You will see many offers of free shed plans online. As with many things in life, however, free is not always the answer to your problem. If you are an expert at preplanning, producing your own blueprints from basic plans or diagrams, making a comprehensive materials list before starting your build, as well as being an experienced woodworker, then perhaps free storage shed plans will provide sufficient guidance for you to make a good shed. But that is a big if.
Careful planning is the key to building a good shed without wasting time, money and effort. This includes:
Â Selecting a suitable site
Â Working out the right shed size
Â Selecting the shape you want
Â Deciding on the shed material (wood, metal, plastic or, perhaps, concrete)
Â Choosing a roof shape (apex, pent, Dutch) and material
Â Deciding on the correct foundation or shed base
Â Services to the shed such as electricity and water supplies
If you want a professional shed that is strong enough for the items you will be putting in it, such as a garden tractor, you must build it to proper blueprints rather than sketchy plans and vague layout drawings. Without proper blueprints there is a real risk of not achieving a fully-squared building and of wasting time in a trial-and-error approach.
Before starting work you will need a comprehensive materials list, including all hardware such as screws and brackets. This is a must, otherwise you will encounter inevitable problems during the build when you find you have overlooked a vital bracket or fastener only to find that the local hardware store is closed for the day! However, materials planning is quite difficult to do properly. It is so much better (and safer) to let a shed building expert do it for you.
You will need tools, of course, but probably most will be in your toolkit already. After all, sheds are very simple constructions. Again, good quality shed plans will include a full list of tool requirements. They might include some recommendations for using time-saving machines that you might not have but could hire, for instance. Worth considering, perhaps, if it saves you time and makes the build more fun.
If you do not make sheds on a regular basis, you might lack a bit of confidence that you will do a good job. This will not become apparent until you have finished, by which time it will probably be too late to sort out any problems such as a door not closing properly or finding that there is nowhere to hang the shelves! It is certainly worth spending a few dollars to get professional advice and tips along the way, and usually this comes with the step-by-step instructions provided in the good shed plan kits. These should also include photos and schematic drawings to make your life easier as you build.
We have provided further recommendations and guidance in our website, which is an excellent source of information, step-by-step instructions, drawings, blueprints, materials lists and professional guidance if you intend to build your own shed. It will help you to avoid the frustrations and pitfalls often made by first-time builders, and also help you make a great shed.
Good luck and have fun!
Author: Kieran Gracie