Sheds are very handy for a variety of purposes and building a shed yourself can save you a good amount of money. If you are thinking “this does not sound like a good idea, I have no idea where to start”, you have come to the right place. This process is actually much simpler than you may have thought, and in no time at all you will be well on your way to building a shed that is not only useful, but you will be proud to display.
When beginning the process, you need to take a bit of time and make sure you have everything you will need to make the project a complete success. You do not want to start without a bit of thought, as you may end up in a sticky situation, or having to make many more trips to the lumber yard.
The first place to start is to design a plan. As is the case with any type of project, you will need to have a good idea what you need, where you need it, and how you plan to get it. In this case, when building a shed, you should design a detailed set of building plans, or a blueprint. Even though you may not think of drawings or plans written on paper a form of a tool, they are the most important tool you will have for the building process.
Once you have developed a detailed plan, you will then need to collect other types of tools that are more traditional in nature. Some of the items you will need include various types of saws, especially a circular saw, a hammer, a power drill that is cordless, and a range of attachments for the drill and drill bits. You will also need items such as a shovel for preparing the foundation, a wheel barrow to haul away excess dirt and to mix concrete if necessary, a framing square, a level, a pry bar, and a chalk line.
You should always acquire a set of tools that are in very good condition, as this will help to make sure the building process moves along properly, without unexpected problems. Tools that work as they should will save you a plenty of time and effort. If you do not have all of the above mentioned tools, check with your local hardware store or lumber yard. Many retail outlets provide tool rental programs for do-it-yourselfers who do not want to purchase brand new items.
On top of the tools listed above, you will also need to purchase an assortment of supplies when building a shed. Some of the most common supplies include: lumber, screws, nails, shingles, concrete, and a mixture of other building materials. Take the time to review your list carefully, and gather up all of the necessary items before you actually start building. The last thing you will want is to get started building a shed, only to realize you are missing important items, and have to stop to take another trip to the lumber yard.
By taking the time to follow these basic tips, and either designing or following a good set of building plans, you will find the process of building a shed to be a snap. Once you have finished, you will be so proud to call your project your own and have a space that is handy and useful.
If you do not feel confident to design building plans yourself for your shed, take a bit of time and look online. There are plenty of websites that provide easy to follow plans for any type of building you may need.