Many people have a lot of things in their houses that need a place to store. This creates a, need for a shed.
Do you have a way with your hands?
If you are a creative person who wants to build a shed from scratch, there are several things you need to know. It doesn’t need to be a complicated structure; a simple shed will serve the purpose.
The thrill and fun that comes with constructing the shed from scratch are immeasurable.
Below is a step by step guide on how to build a shed from scratch:
1. Getting Started
You have to put into consideration a number of factors before you can start the actual construction. This may include: deciding the type of foundation you want; it could be a concrete one, wooden skid or even a sunken pillar. Also, decide whether you need a pre- fabricated kit for your shed construction and select the location where the shed is to be erected.
2. Get The Right Tools
For a successful construction of a shed, you will need a variety of tools necessary for the job.
• Claw hammer
• Framing square
• Cross-Cut Saw
• Work gloves
• Electric drill
• Carpenter’s pencil among other Tools
Since you are trying to construct a simple shed, consider using timber as your building material. Depending on the size of the shed you want, ensure that you have the necessary timber quantity. Always buy straight, tight grain timber and get it pressure treated especially if you opt to have a concrete foundation. Cut your timber according to the specific measurements.
4. Install The Base And Raise The First Wall
If you are using a concrete base, then anchor bolts are already in place. Proceed to set down your sole plate beside the anchor bolts that are already protruding from the foundation. Using your tape and the pencil, make a tick mark of around 11/2 inches from the board’s edge; make continuous markings that are 16 inches apart until you reach the end. The markings will play the role of studs’ indicators.
Following the markings, secure the studs by a screw or galvanized nail into the core of the stud bottom. Proceed to set the top plate and with the use of nails, secure it firmly to the studs. Using your electric drill, make some holes into the mud plate where the anchors should pass through.
Finally, adjust the mud plate atop the anchor bolts onto the concrete.
5. Make Plans For The Door
It is recommended that you get an already manufactured door from your local hardware; just keep in mind your specific measurements to ensure you get the right sized door. Install a header above the door to help support the weight of the roof.
Always have a larger door opening than the actual door to allow for some breathing room and flush fit.
6. Secure The Walls
With the walls complete, it is time to secure them. To ensure they remain upright and don’t get damaged, make a number of transient counter forts to support them. With the walls secure, check both the top and mud plates to ensure they are consistent. If the measurements are uniform, use washer and nuts to secure the anchor bolts.
Use additional framing to lock the corners where the entire wall frames touch. To ensure maximum roof support, double your top plate with additional boards that are the same size as the top plate.
7. Frame The Roof
There are several kinds of roofs, but the ideal one for your shed is a gable roof. With this roof, the rafters always extend past the walls forming an overhang. This roof is the best option for a number of options: it will always shield your shed from rain; you will be able to collect rain water for several uses around the home.
There are three types of rafters, but since you are trying to build a simple shed, yours will do with the common rafters. For these you will have to place equal sized boards at common intervals- normally they are 12-16 inches. If you can, lay the rafters directly on top of the wall studs.
Customize the pitch of your roof. While it is a challenge to construct a steeper roof, it will have an added advantage regarding storage space.
8. Secure The Roof
On one edge of the ridge board, secure the first two rafters with either a nail or screw. Repeat the process with the other edge. Once done, get someone to help you lift the rafters to the plating plant. Ensure they are at the same level.
There, you go on building your own shed from scratch.
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