Sheds have so many uses. They are useful in storing equipment and things outside your home. There are several kinds of shed in terms of complexity of construction, size and other factors. Small sheds are affordable and simple. You can also build a shed to suit the needs in your property. Bigger sheds are more costly and have features like those in house constructions. You can build a shed using different materials. Adding a shed to your home does not necessarily have to be a major construction work that requires the need for contractors. You can do it yourself with the help of a shed kit that comes complete with roofing and siding materials. It requires no special training as long as you follow the instructions carefully. If you have a clear space in your property, you can create a shed that blends well with your home at a fraction of the cost of getting a contractor to do it for you.
When building a shed you would need a shed kit, lawn flags, measuring tape, spade, 2x4s, plate compactor, hammer, nails, gravel, concrete mix, water hose, wheelbarrow, trowel, screed, rocks, plastic sheet, concrete drill bit, hammer drill and siding nails. As you begin constructing a shed, you must look for a suitable area in your property. Make sure it blends well with your home and landscaping. Choose a space with easy access to the driveway or road and make sure the ground is level.
Buy a shed kit that can give you a choice of shed materials. The kit should contain detailed building plans and pre-cut plans to shorten the time of building and to make the entire process simple. Use a tape measure to measure the space on the ground where you want to build the shed. Mark out the base adding two inches to the actual shed size by placing lawn flags. Remove debris from the flagged area. Dig a 4-inch deep foundation hole using a spade and the flags as your guide. Check out the hole dimensions to make certain that it matches the width and length of your marked base and if necessary, make alterations. Compress the soil in the of the foundation hole with a plate compactor.
Next, line the hole of the foundation with 2x4s as a concrete form that is four inches high and two inches thick, cut the board to fit using a circular saw, nail the board edges together in the hole. Make boards adjustments to level the tops before you continue. Pour 2-inch gravel layer to the hole and compact to serve as drainage for the foundation. Wet the gravel a little with spray form a water hose to avoid leeching the moisture from the concrete. Mix concrete in a wheelbarrow, pour concrete to the hole and fill it with concrete, making sure that it does not overflow.
Level the foundation with a wooden screed board across the tops of the wooden frame, cover loosely with plastic sheeting and secure with rocks. Wait for one week for the slab to cure, remove the sheet and wait another week before building the body of the shed. Build the frames by installing main wall supports to the concrete slab using brackets, secure supports with lug bolts; use a hammer drill to create the pilot holes for the lug nuts. Add the remaining frame to the support, working one wall at a time then mount the roof support trusses until the framework is completed. Follow the instructions closely when positioning the joints of the frame pieces and secure with bolts. Lastly, mount the siding to the sides of the shed using nails and add the roofing material. Add windows and doors from the kit to complete your shed using the doorjambs and window frames supplies.