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Benjamin Hansen Licensed Landscape Contractor. Benjamin Hansen. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2. Mark Spelman Construction Professional. Mark Spelman. For the beginner, there are a lot of pre-cut kits that you can buy at local hardware store.

You can also find a lot of building plans online that will be easy to follow. Not Helpful 28 Helpful This would be for modeling only. Balsa wood is used for designing small mock-ups of design.

Not Helpful 21 Helpful It is highly recommended that you do so as any lateral stress on the building high winds, uneven weight distribution, etc. Not Helpful 10 Helpful It depends on the size and type of shed. I'm building a 10x10 shed with a gambrel roof. Not Helpful 30 Helpful If you are just going with a sloped roof, as in the video, you nail the sheets of plywood to the roof rafters.

Not Helpful 27 Helpful Not Helpful 20 Helpful Wooden pallets are a good source of ready-made planks. The YouTube channel "TA Outdoors" made a pretty good video about making a cabin out of pallet wood, you should check it out. Not Helpful 17 Helpful Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.

By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. Pick a good spot. For instance, put a garden shed near your garden or put a storage shed where you can easily retrieve your items.

Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0. A ramp instead of stairs will allow you to move wheeled equipment in and out of the shed easily. Helpful 1 Not Helpful 1. Helpful 0 Not Helpful 1. If you plan to finish the inside, you should add an additional stud in each corner for a nailing surface. Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0. If you haven't done so before, have your property line surveyed and marked. Helpful 57 Not Helpful Helpful 58 Not Helpful Before you begin construction check local laws at your town's building department to see if a permit is needed.

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Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 2,, times. I should have read it before my construction, it might have prevented my problem. I did not have corner posts to set the floor joists on, and now the shed has settled into the ground and the wooden floor in the left front corner has become wet, rotted, and broken through to the ground.

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By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. Follow Us. X Help us do more We've been helping billions of people around the world continue to learn, adapt, grow, and thrive for over a decade. You do not want a saggy floor in your shed! The first layer of boards were fastened as shown here.

Where the upper portion of the frame rests directly on blocks I used landscaping adhesive to hold them in place. This same adhesive was used to secure the two blocks on each side that support the frame midway along the slope.

At this point it is critical that the frame is square. Be sure to measure corner-to-corner and adjust the frame as needed until both dimensions are exactly the same. Where my frame was attached to the riser blocks I actually fastened this second layer internally so the boards tied in directly to the riser blocks. This required a bit of pre-planning to ensure that the finished frame was exactly 8 feet by 8 feet, but it all came together nicely. Blocks of 2x6 were then added to the mid section between the joists to provide support to the edges of the floor boards that would meet there.

These sections were fastened in between the joists with toe-nailed screws or would that be "toe-screwed"? The "tongue" of the board that was sticking out over the edge of the frame was carefully trimmed off with a circular saw.

Some of you may be thinking "Hey man, aren't you concerned about your shed racking shifting laterally on those risers? Because of the relatively short height of the risers and the way they are bolted to the frame, I'm very comfortable with this setup. That said, if I was dealing with a more dramatic slope and needed risers substantially taller than this, I would not be as comfortable with this simple of a solution.

If I was building Garden Shed Frame Kits Data a shed on a very steep slope and was not going the route of building a retaining wall and back-filling it to create level spot , I would cement 4x6 posts deeply in the ground, and create a framework of angled supports fastened from the risers to the floor frame. When it comes to framing trusses for a simple structure like this, If you cut something at Boom, easy! The building of the roof trusses as well as the walls is done right on the floor platform. It's basically a large, perfectly-sized work table that acts as a sizing guide as you assembly the components that will ultimately be fastened to it.

For the roof I went with five trusses laid out 24 inches apart. See diagrams for dimensions and details on building the trusses. I framed my all my walls with 2x4 studs set 24 inches apart. You could do the studs at 16 inches apart, but I feel 24" is generally adequate for a shed. I wanted a super strong and "never-ever-gonna-sag" floor, so that's why I went with 16" centers there.

I chose to attach the exterior panels to the wall frames prior to putting each wall section up. This requires some planning and careful laying out of things along the way, but when it's time to put up the walls they go up in a breeze! I began by building the two peaked end walls. These two are built the full width of the floor, so exactly 8 feet wide.

For the height, I wanted to use every inch of the exterior siding panels I bought, so the height of the end walls plus the height of the floor platform together needed to be exactly 8 feet. The exterior panels will be attached to the wall frames with the bottom edge extending past the bottom of the walls, so the panels will cover the deck sides once the walls are put in place.

In a situation like this always go with actual real-life measurement rather than what it should be on paper. See diagram and photos for details and measurements. All of these boards were fastened with 3" screws through pre-drilled holes. The exterior panels will be left the full eight feet wide however, so they cover up the end wall frames once all the walls are put up. I got an old window from my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which I built into one of my side walls.

For the door, I needed it in a very specific location, which also dictated the max size I could build it the building of the actual door is covered later on. Since the factory-cut panels are perfectly square we can use this to our advantage to pull the frames into perfect squareness as well.

The panels are attached with exterior galvanized nails according to the order and directions in the diagrams I've shared here. If you want the shed to come together nicely, your walls have got to be perfectly square. Take your time and do it right. The end wall panels are installed in essentially the same manner as the side walls except there is no side overhang to plan for.

The side wall where I put my window required quite a bit of measuring and marking to know where to put all the exterior nails to fasten the panels to the frame. With the panels in place I removed the material where the window was to go, and installed the window.

Note: Don't remove the paneling where the door is framed in yet. The wall will be too weak without it at this point. You will want a couple of vents placed somewhere along your walls to maintain some airflow in and out of your shed. I placed mine on either ends of the the non-windowed side wall which faces away from my house, so I don't have to look at them.

I started by lifting the back end wall into place. I used 4" exterior screws to fasten the wall through the floor board into the floor frame boards. Be sure to use screws that can be fastened into treated lumber. The side walls were then lifted into place, butted firmly against the back wall frame, and then screwed down through the floor boards into the floor frame.

The corners where the frames meet were screwed together from inside the side wall frames to the end wall frame. Shorter exterior screws were added all along the outside bottom edges of the panels where they cover the floor frame. The last wall was lifted up and held in place by a couple of people. I climbed in and screwed it in place just as the other walls had been. The paneling that was covering the door frame was then carefully cut free using a reciprocating saw.

This panel will be used to build the door so care was taken to trim it carefully and not ruin it. The section of the wall frame at the bottom of the door was also removed with the reciprocating saw. The three remaining trusses were screwed to the tops of the wall frames directly inline with the wall studs. The amount of overhang was dictated by how I wanted to do the roof trim boards, which is covered in a later step. Trim was added around the window and along the corners.

These trim pieces were painted ahead of time and fastened with 1" pneumatic staples. I used exterior putty to fill the staple holes, and the window and corner trim was then caulked to seal the edges. For the roof, I installed architectural shingles to match the ones on my house mostly according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer, which are available here. For a simple shed like this you can either overhang your shingles a couple of inches all around, or install an aluminum drip edge as I did.

I deliberated for a while on how to include some shelves that would be useful, not waste any floor space, and still provide access to the window. These are what I came up with. I painted my floor with Rustoleum 4x Deck Cover paint so it would be waterproof and durable. One gallon allowed for two heavy coats. Thanks for sticking around till the end.

I think this is the most detailed documentation I've ever done for a project of mine. I sincerely hope it will be useful to many people. I hope you'll build a similar shed.

If you do, be sure to share some photos in the comments. As always, thoughtful feedback is appreciated. Thanks for taking a look! Wow, very solid. We just built three Information Booths for local festival, similar in most ways but ours were built on bases that act as pallets so forklift can put them on a truck for storage. Be sure to note that diagonal strut in door slopes toward the lowest hinge, kids.

And always build drip edges on structures you want to keep. It has inspired me to sort out the shed that I have been promising myself since my wife stopped my garage extension! You have answered lots of questions that I had in my head. Reply 5 years ago on Introduction. Thank you! Glad it helped you out a bit. A lot of the methods I used could be adapted to any size of shed you build. Good luck on yours if you make one! The raised legs of the shed that look like theyre sitting on special bracket bolts, they almost look like theyre height adjustable if you jacked the shed up.

Are they? Those brackets are just epoxied into the blocks. Note that the brackets in this Garden Shed Frame Construction Inc home depot listing sit directly flush with the cement block. The ones I bought had the bracket standing off of the cement block an inch or so. I assume it was a slight design change to keep the wood posts elevated just enough to avoid being in direct contact with moisture or something. Oh ok. I see now. The shed looks great. Id live there, me and my shovels and bikes. Cool pvc hangers by the way.

Exactly what I was looking for. Every other link I clicked after I googled cheap 8x8 shed led me to some site that wanted me to pay for plans or instructions. You sir are awesome. Thanks a ton!! Reply 1 year ago. I had the same experience before I built this! Glad you found this and hope it helps.

I'm not a pro, and some things could have been done differently. But it's still solid a few years in and doesn't leak, so it's been good :. Question 1 year ago. Thanks for sharing such detailed plans Seamster. I'm hoping to build a very small lean-to tool shed 2.

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