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Our economy shed plans are designed with the same high standards as our larger sheds. They are more economical to build because the shed walls are shorter and smaller in size which uses reduces the amount of material used to build them. The smaller backyard shed plans come with a 6'-7" wall height which allows the door to be put on either the eve or gable ends of the shed. The lower wall height allows the sheds to be built using less shed building materials but still gives plenty of headroom inside the shed. Our 8' tall shed plans with a gable roof come are designed to be have an overall height of not more than 8'. This height allows them to be built in areas where building codes do not allow sheds to be taller than 8'. The economy shed line is designed to be as cost effective as possible and still provide a solid and well built shed. If you want a backyard shed plan with a higher wall or the option to install a factory built door please visit our Large Shed Plans section.
Economy sheds are really just shed plans that have been designed to make the best use of the building materials. The main factor that contributes to using the building materials well is the shortening of the shed walls. By making the shed walls a little shorter than the standard home framing height of 8'-1" there is a reduction in the use of siding materials, flashing for the siding and blocking that goes behind the siding joints. By shortening the wall height to allow the 8' tall siding to extend from the top of the top plate down past the bottom plate by 1 1/2" the siding can be installed without a joint. for easy water run off without seeping into the shed.
Our Economy sheds or Backyard Sheds as they are sometimes called use the 6'-7" wall height because it allows you to put the door on any wall of the shed and still have a 2x6 header over the shed door. Our home built doors are 6' tall. The shorter version of the economy sheds are a Short Storage Shed which gives the shed an overall height of no more than 8'. Check out our Short Storage Sheds web page. The Short Wall Lean To designs are designed to give you an economical lean to shed that has a reduced wall height.
Our backyard shed designs come in either the lean to or gable shed design styles. The gable roof shed provides the classic look of a backyard shed. The lean to gives you the ability to build the shed up against another structure like a house or fence and still keep most of the moisture running away from the adjacent structure.
The backyard shed plans are designed to be roofed with asphalt shingles but metal roofing may be used in its place. A lower pitch roof like the 4/12 roof pitch gives the shed a simple garden shed look while keeping the cost down. Higher pitch roofs use more building materials to construct and are more labor intensive to build. The roof overhangs on the economy sheds is kept to a minimum which reduces costs and labor to build the roof. The narrow rake detail provides a very narrow roof overang.
Most of our backyard shed plans come with a standard shed foundation of 4x6 treated rails as well as 4 optional shed foundations including concrete slab, poured concrete pier, pre-cast concrete pier and concrete block pier. Verify the foundation options for the shed you are interested by reading what comes with the plan on the page for that plan.
Whatever your shed plan needs we have a solution. From garden shed plans to basic shed plans, you will find the solution to your home storage needs here. Check out the shed plans on this page or browse the other shed plan pages on our web site to find your perfect shed plan.
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