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 How to build garden, tool, or storage sheds?

In this how to build sheds guide we freely provide, for the do-it-yourself shed builder, additional helpful construction tips on building. The 31 page guide is illustrated and written specifically for people who are using our storage shed plans, who are new to this and who want more information on how to build sheds. It will also interest anyone else who is interested in such a building project. The printable version of our  “Construction Guide” in PDF format is free. It requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is also available free. To get the reader click on it's icon and follow the instructions.

JUST CLICK ON THE CONSTRUCTION GUIDE'S COVER AND THEN PRINT IT OUT. IT IS A BIG FILE SO PLEASE BE PATIENT.

SAMPLES OF WHAT'S INSIDE IS SHOWN BELOW IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO BUILD SHEDS BIG OR SMALL

Shown below are just a few of the many illustrations and construction tips in the actual guide.

ABOUT FLOOR FRAMING

Our entire portfolio of shed plans use only standard “Platform” framing techniques and materials. This is the most common method of building homes in North America and is rapidly being copied in other parts of the world. It’s also the best way to build sheds because it has the advantage of cost saving, adaptability and strength. It is also an easier way to build as shown it our how to build sheds guide, especially when compared to older methods of building with wood in the past, such as balloon framing or post-and beam construction. Post and beam construction is the method seen in old pictures of barn rising where a dozen or so men are seen working in the roof rafters. Clearly not an easy task.

 

ABOUT WALL FRAMING

Place the wall studs for the corners first. Choose ones that are straight. Then come the other ones. Remember to always put the crown up. Then place the trimmer studs. Nail them to the sill plate. Next install the lintels, sills and cripple studs and nail as per plans and specifications. The actual size of lintels will vary greatly with each different plan, which depends on their needs and the roof loads they must carry. Some may just have a sill instead of an actual lintel because they carry little or no load at all. Once all the framing members are nailed together, make the frame square and install the wall sheeting onto the framing members. Your plans will show wall sheeting installed over the 3 piece built up beam and the double floor joist. This gives the sheeting the continuity that makes the siding look better. The sheeting for this area comes from the scrap pieces cut out from the window and door openings. In other words the bottom of the sheet you nail on the wall framing does not extend all the way down. This is because it makes the walls too hard to handle and can produce more waste. Nailing the sheets on after the wall is up is also harder to do and this does not make the walls rigid. Rigidity in the walls will help you keep them up straight and square. You should have some sheeting on each wall. 

Again care must be used when calculating, measuring and cutting all framing members so that when put together they fit well. Most carpenters draw the actual walls out onto the plywood or concrete. This helps them visualize and measure exactly. The walls then cover these chalk or pencil lines. Take your time and do it well because this can be the most rewarding part of the project. Things start to happen fast at this stage including the pride that comes with seeing things come together. It gives you a nice feeling. When you have built a wall just move it off your platform and make the next wall until they’re all made. Then they are put in place installed plumb (straight up and down within 1/8” difference between the top and bottom of the wall) and then braced as shown in illustration # 7.

ABOUT ROOF FRAMING

At Just Sheds Inc. we know that roof framing is the most difficult part of construction, whether it is a simple roof as shown in our free plans or more complex. This is why we give all the needed details in our “RAFTER CUTTING LAYOUT” page in our plans. They all show the sizes and angles you need to cut. All of them have actually been cut and proven to fit. It is helpful when reading this guide to refer to your plans. If you have yet to select or purchase a set, print out the free copy so you can refer to it for more clarification on some of the items referred to in the framing part of this guide. Looking at the plans for the shed you want to build is helpful especially as you read about the roof framing part in this guide.

 

 

ABOUT SIDING

Installing the siding is another fun part of your shed building project. We recommend vinyl as the best material to cover your shed with because it’s maintenance free, comes in a host of colors and patterns that you can choose from and it’s inexpensive to buy.  Vinyl siding is also a proven product. It’s easy to install and keeps it’s good looks for a long time. Although you should follow the instructions that come with the siding, illustration # 11 shows some of the items common to all such siding. Horizontal rather than vertical siding was chosen for this illustration.

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