You will find all kinds of kits and plans for building a storage shed on the websites and in stores. Before choosing the plans that you want to use however, you will want to make some decisions about the type of shed and its use. You may also want to plan on enlisting some help in building your backyard dream shed.
A person may want a shed that holds tools. If this is the case, they will want to build a shed that has head room and space for both tools and a workbench. In some cases these sheds also have electrical outlets installed so that equipment can be used during the winter. Perhaps the shed will be used for storing bicycles or garden equipment. These sheds must be built so that you can get to the back of the shed easily to retrieve items.
If you find out your shed will need to be more than 200 square feet, contact your local government office. In some areas a person needs a building permit for any structure that is 200 square feet in size. This may not seem very important when you are thinking about building the shed, but the resale value of your home can be significantly impacted if you have structures on your property that were not built using a required permit.
Calling the cable and utility company will be an important step before you start to build your shed. Finding out where all lines, cables, and pipes are located in your yard will help you to put your shed in a safe location. In addition the shed should be placed at least two to three feet away from any bushes, structures, or fences. This will allow air to flow evenly throughout the shed when it is completed.
When you know which areas in your yard are clear for the size of the shed, you will want to find the highest point in the yard to build the shed. By staying away from low spots in your yard, you will not have to worry about water run-off getting in your shed during heavy storms or floods.
The flooring of your shed will be important when you build. Sheds use either skids, which are 4″x4″x8′ lumber placed on solid concrete blocks, or a concrete slab. If you are going to use skids for your flooring be sure that the wood is pressure treated and that the skids are spaced evenly apart. You will also want to be sure that the concrete blocks and the skids are level.
If you are building your shed in an area where there is run-off, then you will want to set your blocks or timbers in 2-4 inches of gravel. Pressure treated wood is very important when building your shed. It will be in the elements and you need to protect the wood from insects and rot.
When you order your plans, make sure that they use low maintenance materials in the building. You will save a lot of time and effort if you don’t have to worry about maintaining the shed on a regular basis. Instead of cedar for example, use PVC timber which will not have to be painted each year.