How to build a shed in 8 easy steps
Building your own shed isn't as hard as you might think. Read here to learn all about how to build your own shed so you don't have to shell out a ton of money for one! Building your own shed isn't as hard as you might think. Read here to learn all about how to build your own shed so you don't have to shell out a ton of money for one!
Step 1: Create a design and lay out for your shed
If you are having trouble designing your shed this website offers you shed designs for free. http://freebies.about.com/od/homegardenfreebies/tp/free-shed-plans.htm. Know you budget before you start buying your materials, and adjust your design accordingly to match your budget. Make sure you make all appropriate measures and then buy all the necessary materials. It is often a good idea to buy a little more material, then needed, in case you make a mistake. Before you start the project it is important that you also have all the equipment you will need to construct your shed.
Step 2: Construct the frame
Make sure that the area where you want to build the shed is flat and even. First put down cinder block to support the frame of the shed. 4x4 posts can be used to support the deck floors. Cut those to the desired length of your shed, and then cut the ends at a 45-degree angle. This way, if you ever need to move your shed, it will be move more easily. Set the 4x4 posts on the cinder blocks.
Step 3: Create the deck flooring
Create the deck flooring using 2x6s set vertically. Attach them to the frame using a framing nailer. Make sure all of your pieces are cut to your desired length before you begin securing them to the frame. It is a good idea to lay all of the floor down first, before you start securing any of them down.
Step 4: Build the walls
Once the deck floor is complete, you can start constructing the walls of the shed. To create each wall, lay out the pieces to form the sides, top and bottom plate. Secure all of the pieces using a nail gun until all four walls are complete. Nail each wall panel to the decking below and the wall panel adjacent to it. This will provide the most support for your walls. For the wall that will include the door, make sure you build two narrower panels that can fit around the door.
Step 5: Strength framing
After the front wall panels are in place and the wall structure is almost complete, add 2x4s across the top of the walls to provide more strength and support for the walls. Once you put all of the wall panels up, you can hang 4” x 8” of OSB (oriented strand board) siding for the exterior of the shed.
Step 6: Add the Roof
For the roof rafters, cut from 2x6 boards and raise the rafters and attach them to the headers of the support. Add 1x6 strips across the top of the shed to support the roofing sheets. Nail the roofing sheets on with the self-sealing nails and washers. (Make sure you get nails and washers specifically designed for roofing projects).
Step 7: Add windows and siding
Next, after you have completed the roof, you can cut holes for windows in the siding. A reciprocating saw works well to cut through OSB boards. On the exterior of the shed, you can add vinyl siding, if desired. For this step, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Start at the corners with the trim pieces and work toward the middle. You should use nails to secure the siding.
Step 8: Complete the shed
No you have completed the main part of the shed, the last step is adding doors, windows, storage cubbies and anything else desired for your shed. There are many options here for windows, door and storage spaces, depending on how you want to utilize your shed.