Biggest Shed Building Mistake

Tired of your wife telling you to get your “junk” out of the house? Does your house seem to be getting smaller every day? Or maybe your garage doesn’t have enough space for your car anymore, in any case, the solution to all these dilemma is getting yourself a shed. Even a small shed will be able to house many of your stuff if it’s properly designed.

It’s easy for anyone to assume that building a small shed will be a piece of cake, that will be an assumption that’s true, but, it can easily turn into a nightmare as well. To some, a shed kit can be the best choice, especially if they don’t really have good DIY building skills. But to those with experience, a shed building kit will be truly easy, all parts are pre-fabricated and it’s just a matter of putting them together, but, if you plan to build a shed from scratch, then good for you.

Even some “pros’ though would have to admit that even they may stumble on what to some would seem as a small building project. And to many of us who don’t have the experience yet, it’s easy to succumb to the pitfalls that have plagued many beginner DIY guys. This mistake has led to many half finished projects and frustrations. Like in any project, building a shed, even a small one, would require preparation, and the single most important aspect of preparation that is to have a plan, and the biggest mistake one can do is to not have one.

Not having a plan or a blueprint can run you up on costs and eventually lead to many construction blunders. This is the biggest open secret to achieving success when building a shed, or for any structure for that matter. One option is to get a plan online, while there are free plans available, most of them are not complete, so there’s really no point in getting any of them as it may even cause you more problems. What if the plan you got did not have any guidelines in laying the foundation? Without a complete detailed list of the materials needed, you may end up buying, more than what’s needed. A plan with a step by step guideline is what we all need, this way, we save time on our work.

A good set of plans, whether you downloaded it for free, bought it, or created it yourself should have a complete and detailed list of all the materials you will need, including their exact measurements. The options you would want to do, have a step by step guideline, a drawing of the structure, preferably 3D, and illustration along with the step by step instructions. This is imperative as you will be able to know what to do and prepare for the next step and save up on the time spent on the project and to avoid confusion as well.

With a well detailed plan, you will be avoiding potential problems and definitely make building  shed a worry free endeavor.

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Cost Cutting Tips When You Build Your Own Shed

Its not uncommon to hear a homeowner complain about the mess they have in their attic and in their garage, sometimes iteven overflows to their very own living  area. It seems that even though you have a big home, space is lacking. It’s easy to understand why most homeowners would want to have a storage shed.

In this economic times, not many of us have the money to either get a builder make a shed for us or get pre-fabricated shed kits to have our own storage sheds. Affordability will always be an issue and wewill always ask about ways where we can cut costs.

The first aspect is always the most obvious. We can save lots of money if we do the job ourselves. Contractors mean a lot of money. Yes they can do the job well and you can be assured that you will have a shed that would last a long time, and with a few extra bucks they would also make your shed extremely beautiful. But so can you. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, even with minimal carpentry skills, you too can build a strong, sturdy and aesthetically pleasing shed in your garden.

Scour for materials that can be recycled. Old wooden crates can still be used for flooring and for walls. Fallen trees can be cut and used for rafters and as foundation, maybe even a door.

Recycling doesn’t only save you money but its good for the environment as well. Don’t worry about the old look of recycled materials, a can of paint and a headful of creativity can make any shed look stunningly beautiful and brand new.

Determine the size of the shed you will need. If you don’t have much to store, you don’t really need a huge shed, the smaller the shed you create the less materials you will need, which means less cost. If you already have a foundation such as a patio, a small shed may be able to fit on it eliminating the cost for laying the foundation.

If you have cut some wood, don’t just throw away the bits and pieces left behind. You can use this for trimmings and maybe even for shelves and window sidings. Drive around your town, renovations and demolitions are a good source for reclaimed materials. They can either be used as land fillers for foundation or for roofing materials. You can even go to your local junkyard and ask if they have aluminum or metal which you can get for free or buy at a minimal price.

Building a shed doesn’t mean that you have to burn a hole in your pocket. With a good building plan, you will have an exact knowledge of all the materials that you will need, and with that you can now use your imagination to see recyclable materials to fit in your plans. And there you have it. You can save thousands of dollars if you are just patient and diligent enough in searching usable used items.

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Choosing the Proper Siding when Building a Shed

Like any building house or structure, your choice of siding is a very important decision. A good siding will be able to protect your belongings and also effectively ward off any harsh weather. When it comes to a shed siding, there are multiple choices, each having their own pros and cons. Other aspects that can affect your decision making is the cost, ease of maintenance, its durability and availability.

For those who prioritize cost as their concern, then a tin siding is the perfect choice for you. A tin shed is virtually easy to construct. But with the low cost comes with an issue of durability. It is most likely that you will be, after a few years, replacing some of its parts like the door or the roof. Also a tin siding advisable for areas frequented by rain or snow as they rust easily.

If you want a more durable shed siding, then wood would also be a good option. And with this option, you have many choices. For enhanced resistance in rotting and bug infestation, you may use red cedar. The downside to this is that it can be a bit costly to some. A less pricey alternative is the white cedar. Another popular choice for wooden siding is the rough sawn pine. It is commonly used for a siding with a board and batten design. It is important for you to remember that if you are using wood, you should purchase them when they are already dry. Or else, they have the tendency to shrink when the moisture is gone. If this happens, the strength and durability of your shed is greatly reduced.

Another option for a shed siding is vinyl. A vinyl siding is a great option as they are effective in resisting the elements and they don’t require much maintenance. This siding can also be purchased in a variety of styles which can emulate different types of finishes, like wood, tin and aluminum. Another great advantage of a vinyl siding is that they can be designed to match your existing home to compliment it well. Vinyl siding has, unfortunately its own disadvantages. Like the tin siding, it can also be pricey. It is also not easily repairable unlike wood. But luckily, vinyl sidings don’t just crumble and break and can withstand wear and tear. And because it doesn’t require much maintenance, you can get your investment back in a short time.

It is important that you are able to assess the pros and cons of all shed sidings that are available to you. Choose one that has more advantages than disadvantages. You can do this by taking into consideration your budget, the aesthetics of your home, its practicality, the durability it can provide and the amount of time that you can spent in maintenance.

Take the time to weigh your options, plan ahead so you can be sure that when you invest your time, money and effort, you get more in return.

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How To Get Free Shed Plans and Blueprints

If you are planning on building a garden or storage shed you will need some type of plan. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or a pro, you need guidelines. There are many sources to obtain free shed blueprints and plans. If you are a novice and the word blueprint scares you, relax. These are simple detailed drawings that show everything that you are going to need to know to build your shed. They are no different than a travel map. It simply tells you that you need to travel from one step to the next, and what you need to get there.

So why bother with free shed plans? How often have you purchased an item, and then when you got it home, you wished you had bought the deluxe version, or vice versa? It’s the same with plans. You go to all the trouble of picking one, purchasing it, then get it home, and for one of several reasons it just isn’t want you want. If its free, then you have lost nothing, you can just go and find another one. You can do this several times if you need to until you find the perfect one for you.

Ok it’s a great idea. Now where do we go to find these free shed blueprints and plans? To start with you could check out your local home improvement stores. Some of these have some great options. They often will have a series of standard plans in stock. They will give some of these to you free of charge, in the hopes that you will buy your materials from them. These plans usually consist of the majority of items they carry in their store. Some of them have even written their own series.

Another option is take in a rough sketch of the details of what you are looking for. Many building suppliers will draft up blueprints and plans for you. They may offer to do this for you with some type of commitment that you will purchase supplies from them. Sometimes they will offer this as free deal as a promotion.

Then there is always the internet. Lots of sites are willing to give away the prints and plans for free. One such example is MyShedPlans. Not because they are generous, but because they hope it will entice you to purchase some of the other items they carry.

These items are usually applicable to what they are giving you at no charge. For example if they give you all the drawings and plans you need., then you are going to have to know how to do the things that the plan says. This is where the extras come in. Perhaps the company that gave you the free shed plans sells some self help, or do it yourself books. They would be pleased to sell these to you. This is not being sneaky. In fact its an excellent business proposal. They help you identify what you need and then offer support where you need it. With the combination of your  plans, and the self help books you need, you’re ready to build one good looking shed!

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Outdoor Storage Shed Plan For Your Garden

Choosing a proper outdoor storage shed plan for your garden is very important at the planning stage. Here are few tips.

Your landscaping is completed for the season and it looks great, except for all the garden tools and equipment that are laying around. Obviously there is a need for a storage area. A storage shed would be the perfect answer. The question is how do you go about this? No doubt you are going to need a storage shed plan. First you will need to determine which type of plan you require. This you can only determine by doing your research as to what your requirements are regarding the shed.

You know you want to store all of your garden items. You most likely know what items you have now and what size storage area it would take. But consider any future garden purchases you may make in the future. For example are you thinking of purchasing a new ride on lawn mower, or a snow blower? This are items you may need to store and your new garden shed may become their home., but only if its big enough.

Then where are you going to put the shed? This will partly depend on what area you have available, plus what style you are thinking of going with. Lets say you have two choices of location. One is tucked away in the back of the garden almost out of site, and the other one is at the edge of the flower bed. The one tucked away will be more difficult to get at. They both will accommodate the size of the shed you have in mind. Here’s where your decision of style comes in. If you use the tucked away area, your style can be pretty basic because its not going to interfere with your landscaping. On the other hand if you choose the more open space, they you are going to want a fancier style that will complement your garden. You will have to keep this in mind when you pick your shed plans.

You will need to have at least a rough budget in mind. When you go to get your storage shed plans you may have the option of choosing your plans according to what materials you want to use. Different materials have different price ranges. For example if the basic plan falls well within your budget then perhaps a more deluxe version will be an option for you.

Be practical when choosing your plan. You are probably going to be surprised as to just how much you are going to have to choose from. If you aren’t careful and stick to your own plans you could get carried away quite easily. Most often the plans will give you a picture of the finished projects. You’ll see several that you really like. Some of them look like little cottages. Now look at them realistically, they have to meet all the needs that your have identified. Pick out two or three that you really like and see if they answer these questions.

1. Are they the size that you need?
2. Will it fit in with the area you have chosen?
3. If it requires a building permit will it meet the criteria?
4. Is it simple and easy to understand for the novice?
5. Does it give a complete list of materials, and will these materials be readily available in your area?

If you have gotten all the right answers, then you just need to choose the shed plans you like the best out of the group and get ready to work

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Shed Kits

You can use Shed Kits Instead Of Building a Shed From Scratch. Here are the steps.

If you are planning on building a storage shed, make sure you do some homework first. If you are a carpenter or experienced handyman you have the advantage over the novice, in a few ways. You will be able to determine what would be best for you, either using a shed kit or building from scratch. With your experience your have more options based on your knowledge.

You novice builders have the same options, but it’s a matter of what would be the best for you. It really would be worth your while to check out the wide range of selections that are available.  I know, you really wanted to build this from scratch, and maybe feel like you’re cheating if you use a kit. On the contrary, you are making a wise decision, and besides someone has to still put it together, plus you can customize it. It’s that overall finished look that a person takes pride in, not in how many pieces of wood they had to cut.

These prefab storage units give you many options and have lots of advantages. First of all, you can have a choice of materials such as wood, vinyl or metal. If you were to build the shed from scratch, you probably would only be able to use wood, if you didn’t have any knowledge or tools to work with vinyl or metal. With some shed kits because of the way they are constructed you don’t need to worry to much about insulating, because of the way they are constructed. So that eliminates your problem of having to work with insulations.

If you purchase one of the self locking units, then you don’t have to be concerned about installing rafters, which is great, because it also gives you more usable space on the inside. You never have to worry about warping provided you have put it together properly.

Remember I said that you could accessorize it? In other words add your own creativity to it. For example, you can plan where you want the windows to be. You could even choose to put in skylights which not only is practical ,it modernizes the décor as well. What you want to do, and with what accessories are available to you, depends on the style of shed you are choosing, plus the material. If you are accessorizing, it is usually an added expense.

You will be pleased with how simple it is to erect one of these sheds when you buy the package. There are so many advantages to it. For example.

-All the material comes with it, There’s no running around trying to find everything you need

-You are not restricted to style because of your limited building knowledge

-Your choice of material allows you to choose something that will blend in and enhance your home and property

-They are sturdy, durable and a real bonus is they are maintenance free

-If your needs grow, and you need more storage space then you can either add an addition to the existing one, or purchase another one the same.

-There are no hidden costs. Everything you need is in the package and paid for at the time of purchase., so you know what its going to cost you.
Although remember if you don’t buy one that comes with a base, you will incur extra costs with that, plus don’t forget about the accessories.

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