Hello Instructables!  This is my entry into the Shopbot Contest.  This Instructable will show you the steps to building your own shed.   We decided that our shed would be for storage because we wanted to get some stuff out of the garage so we can use it as a shop.  One of the challenges of building a shed in our backyard was that the ground was sloped in the area that we wanted to put it, so we had to find a way to get around that.  Another was that we are building beside some well established trees, and we didn't want to harm their root structure.  This is why we went with cinderblock and mortar rather than poured concrete.

WARNING:  In our town we do not need any permits to build a shed as long as it is under 10x10.  Please check your area for regulations on building structures with/without a permit.

Step 1: Ground Breaking

We decided to construct the foundation of our shed out of cinderblocks.  This will help keep out any rodents, and doesn't risk harming the trees beside the shed.  In order to lay a good foundation, we first had to level out the ground. We didn't need to level out the middle of the structure's base because that was later filled with limestone screening.  We made channels for the cinderblocks with spades and a pickaxe, and made sure to create a channel for the electrical as well.  The electricity comes from our house, which is about 10 feet away from where the shed stands.
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Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
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<p>How to build a foundation without concrete from dmacsports.com</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LN7JE6EEd3I" width="500"></iframe></p><p>&quot;I'm planning on using these anchors to build a foundation</p><p>without concrete. Would appreciate any feedback, pros/cons etc..</p><p>Thanks!&quot;</p>
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It seems you forgot to install sill pan around the base between the wall and concrete. to prevent water damage.
Extra storage space is always welcomed around the house even if you do not have any kids or college students around. Things just happen to build up every once awhile, do they not? I thought it is going to be an almost impossible mission to DIY our own storage shed so we have resorted to under-the-bed boxes, but I guess that fact is going to change. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Glad the instructable was useful!
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Glad that the instructable helped! We couldn't do anything like that with ours because we have lots of wildlife in our neighborhood and they like to take up residence in any warm or sheltered spots
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Thanks for sharing your detailed step-by-step DIY guide, especially the part about filling in the sloped ground area. Our backyard is similar to yours and we have been contemplating on the various materials to use to level up the sloped ground area. Now, we have the idea and are ready to start on our own DIY storage shed. Extra space is always needed especially when things keep getting piled up around the house each day. Thanks again and your storage shed looks great!
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Glad I could help!
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Very good job and a fun project. It is so expensive no days going to the builders store. I did not see how much money you had invested in the project and what was the size again?
I should have included that. It cost us about $1300 and took quite a while to build. The shed measures 9.5'x9.5'.
Good job and it will last for a long time.
Your shed looks awesome,man i will build one like that in the future.
Woops, was going to make a comment about local building permits, but you got it covered!
Yeah, I made sure to include that becasue I don't want to give anyone ideas and then have them get in trouble because their township doesn't have the same rules as ours.

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