Despair and confusion is what sets in when a person looks at their cluttered homes. You may not have realized it at first, but as you accumulate things, you soon would have filled out house with outdated and useless objects and even your garage becomes a no man zone. Many of these things are not used or have used only once, so you will then realize that you either have to sell them, or just create a storage space for them, preferably, not inside your home. This is the time that you may need to build a backyard shed.
Build Backyard Sheds Basics
Although there are some sheds that can be bought pre fabricated, sometimes they may not provide the size and shape that you require, plus, they can be a bit pricey. Building your own shed will allow you to customize its size and the storage space inside, like shelves and cabinets for optimum storage.
Most storage sheds are created with wooden walls and sometimes concrete foundation. You will also require certain tools to do the building project. Sheds are not overly complicated so if you know the basics of handling your tools and building, it will be easy for you, it’s also one of the best projects to learn about building stuff.
Here are some of the things one should learn on how to build a shed.
First off, you should know what your purpose for the shed is. Is it just for storage, or do you plan to make it as a garden shed as well? Prepare your plans well and determine its size, consulting first the area where you plan to build the shed.
Make sure that the area is free from any underground cables, wirings, or pipes. This will ensure that the shed will not act as a hindrance if there are repairs to be done.
Once your plans have finished, make an estimate of the materials and the tools you will need. Commonly, these materials and tools are wood, nails, roofing, hinges, cement, sand, hammer, tape, saws, and screws.
Start from the ground up. Make sure that your foundation is level. Nail your floor properly to the foundation blocks. After the floor, make the frame for your walls and then for the roof. Make provisions for your windows. Pre-fabricated kits can make the job easier, but it can much more costly.
There are many books and websites which can help you do your plans, there are even ready made plans which you can just customize to achieve the desired size. Also, doing the frames can be consulted with carpentry books; here you can learn the different styles to ensure that you will be able to create a sturdy frame, in some localities, it is necessary to obtain a permit first before building a shed, consult your local government first.
After building your shed, you can now do the finishing touches. Create shelves and cabinets, and you can even varnish or paint your shed to make it look lovelier in your garden, and not an eyesore.
A storage shed can be considered as a minor project, not as minor as a stool or table, but if you have some basic skills in woodworking, you can just as easily build one for yourself. Inspiration and motivation is what drives the human spirit to go where they have never gone before, so even if you have never built a shed, you can build one with your own two hands and the basic tools that are needed for home woodworking projects. Your motivation in this case is an attic bursting to its seams and a garage that can’t fit in a car.
Your one greatest tool is your building plan.
When it comes to building a shed on your own, you can either start from scratch or get some help from corporate America and use pre-fabricated shed kits. Either way, you are going to need a good set of tools.
Many people would not even consider this as a tool, but this the single most important aspect to ensure that you will have a great flow when building your backyard shed. With your plans, you can determine the exact number of materials that you will need what type of materials and all the other tools that will be required.
For manufacturing the parts that you will need, you will have to use a top quality hammer, a power drill, a spherical saw and a number of handheld tools like wrenches, pliers and screw drivers. If you don’t have any of these tools, you can either borrow them for yourself as this is an integral part of the building process.
Like any woodworking project, it is important that you are able to make correct measurements. Failure to do so would mean a rickety structure that would surely fall down with the slightest gust of wind. To help you in this endeavor, you will need the services of tools like a tape measure, a pair of levels, chalk lines and a framing square.
To further ensure that your backyard shed is rock solid and will be able to provide your belonging shelter for decades to come, it is imperative that you provide it with a good foundation. To help you achieve this, you will need tools like a spade, shovel, post-hole digger and a wheel barrow. Don’t forget that you will also need a good pair of goggles to protect your eyes and a set of industrial gloves to protect your hands.
To make your tool shed look beautiful, you may want to finish it off with some paint. So, you would need a pan, paint brush, roller or a paint sprayer. You may also need some sandpaper to clean out your wood.
Aside from your tools, you would also want to get top quality materials to build your shed. Any backyard shed can either be made using wood, metal, vinyl or aluminum. Other materials you will need are roofing materials, nails, screws, cement and concrete blocks. But never forget your blueprint.