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Using lean to shed plans to help you build a storage shed in your yard or garden is a great way to reduce the cost of building additional storage space. This style of shed has a single sloping roof that makes the roof easier to build and also allows all the rain and snow to run off to one side, keeping what is on the high side of the roof much drier than the low side. If you are looking for a way to build up against a wall or fence it is the perfect way to solve your problem. Many of our designs come with wall heights that allow the use of a pre-hung residential home door that makes the door easy to install. If you prefer to build your own door all of our plans come with door building instructions. The larger plans, 8x8 up to 12x16, come with drawings showing how to put the door on any of the walls.
Lean to sheds can be built by either attaching the roof structure to an existing wall or by building it freestanding. The roof is a single plane, with no roof ridge. This makes it the easiest roof to build. The walls can be enclosed or left open to allow easy access to the inside. These are some of the more common uses of lean to sheds:
The lean to shed is the perfect solution for storing things. It is simple to build and very functional. The single plane sloping roof allows you to build next to a fence and have the roof line at the top of the fence level or next to your house and have the entire roof sloping away from the house keeping moisture away from the house.
Many times when building a home office or studio you might want a plan that is contemporary looking to give you a more professional atmosphere. The single plane roof creates a contemporary or modern looking space that The clean lines of the single sloping roof and addition of windows to bring natural light inside make the lean to style of shed perfect for creating a home office. View our complete modern shed plan library.
The lean to style of shed is popular for storing firewood. Using open walls allows air to flow around the wood, seasoning it so it is ready for burining. The roof sloping away from the front opening keeps moisture and piles of snow away from the main firewood access.
The lean to works well to provide protection from horses while still allowing them to move freely in and out of the covered area. It is often built on the side of a raised center aisle barn or on the front of horse Run In Sheds to provide additional covered space.
Picking The Perfect Size:
With so many shed sizes to choose from it may be hard to decide on just one. The size and style you end up building will be affected by your local zoning requirements, storage needs, how much space you have to build on and your budget. After considering these items separately and together you will have a good idea of the style and size you need to build.
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