How to Build a Shed – 4 Must Do Steps

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The time had come to build a shed. We had bicycles, wheelbarrows, garden tools and all kinds of outdoor stuff cluttering up the yard. Building a small shed should have been easy since I had completely finished our basement by myself. It would have been, had I taken the time to plan what I needed and design the sheds look and layout. Instead, I started buying lumber, nails and whatever else I thought I might need. This is called, make it up as you go shopping, and can be very expensive. I dragged it all home and slapped it together, planning it as I nailed it. Needless to say I wasted my money, my time and was not popular with my family, who had to live with this ugly and not very useful structure.
I learned that to build a shed I must begin simply, with at least these 4 steps:
1. Determine what you need the shed to do for you. Is it only for garden tools or will you be storing bikes and other items in it? The answers will help determine not only the size and shape of your shed but also what size of door you build.
2. Knowing the purpose of your shed, choose what you want it to look like. Will it add to the landscape of the yard or not? Sheds can have many styles, find a shed blueprint or make a design that fits for you. You will be looking at it for a long time!
3. You must also remember to make sure that your new shed conforms to the local bylaws or you may face some trouble, especially when you go to sell your house.
4. Finally, and only after the above three steps, buy the required materials that you know you need from your design plans and go for it!
I knew how to use woodworking tools – hammer and nails, tape measure and saw. I failed to plan ahead and write my shed plan on paper. As a result I got what I planned for, a shed that was really ineffective and not pleasant to look at.
As a bonus I have found that using good woodworking plans really makes the project much more fun to build. Follow these simple steps and I believe that you will have more fun and achieve a shed you can be proud of and maybe even a tidy yard. Friends, please learn from my mistakes!

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Have you ever:
– Wanted to build something, because you cannot find it “retail”?
– Thought of making something custom for a specific need?
– Struggled to find detailed plans to build your dream project?

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