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Guide to Sheds



How to Build a Shed


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Building a shed is a process that should be fun and rewarding, not just frustrating. If you are planning to build your own shed it is essential that you have at least one extra pair of hands to help you. For larger sheds you might need more than one.

The construction process is relatively simple in comparison to other buildings but nonetheless it is essential that you research exactly how to build a shed so that you don't end up making silly mistakes. There are many guides on the internet that can help you with this and it is advisable to look at a selection of instructions and plans before beginning construction. A good set of shed plans and instructions will probably be about 10 pages long (printed on A4). Anything that is significantly less is likely to be just a portion of the story and will probably leave a lot of unanswered questions or contain many cut corners.

You should look for a good and clear set of instructions about creating a base for your shed. All sheds require a supporting base structure and the most common method is to use a concrete base. There are several methods that can be used to do this and sometimes your chosen method will determine the type of shed that you can place on top. Therefore if you have a specific shed in mind you should always check to see what kind of base system you will need.

These days vinyl sheds are becoming more and more popular and most vinyl storage sheds need a vinyl base invariably provided by the same manufacturer to operate. Whilst this might be irritating if you already have a base system, you might feel better knowing that most vinyl shed bases are portable so if you move house you can take your shed with you or you can even change the location of your shed in the garden.

Most sheds are bought in kit form, which means that all you have to do is build the base and assemble the shed unit. Any shed bought in this form should have a clear set of instructions guiding you through the process and with so many different styles and designs of sheds it is impossible to give general advice on how to build a shed.

If you are feeling particularly adventurous you could download some plans from the internet and do everything else yourself. Providing you have the right tools/equipment and you are comfortable with woodworking and that you take your time you should be able to construct a good shed for the cost of the plans and the cost of the materials.