Sheds can provide a great resource in your garden. Having a place to store items that you don’t want to keep in your home can make it much easier to maintain your outdoor space, giving you room for lawnmowers, rakes, and a host of other garden tools that can’t spend their time inside. Of course, though, buying a shed on a budget often results in something less than ideal. Even if you pay for someone to build it for you, options at the bottom of the pile will usually have quite a short lifespan. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the different steps that need to be taken to build a shed in your garden.
The Tools & Materials
You’re going to need some tools and materials before you can get started with a project like this. The web is packed with great deals on tools, and you probably won’t need much more than a hammer, drill, saw, and spirit level to build your shed. Materials can be trickier, and the amount you will need will depend on the side and shape of your shed. You can find secondhand wood all over the web, but you need to make sure that it isn’t rotting or infesting with woodworm before you spend your money on it. Paint and waterproofing will also be required, but you can figure out what you will need in the following sections.
The base of your shed is arguably the most crucial part of its construction. An uneven base will make a shed sink over time, and bases that don’t let water drain can result in mould and rotten wood. Learning how to build a shed base fuss-free is easier than you might expect, with loads of guides around the web teaching you how to go through this process. It’s always worth making sure that you don’t have anything underneath your shed plot that could cause damage in the future. Roots are the most common culprit for damage to sheds.
The Walls, Windows, & The Door
You will need to figure out the rough dimensions for your shed before you can start to plan the walls that will be made for it. Making walls for sheds is another well-documented process, though you have a little more freedom at this stage to build something nice and solid. Building a square outer frame and joining it together with planks can be a good way to approach this. You can include windows in your panels by adding a smaller wooden frame inside the main one, though you will need to make sure that you can cut some glass to size to make this work properly.
Doors can be a bit trickier to add, as you have to make sure that the panel with the door is still strong enough to support the weight of the roof. The method will be similar to adding a window, though you will also need to make a door to fill the space. If you have planks that are exactly the right length for the walls of your shed, you can simply cut out the section being used for the door, and attach them together using planks across the back. There are plenty of guides around the web that can teach you how to build a shed door.
The roof on your shed is going to be one of its most crucial parts. You need to make sure that the roof is able to keep water out, while also being strong enough to support itself. Slants will usually be used to make sure that water can drain from the roof, but you can also use a special material known as roofing felt to seal any gaps and make sure that the roof is watertight. Adding a pillar inside your shed can be a good way to make sure that the roof is properly supported, especially when you’re building a very large shed.
Some people will want to add some extra parts to their shed, with things like gutters and locks enabling you to build something that suits your needs. This is something worth researching, as there are loads of extras that can be added to your shed, and this can enable you to get a lot more out of the structure once you’ve built it.
Sheds are incredibly useful, but you need to have one that will be able to stand the test of time. Going down the DIY route will certainly be harder than simply buying a shed, but it can save a lot of money and give you something far more robust.
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