Pole Shed Ideas

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

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


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


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