Lean To Shed Construction

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Lean To Shed Construction – Thoughts

lean to shed constructionStart your lean to shed construction project today so you can have an easy to build shed for your storage.  A lean to shed is one of the most common sheds built today.  This is because lean to shed construction is a very easy build and can be done in a weekend.  Once built, the lean to shed will give you ample space for storage.  Furthermore, since it is built up against the house it is hidden from the yard and therefore perfect for a storage solution that is hidden.

Lean To Shed Construction – Before Building

Once you make the decision to build a lean to shed you will need to get a couple of things done first.  First of all get a good set of plans that can be built easily.  Second, evaluate your home and yard so you find the right place for the shed to be built.  Now that you have the plans and the place finalized you will need to get the materials to get your project started right.  You will get all the material needed according to your plans.  However, pressure treated lumbar is a definite so it can withstand the elements.

Lean To Shed Construction – Building

Foundation and Flooring

Once you have the plans and the lumber, you will begin building the shed from the ground up.  Most lean to sheds are built next to a home.  Half the time it is on a concrete slab and the other half the floor will be on the ground.  Check out my post on shed foundations.  If on a concrete slab, then proceed to building your walls.  If you have a wooden floor, then my recommendation is to put down a gravel foundation.  Then  build the floor on top of the gravel foundation.  Once the floor is constructed per your shed plan then cover the floor with plywood.

Walls

lean to shed construction wallsThe walls are built according to the plan and size of your shed.  However, you need to make a decision if you want a window with your lean to shed.  There are many different types of windows and you can find out more from my previous post on window ideas.  You also need to find out what type of door you would like to have for your shed.  I recommend sticking with a single door or double door if you are storing a lot of things in the shed.  However, there are more door options available.

Roof

lean to shed construction shinglesThe roof is a single pitch roof so the water runs away from the back to the front of the shed.  The construction of the roof is very simple.  Your plans will have this according to the size of the lean to shed you are building. The roofing material can be vast but I would stick with a basic asphalt shingle roof.  You may want to build in a guttering system on the shed so you can catch the water and use it for your plants, garden, etc…  Read more about guttering on my previous post.

Lean To Shed Construction – Conclusion

lean to shed construction final.A lean to shed is a very basic and easy shed to build.  The size of the shed will depend on how much storage you need and the use of your shed.  Make sure you have the right set of shed plans and build the right lean to shed that fits your desires.  You can watch a typical shed being built on my previous post build a shed video series.

All the best,

JB

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Pole Shed Ideas

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There are many pole shed ideas to consider when building a pole shed.  A pole shed or pole barn is a unique shed that is built without a floor.  If you need to build a shed that is used like a barn, then the pole shed is the right choice.  It is a great shed for animals.  It provides protection from the elements and the floor is the ground so it is natural to the animal.  These sheds are also constructed as a garage or built without walls over driveways to provide cover for cars.  This type of shed is built around a series of poles placed in the ground and the walls and roof are then built around the poles.  Pole Shed Ideas

Pole Shed Ideas – Preparation

The first thing to do is decide how big of a pole shed you need to build.  This depends on the use of the shed.  If the shed is for animals, then how many animals and how much space per animal do you need.  If you are going to build the shed over your driveway to serve as a cover for your car, then how big is the car.

Once you have the size down then the ground does need a little preparation.  You will need to remove any trees or debris that will be in the way.  Furthermore, you will need to make sure the ground is level.  If you are using the shed for animals only, then you do not need to add a gravel base.  However, if you are going to be driving equipment in and out of the shed then a gravel foundation may be needed.pole shed ideas gravel foundation

Pole Shed Ideas – Digging Holes & Setting Poles

Pole spacing and hole digging.  

Once you have the ground and foundation done you need to start your building process.  The first thing to do is dig the holes and space them no more than 8 feet apart.  You need the poles close together to add stability.  Also, you need to dig the holes between 3-5 feet deep depending on the size of your shed and the shed plans you are using.  Most will use an auger to dig the holes since they are so deep.

Setting The Poles.

pole shed ideas postsOnce you have the holes dug at the proper dimensions for your plans, then you need to set the poles.  You will need to mix the proper amount of concrete and place it in the hole and then add the pole to the hole and concrete.  Brace the poles in a level vertical position and let the concrete set for a few days.  Once the concrete is set you will need to make sure that all poles are the same height.  They will be off since each hole will be of different exact depths so the poles will not be at the same height.  However, you can cut them to the same height either now or later in the building process as I have seen it done either way.

Pole Shed Ideas – Roof and Walls

Building The Roof

The poles are now set and level so it is time to start building the roof.  The first thing to do is put on the roof support beams.  These beams will attach one pole to the other and make a rectangular looking structure.  They also determine the height of your shed as the trusses will be attached to these beams.  How these beams attach to the poles will depend on your shed plans.  Some plans will have the boards fit into notches cut in your poles while others have them attached with metal plates.

Once the support beams are in place then you will need to build the trusses for your roof.  Most pole shed roofs are a basic triangle shaped roof so your plans should have the right pitch and measurements to build your trusses.  Make sure the trusses are in place and secure.  If needed, add some extra boards for support making sure the roofing structure is solid.  If you haven’t cut the poles to the same height then now is the time.Pole Shed Ideas

Building The Walls

The roof structure is in place and now you need to add some 2×4’s to attach one pole to the other.  These boards will be perpendicular to the poles.  This will build the framing structure you need so you can later add plywood for walls.  The 2×4’s closer to the ground should be pressure treated lumber so they are more resistant to the elements.

Pole Shed Ideas – Roofing Material and Siding

Roofing Material

The roofing material you want for your shed will depend on the style and budget of your shed.  There are many options including asphalt shingles, metal roofing, etc…  Check my previous post on roofing materials to help you decide.  You will also need to decide on shed guttering as you do not want a water issue later.

Siding

With the walls built you will either want to paint the boards or put some siding on the shed.  This will depend again on your budget and the look of your shed.  There are many options to siding including vinyl, concrete, wood, etc…  See the differences between siding choices at my previous post on siding ideas.

Pole Shed Ideas – Conclusion

Here is a video that shows a pole shed being built as a garage for tractor storage.

The pole shed is a great versatile shed that can be built at a reduced cost because there is no foundation or flooring.  However, if you are going to have equipment in the shed then you may want to think of a gravel foundation, but it is not required.  As you can tell building the pole shed is a more simple process than other sheds but it depends on your shed plans.

All The Best,

JB

Tips For Shed Roof Building

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There are some basic tips for shed roof building that you need to follow to build the roof without problems.  Once you have the foundation and floor done you will need to construct the roof frame.  The process of building the roof frame depends on your plans.  However,  there are some basic tips to follow for constructing your rafters and quickly framing your shed roof.

Shed Roof Building – The Materials

Before you start the construction of your roof you should already have a good set of plans.  The materials needed for the construction will typically be listed in your plans.  Follow the plans and build the foundation, and shed floor.  Purchase the boards for your roof as per your shed plans.  Get your drill, hammer, wood chisel, nails and screws needed for the project.  You will also need to know how to use your rafter square so you can measure angles in your rafters.  A portable circular saw and a miter saw will help you make accurate cuts in the wood.

Shed Roof Building – Cutting The Rafters

You will build the first roof rafter and then use this as your template for the rest of the rafters.  First thing is to cut your board at the right length you will need. Then you will cut the rafter ends which is where each rafter will meet in the middle of the roof.  After the ends are cut you will then cut the birds mouth joint so the end of the rafter will attach to the shed walls.

Rafter Ends:

shed roof building plumb squareMeasure your rafter angle needed using your rafter square according to your plans.  These ends will meet in the middle of the shed roof so they have to be cut at the proper angles according to your roof plans pitch.  Once the rafter end is cut you will move on to cutting your birds mouth joint.

Birds Mouth Joint:

shed roof building birdsmouth squareThis joint is the end of the rafter that will rest on the shed wall.  You may need the wood chisel to make sure all of the wood cut out of the birds mouth joint is removed.  As you can see in the diagram that you will need to make a vertical and horizontal cut according to your plans roof angle. This will make the birds mouth joint to allow the rafter to rest on the shed wall.  Once this rafter is built you will then use this board as the template to build the rest of the rafters needed.shed roof building birds mouth joint

Shed Roof Building – Assembling The Rafters

Now you have all the rafters cut at the proper angles and length.  You need to assemble the rafters with use of your shed floor and a temporary woodworking jig.

Placement of Rafters On The Floor:

shed floor building rafter assemblyYou will place two rafters on the shed floor in the proper placement with the rafter ends touching in the middle and the birds mouth joints at the end of the floor where the birds mouth joint will attach to the shed walls.  The rafters will form a peak in the middle where the rafter ends meet.  This peak should be at the proper height of your roof according to your plans and the birds mouth joint should be even with the floor edges with about 1/2″ overhang. Make sure that the boards are touching at the ends perfectly and the birds mouth joint is at the ends of the floor properly before moving on to constructing the temporary woodworking jig.

Temporary Woodworking Jig:

Once the rafters are placed together on the floor at the proper angles and dimensions, you can then construct the woodworking jig.  The temporary jig will allow you to place and construct each rafter at the proper angles for quick assembly.  See the assembly of the woodworking jigs placed on the shed floor in the picture below.  shed roof building wood jig

Shed Roof Building – Attaching The Rafters With A Gusset

shed roof building gussetCut a gusset from a scrap OSB or plywood at the proper angle and nail it to the rafters while they are placed in the woodworking jig.  This will attach the rafters together.  You can see the gusset in the middle of the rafters assembled in the picture above.  Therefore once the first two rafters are joined together, then you can easily place the next two boards within the jig for easy assembly.  Once all the rafters are assembled, then  you can remove the jig from your floor.

Watch the video below to see this entire process in action.

Shed Roof Building – Conclusion

Once your rafters are assembled you can place them aside and build the walls for your shed.  Attach the shed rafters to the walls once they are framed and cover the roof rafters with your OSB or plywood.  Next thing is to figure out the roofing material you want and install it at the right time of the building process.  Check out the building a shed video series to watch the entire shed building process.  Find the right set of shed plans and get started today with building the shed you want.

I hope this helps,

JB

Gable Style Shed

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gable style shedThere are many options for building the right shed but the gable style shed is one of the most common designs built.  It is a perfect shed that combines style with usability.  The gable style shed is an easy build and can be built with many different extras.  This type of shed can be used as an office, storage or even a kids playhouse.

Gable Style Shed – Design

gable style shed with windowsThis shed design is a typical square to rectangular type shed.  The gable refers to the angled pitch roof that is attached to the shed.  It can be built on any shed foundation you decide so check shed foundation options.  Most gable sheds have windows and you can even build window flower boxes to spruce it up.  The door is a typical framed door and not a roll up door or double door.  Before you start make sure whether or not you need a building permit.

Gable Style Shed – Build

Location and Foundation

Start with the location of your shed.  Find the right location and then decide on the foundation.  If it is a concrete pier, then you can level the shed via the concrete block.  However, if it is a gravel or poured concrete foundation, then you will need to level the land and then make the foundation level.

gable style shed frame

Floor, Walls and Roofing

You will then build the floor depending on your shed plans and foundation.  Walls will go up next and make sure you frame the windows if your plan calls for windows.  The shed door will typically be a regular locked door to make it secure.  The roof will be the gable style shed roof and can be covered with many roofing materials.  If you want to make the shed look like your home then you may want shingles.  However, there are other options for shed roofing materials.  You may want a ramp going to your entrance but most likely you will want some nice steps.

Gable Style Shed – Conclusion

The gable style shed is a great shed for any location or home.  It can be customized to be an office, playhouse or a typical shed for storage.  It is a versatile shed and an easy to build shed.  The gable shed can be built to look like your home with the same roofing materials and siding as needed.  Find the right shed plan and get started today.

All the best,

JB

Shed Floor Design

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There are many options when it comes to your shed floor design.  However, there are some basic steps you need to adhere to when building your shed floor.  Your shed floor design will depend on your shed foundation.  If you have a concrete foundation then that will be your floor.  However if you don’t have a concrete foundation then you need to frame the floor.  You will then need to decide your floor covering.

Shed Floor Design – Foundation

Concrete – If you have a concrete foundation then you need to make sure your design has the ability to anchor your walls to your foundation.  Your floor will basically be the concrete slab and then there are many finishing options to concrete.  You can have a smooth or rough finish.  You can also have a stamped pattern to the concrete and some shed plans have brick pavers that are designed into the floor.shed floor design concrete foundation

Wooden Pier – If you do not have a concrete foundation then most likely you have a gravel, concrete block or a wooden pier foundation.  If that is the case then your shed floor design will have you framing your floor on the foundation and then placing a floor covering on top of the frame.  Before you frame the floor and while you are in the foundation stage it is a good idea to have a vapor barrier.  The vapor barrier is a plastic covering over your foundation base that prevents moisture from getting to the shed floor and causing shed mold & mildew or wood rot.shed floor design concrete pier foundation

Shed Floor Design – Framing

If your foundation is not concrete then you will need to frame and build your floor.  Once you have your foundation level then you can start constructing your shed floor frame.  The most important part of this process is to make sure your foundation is level.  Once the foundation is level you will need to start the framing.

Squaring Joists – Make sure your joists are square at the ends so when you cut your joists to length then both ends will be square.

Crowning – The boards may have a bowing one way or the other and that is called the crown of the board.  You want the crown or bowed side up so the weight of the shed will push the crown down and level up the boards more over time.shed floor design board crowning

Framing – Depending on your shed plans this part can have different steps.  However, the first part of the process is to build the outer frame of the shed floor and square up the joists on each end.  Fasten them together with 16d galvanized nails.  Then place each floor joist at 16″ apart on center and attach them to the outer frame with the same type nails.  Before securing the wooden joists completely, make sure to take measurements on a diagonal from one corner to the other.  Make sure these measurements are not more than 1/8 of an inch off but as square as possible.  Then attach the joists securely.

Anchoring – You will then need to attach the floor to your foundation.  There are multiple ways of anchoring your floor to your foundation and that depends on your plans.  However if you have a concrete pier then you can use masonry bolts but you may also need to anchor with steel cable ground anchors.  If you have a wooden pier then you will need to anchor with wood bolts according to your shed plan.

Shed Floor Design – Covering

Once your floor is framed you will need to add floor covering.  This will typically be plywood or OSB (oriented strand board).  You will need to attach these boards where the wood fiber length is at a 90 degree angle from your floor joists to prevent sagging over time.  It is a good idea to get tongue and groove boards as they make a more secure fit.  Also, prior to nailing down the plywood or OSB it is a good idea to place wood glue on the joists to help secure the plywood or OSB even further to the joists.shed flooring design attaching plywood to joist

Shed Floor Design – Conclusion

Now that you have the basics to a shed floor design you can begin the building process.  Some basic pearls are to make sure you have a good set of plans and follow them accordingly.  When framing your shed floor make sure the foundation is level.  Make sure your outer framing is square and check diagonal measurements before securing all floor joists.  Place the floor joists with the crown up so they will level over time from the weight of the shed and attach to the squared frame at 16″ on center with galvanized nails.  Anchor your floor to your foundation according to your shed plans.  Your floor covering will either be plywood or OSB and should be at 90 degree angles to the joists.

I hope this helps,

JB

How To Build A Shed Ramp

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how to build a shed rampYou built your shed and now you need easier access so learn how to build a shed ramp.  A ramp for a shed is different than a handicap ramp for a house because the handicap ramp has a different slope by code.  However, a shed ramp can be at many different angles but you do not want to build it too steep.  If you need the ramp for walking into the shed or for driving a vehicle into the shed makes a difference on the build of your ramp.

How To Build A Shed Ramp – Slope

The first part of building the ramp is getting the slope correctly so you can prepare the plan and get the materials.  Once you get the slope then you need to make sure the ground is level.

How To Build A Shed Ramp – Foundation

Decide if you want to have a gravel or concrete foundation for the ramp.  You may want to just have the ramp lay on the ground and that is fine for most ramps but be careful if you are driving heavy equipment on the ramp.  Heavy equipment can prevent the ramp from being level and drive the edges further into the ground if not on a secure foundation.

How To Build A Shed Ramp – To Attach Or Not?

Now that you have the slope and the foundation done you can start the building process.  This is relatively simple but you first have to decide how you want your ramp attached to your shed.  You can actually have it attached to the door opening or you can build the shed and place it at the opening and not attach it all.  Which way you decide depends on the purpose of your ramp.  If it is for a walking slope then you can get by with placing it at the doorway.  However, if you are driving equipment on the ramp then attach it to the building.

How To Build A Shed Ramp – Put It Together

Cut your frame with the right angles from the slope calculations above.  Make sure the framing is not too far apart or the boards on top may sag over time so 12-16″ framing is appropriate.  Once the framing is in place attach the top boards.  You may also want to attach a no slip cover on the ramp for safety and if you are driving heavy equipment it will help with the tire grip.

How To Build A Shed Ramp – Conclusion

Now that you found a great set of shed plans and you built your shed you need to build the ramp.  Keep the above tips in mind as you build your ramp.  Get the slope, level the ground, and figure out your foundation.  Then build your ramp with either attaching it to the shed or not.  Don’t make it too difficult.

I hope this helps,

JB

 

Shed Siding Ideas

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Your shed frame is built and now here are some shed siding ideas to help you get your shed covered and finished.  There are many options for shed siding so choosing the right one is of importance.  If you built your shed, then putting on siding will be pretty simple. There are many options that range from the cheap economical look to a more elaborate and expensive look.  This depends on your budget and your needs.  Read through the shed siding ideas and find out what you think is best for you.

Shed Siding Ideas – Vinyl Siding

Shed siding ideas vinyl There are many options with vinyl siding as it comes in multiple colors.  Therefore, you can match the shed siding to the color of your home.  This is especially true if your home has siding.  If your home is brick then  you can find a vinyl siding color that compliments your home.  Some drawbacks with vinyl siding is that you cannot paint it if there are blemishes that occur.  If it breaks, then you have to repair the siding but that doesn’t happen very often.  Some positives are that you can clean it easily with a pressure washer.

Shed Siding Ideas – Composite Siding

shed siding ideas compositeComposite siding is siding that is a mix of vinyl siding and wood siding.  Some also refer to it as engineered siding.  The advantages to this siding is that it is inexpensive as compared to wood siding.  There is less occurrence of fungal accumulation since it is treated with anti-fungals.  It comes in many different looks and because it is engineered the natural knots of wood are removed.  Further, most are warranted for many years.  Typical names are LP SmartSide, Catawba, Truwood.

Shed Siding Ideas – Wooden Siding

shed siding ideas naturalNow you are looking at the most natural look for your shed.  You built your shed from wood now you can cover it with wood.  Installing is not much different then the other sidings,  but there are different options to your wood finish.

If you are looking for a natural finish, then choose boards like oak and cedar which has some natural resistance to the elements.  However, it can be costly.

On the flip side you can paint the wood siding, but then you have more maintenance.  As the paint will chip and erode away and then you will need to scrape and repaint.

Think long and hard about the wood siding because it can get costly and with lots of maintenance.

Shed Siding Ideas – Metal Siding

shed siding ideas metalThere are basically two options with metal siding.  First, there is aluminum siding which can dent easily.  However, it is resistant to corrosion.  Second, you have steel siding which has more corrosion but this can be reduced by buying galvanized steel, which is a paint coating that protects from corrosion.

Shed Siding Ideas – Cement Siding

shed siding ideas cementCement siding is made from cement, sand and cellulose fibers and is a very durable siding.  It installs similar to the wood siding and has the advantages of being more durable and resistant to water, fire and insects.  However, it is a little brittle so it can crack upon impact.  Also, there are special tools to cutting the boards and the create a lot of dust when cutting.  The most common name in cement siding is HardiePlank siding.

 Shed Siding Ideas – Conclusion

As you can tell there are many options and ideas to shed siding.  As you build your shed keep in mind the siding options for the look of your shed.  Also, keep in mind the siding options for your budget and ease of install.  Once installed make sure to keep a look out for shed mold as that can ruin the look of your shed.  If you haven’t built your shed yet, then find the right shed plan and get started today.

Hope this helps,

JB

Shed Mold & Mildew

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So you built the perfect shed and now it has been taken over by shed mold & mildew.  This is a real possibility as shed mold happens all the time and can ruin your shed.  You can take certain steps to prevent the mold.  Some of these steps are done in the building process, so make sure you understand what can be done.  Once you have the mold you will need to find out how to get rid of it and prevent it from coming back.

Shed Mold & Mildew – Building Process Prevention

Apply caulk to outside of shed.  That’s right, caulk the outside seams around windows, doors, trim and vents.  Don’t caulk the interior as it is not a good enough seal and can still be penetrated by water.

Install vents in your shed.  You can install ridge, gable or soffit vents which allows better air flow.  This air flow will prevent stagnation and then increased humidity.  This humidity increase will allow the mold to grow.  So proper air ventilation is a must.

Shed Mold & Mildew – How do I get rid of this stuff?

There are many home recipes on the internet.  However, bleach always come to mind with getting rid of mold.  You can dilute 1/2 -1 cup of bleach for every gallon of water. How much bleach really depends on your mold growth (and your tolerance).  You will need to scrub the area with the solution and make sure to rinse it good and let it dry.  If you do this take safety precautions with ventilation as bleach can be harsh.

shed mold & mildew wet and forgetFor outside mold, I have personally used wet&forget and can say that it works amazingly well.  All you do is dilute it and spray it on the outside area and then the natural rain will wash it away with the mold.  It does take a little time to get results and you may need to re-apply it until the mold is completely gone.  However,  it works and saves you the scrubbing.  Check out more options on Amazon to find the right product.

Shed Mold & Mildew – Now it’s gone, how do I prevent it?

Dehumidifier.  A good dehumidifier will be a must if you have a shed that is constantly under attack with humidity and subsequently mold.

Exhaust fans. These help with air circulation.  Putting it in while building the shed is perfect, but if you did not do that, then there are other options.  The easiest option is a window fan.  Just place it in the window and turn it to exhaust.  It will get air moving and help keep it dry.  Exhaust fans are easy to find.

Moisture absorbents.  There are many options on the market when it comes to moisture absorbents.  Basically they are canisters of absorbents you put out in the shed and they draw in the moisture.  Damp Rid is one that many people use and it does a good job. However, you can also use kitty litter as that has worked for some.

Shed Mold & Mildew – Conclusion

Be aware of mold whether you are in the process of planning for a shed or you already have a shed built.  If you are in the planning stages, then make sure you build the proper prevention in your shed from the beginning.  It is easy and quick and better to prevent.  However, if you have mold, then clean it up and then do the prevention ideas outlined above.  Do all you can to prevent the mold so you can enjoy your shed for years to come.

Hope this helps,

JB

Shed Guttering

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As you prepare to build your shed don’t forget about shed guttering.  Once you get a great shed plan you will then need a gutter, or you will have a big wet mess around the shed.  Prevent the possibility of wood rot or foundation erosion by installing shed guttering.  Not sure how to do this?  Read more…

Shed Guttering – Why

You spent all this time finding the right plan and getting the lumber and now you are going to build your shed.  However, you need to think about what you are going to do about rainwater runoff.  The water that can accumulate around your shed can be massive.  Therefore, you need a strategy to handle this water.  Also, with guttering you can get creative to catching the rain water so you can reuse it for your garden or plants.  Further, by having a gutter system you can protect your shed foundation from erosion by moving the water away from the shed.

Shed Guttering – Options

You can install basic guttering if you are building your own shed.  The installation is simple and can be done yourself.  However, to make it easy get somebody to help you.  The options are outlined below with videos but include aluminum gutters, add on systems and a unique Hall’s Rainsaver system.

Install Aluminum Gutters

 

Install Add On Guttering.

 

shed guttering bracketsThere are also add on guttering systems with plastic or metal brackets that are installed and then plastic gutters are snapped into place.   Pretty easy install as you can see from the video.

Hall’s Rainsaver Guttering.

Hall's shed Guttering System

Shed guttering halls rainsaver bracket

Finally, there is a Hall’s Rainsaver kit that attaches to the shed roof by a bracket and then the guttering is attached to the bracket. It is a gutter system that can be installed quickly and will save the rainwater for use in your garden or plants.  However, the simplicity is the ability to install this system quickly with it’s “Rainsaver Bracket”.  As you can see from the pictures it can quickly install on the shed roof and then the guttering attaches to this bracket.  Then you can direct the water to just about anywhere you want.

Shed Guttering – Conclusion

Don’t be fooled thinking you do not need shed guttering.  Save yourself the future headache of a ruined shed foundation or sloppy watery mess next to your shed.  This can lead to wood rot if the area stays wet enough.  Find the guttering system that looks good with your shed plan and explore the options that fit.  Get the right shed plans and build the shed you need for your home.

Hope this helps,

JB

Organizing Your Shed

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Organizing your shed is different for everyone as it depends on the purpose of your shed.  Storage sheds accumulate lots of our stuff but it should not be so cluttered that you cannot find anything.  You built the shed to take control of your house clutter and now you run the risk of making your shed cluttered.

Organizing Your Shed – The Benefits…

organizing your shedOnce you start organizing your shed and home, you’ll see how great and real the benefits are:

-Reduces stress by having order and discipline.

-Gives you more space by keeping clutter out for good.

-Simplifies the way you live at home by creating useful systems that work for you personally.

Quite simply, when you finally start to make the simple changes of organization, it all adds up to give you more room to breathe so you can enjoy your family and friends more.

Organizing Your Shed – The Problem…

organizing your shed frustrated lookBeing organized isn’t a matter of being rich or poor, young or old. We were never taught organization in school but we were told to multi-task.  Multi-tasking pulls us in many different directions and adds to a cluttered mind and home.  Some people say they are just born that way, but you can change your mindset and control your clutter.  Don’t just throw everything in your storage shed or you will have a bigger problem.

Organizing Your Shed – The Solution…

Tackle House Clutter First

organizing your shed clutterThis is essential as you most likely built the shed to get rid of the house clutter.  If you do not take control of the house mess then it will continue to grow.  Once it grows, you will then start moving more stuff into the storage shed and it continues to grow.  You can see where this is leading?  Therefore, take control of your house clutter and you will cut off the transition of cluttering your storage shed.

Take Control Of Your Mindset

organizing your shed idea The funny thing is I don’t think I was raised to be organized but I always found it kind of easy.  However, not everyone has that ability to stay organized.  But if you can change your mindset then you will change the  outcome.  There are lots of strategies to this out there and here is a video with some neat ideas.

Shelves Help.

Once you start accumulating stuff in the storage shed you need to organize it into sections.  Shelving will help with this organization as it allows you to group things in categories.  There are many types of shelving systems so you need to find what will work for you.  However, don’t just keep everything in the group forever.  Constantly look at what is in the group and get rid of things that do not have a purpose.  If you are not going to use something in a year or two, then make a decision as to keep it or not.  I understand the kids’ keepsakes you will want to keep forever.  But remember to pass them along to the kids when they get older.  Don’t be the storage vault forever.

Organizing Your Shed – Start Today…

Being organized isn’t as hard as you think, but it will take some work.  Find some strategies to organize your life and home and it will help you with organizing your shed.  You won’t keep throwing stuff in the shed and everything that is in the shed will have a purpose.  Check out Organizing 101 to help you with organizing, it helped me.

I  Hope This Helps,

JB