Step 1: Preparation
- Q: where do I leave all my tools during building of new shed?
- A: in temporarily relocated old shed (I managed to save some parts of the old shed, dragged them to another corner of the garden, reassembled and added a makeshift tarp roof) (this will not work if you've torched the old shed).
Also, make a nice sketch/drawing of general dimensions and construction details (I used Autocad to do this, but pencil and paper will work just fine of course).
In the course of building the shed, I altered many things and never looked at the drawing again, but you can solve a lot of problems beforehand if you make a sketch first.
Step 2: Materials
- Sand: since the floor will be paved and the construction partially rests on paved tiles, about 2 cubic meters of yellow building sand is needed.
- wood: 4 hardwood poles, wxbxh 6x6x300cm, I used hardwood because one third of the poles will be cast in concrete. Less durable wood would rot just above ground level. Of course this is FSC-approved hardwood!
4 hardwood beams, twice 4x6x300cm and twice 4x6x200cm, for the lowest part of the basic frame that rests close to the ground.
For the rest of the frame I used pine, which is commonly used for construction in northern Europe and relatively cheap. 11 Beams of 4x6x200cm, and 7 beams of 4x6x300cm.
The planking is impregnated Pine (made durable in an environmentally-friendly way). It is profiled so the planks interconnect and fewer screws are needed.
- Hardware: about 30 steel corner angles to connect the frame together, many 5cm screws and some 10cm screws,hinges and a lock for the door.
- Enough concrete for the 4 corner poles
- The door was reclaimed from a dumpster, as was the window.
- For the roof I used underlayment plating. Roof covering is not finished yet, I am considering aluminium beercan shingles(!): (https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Shingles-and-Siding-Out-of-Aluminum-Cans-Bee/)
- The floor is paved with 30 by 30cm sidewalk tiles. These can often be picked up for free where I live. You can use any heavy tiles, or bricks.
In all, I probably spent about 800 Euros. You can build it for much less if you can find some cheaper wood that has been used before.
Step 3: Basic Frame
- Make sure posts are straight (fixate them, see photos)and that the tops of the poles are level (!) and pour concrete.
- Determine floor height and Pave between the posts, together with the concrete this will form the foundation of the shed.
- Fix the 4 hardwood beams between the corner poles using the steel corner angles.
Make sure everything is as level, square and straight as possible!
Step 4: Frame Completion
Step 5: Planking
Step 6: Roof
It proves to be a problem to acquire a sufficient amount of beercans in a short period of time (ohh.. the hangovers...) so I decided to use bitumen-based shingles with an underlayer of roofing
paper (-ish stuff) which comes on rolls. I used a stapler to attach the roofing paper. The shingles will be nailed.
Step 7: Finish
Maybe paint the outside.