Building a shed is a great way to add some extra storage or workspace to your garden and even add some visual interest to the space. This project is one you can take on yourself, without having to hire a professional, so you can save money and fully customise your shed.
Even if you are new to do-it-yourself projects, or don’t have much building experience, it is possible to do it in just a few days. These steps are designed to help you though the building process of this project. You can alter them to create a shed that will fit in your garden and customise it any way you want.
What You’ll Need
With the right tools and equipment, building a shed is easy and safe to do on your own. You will need:
• Vinyl Siding
• Corrugated Roofing
• Roofing Nails
• Screws and Nails
• Concrete Mixer
• Framing Square
You should wear appropriate safety equipment, including gloves, closed-toe shoes and safety goggles while working on this project.
Step 1: Prepare the Site
First, choose a level site for your shed. Make sure it will be easily accessible and plan which way you want the door to face. Also consider whether you want the shed to have an electrical supply, and plan for that. Other things to take into consideration include conditions around the area and natural lighting.
Step 2: Pour the Concrete Slab
Nail some narrow boards together to create a frame where the floor will be, which you will use as a mould for the concrete. The concrete slab should be 25 mm smaller on all sides than the floor of your shed. It is also a good idea to make sure the concrete is slightly sloped, so that rainwater can easily drain away from the shed.
You may need to use a shovel to dig into the ground to create a level place for the slab. Use a concrete mixer to prepare and then pour the concrete. Smooth the concrete and let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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Step 3: Build the Floor
Cut the boards to size, making sure the floor will be 25 mm shorter than the concrete slab on all sides. Then, use them to create a floor frame. The frame should consist of four solid sides, with connecting boards running from left to right to support the floor.
Once the base of the floor is complete and in place, nail the plywood on top to create the flooring.
For each of these building and installation steps, use the level and framing square to make sure each piece is level and square, so they will all fit together perfectly as you construct the shed.
Step 4: Build the Walls and Gables
Now, using the same technique you did with the base of the floor, build the walls and gables. Again, this step should be customised for the size of your shed. Start by laying out the frames and the adding the studs, or support beams within the frames. Cut groves along the top of the gable ends that match the width of the roof support beams you will be using in step six. Be sure to leave a framed opening in one wall for the door.
Step 5: Install the Walls and Gables
Lift one gable into place on the floor and use a prop to hold it upright, then lift one side wall into place and screw the gable and side panel together along the framing battens. Once these two pieces are secured together, you can attach the second wall frame and the second gable.
Make sure you can easily open and close the door before you secure the walls and the door. Then, attach the plywood panels along the inside of the walls and gables to create interior walls.
Step 6: Install the Roof Support Beams and Panels
With the walls and gables in place, you can install the roof beams. Lift them into the grooves in the gables and make sure they are secure. When everything is in place, use screws and L-brackets to secure the roof beams to the gables.
Now you can install the roof panels, cut from plywood, over the roof support beams. Use screws to attach them securely to the beams.
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Step 7: Install Siding and Roofing
Once the foundation and structure of the shed are finished, you can add siding and corrugated roofing to making it look better and to protect it from the elements. Install the siding carefully near the door to make sure it can easily be opened and closed.
Step 8: Finish the Inside
The amount of work you do on the inside of your shed is up to you. You can leave it as is, and use it to store the lawn mower and garden equipment, or you can add some features to make it more functional. Consider adding shelves, a potting table, a workbench and even cupboards for tools and equipment.
You can leave the plywood walls in their natural state or you can paint or stain them to give them a more finished look. You can also leave the floor as is, treat it, or even install outdoor carpeting or tile.
Installing a shed is a major DIY project, but it isn’t an impossible one. With the right tools, and by following this guide, you can install a shed that will be the perfect place to work in your garden or store tools and equipment.
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