There’s no doubt that wooden sheds make a great focal point for your backyard that you will be drawn to. So if you are thinking of building your own wooden shed for your backyard, there are a few things you need to consider. Here are a few tips that are sure to help you become a happy shed owner:
1. Choose a Purpose
Whether its going to be a nice place for you to relax, enjoy a favorite hobby, or simply store your pool equipment or chemicals, knowing how you will use your shed is an important starting point. Once you know this, all the rest will fall into place.
2. Its All About The Location
Do you want your shed to be able to move (just in case) or do you want it to be in a permanent spot? Determining this will affect how it is to be made. Keep in mind that tree branches over the shed will be messy with debris and bird droppings.
3. Site Prep
Prepare the site properly by giving yourself the time to do it right. Your site should be cleared of rocks, large debris, and plants. Sloping the ground slightly downward towards the back of the shed ensures proper water drainage.
4. Choosing Shed Plans
Good plans include detailed drawings of the difficult (or intricate) parts of the building process. They should also include photos of the completed shed as reference.
5. Purchase a Shed Kit
You can purchase a shed kit right online if you don’t have the time to build from scratch or you feel you don’t have the skills it takes to construct a custom shed. The benefits of a shed kit are that they come in a wide variety of sizes and styles and they go together really fast.
6. Use Cedar as the Best Material
Cedar is resistant to rot and insects which make it a great material to use for wooden sheds. And the overall appearance will make your shed a major focal point of your yard.
7. Get a Helping Hand
Having an extra hand to help with the construction of your shed will not only make the job go faster, but it sure makes it easier as well.
8. Plan Ahead
When you are building your shed, now is the time to prepare for electricity or plumbing that you may want to add in the future. Planning ahead makes things go a lot easier later on.
9. The Difference is in the Details
Hinges and door closures are not the place you want to skimp on. You’ll be much happier with the results of your shed if you use higher quality hardware.
10. Don’t Underestimate the Value of Small Spaces
You know the spaces between the studs? Those are the perfect spot to add 2×4 shelves to hold all those smaller objects.