We provide outdoor shed plans that are affordable and easy to build from. Our storage shed plans are organized so that you can buy shed plans and build your own shed no matter what your skill level. There are helpful how to build instructions and tips that go along with each stage of the storage building process from the foundation, floor, walls to the roof. Building your own shed saves you money and is a very rewarding experience that adds value to your property. Click the shed images above to view our library of over 200 storage shed plans.
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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 using one of our shed designs!
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, 2-1/2"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:
It makes a clean and flat working surface. It is the perfect width to check the size of the rafters. The rafer dimension marks can be drawn and followed on the floor using the shed designs. You can attach blocks to the shed floor to make a jig so that all your rafter angles are exactly the same.
Building the walls comes next! When you buy our shed plans you will get wall framing diagrams that show where every board in the walls goes and how long it is. 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.
Our backyard storage shed plans are defined by their cost effective quality 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. You can buy shed plans with different pitches of roof slopes 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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A lean to shed is the perfect way to build up against a fence or wall and still have plenty of room in your yard. It also keeps water away from the structure you are building up against. The lean to shed design is the simplest design of shed to build because of its single plane sloping roof which makes the roof easy to build. We have many different configurations and sizes either with double or single doors. The larger lean to designs include optional plans to build the doors on any side of the shed. Our smaller lean to style sheds have a 4 in 12 pitch roof and our larger designs have a 2 in 12 pitch roof to keep the overall shed height lower and help reduce shed construction costs.
Modern Sheds are defined by their clean and simple looks. They are perfect to be used as a home office, work studio or even a cool place to store things. With lots of windows, a simple low slope metal roof and horizontal siding, these plans are a great way to build a professional work space right in your back yard. Building a home office or work studio in your backyard will eliminate the commute to work and at the same time give you a quiet professional place to work and bring clients.
A saltbox shed is defined by its double sloping roof style. The front roof has a steep slope of 12/12, and the rear roof has a lower slope of 5/12. Most plans have options for the doors on either the front or side. Click on the images to view more details. The saltbox style evolved from the practice of extending the second floor roof line down to the first floor level to create additional covered living space. The design adds a south eastern flair to back yard shed designs.
Our wood greenhouse shed plans have lots of windows and use clear polycarbonate roofing that lets in plenty of light to keep your plants happy and green. Several designs use the same doors that are installed on residential homes to keep construction simple and allow the door to have a glass panel to let in even more sunlight. The floors are made using 2x6 pressure treated wood so plants can be watered inside without the worry of damaging the floor.
Firewood sheds are simple sheds designed to help your firewood dry out and also keep it from getting a lot of water on the wood when it rains or snows. The simple open front design allows the wood to be easily accessible and increases air flow around the stacked wood. The floors are designed using 2x4 boards spaced 1" apart to provide plenty of strength and allow allow air to circulate up through the floor and around the wood to season it properly. The roofs are corrugated metal but they can also be roofed with asphalt shingles.
A well designed and built wood storage shed allows you to properly season your firewood so that it will be ready to burn.
The garden shed is often called a cottage shed which is defined by steep roofs and detailed trim work. The trim details take a little more time and expense but greatly add to the look and feel of a quality project. Our two main styles include the Cape Cod which has taller windows and the Colonial which has square windows.
We have a large selection of small horse barn plans, tack rooms and run in shed plans. Each of our designs comes with a materials list and construction plans to help you save time and money when you build. We have many different sizes of horse barns including one, two, three and four stalls. Most of the barns and run in sheds are designed to be built with pine board and batten siding on the outside and a 4' tall Oak kick board on the interior.
If you are looking for plans for the little extras like a ramp to make it easier to get into your shed then you have come to the right place. These shed ramp plans and instructions are free to download and use.
We have many shed plan details to help you build your shed to fit your needs. We offer free plans for our gable shed designs with roof optional roof pitches of 5/12, 6/12, 7/12, 8/12, 10/12 and 12/12. The are designed for 8', 10' and 12' wide sheds. Just let us know what plan you purchased and we will email you the plans
We make it as simple as possible to buy shed plans and start building. Our pdf download allows you to purchase the plans and start building immediately. We also offer the option to postal mail the plans if you need that. When you buy the shed plans you will get an email from us that includes a link to download the plans to your computer.
Building a Shed should be a fun project that provides the satisfaction of creating something and a sense of accomplishment. We have put great effort into our shed plans to make them easy to follow and work from. The How To Build A Shed eBook that is included with every shed plan is designed to show all the different steps involved in building a shed. The materials list is detailed out so that every part of the shed has a label which makes it easier to put each part where it goes. Let us know how your shed building project goes, we love to hear about and see photos of our customers building their sheds! Find the email address at the top of this page to send in your shed building photos.