Building a shed yourself, whether it is for storing your gardening equipment or for your tools, is a great do-it-yourself project. But before you go out and buy a set of plans for the shed, you have to decide upon some things.
First, you need to know what you will mainly be using the shed for. Will you be storing your tools in there? Will you be keeping your lawnmower or other large equipment in the shed? Do you intend to use the shed as a workshop or potting house? As soon as you figure how you intend to use your shed, you can pick out which shed plans would be best to suit your needs.
Nowadays there are many different options in types of sheds. It really boils down to what type of shed you prefer and your personal tastes. But keep in mind that there are some styles that are more complex in design, and thus, not as easy to build yourself. Therefore, it is best if you opt for a simple style where the plans can be easily read and followed. It is also a good idea to use a design, materials and color that fit in with the design of your home, the backyard and any other structures within sight.
When considering the design of your shed, you need to be mindful of the size and style of the shed’s door. Whatever you intend to store in your shed must be able to fit inside the door to get it into the shed. If you only plan on storing small items, then just one door is best for ease of construction as well as for saving money. Either way, you do not want to have your door be less than 36 inches wide.
Size is also important. If you can afford it and you have ample space in your backyard, then a bigger shed is always most desirable. A good rule of thumb in figuring out how much space you actually need in your shed is to measure how much space you anticipate needing and then tack on an additional 30% to be safe.
Wood is the best material to use for building your shed. Roofing shingles should be used for the roof. Find a friend to build the shed with you if you can.