Guide to building a garden shed

Most homeowners realize that there is never enough space for storage, and that is why there is always a need for some extra space. There are lots of things that you may need to store away in the garage and the basement, and that is why you may find yourself in need of a garden shed that is large enough to handle all the tools and supplies that need to be organized in a particular way.

Building the garden shed

When you want a wooden garden shed, you can actually buy a kit and use what a manufacturer has chosen as well as the layout suggested. Also, you may choose to design your own structure which is personalized to handle all the tastes and needs that you may have. The second approach can take a longer time, but it is the best way to come up with exactly what you need. Building a garden shed usually entails:

Setting up the foundation:

Many of the wooden garden sheds are usually set on some concrete blocks or sometimes treated lumber skids. That is usually enough even when there are deep frost situations. This is due to the fact that the soil typically moves in a uniform way as thawing and freezing occurs. You need to stake and layout the corners of your garden shed and create deep depressions where you should pour in crushed rocks. These need to be leveled.

As you stack the blocks for the supports, you need to glue them using a good construction adhesive, and then the area within the blocks should be covered using landscape fabric as well as crushed rock.

The floor:

The pressure treated sill lamb should be cut so as to lie flush with the outer edges of the blocks. You will have to cut the jousts and then rest them on the sill. The pieces should then be nailed to the band joist. The corners have to be offset and then secured with galvanized nails. In order to lay the flooring frame well, the first joist has to be marked and all other subsequent joists too.


The walls come next. For these, there are various processes that are involved. You will have to cut the wall plates especially for the length and also lay out studs on centers. Ideally, the first stud needs to be around 15 ΒΌ inches from the end. At either end of every wall, stipple studs need to be installed so as to act as the nailers for the walls which will be shorter. Instead of the center stud, you may uses craps.

The wall that will bear the door needs to be marked on the plates. You will need to use vertical plywood siding. The walls are never complete until you install the door and windows.

The roof

You need to first frame the roof and you need to use a jig that is laid on the floor of the garden shed or on plywood. This is the best way to build the trusses. Drawing the centerline on the plywood can really help, and then follow up with nailing 2x4s all along the plywood bottom so as to have a position for the truss bottom cord. Make sure you match the width with that of the garden shed. The markings need to be accurate.