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Sheds can range in size from as small as a 2ft. x 4ft. and can be as large as a 16ft. x 20ft. Anything larger than that and you start getting in the realm of barns, but if that is what you are looking to create than congratulations I know you can do it. However, for the sake of this article we are simply discussing the standard sized shed.

Shed base composition. Throwing a few concrete blocks on the ground to put your shed on is just not the way to go. Dig the ground out to accommodate a 120mm sub base of crushed concrete or hardcore before pouring a minimum of 120mm of mixed concrete on top. Make sure the shuttering for the base is absolutely level, this will make life easy when you are tamping the wet concrete and also save you the frustration of ill fitting timbers as you build. A base that is 20mm off level translates roughly to 55mm off level on your uprights when you get to 2.4 metres high!

When it comes time to picking out the style be sure that you are practical in your decision. After all, it must serve the purpose you are buying it for first, then fit in with the atmosphere where it will be located. It’s highly unlikely you are going to have any problems picking out the one you want when there are so many to choose from.


My experience was not to build a garden, or storage shed that did not include building instructions with the plans. If you are going to build your own shed, you’ll need plans that show you complete information about how to start the building process, including providing carpentry advice and materials lists.

It’s a good idea to get someone to work along with you onto it. It is usually more pleasurable to work with a family member or friend than on your own. Moreover, when you are feeling overwhelmed, or seem like you want to give up, there is someone there that can encourage you and push to the finish line.

Roof structure, considering the heavy load. Most free Shed Plansyou bump into have only a fairly flat roof and make do with small spec lumber which quite frankly, have a tendency to collapse under the load.

If you find free plans online, that is pretty much all you get. If you have any trouble with reading plans, tool questions, etc., you are essentially on your own, and can spend additional time surfing the internet asking questions, or looking for more information.

You can get a set of plans that’s hard to understand, diagrams in which you won’t be able to even tell which way is up, labelled in tiny print you have to squint at, plans created for pros who have already been doing this sorts of work for many years.

Is it easy to understand? Some guides tend to use terminologies and advanced approaches that are simply irreprehensible to many individuals. This is especially true if the person has no background in woodworking at all. That is why Ryan Henderson made his guide very easy to understand. Its step-by-step approach is easy to follow and anyone will learn.

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