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Strategies for Building with Shed Plans

Updated on June 6, 2013

Building a shed with shed plans from scratch can be a satisfying task. Once you are done, you can take a few steps back, look at your creation and call it good. But there is a lot of planning that goes into building a storage shed even before you start looking at the various shed plans. Follow these strategies to help you make the best storage shed that you can be proud of.

Choose the Size of the Shed

When considering building a shed, you must first decide on the size of the shed that you will need. Sheds come in all sizes from the 4x4 to 20x20 if you need one that big and have room for it. The size will depend mostly upon what you are going to be using the shed for. If you just need something to store a few tools, you can probably get by with shed plans for a size of about 4x4. If you will be storing a tractor, lawn mowers and other large equipment, you should consider building a larger shed. Whatever size you need, you can either find shed plans to meet your needs or tweak the shed plans to fit your goals.

Choose a Location

You cannot simply throw a shed anywhere in your yard and expect it to live up to its functional potential. Instead, you should put a lot of thought into where you put it. For instance, if you will be using it to store a riding lawn mower, it may be best to put it at the end of the driveway so you can just drive the mower in and out of the shed. If you are using it to store play equipment, it might be best to position it near the house so the children will stay close by. If you will be doing a lot of work inside the shed, locate it somewhere that gets a lot of shade so it won’t feel like a sweatshop when you are tinkering around inside.

an example of a wood shed.  The wonders of what can be done with shed plans.
an example of a wood shed. The wonders of what can be done with shed plans.

Decide on the Materials

You can get shed plans regardless of the type of materials with which you want to build your shed. If you want to have a steel shed, you can find shed plans for that. If you prefer a plastic shed, there are shed plans for that, too. Wooden shed plans are also available in various sizes and styles. The most difficult part of building your shed might be choosing the materials.

Steel sheds have an advantage over other materials because they are more durable and reliable. However, they have a tendency to rust over the years unless you take very good care of them. Steel is also not easy to work with and if you are not careful, you could end up injuring yourself while building your steel shed. Wood sheds are more cost-effective, but they are not as durable as steel sheds. Wooden sheds are also not as secure if you are storing valuable equipment in them. Plastic sheds are lightweight and easy to assemble with the proper shed plans, but they are also prone to thieves who are looking for an easy target. Plastic sheds will, however, stand up to the weather elements better than steel and wood.

Search for the Proper Shed Plans

Shed plans are available online through a number of different companies. With all of the styles and sizes available, you should be able to find one that meets your storage needs fairly easily. Shed plans offer step-by-step instructions on how to set the foundation for your shed, construct the shed and finish it. You can also combine shed plans to make the ideal shed in your backyard. Whether you want a sliding door on the front, a sloped roof or any other features, you can find the shed plans to fit your needs. However, you must also have the patience and the time to build a shed. Don’t be like my father and cut corners. He would start every project by saying it’s going to be the best project ever and end up saying “That’s okay…nobody’s going to see that part anyways.” Even the best laid shed plans cannot prevent you from being motivated and patient enough to build your own shed.

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      8 years ago

      Great guide, Sehnonimo!

      Your advice is really helpful. Hopefully you will continue to share your insight with us!

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