How to Build a Wood Shed From Scratch

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Building your own personal wooden shed from scratch is an excellent solution for storing and protecting outdoor items or creating a workspace, but building one from scratch is a much different process than building one from a prefabricated kit. That is why a shed plan is vital to this project, and a good one can take away a lot of the guesswork and fear amateur Doityourselfers might have.

Step 1 - Educate Yourself on Regulations

Before you can pick a plan, the first thing to do is figure out whether or not you need to get a zoning permit for building a storage shed. In most of the states, a building permit is required if your storage shed is 120 square feet or larger. Make sure that you check with the local zoning rules as well as a local building inspector before you finalize your ideas for construction.

Step 2 - Choose a Location

You'll need to choose the perfect location for your storage shed. It should be built on perfectly level ground and positioned for easy access to your workspace or garage. You should definitely avoid building your new storage shed above pipes or underground cables because it will make repairing them more costly.

Step 3 - Choose a Shed Plan

Now you should choose the right shed plan that suits your needs before you go about purchasing the materials that are required for building your custom shed. Estimate how much room you will need to house your equipment or to create a new workspace for yourself and any future projects that you may have. There is plenty of DIY at home shed plans out there that you can use.

Choosing a good shed plan is just as crucial as having one at all, and unfortunately not all of them will make the building process as painless as possible.

The first thing to look for in a good plan is whether or not it provides views of all your shed's angles and details. It's important to know what everything will look like as you're building; some steps might only make sense with visual aids to help. Dimensional drawings are also a great visual aid that a perfect plan might include.

Which brings up the next important point. All steps in your shed plan must be as clear and concise as possible. This project doesn't need to beyond the skills of an amateur builder, but it can easily become too difficult if the directions aren't easy to follow.

Your materials list should also be clear and precise, with everything you need including specific measurements for each individual piece. It's important to gather your materials all at once to streamline the building process, and obviously this is impossible without a full, accurate list from the beginning. Each item should also state what it will be used for in your project. This little bit of clarification can make all the difference when it comes time to assemble pieces.

Step 4 - Gather Materials

Now is the time to gather all of the materials that you need based on the plan you have chosen. Make sure that you have everything you need before you get started so that you don't have to put your plans on hold.

Your specific plan should have a complete list, as we mentioned before, but there are basic tools you should also make sure to have such as protective eyewear and work gloves.

Step 5 - Follow Your Step-By-Step Shed Plan

Now you can build your custom storage shed from the ground up. Starting with the foundation, follow your shed plan's instructions to the letter. If you've picked the right one, assembling your frame, walls, roof, and the door should be a cinch. Do take special care with your roof to be sure that there are no leaks and holes that might cause you to lose all your work to climate or weather.

Step 6 - Finishing Touches

Paint the shed or use a sealant to finish it off.