Sometimes you will not have the storage space you need inside your garage. Perhaps you have mowing and yard equipment that doesn't fit. Maybe you have garden and lawn care items that either don't fit in the garage or that you'd like to have closer to the lawn. Whatever the issue may be, you either need to sell and get rid of equipment, or you need to find a way to increase your level of storage.

One of the best ways to do this is to build your own shed. When you build your own shed, you'll avoid paying a contractor to come out and build something you can do on your own. This way, you'll save thousands of dollars on the installation and you can fit the shed anywhere you might need it on the property. So if you're looking to get hands-on with your personal projects, you can do exactly that when you build your own shed.

Things to Consider

There are a number of things you need to consider before starting the construction and installation project. One issue that many people fail to look into is getting a permit. In many locations, you need to get a permit if you plan on performing any kind of in-ground foundation work.

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You will need to lay out a foundation for your shed if you are serious about putting up a solid construction. Now, you can build your own foundation out of wood and lay the floor above the ground, which works if you want to avoid obtaining a permit, but as the ground shifts so too will your shed. It's far better to get a permit ahead of time. This way, you'll have more building options as you proceed.

You will also need to consider what your plans for the shed are. You may want it for storage. Here you need little in the way of insulation or other added items. However, if you plan on working inside the shed, you might want to add insulation, windows and even a skylight. Running electricity to the shed is another option, but when dealing with new utility connections, you likely must bring in a contractor who can run the electrical connection from the property line to your shed. It's your shed, so you can do with it as you wish. Just plan so you can avoid unnecessary alterations to the shed later on.

Necessary Supplies

The best way to break down the supplies for when you build your own shed is by area of the shed. This way, if you cannot build your own shed over a single Saturday, you can pick up the material you need for each portion of the shed. By doing this, you can spend time over the course of a few weeks and, by the end of a month, have a beautiful looking shed ready for your personal needs.

Foundation

For the foundation, you're going to need:

  • Pressure treated 2x6 (for the band and floor joist)
  • Pressure treated 4x4 (for the skid)
  • 3/4" tongue and groove plywood (flooring)

For the Side Walls, you're going to need:

  • 2x4s for the wall stud, window header and window frame
  • 2x4 (plate) of 5/8" T1-11 for the exterior siding
  • Prefabricated window
  • 2x4 (for the rafters and rafter crosspiece)
  • 5/8" T1-11 Exterior siding
  • 41/2 plywood (for the roof)

Walls

For the walls, you'll need:

  • 2x4 (for the plate, wall studs, header, and cripple stud)
  • 1/2" Plywood (for the window header, gusset, and door header)
  • 5/8" T1-11 Exterior siding

Hardware

Additional material you'll need includes:

  • Silicone
  • 3 1/2" Galvanized nails
  • 1 1/4" Galvanized finishing nails
  • 2" Galvanized finishing nails
  • Roofing felt
  • 3-Tab shingles
  • Roof felt staples
  • 1x4 door

Trim

When installing the trim when you build your own shed, you'll need:

  • 1x6
  • 1x4
  • 1/4" plywood

10 Steps on How to Build a Shed

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It's best to pace yourself when it comes to building your own shed. Don't try to fit it all in one day if you're not able to. Take your time and use quality material. As long as you do this, you'll end up with a beautiful shed by the time it's all said and done.

1. Select Where to Build Your Shed

Before you start, you need to decide where to build the shed. First, you'll want to select the highest area of your yard. This will prevent water from pooling around the shed. You may want to wait for it to rain and then go outside and find the area that has the least amount of water collecting in it.

2. Gather Your Foundation Materials

The entire structural stability of your shed depends on the quality of your foundation, so if you're going to splurge on anything, spend it on quality foundation material. You need to buy pressure-treated lumber as this will help prevent rotting in the areas of the shed that will get wet.

3. Clear the Foundation Area

Now, remove all rocks, roots or other vegetation from the area. If the area isn't cleared out, the foundation will not rest correctly.

4. Build the Foundation

You'll want to start out by building the floor of the foundation. Take the eight 2x6s and form bands and joints. Once in the correct position, nail the bands and joints together to make the frame. With the squared frame in place, slide the skids into position. You will want to use three skids equal distance in the center of the frame. This will offer the flooring support while ensuring the square frame remains square.

Now, take the plywood you have for the foundation. It's always best to purchase Tongue and Groove plywood as this is durable and moisture resistant. Fit the flooring along the skids so you can cover the entire frame.

5. Build the Front and Side Walls

The next step for how to build your own shed is to build the front wall and door frame. While you can build the door on your own, it's far easier to purchase an already made door (you can buy used/old doors for cheap for this project).

Use the 1/2" plywood filler block as the sides of the front wall frame and place it over the 2x4 wall stud. The top of the wall frame is a double 2x4 top plate for added security. The bottom is a single 2x4 plate. Now measure out four equal distant skids and install the skids running vertically. This completes the frame for a single wall. Repeat this two more times for three walls.

BUILD THE FRONT

For the front wall you'll want to use the same frame design, but don't install the skids yet. Measure your door and center the door measurements in the middle of the frame. Where the measurements begin and end is where you'll place the skids. Then, measure a foot in from the skid toward each end and install the secondary skids.

Above the door measurement install a double 2x4 running from the two door frame skids. To secure this to the top of the frame, use single 2x4 wall studs and insert two skids, each six inches from the edge of the door measurements.

6. Adding a Window

If you don't want to add a window, skip this step. On one of the walls you've completed, decide where you want to place the window. Now, measure out the dimensions of the window and draw this off on the current frame you have, including where it comes in contact with the current skids. Cut the middle skids. Now, insert horizontal skids where the window's top and bottom will rest. From here, install vertical skids six inches from each side of the window using a double 2x4 header.

7. Fixing Walls In Place

Now that you have finished building the frame, lift the frames into position on top of the base. Using the galvanized nails to attach each wall to the frame. Once the walls are up, use the T1-11 over the walls.

8. Build Roof Rafters

You'll want to build six roof rafters. Use the plywood gussets to connect the planks. Make sure to keep a three inch overhang on the bottom points. On two of the rafters, use the T1-11 along with galvanized nails.

9. Secure Rafters

Install the outer roof rafters, using the galvanized nails to secure each. Now, measure out equal distance and install the four remaining rafters.

10. Install the Roof and Finish

Take the roofing plywood and lay each along the sides of the rafters. Once you have each side in place, you can staple down the shingles. With the shingles in place, all you need to do is nail the siding around the corners and the trim around the door and window to complete the project.

FINAL THOUGHTS

There's nothing like the satisfaction of building your own shed. It might seem a bit daunting if you haven't done it before, but with just a little of planning you'll end up with a beautiful shed that's designed specifically for you (and built by you as well). So if you've been looking for ways to add storage to your property, it doesn't matter if you need storage for lawn care equipment or if you want to convert it into a painting studio. By following these instructions, you'll be able to build your own shed and make it fit all of your personal needs.