How To Build A Wooden Shed – Part 2 – The Base

Hi folks – in case you missed it you can read Part 1 here. Today’s post is going to be about how to construct the base of your wooden shed.

Just like any other building, a garden shed needs to be built on a firm set of foundations, especially if it’s a larger shed. The best material to use is concrete, but because this can be expensive and difficult to put in place, it may not be suitable for your particular project. However, if you are planning a larger structure or one that you hope will pass the test of time, then this is definitely worth the extra investment. The concrete slab needs to be about 100mm thick and, of course, for larger structures a more substantial base will be required.

With most wooden shed kits you will usually get some kind of wooden flooring included. This normally takes the form of tongue and groove boards laid on battens which help raise the floor from the ground and prevent it suffering from the effects of damp and mold. These battens also enable airflow under the structure which also helps prevent the floor from rotting. Of course, these battens should ideally be placed on a concrete foundation to prevent them from rotting themselves, but if a concrete base is not possible then make sure they are treated and preferably laid on a membrane or even a bed of stone chips.

One of the best, and most cost effective bases for your wooden storage shed is actually paving slabs as these are cheap to buy and easy to lay – just ensure that the soil is levelled before putting them down.

Here are the basic steps involved in marking out and laying the base for your shed.

  1. Use tape or string and pegs to mark out the base of the shed – remember to add a surround – usually 50-100mm on each side. Remove the turf if there is any, and flatten out the soil as much as possible. If you need extra help, hire a rotovator to churn up compacted soil and then skim off the top level until its flat with a normal garden spade.
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    Using a spirit level lay the slabs in a regular pattern along one edge. I recommend that you use a hardcore base if possible as this will help drainage and give a smoother base to work from, although soil will be fine if levelled correctly.storage-shed-foundation-02
  3. If possible, cut a slab in half and continue the next line by placing the half cut slab down first. This gives a staggered pattern which helps dissipate the load and avoids having lines of slabs rising up along their edges in the even of uneven weight distribution in the shed.
  4. Continue until you have filled the area. Don’t make any longitudinal cuts of the slabs unless absolutely necessary, this is a lot of extra work –just make the base the width of the slabs.
  5. Finally, place the battens across the slabs making sure they are central and coat them with a good quality wood preservative. Similarly, give the underside of the base a couple of coats as well since you wont be seeing this again for a long time – at least that is the plan!storage-shed-foundation-03

That’s it. Your base is ready and its time to move onto the next part of the project – actually putting the shed together. Making the base might not be the most exciting part of the project but it is one of the most important – get it right and the rest of the jigsaw will fall easily into place.

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The Secret of Getting Free Wood Storage Shed Plans

When I decided to build my own shed I decided to do some research and, of course, if you have been following this blog then you will remember that,  with the help of different wood shed plans, I managed to come up with a great design. In the beginning, I had a look at different models and plans, but, to my frustration, I wasn’t able to find anything suitable. I did some research on the Internet for wood storage shed plans and I had a look at quite a few different products and websites.

Turns out, it was quite difficult to find free shed plans. I though it would just be a matter of surfing the net for a couple of minutes, find a nice free shed plan website and voila I could start building my wooden shed. Not so.

The problem with these plans is that I could not find any with a shed of my liking. Most of the free plans featured very dated models and I was looking for something bigger and more modern to build.

Another problem that I encountered with the free plans were the instructions provided; they were very difficult to figure out, and even for someone like me who is  a fairly experienced hand worker (don’t know if my wife would agree on this one ) I simply wasn’t  able to figure out how to build a shed easily and without causing myself some problems.

So it wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. But, I’m not a quitter so I decided to keep looking and, I think, after about 6 hours off non stop surfing on the net looking for free plans I finally gave up.

It was only then that I actually came across some paid shed plans. Initially, I though that this would be way too expensive for my modest budget but, you know what,  I found that it wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. I was actually able (with a very small investment) to get my hands on some great shed plans, ones that were very easy to follow and made the job a lot easier.

Of course, if you are on zero budget or if you are just a tight-wad 🙂 then free wood storage shed plans are an alternative to paying but, really, in order to save yourself a lot of headache and trouble I would not recommend that you spend the time and effort required to put together a suitable set of shed plans using these free websites.  I’m very glad that I actually came across these other plans. It helped me big time to understand actually how to build my own shed. And thats got to be worth a couple of bucks.

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Building Cheap Sheds To A Budget

Building a shed on a budget needn’t be a pipe dream and with a little bit on ingenuity amazing results can be achieved with very little money.Inexpensive shed design is very much down to planning and making best use of what you have available. A simple storage shed for example can be put together in quick time and last for years without costing hundreds of dollars.

Before deciding on which inexpensive shed design to go for, you need to consider a number of key points. Firstly, and most importantly, what am I going to store in the shed? This is the starting point for everything. Storing your prized vintage Harley is one thing and using as an overspill for little used, low value household items is something else altogether.

You will need to think about:

  1. Location. How accessible does the shed need to be? If you are going to be storing heavy items, is it possible to position the shed closer to where the items will ultimately be used to limit the distance you’ll have to carry them.
  2. Security. How secure does the shed need to be? What is the value of the items that will be stored there? How does that affect the decision that will have to be made about the quality of the door and lock used?
  3. Legals. What are the legal requirements and planning restrictions in your area with regard to where you position the shed in relation to your neighbors land and the size and height you can build to.
  4. Drainage (and from that the foundations you intend to use.) Is there good natural drainage in the area you intend to locate the shed and if not, what decisions to you need to make about improving the drainage and the right foundations to use.
  5. Materials and cost. Consider very carefully the materials you intent to use. Do you need to buy the most expensive timber? Well, no. A less expensive product will do the job just as well and if you care for it over the years, will last just as long.

Another thing to consider when building a shed on a budget is what you will ultimately be saving by investing in a inexpensive shed design plan as opposed to buying a pre-built shed and that is what you will ultimately save. Generally you should expect to save between 50% to 65% building your own shed against buying a shed. Also you have the personal satisfaction of starting and completing the project yourself. Inexpensive shed designs start at just a few dollars and if you buy the right one, this will undoubtedly be money well spent.

Finally, and to state the obvious, building a shed is an outside job and you will need a dry area to store your materials. Plan well in advance when you intend to start the build. Should you start in the middle of winter when it’s cold and damp? Likely not the best option. Surely Spring would be a better option so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labors over the summer.

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My Shed Plans Review

free-shed-plans-woodworkMy Shed Plans is a complete guide that explains how you can build a beautiful shed from scratch. Ryan Henderson the writer of the book has given detailed blueprints and step by step instructions that even a beginner can follow. Shed builders can choose from 12,000 shed plans and woodworking patterns.

Once you sign up you will receive the entire package instantly in the Members’ Area via downloads. There are easy to follow instructions provided in the members’ area just in case you have never downloaded anything from the internet before. After making the purchase you will get all the shed plans and woodworking blueprints within 5 minutes. This means that you get the product for a lower price as there are no shipping costs. However, if you prefer buying the CD then you can buy that and it will be sent to you via mail.

Woodworking can be time consuming but making the right plans takes even longer. My Shed Plans Elite provide you a wide range of design to choose from and once you have the design you will be able to construct your shed nicely and it will take less amount of time to build it. It keeps all things simple. The aim of My Shed Plans is to make woodworking a fun activity for you. Once you follow Ryan Henderson’s instructions making shed will be a less time consuming and more fun thing to do.

If You Want Even More Then Check Out My Shed Plans Elite

Some of the plans include a Garden bench, How to Build a Fence, Dog Kennel, Making an Easy Arbor, Swing Pet, Nursery Wagon, Doghouse Plans, Outdoor Fireplaces, Feed Cart, Storage Shed for Pesticide and a lot more.

My Shed Plans Elite provides plans for garages and outbuildings too. You can learn to build Large Garage, Elevated Sawdust Bin, Lawn Tool Storage Cabinet, Garden Windmill, etc. It’s a book that enables you become an expert woodworker and complete projects in far less time than you used to.

The book also teaches you how you can build shed that costs less. You will be able to build a good shed much cheaper than the overpriced ready-made sheds that you see. If you have the resources you can build a decent shed for nothing at all.

My Shed Plans Elite will explain everything in detail and you don’t have to worry about running out of ideas anymore. My Shed Plans Elite package comes with 2 bonuses. The first one is about foundation, roofing and the second one is about woodworking secrets and contains tips and tricks that may prove very useful. The Total price of My Shed Plans Elite is 47$ and there is a money back guarantee in case you feel like returning the book. What’s more, you keep the bonus books that you get with it.

If You Want To Get Started Building Your Ideal Shed Then Just Click Here To Visit The Official My Shed Plans Website Where You Can Download A Free Set Of Plans To Get You Started.

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Simple Ways To Get a Beautiful Garden

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There are multitudes of websites, books and general pundits who offer advice on gardening, and you would do well to take any insights you can get. However, be aware that sometimes the most valuable input you receive in life, including gardening tips, is often the most simple ideas. This does not mean that you will naturally come up with them on your own, though. Great gardening advice is handed down through generations from experienced tillers of the soil. Read here about some of the easiest ways to reduce the stress of gardening, so that you can relax and enjoy the process.

If you happen to be an herb enthusiast, or, as one of my good friends is, an experienced Aberdeen landscape gardener then you know already that drying herbs can be one of the most time-consuming parts of growing your own. Dried herbs are a great way to have a constant supply in your kitchen. Drying ones you have grown yourself alleviates the worry over what processes they have been through by the time they reach the supermarket shelves. A simple way to dry them quickly after you pick them from your garden is to spread them out on newspapers and then place them in your automobile with the windows closed. This creates a spacious place that is hot and protected, serving as a perfect way to get the results you want.

Rather than using unsightly commercial marker sticks to identify your plants, use natural stones. They blend harmoniously in the outdoor environment. Purchase a permanent, waterproof marker pen and write labels directly onto the stones, them place them beside the appropriate plants. They do not all have to be large stones that overtake the garden space. You can use smaller, less obtrusive ones for smaller plants and flowers. Just make sure the stone will be visible when needed, and that it is not so small that it gets blown away in a wind storm or accidentally trampled into the soil.

Use your clay pots for many things in the garden area. The drainage hole in the bottom of the pot is ideal for doling out twine when needed. Simply place the twine inside the clay pot and place it upside down, threading the end piece through the hole. This way, you will always be able to find the roll of twine, and it will be protected from the elements.

Use natural ingredients from your kitchen to make gardening easier, without spending a fortune on unnecessary items. If you have a string trimmer for outside use, spray it with vegetable oil when it needs lubricating. To clean off salt deposits from clay pots, try a mixture of rubbing alcohol, water and clear vinegar. Use bar soap across the tips of your fingernails to lubricate them and keep them from damaging leaves and blossoms.

Whether you are gardening as a hobby or as a way to provide a healthier lifestyle for your family, the key to making it fun and easy is to use the simple tricks that are passed down from gardener to gardeners. Get a head start with these insights here, then think of your own to pass along to your friends.

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How To Build A Chicken Coop

Building A Chicken Coop Is A Breeze With This Great Guide

One of the most popular kinds of wooden shed structures these days is actually the humble chicken coop! More and more people are turning to organic food and they are also trying to save costs by becoming self-sufficient, and one of the best ways to get fresh eggs and chicken meat is to raise your own chickens. Of course, that means building a chicken coop to keep them in.

In this short review I will discuss one of the best-selling chicken coop construction guides available today – Building A Chicken Coop by Bill Keene.

The first thing that strikes you about this guide is that it’s very comprehensive. Every size of coop  is catered for with 3 very detailed sets of plans which cover building a small mobile coop, a medium sized one that will be suitable for most  people and also a large premium one if you have a bigger budget and space is not a limiting factor. The nice thing about the plans, however, is that no matter which design you plump for, you won’t have any problems actually building the thing.

I like background information when I’m building sheds; I believe that it helps you to understand why tasks are necessary and it helps you plan better and this is where Building A Chicken Coop really sets itself apart from the crowd. As well as the plans themselves, the guide contains over 70 pages of additional information that you need to know before you dive in and get started. The guide covers a every conceivable aspect of choosing a suitable breed of chicken, what the advantages and disadvantages of each breed are and how to care for them. This might seem like filler but its actually vitally important for you to get the best results from your new coop.

Its not just about building a chicken coop though

The guide also covers important aspects of operating and maintaining your coop, like where it should be positioned to protect your chickens from predators,  and how to build nesting boxes. Of course, it also covers where to buy the materials, how to get them for the best price and even how to save money on the entire build without compromising quality.  I have looked at several competing products and I can definitely state that Building A Chicken Coop is the best one available.

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The plans themselves are well drawn and easy to follow. It’s obvious that they have been produced by a professional draftsman and they are full of helpful notes as well as a bill of materials to help you make sure that you have everything to hand before you start. As well as the blueprints, you are also given a series of step by step plans which, if you are a complete novice (or even a seasoned pro for that matter) are a great help when building a chicken coop.

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Of course, the guide isn’t perfect. Some of the steps are a bit tricky for complete novices and some of the terms get a bit technical but, generally, it’s a good read and pretty easy to follow. Of course, if you really get stuck then you can always hop onto the support forum or send the author an e-mail  – Bill is very helpful and I have chatted with him on several occasions and I can say right away that he really knows his stuff.

One thing to watch out for when building the premium coop is that some of the steps will need two (or more) people, so make sure that you have someone that you can rope into the project. Having said that, most of the tasks can be done on your own so ‘borrowing’ a neighbour for a few minutes is often as much as you will need to do.

Conclusion

Building A Chicken Coop is great value for money. It’s the most comprehensive guide on the subject that I have ever come across and really leaves nothing out. At just $30 its great value for money and when you consider the added bonuses its really a bit of a no-brainier if you are looking to get into the world of organic chicken farming.

If you would like to buy a copy, or if you would like more information then

Click Here To Visit The Official Website

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Wood Shed Plans – Why I Picked Up A Pencil Before My Hammer

Building your own garden shed is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. More of us are working from home so, for example, a wooden shed can be the ideal solution for the storage of tools or materials or even an office space.

With the housing market being as it is, we are increasingly looking at ways to improve our own homes and making better use of the space or land available to us. So whether it’s clearing clutter out of the house or garage or creating a working space, wooden sheds are definitely a consideration.

Anyway, how hard can it be? It’s only a wooden frame and some cladding after all. In truth, it’s not difficult if you have any sort of ability with a saw and hammer. Where I see D.I.Y shed projects go wrong is where people jump in, buy a load of timber and start trying to work it out as they go along. Nine time out of ten this just doesn’t work. Either the end product doesn’t look as good as the picture you had in your head when you started out, you compromise on the finish because the build takes longer than it should and you waste a whole bunch of materials because it wasn’t planned right from the start.

Wooden shed plans are not that expensive. Sure if you are technically minded you could design your own but why go to the bother? There are plenty of wooden shed plans out there and they’re not that expensive. Better still, if you buy a package you get some ideas that you may not have considered.

When buying wooden shed plans, there are a number of important points to consider:

  • How good are they? Do they take you through the build process step by step?
  • How good are the images provided?
  • Are they detailed yet easily understood?
  • Do they provide a detailed materials list?
  • Do they provide and equipment list?
  • Are they reasonably priced?
  • Do they detail the requirements for the foundations?
  • DO they give advice on the skills you will require to complete the project and assess the degree of difficulty for each plan?

It’s one thing to buy wooden shed plans with the intention of undertaking a build and another thing to buy a plan that will actually get you there. If you take nothing else from this site, accept that a well thought out and presented plan will save you any amount of time and money. Equally importantly, they will give you the confidence to undertake the project and completed it with the desired result.

A properly constructed shed will last for years in properly maintained. It will also enhance the look of your garden and give you a useable space. There is no point in having a lovely home only to devalue it by throwing together an eyesore that will trouble you every time you look at it. So invest in good wooden shed plans and build something to be proud of.

 

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How To Build A Brick Shed

I know this site normally talks about wooden sheds but, in my experience, most homes wоuld also benеfit from havіng a brick shed іn theіr уаrd.brick shed

It cаn be uѕеd tо hоusе а vаrіеty оf belоngings suсh аѕ уour tоols, garden equipment, уоur barbесue, firewood and еven your bicyclе аnd other ѕtuff. And іf you wаnt extremе durаbіlity аnd ѕtrеngth, а ѕhеd that wіll lаst а lіfetimе, then fоrget the trаditiоnal wоoden storagе shed, a brick shеd іѕ what you neеd. Here іѕ а stеp bу stеp guіde оn а brick ѕhed with аn аvеrаge ѕіzе оf abоut fіve feet by еight fеet.

5 Step Brick Shed Construction Plan

Step 1. Chеck оut уоur locаtiоn. Mаke ѕure that you have suffіcіеnt ѕрaсе fоr yоur brick shed, allowіng extra ѕрасe around іt аnd about a cоuрle оf fеet away from your fenсe. Stееr clеar оf treеs thаt maу асt aѕ a hindrance to уоur rооf, or hаvе falling branсhеѕ and fruіtѕ that can dаmаgе it. Alsо, уоu nеed tо chеck wіth уour locаl рlannіng and zоning сommіsѕіon аbоut уоur plаnѕ аnd the dimеnѕіоns оf yоur brick ѕhed.

Step 2. Be surе tо cleаn thе аrеа whеre yоu рlаn tо build yоur brick shеd. Clеar it of аnу debrіѕ, rootѕ, rосkѕ аnd weеds. Alѕо makе surе that thеrе аre no рiреѕ, сablеѕ, wіres runnіng undеrneath. Drаw аn outlіnе of the dimеnsionѕ of your brick shed, you саn dо thіѕ bу usіng рaіnt іn а сan, sрraying thе оutline on the ѕоіl.

Stеp 3. After clearing up the sоil, dіg іnsidе your outlіnе wіth а dеpth оf abоut еіght іnсheѕ. Fоr the baѕе, trаnѕfеr іnѕіdе ѕаnd, abоut twо inchеѕ wіll do. Cоmpaсt the soil and makе ѕurе thаt іt is lеvelеd. Usіng a роst digger, dіg six holes, thrеe on eаch ѕidе оf your оutlinе, about 4 іnсhеs dееp. Yоu will uѕe thіѕ for thе роѕts whеre уou wіll attаch уour roof latеr оn. Place thе роѕtѕ insіde аnd pоur сеmеnt tо hоld them іn.

Stер 4. Yоu can now pour іn yоur сеmеnt fоr your brick shed fоundаtіon; іt should bе аbout ѕіx іnches deер and mаke surе to levеl іt. Leavе to соmрletely drу. Whеn cоmрletelу drу, laу оut уоur brіcks. Lay the briсks аrоund the base аnd when уou аrе finiѕhed оn all fоur sides, lау down ѕome mortаr аnd рlaсе thе nеxt lауеr. Mаkе ѕurе that thе sесоnd lаyer оf brіck іѕ сentered on the toр оf where two brickѕ оn the lоwer layer meеt. This is sо thаt уour brісk wаll will bе stable. Contіnuе until уоu havе rеасhed the desіred height. Mаke ѕurе that thе briсkѕ arе tіghtly packеd ѕo that watеr сould nоt sеер іn. Don’t forget to lеаvе аn opеnіng for your dоor аnd windows.

Step 5. Leаve a gap of abоut thrее to four inсhеs fоr ventilatіon for the frame of the roof. Cоnneсt уour lumber from onе ѕide оf thе pоѕt to thе other. Mаkе a six іnсh ovеrhаng for еaсh lumber. Level уour frаmе. If yоu wаnt your brick shed to have a slanting roof, mаke onе ѕіde abоut threе to fоur inсhes hіghеr. Yоu сan now ad уour rоof. Yоu can usе shіngleѕ, aluminum or рlаѕtіс, dеpеndіng on уоur choice.

So, there you are. A quick guide to building your own brick shed. If you would like more in-depth instructions including a great set of brick shed plans, then please check out this great guide here.

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How To Build A Wooden Shed – Part 1 – Planning

The old saying is true about any kind of project – and when you are trying to build your own shed then its is particularly appropriate. Many people seem to think that building a wooden storage shed or lean to is a small construction problem and, as such, doesn’t need to be planned out. However, as we shall see this is definitely not the case.

storage shed plansImagine you have a small garden and you want to build a shed. Sure, you could just sketch out a few details, head off to the DIY store and buy some stuff and then start hammering pieces of wood together. However, have you stopped to think about the final shape of the shed? Will it be subject to any height restrictions such as overhanging trees? How about planning permission if it’s a bigger structure – the last thing you want is to have to tear it down because it violates local planning laws. Have you put the door at the right end – don’t laugh, I know of projects where the shed was actually built with the door only a foot from the garden wall! Have you allowed for windows, drainage, and even power? What often starts off as a simple enough sounding project can, very quickly, go wrong with sometimes expensive and disastrous consequences.

The good news is that by investing a little time at the planning stage, many of these problems can be avoided saving you time, effort and even a lot of money. A good set of wooden shed plans will lay out, in great detail, the materials you will need so you know exactly what you will need to invest in raw materials as well as tools. This means no nasty surprises during the construction phase, and generally, a more pleasant experience all round.

Good shed plans will also provide you with a whole range of fantastic design ideas. Why limit yourself to a square box when you can opt for a cabin, or why have a lean to when a complete storage shed complete with light, power and workbench are all within your capabilities. In short, good shed plans are worth far more than the small amount of money they cost to obtain.

If it’s a bigger project, you might decide to have an architect draw up plans, but beware, this can be a very expensive process and, generally, isn’t needed for the average wooden storage shed project. A much better bet is to download some of the free shed plans that you can find online, or if you fancy really making a good job of it, invest about $40 in a package such as myshedplans which provides you with 12,000 different designs.

Whatever you chose to do, though, please make sure that you have a good set of plans to work from. Make sure that you can envision the whole process end to end and only start to lay foundations and build your structure when you are happy that you know exactly what you are doing.

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My Journey Starts

When I was looking for a decent set of wooden shed plans just the other day, I have to say that I felt a little spoiled for choice. This certainly seems to be an expanding area of popularity among gardeners and DIY enthusiasts alike, and when you consider the benefits of owning your own wooden storage shed, then you will understand why this is the case.

garden shed plansA beautiful wooden storage shed is a valuable addition to any garden, big or small. It keeps your valuable tools and gardening equipment safe and secure and, of course helps to keep the garden looking tidy. If you are a tad more adventurous then you could branch out into bigger things and build a summer house, or even a complete outdoor room as they are now called. These projects require some additional specialist skills including electrics and plumbing, and in some cases they actually need planning permission, but the end result is a valuable addition to your house as well as additional storage and accommodation space.

Even if your skills are a bit on the basic side, having a good set of wooden shed plans will help you succeed in building even the most complicated structures.

However, no matter how simple or complex your project its vital that you have a good set of wooden shed plans. Whether you plan on building a chicken coop, lean-to or outdoor play barn, you need a good set of accurate blueprints from which to work. This makes the planning a breeze and ensures that the job itself will go off without an hitch and within budget.

To get some amazing wooden shed plans, I would suggest that you head online right now and check out some of the great deals that I tracked down. For example, My Shed plans can be bought for under $40 and it comes with an incredible selection of over 12000 different wooden shed plans. If you don’t find something you like in among that lot, then I suggest that you look at buying another house!

And finally, if you want to follow me through my journey to building the perfect wooden shed, then please, visit the next post – enjoy!

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