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Storing Stuff in a Lean To Shed:
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. Our lean to sheds can be build immediately next to an existing structure with the roof sloping away.
They can also be build attached to an adjacent structure and have the tall wall removed. You can email us for details showing the connection of the lean to shed to an existing wall. You should also check with a local structural engineer to make sure that the wall you are attaching the lean to shed roof to is sufficiently strong to hold the new roof.
The roof is easy to build because each rafter is one board that slopes from one side of the shed to the other. Is all you need to do is cut a birdsmouth on each end of the rafter so it can sit flat on the top of the shed wall and cut the rafter ends so they are vertical and your rafter is ready to install on the wall plates.
Lean To Shed Plans
The lean to shed style is one of our most popular designs. Our plans are designed to aid both the beginning builder and the seasoned professional to successfully build a lean to shed. Our plans show detailed information like the location of every board in all the shed walls and shed floor. By using the shed plans and the How To Build a Shed instructions together you will have the informational resources you need to plan, determine costs, and build your shed.
You can view an example of the type of information shown on our plans by viewing our shed plans example page.
Every set of plans comes with How To Build A Shed eBook that walks you through the steps cutting and installing the roof rafters for a lean to shed roof. It also covers all the other aspects of shed building like framing the shed floor, framing the shed walls, installing siding and installing trim.
Lean To Shed Doors:
Most of our designs allow you to build the lean to storage shed with doors on any of the 4 walls. This allows you to orient the sloping roof and the foot print of the shed in the best way for your needs. Lean to sheds are often built on the side of a home with the shed roof sloping away from the house. In this configuration placing the door on the end of the shed allows you to easily access the shed while still using all available space between the house and fence.
Our larger lean to sheds, 8x8 and larger, come with the option of a home built door or a pre-hung door. The plans are included for the home built door and materials list. Pre-hung doors are available from local home stores, lumber yards or door shops. You can have a door built with options like deadbolts, different jamb thicknesses, door threshold and swing direction. A pre-hung door for your shed also gives you the option of having a door style that is hard to build at home.
Lean To Shed Roof:
The larger lean to sheds us a roof slope of 2 in 12. This keeps the slope of the roof lower and material costs down. You can use either asphalt shingles or metal roofing. When using asphalt shingles you will need to check with your roofing manufacturers specifications to verify the process for installing shingles on a low slope roof. The most common solution is to install a 36 inch wide roll roofing or Ice and Water shield before the shingles are installed. When installing metal roofs you will need to use a metal roof shape that is called PBR. It is a 36 inch wide metal that is designed to be installed on low slope roofs. You can order it cut to the lenght needed for your shed roof from a local roofing supplier, home store or lumber yard that sales metal roofing supplies.
Modern Office or Studio:
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. 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.
Having a home office or studio is a great way to shorten your commute to work and reduce the cost of renting office space. All of our modern sheds use the basic lean to design. With the addition of windows, upgraded siding and pre hung doors you can transform the out side of your lean to shed into a first class work space.
Firewood Shed Plans storage:
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 burning. 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. Using the lean to design on the farm is popular because 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. The lean to shed design is also one of the least expensive ways to add additional covered space to protect livestock, feed and equipment.
Pick Your Plan and Start Building Your Backyard Lean To Shed Today!
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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