How To Build A Quaint Garden Shed How To Build A Quaint Garden Shed

If you're considering building your own garden shed, then you've probably been scouring the web for resources related to this very activity. You may have seen offers for prefab-kits, garden shed plans for sale or any other number of resources available on the Internet.
But if you've made the decision to do it yourself, there are a few things you need to do in order to make the process a productive one:

Step One - Permits and Code Regulations

Before even removing your hammer from the garage, you need to visit your local building authority and ask about any specific regulations or code requirements that may be required in the construction of your new garden shed. Many times, proceeding without the proper authorization or permits from your jurisdiction will result in costly fines or penalties and even the possible demolition of all your hard work.

Step Two - Choosing a Design

Once you've jumped through the hoops with the city, or your local municipality, you can then proceed to choosing what style of garden shed you want to construct. When choosing a design, there are two important factors to consider. The first: Functionality and the second: compatibility of appearance with your home.

Choose a design that meets your specific needs as far as space, shelving and other features. Also choose the style of design that blends well or closely matches with the appearance of your home.

Step Three -- The Foundation

The actual first step in the construction of your new garden shed involves building a foundation. The most common types of foundation are concrete and wooden skid types. If you want a permanent foundation, then concrete is the way to go; however, if you think that you might want to move the shed, at some point in the future, then you should consider a wooden skid type foundation.

Once you have decided on the type of foundation you'll use, choose a suitable location and proceed with the foundation's construction.

Step Four - The Walls and Roof

Once your foundation is laid, you can then proceed with framing in the walls and roof. Building out the frame and roof of a garden shed is very similar to framing a small house - you build stud walls created from 2 x 4 lumber lengths and attach half-inch or three-quarter inch plywood to the exterior. Likewise, garden shed roofs use simple roof trusses and sheeting in their construction.

Step Five - Trimming it Up

After you've completed the basic construction of the shed, install the door, windows, molding trim and shingles. Then, you're ready for paint - choose a color combination that matches your house - and you're done.

Building a garden shed from scratch is not the easiest DIY task; but, with patience, a little skill and some perseverance you can do it yourself. If you can manipulate basic hand tools, and follow written design plans, you can do this. If building a shed, from the ground up, stills seems like too much for you, then you may want to consider a prefab kit. They’re really fun and easy.

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