Shed Wall Framing

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After your foundation is done you need to do your shed wall framing.  There are many options for the walls.  Therefore, what you will need depends on the shed plan and if the plan includes windows.  It also depends on the shed purpose.  Get your walls done correctly by understanding the purpose and plan of the shed.  Make sure you have correct plans to get this right.

Shed Wall Framing – Options…

Options for your walls are plenty but it really depends on the purpose of the shed.  For example,  Shed wall framing no windowsA lean to shed or storage shed will have walls without windows.  This is because those sheds are used for security and storage.  shed wall framing with windowsHowever,  a garden shed or potting shed will have windows so they will need to be framed into the shed walls.  If you want to get creative with the windows you can check out options in my previous post shed windows.

Shed Wall Framing – Construction…

shed wall framingThe walls are constructed after your foundation so you can use your foundation to precisely measure and make your shed walls.  First, cut the top and bottom plates of the wall to the right length.  Then cut your studs to the right height of your shed and secure them between the top and bottom plate.  Now put the wall in place and secure it to the floor.  To place a window in the wall make sure it is framed at the right dimensions and height of the wall.  This will be done according to the plan you are using.  Now, repeat the same process for the next wall according to the plan.

Shed Wall Framing – Conclusion…

Getting the walls right can be an easy process.  You will need to make sure you have a clear purpose for your shed and a good set of plans.  The plans should have a complete materials list and step-by-step instructions.  Build the shed walls in a detailed fashion one at a time so you do not make mistakes.  Take your time so it is done right.  Watch the entire build a shed video series to see the building process.

Hope that helps,

JB

Shed Window Ideas

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potting shed window ideasWhen building your shed you definitely will want some shed window ideas to let light into the shed.  There are various options for windows and some are costly while others are more inexpensive.  Your shed plan will most likely dictate what windows you install.  For example a basic storage or a lean to shed may not have any windows since it is all about safety and storage.  However, a potting shed will definitely have windows as will your typical garden shed.  So pick the shed plan you want or need and then you can decide on the windows.  You also will want to think about the cost of the windows and the quality depending on your climate and weather conditions.

Shed Window Ideas – Wall Options…

There are many options with wall windows and it depends on the style of your shed.

shed window ideas glass paneA single pane glass window is inexpensive and easy to install and will add adequate sunlight into your shed but not provide much protection from the weather.  A double pane glass window is good for areas with harsher climates and will help keep your shed insulated from the weather.

plantar box shed window ideasIf you are dressing up your shed, then you can put a potting window with a box for plants outside.  You can even build the planters box with the right plans since you are building your shed anyway.

Shed window ideas with shutters Some people will put shutters around their windows while others like the windows with just a small frame.  It really depends on your style.

Shed Window Ideas – Door Options…

shed window ideas for the doorThere are a few door options in my opinion and again it depends on the purpose of your shed.  If your shed is for storage and protection, then I do not recommend windows on the doors.  However, if you are going to have a shed that is going to be used a lot, then a window on the door is a good option to allow you to see outside.  Most of the windows on the doors are typically made with the door so you can find the many options when choosing your door.  Some have installed screen doors also, but that is for another post.

transom shed window ideasFurthermore, transom windows are really nice.  If you did not know, they are the windows above the door and fixed into the wall.  They let in constant sunlight also.

Shed Window Ideas – Roof Options…

Ifpolycarbonate shed window ideas you are using your shed for gardening or potting, then you may want to think about windows on the roof to allow sunlight into your shed.  It will help with the plants for sure.  You can use glass or Polycarbonate sheets.  I recommend the Polycarbonate sheets because they are tougher than glass and can withstand the weather elements better.   If you put the sheets on the wall and the roof then you can build your shed into it’s own greenhouse.

Shed Window Ideas, Conclusion…

As you plan and build your shed you will definitely want some windows depending on the plan you choose to build and the purpose of the shed.  Finding the right shed windows can be overwhelming but if you think about the shed purpose, then it can be real simple.

Hope It Helps,

JB

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The Storage Shed Outdoor

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Build a storage shed outdoor and take control of you clutter.  Everyone has clutter lying around their home that at one time they couldn’t wait to purchase.  However, now the stuff just accumulates and takes up much-needed space in your home.  Sure, you move it to the garage but then it clutters up the garage.  You need a place to put all of this clutter.  You can look at a rental storage shed, but then your stuff is so far away with limited access to your belongings.  We all know you are not going to jump in the car every time you want something from storage.  So, the next obvious step is to build a storage shed on your property.

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I mention storage shed and not lawn or garden shed because a storage shed is primarily for storage of your belongings.  You don’t need windows and elaborate doors, but you should have secure locks and doors to keep everything safe.  You need to make it look like your house so the look of the shed matches the other structures in your yard, but it is a basic storage shed.

Storage Shed Outdoor – Planning…

Before anything else, and to avoid headaches, it’s essential that you have a plan first. Keep in mind what you need to do and follow your plan closely.  Check with your zoning laws to make sure you do or do not need a permit.  This will help you save on costs, headaches and time as well.

Storage Shed Outdoor – Foundation…

The foundation can be very minimal so it reduces the cost of your shed.  You are not going to store equipment or lawnmowers or cars so your shed foundation can be a wood pier or concrete block foundation ultimately limiting cost and making the building process easier.  A concrete or gravel foundation is only needed if you are storing heavy equipment.

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Storage Shed Outdoor – Walls and Roof…

The walls are very basic because it is for storage and safe keeping of your belongings.  Therefore, no elaborate windows and doors.  The wood should be good quality so when you pick your wood, make sure you inspect it for quality.  The roof can be of any design and there are many designs for a roof but my recommendation is to keep it basic.  This will limit cost and keep it in line with the look of your home because you can use asphalt shingle roofing material.  These shingles are inexpensive and easy to do, but there are other options for shed roofing.

Storage Shed Outdoor – Door…

The most important part of your shed is the door.  That is the only barrier to access your belongings so it should be secure.  There are many options for doors and you can check out options on my previous post, shed doors, but the only rule is to make it secure.  You can put as pretty a door as you want but make it secure.

Storage Shed Outdoor – Construction Video…

As you can see in the video this is a basic storage shed with an easy foundation and walls with no windows.  The roof and door are very simple and you can make the door as secure as you like with a good lock.

Storage Shed Outdoor – Conclusion…

This is a basic outline and idea guide for building your storage shed.  Take control of your clutter and space.  Find the right plans and put together a project timeline so you stay on track.  Check your zoning laws and start building a secure storage shed today.

I hope this helps,

JB

Building A Garden Shed

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Essential Reminders on Building a Garden Shed

Homeowners arrive at a decision for building a garden shed for a number of reasons. However, one main reason is to store their gardening equipment and outdoor essentials.  This type of shed if done right can also have an area to store household belongings that are taking up much-needed garage and attic space.  The garden shed is one of the most effective, and affordable ways of keeping your belongings well protected and stored properly outside of the home.

To make this project work, and by that I mean make it serve its purpose and also make your shed look complimentary to your existing home and other structures, there are some essential factors that you need to keep in mind with building a garden shed.

Building A Garden Shed Preparation…

Most importantly, before doing any projects such as a garden shed, it is best to first check with your local planning and zoning office. Some areas require that you first have to secure a permit before adding any structure to a home.

Most people want their garden shed to look lbuilding a garden shed plansike the original plans of their home.  The design should have a similar finish to your home in regards to the roof and wall structure.  This will allow a continuous flow of structures on your property.  The planning stage is very crucial and you should explore all your options so that you will be able to work without any glitches later on.

Building A Garden Shed Foundation…

Another factor that should gain much attention is the foundation of building a garden shed foundationyour shed.  If you are going to store heavy equipment then you most likely will need a concrete or gravel foundation as they can withstand heavier loads.  However, if you are storing minor lawn equipment then you could get by with a concrete block and pier foundation.   Make sure the foundation is level and you may need a ramp to drive your equipment into the garden shed.  Check out various options for a foundation.

Building A Garden Shed Roof…

building a garden shed roofAnother issue to consider is the roof.  You should look at many plans to find the style of roof that accommodates your shed and adds to the flow of your structures.  You will need to think of the roofing materials for the roof such as asphalt shingles, metal roof, rubber roof or cedar tiles.  Check out my article on roofing materials.

Building A Garden Shed Conclusion…

In conclusion, make sure you follow the steps above to build the right garden shed for your home.  Check the zoning laws and find the right plans before you start, so you can save a lot of headaches later on.  The biggest problem we see with shed building is people not planning properly.  Find the right plans and get started today.

All the best,

JB

Shed Roofing Materials

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So you have your shed plans, but what about your shed roofing materials?  There are many options in regards to which type of roofing cover to choose.  Some of it depends on your budget and also it depends on the style of your shed and the location of your shed.

Shed Roofing Materials- Types…

Asphalt Shingles.

This is the most common type of shed roofing.  The appearance of this roofing is very similar to your house and that is why most people choose this type of roofing.  This allows a more uniform look between your shed and your home.  Furthermore, there are many options in regards to which asphalt shingles to choose.  Two types of shingles to consider are architectural and 3-tab shingles.  Shingles are a lower cost and easy to repair and install.  The only decision is in regards to which type and color you choose.

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3 – Tab Shingle
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Architectural Shingle

Metal Roofing.

One of the newer looks for homes and sheds is the metal roof.  There are lots of people who install this roofing and you can do it yourself with a little bit of work.  You need to find the color that fits your shed roofing and also which will work with your landscaping.  Be aware of some common mistakes that can occur so watch the video below.  I found it to be helpful information.

Metal shed Roofing materials

Rubber Roof.

This is not a very common shed roofing, but it does take mention as some people with sheds want a rubber roof.  Once installed properly it is a very secure roofing cover that is more neutral and can go with just about any shed.   Typically, most people seem to hire someone to install this but it can be a DIY project.  Check out the video guide.

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Tiles & Cedar shingles.

This is the most expensive shed roofing and I believe it to be the prettiest.  However, it also requires some upkeep to make sure it looks nice.  If you can do the asphalt shingles, then you should be able to install the tiles and cedar shingles.  There are some ideas and issues to think about when installing and the video below seems to be a good beginning.

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Shed Roofing Materials- Conclusion…

Once you have the right plans for your shed you need to find the right shed roofing.  The one that fits your shed will depend on many factors such as look, cost to buy and cost to install.  You also want to think about maintenance of the roof.

I hope this helps,

JB

Shed Foundation Construction

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Anytime you are going to build a shed you have to think about the shed foundation construction.  All structures are built from the ground up and your shed is no different.  There are many options and they depend on where the shed will be located and what type of soil you have and your budget.  One thing you do not want to do is build it directly on the ground as the moisture may rot the wood and also the shed may lean from ground settling.

Shed Foundation Construction Types

Wood and Pier…

wood and pier shed foundation constructionThis shed foundation is good depending on the location and type of shed you build.  It is also considered to be a post and beam foundation because the wood is not just sitting on the ground but it is attached to posts that are secured in the ground.  The wood has to be pressure treated to withstand the moisture.  Furthermore, posts are to be secured properly at the right depth for the weight of your structure so you do not have a leaning shed.

Gravel…

gravel shed foundation constructionA shed foundation of gravel is good for a small to medium shed.  It is a sturdy foundation and can withstand heavy loads if you are putting equipment in your shed, but they are not the best for large sheds.  A large shed that holds equipment should be on a concrete slab.  Dig a hole the size of the shed and then put the gravel in the hole.  It will need to be leveled and tamped down to make a secure foundation.  The shed is then attached with pegs or auger anchors.

Cement Blocks…

cement block shed foundation constructionThese blocks make for an easy alternative for a shed foundation because they are readily available and can be delivered to your site.  They are spaced at 3-5 feet apart and the shed is built right on top of the blocks.  Level the blocks so you do not have a leaning shed and a  poor foundation.  Cement blocks are easy to move and if you have a small shed and want to move it at some point.  This might be a good alternative for future mobility of your shed.

Concrete Slab…

concrete slab shed foundation constructionThis is the strongest shed foundation construction and can withstand a full load contact.  It is a great foundation for sheds with machinery.  Therefore, if your shed is for equipment or a car then this is the one you want.  With the concrete slab, you do have to be careful if the slab is much larger than your shed.  If that is the case, then you run the risk of water resting on the slab and therefore rotting your shed.  So, you should try to get the slab and shed at the same dimensions.

Shed Foundation Construction Conclusion…

In conclusion, these are the basic common types of shed foundations for your structure.  As you prepare to build your structure you need to make sure you have a good set of plans.  The plans will make all the difference in building your structure on a firm foundation.

For what it’s worth,

JB

Woodworking Jigs

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Woodworking jigs are used to help with making nice cuts to wood for any project.  Woodworking requires precision and skill and mistakes can ruin any project.  Some of these precision cuts are done repeatedly and woodworkers use jigs to help with these cuts.  They have been in use for a long time and are essential in making beautiful woodworking projects.

Types Of Woodworking Jigs…

There are different types of jigs used for different tasks. However, below are four basic commonly used jigs and their uses for woodworkers.

woodworking jigsFirst, the dowel jig is helpful for cutting dowel holes. These holes are very common and in some projects have to be done repeatedly.  Without this jig, the project would take too much time and effort.  So, it allows an easy and efficient way to get these holes done quickly.

 

woodworking jigsSecond, the dovetail jig is also a common jig that is used in woodworking and it is used to make drawers.  It allows the woodworker to get the perfect shape to different parts of the drawers and gives that beautiful look at the corners.

 

 

woodworking jigsThird, the router jig is used for supporting and guiding the wood when it moves through the saw. Therefore, it gets a very smooth and regular cut. Furthermore,  the router jig can be used to give the wood an artistic look. They are widely used for creating edges of tabletops, drawer faces, etc.

 

woodworking jigsFourth, the Tenon jig is used for guiding table saws.  They can be set to different angles that allow for specific cuts of wood. These jigs are clamped on wood and they will guide the saw to make a smooth and straight cut.

 

Woodworking Jigs…

As you can see there are a number of uses of woodworking jigs as they help with getting fast efficient cuts of wood.  Also, they can help with elaborate cuts of angles and edges for your woodworking project.  Furthermore,  they are a useful necessity for skilled and non-skilled people who want to do woodworking.  Find a wonderful set of plans and get started today.

Hope this helps,

JB

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Pallet Shed Ideas

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Learn pallet shed ideas as to build the new affordable shed that people want to build.  Is it worth the time and effort?

There’s no doubt about it, money is always an issue. So no matter pallet shed ideas 1how much you want to get your own storage shed, if you don’t have the money you just may not get the shed.  However, if you have the creativity, then having your own shed in your backyard doesn’t have to remain a dream.  How, you might ask?  By recycling old wooden pallets.  Some would immediately think that pallets would be an eyesore, but if done properly they can result in a beautiful cost effective shed.

Pallet Shed Ideas- Wood Sources…

Making a beautiful and effective wooden pallet shed can be the answer to your storage needs.  Pallets are widely available and you can get them for free if you know where to ask.  Most commercial buildings, groceries, and supermarkets would just have them lying around.   However, some of these pallets may not have the highest of quality wood but you can still grab the right boards to be sure that your pallet shed is done right.pallet shed ideas 2

Other sources for free or cheap wood pallets are from your neighbors if they have done remodeling work. Many of them would be happy to give you their pallets so they don’t have to get rid of them.   Mills and lumberyards are also great sources for wooden pallets. Check the classifieds and online places like Craigslist as many people are just too happy to get rid of the pallets.  You just need a way to haul them to your house.

Pallet Shed Ideas- The Plans…

Once you have enough pallets you now have to get your hands dirty. But first things first, you would most definitely need to have a good detailed set of plans available for you. Not all plans are specifically written for pallet sheds, but the right plan can be tweaked to make it work most of the time.  You just have to look at many plans and find the right one that could work for you.

Wood is not the only material you will need. So you will have to spend some money on the other aspects of the shed- nails, hinges, doors, windows, etc…  However, you did save money on the wood if you were lucky enough to get it for free.

Pallet Shed Ideas – Conclusion…

So there you have it, the most affordable and easy way to get storage space with free pallet wood. This project can be typically done over a weekend or two.  Take your time and do it right with the right set of plans.  Your wooden pallet shade may look as if a professional did it. Remember, your only limit is your imagination.

For what it’s worth,

JB

Firewood Shed Designs

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All firewood shed designs have similar pearls for building the firewood shed right.

Firewood Shed Designs – The Costs…

Firewood comes with a cost whether you bought it or chopped it yourself.  You either shelled out your hard earned money or you spent a lot of time and energy chopping wood. So if your firewood becomes filled with moisture, then all your money and efforts will just go down the drain.  Wet firewood will not burn properly and if you live in an area with a lot of rain and snowfall, then it is impossible to keep firewood dry.  Building a firewood shed is the key to this problem and you can be sure of having dry firewood every time you need it.

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Firewood Shed Designs- The Location…

The location of your firewood shed is one of the most important decisions you can make, therefore it should be away from water but near your home.  You certainly wouldn’t want to walk a long distance to get some firewood when it’s raining or heavy snowfall.  Firewood Shed designs 2

Firewood Shed Designs- The Plans…

Most firewood sheds are built with only three sides. Only three walls are provided and the fourth side is left open. This is necessary for access and airflow which in turn allows the firewood to dry properly.  However, with an open side, it could allow rain and snow to be blown inside by the wind.  Therefore the open side should not face the direction of the wind.

Firewood Shed Designs- Roof and Floor…

With regards to the roof of your firewood shed, you should make sure it has a high steep and slanted roof. The snow and rain will easily slide off and not get inside to the firewood. This goes the same for the foundation, making it higher from the ground and providing a slant to slide snow and water away from the firewood.  Also, try to build a raised floor so that moisture from the ground won’t seep inside the shed.

To further prevent moisture from seeping into your firewood,  put a layer of plastic on the floor for barrier protection.  You should stack your firewood on off-cut lumbers to provide air flow underneath the wood for drying and it will also keep moisture away.

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Firewood Shed Designs- Finally…

Most firewood sheds are easy to make and don’t typically cost as much as the typical storage shed. With just a couple of boards and nails, you can be assured that you will have dry firewood ready to build a roaring fire.  Always remember that in starting any project, having plans is the best way to ensure that you will have a worry-free time when you are in the actual process of building. So get your hands on a good firewood shed plan first.

For what it’s worth,

JB

To Build A Shed Or Not?

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To Build A Shed or Not to Build A Shed?  That is the Question

The need to have a shed cannot be stressed enough. Many households today are being overwhelmed with their belongings taking up too much space.   It is difficult to decide what to throw away, donate, or sell. If you decide to keep some of those belongings, then where do you store them?  Typically in the attic or to the garage in most cases, which still causes clutter.

To Build A Shed…

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Build A Shed – Lean To Shed

The sure fire way of clearing up space is to build a shed, for your tools, your garden equipment or your mementos. Whether you decide to buy or build a shed is by  far the most important question.  If you do decide to build it yourself, then kudos to you because building a shed is one of the simplest tasks in basic carpentry.

If you have a great command using tools and have a free weekend or two to work on measuring, hammering, cutting, drilling and sawing, then all you need are the proper materials, tools and building plans.  The beauty of creating your own shed from scratch is that you will be able to customize your design and allow it to directly cater to all your storage needs. Not only will you have a functional structure on your property but you will also have a source for great pride and joy.

Not To Build A Shed…

On the flip side, if you have never even built a stool from scratch or even a simple paper weight, then a shed could be difficult.  This case though is not hopeless. If you have the extra money, then by all means buy yourself a shed.  There are many options out there and you can find some ideas on my previous post, The Lawn Shed

There are many great options for buying including materials such as plastic, metal, fabric and others.  However, some of these plans are not very sturdy and you could possibly waste some money on something that collapses in the first storm.  Check the sturdiness of the shed before you buy so you do not waste time and money.

Finally…

But because you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you plan to build a shed yourself. To make sure that you don’t build an eyesore or a hazard in your own yard, you then need to know that as a beginner you will need a good set of detailed and comprehensive plans.

The best thing about purchasing or downloading a set of shed plans is that, there are so many design options already available today. You will need to do some research on which plan fits the design of your house and meets your needs for storage.  Two options are to buy a kit that has the plans and all the materials included or to buy a set of plans that has a complete materials list and then go out and buy everything on the list and follow the plan.

The Plans…

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Build A Shed Plan

I prefer to get the plan, buy the materials and then follow the plan.  I have put together kits before and some will lack material or a part breaks.  Then you need to go back to the company that sold it to you to get what you need which delays the process.  With a good set of plans you can buy the material and if something happens you just go back to the store and buy the right board or nail that you need.

Whichever you choose, you can be assured that you will have a great time building your shed and also have the self satisfaction that knowing that that shed was created by you.

JB