In Ten Easy Steps
Want to build your own shed? Here I show the 10 easy steps I used to build my own shed. Do it yourself sheds are not hard and will save you heaps over commercially built ones.
When it comes to keeping your outdoor items properly protected, a storage shed is a must.
And while you might not be able to buy one that exactly suits your needs you can certainly build it yourself, even if you’re not a carpenter.
Simply follow some quick and easy step-by-step plans and you will have it built in next to no time.
How to Build a Storage Shed In Ten Easy Steps
To build my own shed I first had to work out where I was going to put it, and so do you. Designate and measure up the area you plan to build your own shed. Of course, it can only be as big as the area you have available!
Decide now if you want a wood plank floor or a concrete slab type.
Draw a rough sketch of the shed once you know exactly what size you are going for. Take your sketch to your local home improvement store and they will:
- Draft up your storage shed plans for you to your specifications.
- Provide a list of materials that you’ll need.
- Offer some guidance on how to perform each step.
Buy all the materials you will need so you don’t get caught short in the process while you build your own shed. The last thing you want once you start construction is a hold-up while you have to run down the shops to stock up on more supplies!
Time to get started. The ground must first be leveled and prepared for your foundation, be it wood plank or concrete slab.
The next step with do it yourself sheds is to build the side walls. Have all the materials you’ll need for this part in one place.
A handy build-your-own-shed tip is to first construct the walls on the ground, and then lift them into position. Refer to your guide for detailed instructions.
Time to build the roof. Start by building your first roof truss, then use it as a template to build the others. Again, construction details should be available in your guide.
Your do it yourself sheds taking shape at last! The next step is to build the end walls.. How you do this exactly will depend on what you designed for in the beginning. Make sure you keep to your original plans for how to build storage shed.
Putting on the trim is what will give your shed that lovely “finished” appearance, so take your time and do a good job of this step.
If you are using shingles, then you must first mount them on your roof. If you are in Australia you’ll probably be using corrugated iron sheeting. Same deal – cladding the roof is your next step.
If you used shingles for your roofing your last step is to protect them by applying a wood treatment. Use a varnish, stain or paint to protect the shingles from the elements and prevent rotting.
It didn’t take long to build your own shed now did it? Whenever I build my own shed this is the time I sit back with a cold one and admire my completed handiwork.
If you hadn’t built it yourself you would think it was a professional store bought model. Cheers!
Click here for free Do It Yourself Shed plans.