If you’re like most people, you have amassed a serious amount of material objects throughout your life, and some of them may be hard to part with. The alternative to parting with your stuff, however, can mean living with clutter than makes it hard to navigate your home or paying for expensive storage that can seriously deplete your bank account balance. What you may not have considered yet is that there is one viable option that won’t hamper your living space or your wallet. Building a shed may be just the solution for you.
While it is possible to buy a shed that is completely premade, it can be costly to do so and is not always your best option. If you make your own, you can build it to your own specifications and desires. You can determine the exact size and shape and install the right fixtures based on your needs. This will ensure that you have enough shelves and cabinets to house all your precious belongings.
The best place to start is with do it yourself storage building plans.
Typically, shed walls are made from wood, and the foundation may be concrete. Building a shed is not a difficult undertaking as long as you have the right tools and know how to use them. You will find it super easy to do if you are an experienced builder, but knowing the basics is all that is really required. If you’re a beginner with some knowledge, you’ll still find it relatively easy and a great learning experience.
There are some things you need to think about before you begin building. For instance, are you going to use the shed just to store your home’s overflow of stuff, or do you also want to be able to use it for garden tools and the like? Knowing what you’re going to want it for will help you determine how big is should be. Whatever the size you need, also make sure it is going to fit in the area in which it will reside.
The area should also be clear of underground wiring, cabling, and piping. Inadvertently erecting a shed in such an area will make it tough to perform maintenance on those items should the need arise.
Once you know how big your shed is going to be and where you are going to put it, think about what you will need to complete the project. Make a list of all materials, including the lumber and cement as well as hardware like nails and hinges. Add needed tools to the list, such as a hammer and saw. Then, estimate how much the shed is going to cost you in terms of materials you need to buy as well as tools that you don’t already own.
Start by leveling the foundation. The floor must be properly nailed to the blocks. Once you have the floor stabilized, form a frame by putting up the walls. When those are done, do the roof. As you’re building, don’t forget to make accommodations for the entrance and windows. You can buy a kit to help with this if needed, but they can be pricey.
If you do want help, there are all kinds of books and Internet sites that can assist. You can even find existing plans that you can tailor to meet your needs. A good book on carpentry may help you to build the perfect frame. At the very least, it will expose you to the different styles that you can choose from.
Before actualizing your shed, be sure to take into account local building ordinances. A building permit may be required in your area, and failure to obey local ordinances can result in fines and/or delays in building.
Once you have the structure built to your satisfaction, all that is left to do is to add the shelves, cabinets, and other fixtures and decorate it as you see fit. You can even paint it so that it complements your landscape, making it as beautiful as it is functional.