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Build a backyard shed

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  • Completion Time : 7 Days

A shed is the perfect backyard storage solution and a great project for any homeowner with strong carpentry skills.
With these free plans, you can build a functional 8 X 8 shed in three or four weekends. It’s a versatile, low-maintenance design that’s easy to customize both inside and out.
This article covers the basics of how to construct the shed and can help you decide where to build and whether you need a permit before you begin. To get started, download a free building plan for this shed. You’ll find all the materials you need at your local home store or lumberyard.

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS

  • 4' or 6' level
  • 5lb sledge hammer
  • Carpenter's level
  • Caulking gun
  • Chaulk line
  • Circular saw
  • Electric drill & bits
  • Had saw (cross cut)
  • Hammer and/or Nail gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw
  • Plumb bob
  • Punch
  • Router
  • Set square
  • Shovel
  • Spade drills
  • Stakes
  • Stapler
  • String
  • Table saw
  • Utility knife

 

 

MATERIALS

Floor

  • 13 - 2" X 6" single joist hangers
  • 5 - 2" x 6" X 8' joists
  • 2 - 2" X 6" X 14' joists
  • 7 - 2" X 6" X 8' ribbon joists
  • 2 - 5/8" plywood floor sheeting

Wall

  • 9 - 7/16" X 48" X 96" OSB sheets
  • 12 - 2" X 4" X 8' sill plate
  • 32 - 2" X 4" X 93 ¼"
  • 1 - 2" X 4" X 12' lintel

Roofing

  • 1 - 2" X 4" X 12' gable
  • 4 - 2" X 4" X 8' ceiling joists
  • 2 - 2" X 4" X 14' ceiling joists
  • 8 - 2" X 6" X 12' rafters
  • 2 - 2" X 6" X 10' sub-fascia
  • 1 - 2" X 6" X 12' sub-fascia
  • 1 - 2" X 6" X 16' sub-fascia
  • 1 - 2" X 8" X 8' ridge board
  • 4 - ½" plywood roof sheeting
  • 1 - 50-lb asphalt paper roll
  • 4 - 20-year asphalt shingles packs
  • 6 ln ft - 10" galvanized flashing
  • 2 - 10' Aluminum face-drip moulding
  • 3 - 10' Aluminum side-drip moulding
  • 5 - 6" X 10' aluminum fascia
  • 2 - 16" X 12' aluminum ventilated soffit
  • 4 - ½" X 12' aluminum soffit "J" trim

Exterior finish

  • 39 - 12' Vinyl horizontal D-4 siding
  • 3 - 12' Vinyl starter strip
  • 5 - 10' Vinyl exterior corner
  • 1 - 10' Vinyl interior corner
  • 3 - ½" X 12' Vinyl "J" trim
  • 1 - 12' Vinyl window top drip moulding
  • 18 ln ft - 1" X 4" pine
  • 24" X 48" window
  • Exterior door and hardware

Interior

  • Single pole electrical switch
  • Electrical outlet
  • Interior ceiling fixture
  • Exterior wall mounted fixture

Hardware

  • 7 lbs. - 3 ½" common nails, bright
  • 1 lbs. - 2 ½" box nails, coated
  • 1 lbs. - 1 ½" roofing nails
  • 1 lbs. - 1" nails for vinyl siding
  • 1 lbs. - 1" nails for vinyl soffit/fascia

Foundation (concrete block)

  • 9 - 4" X 8" X 16" concrete blocks
  • 3.25 cubic yd  - 3/8" crushed gravel

Before Assembly

ELEVATION

Garden shed elevation, for more storage

 

  • You can easily modify this shed design to an 8' X 8' square floor plan if you want to simplify construction or modify the plan to include additional windows or wider door opening.

  • Several weeks before you plan to start your project, talk to your municipal building office about permits or any specific conditions you’re required to meet given the size and scope of your project. Also contact your local utility company to locate and mark any buried power, water, or gas lines.

  • Before you begin, read the plan from start to finish. Get a feel for the steps in the assembly process and the materials involved.

  • Set aside enough time to do the job, taking daylight and preparation time into account. Check the weather; it’s important to work on calm days when no wind or rain is in the forecast.

  • Expect to devote one full weekend (or one-third of your total project time) to preparing your building site and constructing a foundation, especially if you’re using concrete piers. They take time to dig, level, and square, and for the cement to set.

  • Don’t forget about shelving, hooks, and other storage options for your finished shed. If the door to your shed is higher than the ground, a ramp will make it easier to wheel out items like lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, or bikes.

  • Over time, an on-grade foundation can shift out of square or level especially in areas with significant or prolonged freezes. It’s possible to jack up the building and shim or adjust the blocks to level the foundation, but it may be difficult to make the shed as square as it was when you built it.

  • If at any point you’re unsure of what you’re doing, call a qualified professional. The money you spend will be returned in the benefits of a quality job.

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