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Our backyard storage shed plans are defined by their cost effective construction and simple to build designs. Their construction includes 2x4 framed walls, T1-11 grooved plywood siding, asphalt roofing and a strong sandwich construction door. The lower pitched roof and simple trim make them easy and inexpensive to build. If you are looking for storage shed plans that are designed to be easy to build from and as cost effective as possible, the backyard shed plan line is your best choice.
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We are excited to show you this shed building project. It is a great example of what you can build in your own yard or garden!
This is a great sized shed to store many things both large and small. It has a 4' wide doorway which makes it easy to fit a lawn mower and most other yard and garden tools or bicycles.
We built this shed last fall and are excited to share it with you. So check out our build photos and plans below.
The first step, after planning, is to lay the foundation rails. Our plans recommend that the shed rails be set on crushed gravel to make it easier to level the ground and to improve the drainage away from the wood. We did not use gravel because this shed was moved after it was built.
We marked the floor joist locations on the rim joists and then set them on the foundation rails. The floor joists are set between the rim joists and naild on their respective marks.
Check the floor framing for square before installing the floor sheeting. This is done by measuring diagonally from corner to corner and moving one of the rim boards until the two measurements are the same.
Installing the floor sheeting is done by applying glue to the tops of the floor joists and then setting the 3/4" floor sheeting on it. Make sure that the sheet is square with the floor joists and then nail it on. We use 8d galvanized nails to install the floor sheeting. This keeps the nails from rusting.
The rafters are built next. It is easiest to build the rafters on the shed floor before the walls are built because:
Building the walls comes next! The wall top and bottom plates are laid out at 16" on center just like the floor josits. Make sure to crown each of the wall studs so the wall is uniform in shape.
Nailing the wall plates to the wall studs. Make sure to nail the studs on the correct side of the layout marks!
The door header is assembled and installed on the 8' wall. Trimmers are installed on each end of the header to hold it up.
After all the walls are framed they are stood up and attached to the floor of the shed and to each other. We do not worry about squaring them at this time. They will be made square when we put the siding on.
Attaching the siding is done after standing the walls to square up the shed walls before the roof is built. We used pre-primed grooved siding.
Setting the roof rafters is done after all the siding is attached to the shed walls. The rafter locations are marked on the top plates. The end rafters are set first and a string line pulled between them so you can make sure to set all the shed roof rafters the same so the roof sheeting will be flat when it is attached.
The roof sheeting is installed after the fascia is nailed to the rafter ends. The successive rows are staggered with the ones below. Make sure that the ends of the sheeting share half of the tops of the rafters.
When installing the trim on the shed the eve fascia is installed first and then the rakes of the roof.
The corner trim is installed after the roof fascia and soffits are installed. The soffits should be installed before the corner trim so the corner trim can butt up against it.
The door is trimmed last.
We used 25 year asphalt shingles on the shed roof. The steps to installing the roofing are to"
To see a detailed description of how to install aspahlt shingles on a shed roof see our How To Page.
We built the shed door next.
Hanging the door is one of the easiest parts of building the shed. We set a spacer on the door threshold to maintain the reveal spacing around the door and set the door on it. After making the reveals on all sides of the door the same we attached the door hinges.
Painting the shed is the last step. We used a two tone paint to give the shed a backyard barn look.
We really enjoyed building our shed. It is always a satisfying experience to build something. Especially when it is as useful as a backyard storage shed.
These plans are from our backyard shed collection. It is one of our simpler sheds to build because the door is a single door and the wall height is low enough to be covered with single pieces of siding.8x10-G GABLE SHED MATERIALS LIST
Hinges 6" 3
1 - Lock per owner
1 - O.S.B. 4x8x7/16"
1 - T1-11 Siding 4x8x7/16"
3 - 2x4 lumber 8'
3 - 1x4 Trim 8'
#9 flat head, Polymer 2 "" Exterior deck screws 1lb.
(Used to install trim to exterior.)
#8 flat head, Polymer 1 " Exterior deck screws 1lb.
(Used to install exterior and interior panels to door.)
#9 flat head, Polymer 3" Exterior deck screws lb.
(Used to install hinges.)
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The tutorial that goes along with these shed plans is an abbreviated version of the instructions shown in our How To Build a Shed Section. Please read the How To Build A Shed Instructions or View The Shed Building Videos before beginning this project.
The shed floor plan shows the overall wall sizes and door location. The plans use a letter and number designation to call out materials. The references a specific material that coincides with the materials list. This helps keep it clear what material or part goes where.
The exterior elevations show the different exterior finishes and what the shed will look like when finished.
STEP 1 - BUILD THE RAIL FOUNDATION
The rail foundation is made from 4x6 pressure treated lumber. They are set on the ground. We recommend putting down a bed of gravel under the rails and shed. The benefit of this is to provide drainage away from the wood rails and helps in leveling the ground. It also aids in keeping weeds down.
The shed floor is built using 2x6 floor joists set on top of the pressure treated foundation rails. The floor joists are laid out at 16 inches on center. The steps to building the shed floor are:
STEP 4 - BUILD THE SHED ROOF RAFTERS
The rafters are built at this time because you have the shed floor to work on without any walls in the way.
STEP 5 - BUILD THE SHED WALLS
The walls are shown on the plans next but you will want to build the roof rafters before building the walls. The open floor is the perfect place to build the rafters.
The walls are built by:
Stand The Walls Of The Shed:
STEP 6 - INSTALL THE SIDING
Siding Installation: The siding is used to square up the wall framing.
STEP 7 - BUILD THE SHED ROOF
The roof framing is installed next. Use the roof rafters you built earlier.
Install The Shed Roof Rafters:
Install The Roof Sheeting:
The building section shows you a lot of information about how the shed goes together including the relationship between the floor to wall, wall to rafters and the wall height.
Roof Framing Details
These details show the roof connections.
Floor To Wall Connection Details and Door Header Construction Details
The trim is installed in the following order:
Check out our how to install asphalt shingles on the roof video and tutorial to see all the details related to installing roofing. The general steps are as follows:
The door is actually one of the easiest parts of the shed to build. It is built from full sheets of O.S.B. and siding
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