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16x20 is a large shed design. There are many uses for this size of shed that include everything from storage to back yard living space, detached garage or even a home office. All of our 16x20 designs, except for the lean to, are intended to use roof trusses designed and manufactured by a local truss company so that they will meet the needs of your local roof loading conditions.
Because of the large size the 16x20 sheds typically require a building permit. As a precaution before building this shed or any other shed you should be sure to verify with your local building department the codes in your area during the planning stages of your project.
Our 16x20 storage shed plans have a great variety of shed styles to fit many diffferent design needs including the following:
16x20 Traditional Shed Design: The traditional style shed has design features that are found in many regions across the country. The gable shed comes standard with a 10/12 pitch roof but that can be changed when the roof trusses are ordered to be less of a pitch or more of a pitch. The roof overhang is 1'-4".
16x20 Lean To Shed Plans: If you need a large lean to shed the 16x20 lean to design is a great solution. Utilizing the simplest shed design the lean to has a single plane roof which allows it to be built close to another structure, like a fence or building, and still keep all the rain and snow moving away. Our lean to shed design has optional framing plans for the doors on any of the shed walls from the tall wall, end walls and short wall.
16x20 Garage Door Shed Plans: Our garage door sheds come with construction details showing how to trim the garage door opening. The large door allows you to store large equipment and even a car, as long as it will fit the length of the shed. This shed can be built on wood skids or concrete foundation.
16x20 Garden Shed Plans: The Nantucket style shed is defined by its steep 12/12 roof pitch and side door being centered between two windows. Details are included showing how to install the rake and eve fascia to match the design of the Nantucket style.
Because of the large 16 foot span of the 16x20 shed roof trusses or rafters our plans recommend the use of pre-engineered roof trusses. This is common for structures of this size because the increased loads for such a large roof area are much greater than smaller sheds. By having the trusses engineered and built by a local truss plant you will be sure to have a roof structure that is strong enough to handle the roof loads found in your area.
Installing engineered and pre-built trusses will save you many hours of work building them on site.
The lean to shed is designed to use Engineered lumber for the roof rafters. These "I" joists come with engineering that describes the load capacities of the joists at different lengths for different spans. Verify locally that the loading conditions meet or exceed the design shown on the plans. Your building department or lumber sales person can help you with this.
The 16x20 sheds have two different foundation plans that come standard with each plan. These are Concrete slab and wood rail with a framed floor.
Planning to build your shed is an extremely important part of building your shed. Before you actually start cutting wood and nailing it together you will need to consider the following questions:
iCreatables.com is a wonderful shed planning resource. We have several different shed plan planning and instructional resources to help you plan and build your shed. The 16x20 Shed plans shown above on this page are the key resource to help you plan and build your shed.
In addition to the 16x20 shed plans we also have several instructional helps. The first is our How To Build A Shed eBook that comes free with every shed plan purchase. In this eBook you are shown how to frame the floor of the shed, build the walls, install the roof trusses, layout the studs for the wall and floor framing and many other construction techniques for every part of the shed. If you prefer to watch videos we also have a shed building video that shows and describes how to build every part of a regular gable shed. The videos cover everything from setting the foundation rails to painting the shed.
iCreatables has the perfect 16x20 shed plan design to provide you with the information you need to complete your large shed building project. Check out the different shed designs shown at the top of this page and pick a plan that is perfect for you and start building your shed today!
Large Views of 16x20 Shed Plans
16x20 Nantucket Shed
16x20 Gable Shed
16x20 Shed With Garage Door
16x20 Lean To Shed
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