I'll have to admit, I wasn't really sure where to start when I was trying to build a storage shed. I like to consider myself a handyman, but we are all still learning new things right? I've made this webpage so I can try and help people out in making their own.
So go ahead and grab a piece of paper and a pen, and answer these 7 questions below. It will really open your mind and give you a direction toward finishing your project.
The 7 Questions:
1. What Do You Really Need The Shed For?
To start with you may be thinking its going to be used to store just the garden equipment. Think hard about this. Is it going to end up being a family shed? In other words, are the kids going to want to store their sports equipment in there? Or is the wife going to find a new place for the Christmas decorations, in your shed? So make a hard and fast rule of what the shed will be used for.
2. What Size Do You Want It To Be?
Now you know exactly what it is going to be used for, that will give you the size that you are going to want. Don't forget to plan for the future. If its restricted to garden equipment, you will most likely be adding to your collection over the next few years, so you don't want to have to build a shed all over again.
3. Where Are You Going To Put It?
You need to determine when is the best place for it. It has to be some place accessible, without walking through your flowerbeds. Probably tucked away so it doesn't interfere with your landscaping. Again think of the future, you don't want to have to move it.
Now is the area you have allotted for it and the size of the shed you want compatible? If not then there has to be a compromise, either in the space or the size.
4. Does It Need To Be Insulated, Waterproof, or Open?
If you are in a four season climate then you need to decide what seasons you need the shed to be able to withstand the most.
5. Does It Require A Building Permit?
Know what your local by-laws are for building a shed. It wouldn't be nice to get your project finished, and then have city officials come along and tell you to take it down. Normally you won't need a building permit if you stay within a specific size, but if you have determined to go larger than what's allowed, you will have to submit building plans for approval. This is explained further down the page, so you can leave this answer blank for now.
6. What Is You Budget For This Project?
Everything you have decided up to now is dependant on your budget. Its kind of difficult to set a budget when you haven't determined the cost of materials yet. Its your budget that's going to help you when it comes time to picking your shed plan!
7. Where Should You Get Your Plans For Building A Shed?
You have lots of answers now. The purpose, the size, and the budget. There are some free shed plans out on the internet, but many of them do not go into detail. I've worked out a deal with Ryan Henderson (owner of "My Shed Plans") to give all of my readers a price cut. Let me explain what "My Shed Plans" Is.