A shed is a great addition to any home. Whether you want to store tools, equipment or just keep your lawn mower sheltered from the elements, you’ll find that building a shed can increase the value of your property and provide you with more room for storage. However, before you begin construction on your new project there are several things you need to take into consideration first: What’s my budget? What size should it be? How much storage do I need? Do I have enough space in my yard?
Fortunately, there are plenty of resources online that will help guide you through this process. Here on [BLOG TITLE] we’ve got everything from buying materials at fair prices (like ours) all the way through designing plans so that yours fits perfectly onto your property! So sit back relax and enjoy reading this step by step guide on how to build an outdoor storage shed in no time flat!
Set the dimensions
Now that you’ve got your design down, it’s time to set the dimensions for your shed. As with any project, it’s important to make sure that you have enough space available for the shed itself and also some room to walk around it (usually 10 feet).
Two common mistakes people make when selecting a site for their shed are:
- Not allowing enough room for walking around the side of the building (10 feet)
- Building too close to an obstacle like a house or tree which could lead in future maintenance issues.
Choose a design
From the start, you want to choose a design that suits your needs. You don’t want to be in the middle of building a shed and realize it doesn’t fit your needs.
The second most important aspect is that it should be easy to build. The whole point of building this shed is so that you don’t have to hire someone else or spend more time working on it than necessary. If there are too many complex steps or parts, then that defeats the purpose of why you’re building it in the first place!
The third thing I consider when choosing a design is whether or not I can find all my materials at home or at least close by without having any problems with transportation costs being too high due to distance travelled away from where we live (we live in Calgary but moved here from Ontario).
Build a frame
This is the most important part of your shed, so it should be constructed with care. To start, select some 2x4s to use as the frame. Make sure they are straight and cut them to length with a saw. Use a level to make sure the frame is level—this will help it stand up straight later on. Drill screws through each end of each 2×4 and onto another one as well as into the floor (if you’re building a foundation). You want these screws to be in securely; otherwise, your shed could fall apart during construction or after being finished!
Once this step has been completed, attach pieces of plywood or panels across each side of your framed out structure with nails or screws so that there isn’t any loose space where rain could leak inside when it rains outside 🙂
Cover the frame with plywood sheets
Once you have assembled the frame of your shed, it’s time to cover it with plywood sheets. You can use a hammer or mallet to drive in tiny nails at the joints between each panel and then use a level to ensure that they are straight. If you have never put up plywood before, this step may seem daunting, but don’t worry—it is quite simple!
You will need:
- A saw (either hand or power)
- Wood screws
Secure the plywood sheets to the frame
Once you’ve nailed on your first sheet of plywood, it’s time to move on to the next step. This is where things get a little trickier, so make sure you pay close attention.
Don’t worry if this step feels tricky at first—we’ll walk you through how to do it! In order for your shed frame to be sturdy, each piece of plywood needs to be securely fastened into place. You can do this by pounding nails in with a hammer and then securing them with either glue or more nails. It’s best if there aren’t any pieces that aren’t secured down; otherwise, they could fall off when someone bumps into them or walks too close! Make sure that all sides are secure before continuing onto Step 2
Add supports for shelves and other features
You can now add supports for shelves and other features. To do this, first make sure you have enough of the right support beams. You will need one every 16 inches (40 cm), so measure up to see how many you need. If you are using a different size beam, adjust your measurements accordingly.
Next, ensure that the supports are strong enough to hold the weight of the shelves or other feature(s). Using a spirit level is one way of checking if they are level with each other and therefore straight.
Install shingles on the roof
When installing the shingles, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have any, seek out a professional who can help with this task.
Once the ridge and hip rafters are in place, it’s time to put down your first row of shingles. Snap a chalk line across each side of your shed at the top of exterior walls that will be covered with shingles (usually about 3′). You’ll also want to snap a chalk line across any rafter tails that extend past the edge of a wall and onto an adjacent roof section (the gap between two adjacent sections). This will help ensure that you don’t accidentally lay one row too far over or under another one when installing additional rows around them later on down in your project plan . A few inches above this first row should be plenty; generally speaking if there’s enough space between rows then no matter how much extra material gets left over then it won’t matter at all because they can just be used again later on during construction.”
Paint obstacles with weather resistant paint
Now that you’ve built the perfect shed, it’s time to take care of a few things before you move in. You’ll want to paint your shed so that it resists weather damage and lasts longer. There are two ways to do this: by using either a brush or roller. The most important thing is to make sure all sides of your obstacle are covered with paint, so make sure that you get every surface but avoid getting any on glass windows or doors (unless those are being replaced).
Make sure you follow this guide step by step.
This guide is for beginners.
If you’re new to woodworking and have never built a shed before, then this is the guide for you!
I’m going to make sure that everything I say is easy to understand. You don’t need any special tools or skills—just follow the instructions exactly as they are written and be patient with yourself when things don’t go right at first (they probably won’t).
The best thing about building your own shed? It’s inexpensive! You can save hundreds by making one yourself instead of buying one brand new in the store. The downside? There are lots of steps involved in building a shed from scratch, so if patience isn’t your strong suit then perhaps it’s best not to attempt this project on your own!
It is important to remember that you will need materials like nails, wood screws and paint. It also helps if you have some experience in carpentry or construction because this will make things much easier for you as well as save time. A good tip is to read through this article carefully before starting any work so that everything goes smoothly when building your shed!