Introduction: Work Shed

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I will be talking about the process that I went through while designing my work shed. If you look at my designs you will see that I have divided it into 2 sections. I divided it into 2 sections because to build the work shed I had to take out a storage shed that was in the place I was going to put the work shed, so I needed a place to keep the stuff that was in the old storage shed. (I forgot to take a before picture, and I got some of my friends to help with the demolition of the old shed. The shed in the picture is the old shed that I was tearing down to put in place.

Step 1: Deciding Whether or Not a Work Shed Is the Right Thing to Do for You

Building a work shed is an enormous investment of money, time, and space. All of those really depend on what space you have and what you want to do with it. Usually the smaller the work shed, the less amount materials you need, the less money and time you need. Time is less of a concern if you hire someone to design and build it for you, but that isn't what this site is about, this site is about doing things yourself, but it always is an option if you have difficulties. Also, before you start, think about the projects you will be doing.

You also need to check with your neighbors to see if they are okay with you building something of this scale and also check with local building codes because you could get fined.

Step 2: Location

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When you are building a work shed one of the thing you need to think about is location. You need to to find a place where there there is adequate room to build a shed large enough for your purposes. I also recommend that the spot should be somewhere with a rock or cement base. The reason being that it is better the have a more steady secure base. I say that because if you put it on soil could sink into the ground and make it uneven.

Step 3: Measuring

Once you find the location where you are going to build on you need to start measuring out what space you have to build on. When you were picking out the location you should have been trying to find a place with adequate room for your purposes but thinking primarily about a solid ground. When you are measuring out the area, I recommend that you leave a 6-8 inches of extra space around the the outside of your measurements as a sort of buffer zone. If there is a fence behind, the place I recommend 8-12 inches. Don't just measure length and width but how tall you can go without disturbing your neighbors. Make sure you take detailed notes one where you were measuring from and what each measurement means.

Step 4: Design

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Once you have all of your measurements start your designing. You can use a variety of programs like sketch up, but you can also hand draw them . I wouldn't recommend hand-drawing unless you are extremely good at drawing or are very good at improvising.
All the these instruction are for sketch-up or other computer program:
I always start with a base the same size and then build up from there. Try to be as exact as possible because you will thank yourself later. I usually leave 5 or 6 inches for all of the walls. Make sure you include a slanted roof just in case there is rain.
Designing is probably the second most difficult part, only surpassed by the actual building of it. If you make a lot of drafts before settling on one you will go through a lot of drafts, just look at the picture of how many different versions I went through.
Most of the designing process is up to you because everybody's needs are different. If you have any questions about how you can get your shed to fit your needs please write a comment.

Step 5: Building

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There are many steps to building a shed so I am only going to speak on a few things:

1. Materials:

Picking the right materials and getting what you need, and making sure they are quality is key

2. Building

The first thing you need to do is put down the base, and make sure that it all lined up right, because if it isn't a lot of other things could be messed up. After you get the base down put the floor in, and then put the walls up. I recommend putting the support beams every 1.5- 2 feet. Once you get the walls in, run rafters from front to back walls every 1.5-2 feet. After you get that get the rest of the roof together. Once you get all the walls and floors in, up what your project requires you to do. Clean up a little and you are good.

I understand that it is much more complicated than that but I could write 40 steps on building, and other websites can tell you it much clearer, and concisely than I can.

Step 6: Finish

Thanks for reading all of that.

If I can help answer any questions for you, please ask.

If you use this in any way, please take a picture of what you have done. I would really enjoy to see it.

Thanks!!!

Comments

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-07-12

Cool. I need one of these in my back yard.

Thanks!!

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