Building A Storage Shed
Building a storage shed on your own requires some woodworking skills. But if you are like most people and lack some of the basic skills required to build your own storage shed, don’t panic! If you are looking to build a professional storage shed and save tons of money, than you need a set of storage plans. that you can read and understand easily. With the right plans., you can build your self a shed that can last for years and withstand the elements.
Choosing the right lumber is a crucial step when building your shed. Many people decide to buy inferior materials in order to save a few bucks. My advice is that you spend a little more on good quality wood to extend the life of your shed. Here is a brief list of common lumber grades:
No. 1 (Construction)
Moderate-sized tight knots, and paints well. Used for siding, cornice, shelving, paneling, some furniture.
No. 2 (Standard)
Knots are larger and more numerous. Paints fair. Similar uses as No. 1.
No. 3 (Utility)
Splits and knotholes are present. Does not take paint very well. Used for crates, sheathing, subflooring, and small furniture parts.
No. 4 (Economy)
Has numerous splits, knotholes, and large waste areas. Does not take paint very well. Used for sheathing, subflooring, concrete form work.
No. 5 (Economy)
Has larger waste areas and coarser defects. Can’t really be painted. Applications are similar to No. 5.
When preparing the foundation for your shed a gravel base should be used. This will provide a flat surface that drains well to keep the lumber dry. Depending on the size of your shed, you will need to remove 4” of soil or more. Pressure treated wood should be used for the shed foundation. Treated wood will resist rot. Find out exactly how much you should dig to prepare your foundation and the best materials to use by downloading a free copy of our shed building plans.
It is important to paint or stain your shed when completed. This will prevent any water damage and keep your shed looking beautiful for years to come.