some shape. Its time to build the end walls. How you do this will depend on what you have chosen in your plans. Be sure to stay with your original plans.
Now you are getting down to the final steps. The trim is just as important as the rest of your structure. Its what gives it that finished look so don’t scrimp here.
Your last two steps are applying the shingles for the roof then treating the wood. The wood must have some type of protective coating on it to protect it from the elements and rotting. This can be varnish, stains or paints whatever is your preference.
You’re done! All that’s left is to sit back and admire your completed storage shed. If you hadn’t built it yourself you would think it was a professional store bought model.