Do you require some extra space to store your lawn mower so it's out of the weather? What about your other gas powered tools and all your hand tools like rakes, shovels, hoes etc...in addition to providing the perfect place for storing your outdoor items, A nice looking shed can really boost the value of your home by creating a rustic look in your back yard. With the many Shed plans available on line, you can choose from a assortment of sizes, roof designs and finishes!
You can also spend a lot of money on materials to built your shed. That's why it's very important to have good shed plans to follow. Many of the plans you can buy and download online include materials lists. Some of the better garden shed designs and plans provide cutting lists, so you simply purchase the materials as described in your plan and cut the materials to the specified sizes.
The 5 tips for a successful building are:
>>>> 1) Having a Solid Foundation...Any building no matter how well it's built will not last very long if the foundation sinks or decomposes. The ideal foundation would be a concrete slab on grade which will last the longest and provide a flat surface that won't rot and insects can't eat. Concrete is permanent so you won't be moving it...It also gives you a solid base for your anchor bolts to go into.
These anchor bolts are than bolted securely to the framing members [Treated bottom plates]. If you're going to use this method make sure you know where you entrance door will be. You don't want these anchors going where your door is. The second best foundation is pressure treated lumber.
>>> 2) Solid floor...If you've decided to use the concrete slab on grade foundation you can skip this. If you can use concrete blocks to sit your pressure treated 4X4's or 6X6's depending on the dimension of your shed. It's crucial that any lumber that will come into contact with the ground be treated! Treaded lumber also is a good insect repellant.
Using treated floor joists and box joists are recommended. Be sure to follow your shed plans for laying out the floor joists. It's a good idea to use 5/8 t/g plywood for your floor...That way nothing's going to go through especially if you're planning on parking your riding lawn mower in the shed.
>>>> 3) Have good air circulation...Moisture will quickly rot wood. Make sure you have a couple of air vents in the floor area if you're using a wood foundation. You also want to allow for air vents and a couple of gable vents. As well as venting hot air in the summer it will provide proper air circulation for getting rid of gas fumes from your gas tools. If you're concerned about birds and other rodents getting in use heavy screens to keep them out...This will allow air flow in and out.
>>>> 4) Pick door and window sizes...There's nothing worse than going through all the trouble of building you shed...Only to find out later that your riding mower won't fit through the door. A few inches bigger is better, If you have ever whacked your knuckles on the door frame when carrying something through the door...You'll know what I'm talking about.
Plan for the biggest item you want to bring in and then go bigger. Locate the windows on the walls were your not planning on storing big and long items. Remember to built your door so it swings out, this way you use that space taken up by the door swinging inside.
>>>> 5) Use low-Maintenance materials to finish the outside...In today's fast paced world if you have any spare time you don't want to spend that time scraping and repainting your shed every 2 to 3 years. Use metal or vinyl siding which may cost a bit more but don't need any maintenance other than a quick hosing down.
By following your outdoor shed plans and the 5 tips in this article you're going to have many years of use from this and any other outdoor structure you build. You can save yourself 100's even 1000's by building your shed yourself. What a perfect way to spend a few weekends with you family and friends.