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Build Your Own Shed

Updated on April 14, 2013

First step to building your new shed.

Choose a place in your backyard where your shed will be built. Places to avoid are those where water may collect or where there is inadequate drainage. If your shed does not get enough sunlight it can create a problem with mold and mildew.

When picking a spot for your shed keep in mind the accessibility. You don't necessarily want the shed right next to your house but you want it close enough to be convenient. If you're planning on running electricity to the shed make sure you take that into account as well. After you found the perfect spot, you can start to lay down the foundation.

Foundation

To achieve the cheapest and simplest form of foundation appropriate for your shed, think about the size and use of the shed, its location within the garden and possibly the sub-soil type.

If you are planning a small shed, read the next couple of paragraphs to point you to the next article to read, however for larger sheds I suggest you read right to the end of this article.

The smallest sheds don't need a foundation at all!

Small sheds and stores can often be situated on an existing patio or hard-standing.

Smaller prefabricated sheds (up to about 8'x6')

can be sited on crushed stone with either treated wood foundations (timber sleepers/railroad ties will do just nicely)or concrete foundation blocks or paving slabs

For sheds bigger than 8'x6'

more substantial shed foundation plans are required. A concrete shed base may be the solution. A concrete slab foundation has the advantage over timber floors if water is to be used on the shed floor or wet equipment to be brought in often.

What type of shed are you building?

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