Building an Outdoor Garden Storage Shed

An outdoor garden storage shed is a useful place to put all of your important garden tools and lock them away safely and out of the weather. Building a shed is a major job which will require the help of at least one other person, a lot of materials and a lot of labor. The job itself is more time consuming and labor intensive than technologically complicated in itself. Follow the simple steps below to effectively build your own storage shed for a garden.

Tools and Materials

  • Hammer
  • Exterior galvanized nails
  • Square
  • Hand saw
  • Chalk
  • Tape measure
  • Roofing nails
  • 2x4-inch wall studs
  • 2x6-inch rafters
  • Wood siding
  • Tar paper
  • Roof shingles or other roofing material
  • Sand
  • Pavers or concrete
  • Level

Step 1 – Make Preparations

Before you start any work or spend any money, ensure that you have any relevant building permits. In some states, it is necessary to have a permit to build almost anything as large as a shed or bigger. Next, make a detailed plan for your garden storage shed and draw it to scale, checking all of the measurements at least twice to make sure that everything is going to fit together as it should. You can also find a readymade plan on many online resources. Make sure that you stick to the plan that you have decided to follow. Finally, purchase all of the required materials.

Step 2 – Build the Base

Dig out an appropriately large area for the shed base. Dig this to about four inches in depth and fill about two inches deep with sand. Apply a layer of concrete or stone paving on top of this. The base will ensure that moisture does not rise through the ground and get inside the structure. It will also make the structure stronger. Make certain that this surface is completely level.

Step 3 – Build the Frame

Use an appropriately strong exterior grade wood and cut the sections for the frame. Make sure that the frame is going to be strong enough. You will need to have a frame post about every two feet and bars installed forming a square at the top of this. Use the square device to make sure that the corners form perfect right angles.

Step 4 – Build the Rafters

Cut the rafters to the right length using the same thickness wood that you used for the frame. Remember, that the ends of the rafters need to be cut at an angle. Install the ridge board on top of this, attaching the rafters with heavy duty nails.

Step 5 – Add the Siding

Install the wood siding onto the sides of the shed. Attach the siding with galvanized exterior nails. Each section of siding should slightly overlap as well.

Step 6 – Install the Roofing

Installing the roof is a major job in itself. To do this, you will need to cover the frame with timber sheathing and ridges. Tar paper will also need to be installed followed by the shingles.