A shed kit can be very costly compared to making your own shed from shed plans. Custom shed can only be constructed on your own, shed kits do not always come in the proper size and design for your personal needs. If you want to construct a shed of exactly the size and shape you want then you will need to construct it yourself. Companies make shed kits in only a small variety of sizes and designs which are commonly used, your specific requirements may however be different. There are shed building blueprints (outdoor shed plans) available for building sheds which serve any imaginable purpose under the sun and in any shape, style and design you could possibly want.

Type of Wood Used For Construction the Shed

Some types of timber may be more expensive in certain regions if they are not native to that area, so it may be a good idea to stick to locally available timber. Timber increases in weather resistance after pressure treatment, so use pressure treated wood as much as possible. There is no point in choosing a high quality wood with a fine grain if you are just going to cover it with paint, so in such a case you can go for a lesser quality wood. If you will be using a transparent emulsion on your shed then you should definitely go for lumber with a good grain.

 Have a talk with your local lumberyard and discuss the pros and cons of the various types of lumber available in your area and settle for one which is within your budget and is also durable. To keep costs low, you could choose to only use the best brand of wood for the important load bearing parts of your shed like the posts and beams. Build the inner parts of your shed using less durable cheaper kind of timber. Using this strategy you will be able to keep expenses low while still maintain the durability of the shed.

General Shed Designs

There are many different shed designs (garden shed blueprints) available to choose from. Here are the most common designs. Lean To Shed - This is a very simple shed to build. This type of shed is sometimes constructed secured to existing buildings but can also be easily built as self supported buildings. It has a single slanting roof usually slanted towards the door.

 The easy design of this shed makes it ideal for inexperienced woodworkers who just want to put up a cheap small shed quickly.  Gable Shed - This is the most usually used shed design. It is most suitable for backyard sheds, workshops, tool shed, offices, and playhouses. A gable roof consists of two sloping roof sections connected to each other to form a triangular shaped structure.

To make sure the shed lasts as long as possible it is advisable to do at least some minor repair work on it from time to time. The roof is the part of the shed which takes the most beating from mother nature and so tends to wear out first. Paint your shed with water proof paint at least once every two years. Take proper safety precautions both while building the shed and while maintaining it. Power tools  and other woodworking equipment can be a hazard so take proper care.

 Take all the usual measures of safety that you would take while handling sharp equipments and lumber. Moisture is the enemy of the shed. Select a strong weather resistant lumber for making your shed will go a long way in protecting the shed from moisture and decay. The exterior surfaces of your shed (2 story shed plans) can be protected from the weather by coating them with a some layers of weather proof paint.


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