How to Build a Shed
11 Steps to Creating Your Own Backyard Workshop or Storage Space
Building something you are proud of in your backyard is as easy as 1,2,3....
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THERE ARE MANY reasons why people build a shed or a workshop in their backyard. Some need more storage, others need a workshop or a place where they can simply go to get away from everyone else and enjoy a little peace and quiet.
A good garden workshop is not only a great place to store your tools, bikes, and gear. It is also a wonderful way to keep everything organized, you know the old saying," a place for everything and everything in its place."
Whether you want to know how to build a shed for a little extra outdoor living space, a workshop or simply a storage unit. You will find everything there is to know about building one right here.
And to make it simpler, we've divided up the process into 11 easy questions that need answering.
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The 11 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Can Build
#1 - What is the Right Size?
Use the Shed Size Calculator App to discover how much space you need
Just many things, when it comes to building a shed, size really does matter.
The last thing you want to have to do is extend or even tearing it down and start all over because you ended up making it too small.
So, before you get started looking at the different plans, or kits, decide what the main purpose behind building your shed is.
Are you looking to create a workshop where you can store your motorcycle and work on it? A place to hide away from the world and indulge in your favorite hobby? Perhaps you are just looking for a storage space for your lawn mower and garden tools.
Take a good look at our size calculator, we created it to help take some of the guesswork out of choosing the right size space for you.
The best part about our the calculator is that it is completely free and lets you compare the various sizes side by side to determine which one is right for your needs.
#2 - Do You Need a Permit?
Do you know if you need a permit? Use the Shed Permit Map to discover the regulations in your local area
Long before you purchase the plans for your new shed, buy a single stick or lumber, or a pound of nails, you need to know if you are allowed to build anything in your backyard.
Bear in mind, most municipalities require you to have some form of building permit anytime you plan to add a structure to your property.
Typically, you will need to have certain information that you can provide to the appropriate government official before they will issue you a building permit.
This information may include exactly where on your property you plan to build, how big the structure will be, and whether or not it will have power and water.
You may also need to provide information regarding what materials will be used to build it.
The municipality may then need to survey the site and the neighbors to make sure they don't object to your new construction. Not just what it is but also where it is to be located on your property. Only once all of the questions have been answered will they issue a permit.
#3 - Building from Plans?
A good set of shed plans to guide you from start to finish.
Trying to build a shed without a set of plans is a lot like trying to make a cake without a recipe. The only possible outcome is a complete disaster and a lot of wasted money.
Not only will a good set of plans help to guide you to completion of a successful project, they are likely to be required by your local planning commission.
Before you settle on a particular design, you should take the time to browse our selection of designs and ideas.
You will find we have an amazing range of styles, sizes, and designs to choose from. Each of the plans has been carefully chosen for its accuracy, ease of construction, and structural integrity.
You don't want to end up stressed out with a mountain of useless cut lumber that doesn't all fit together.
#4 - Buying a Kit?
Learn how a kit can be the simple and cost effective way of building your shed here
There is an unlimited supply of ready to go kits on the market. Ranging from small garden sheds that are perfect for storing a lawn mower and a few garden tools to some that are big enough to be considered small garages.
The good news is that if you buy the right kit, you should find it comes with just about everything you need. With the exception the tools to build it and the time and patience to put it all together.
The even better news is that we have already done some of the homework for you and offer you our list of the best kits all in one place.
Simply browse our selection of helpful resources to answer your questions, then order the one that best fits your needs and budget.
#5 - About that Foundation
Learn more detail about foundations here
Now that you have finally decided on the size and type that best suits your needs, the next thing to give serious consideration to is your shed's foundation.
You can't simply put your shed together and leave it sitting on the bare ground. This is a recipe for disaster and a sure way to ensure your it won't last for more than a couple of years if you are lucky.
You need to decide what it's going to sit on long before you start building.
If you are not sure whether you should pour a concrete foundation, build a wooden one, or even how to build a shed foundation, we can help.
We have put together a FREE guide. A list of the top 6 types of foundation along with a ton of information about each of them. We have also listed the pros and cons of each to help you decide which one will best suit your budget and your needs.
#6 - Assembling Your New Shed
Information on shed assembly including videos and walk-thru guides is here
Now that you have got the basics out of the way, it's time to start construction.
If you already have some building or home improvement experience, this stage should be straight forward. But, what about those who have never built anything like a shed or any other type of building? This is not a problem and is certainly no reason for you to not be able to build your own shed. As long as you can swing a hammer, tighten a screw, and maybe use a power saw.
For those who need some assistance, here are a number of step-by-step guides. They are designed to take you through the entire process, whatever material your new pride and joy is made out of.
There are several videos that walk you through every facet of the construction phase.
If you are new to construction, you should plan to spend a fair amount of time reading these guides and watching the videos before getting started. They will save you a lot of time, aggravation, and money.