How I Discovered The Best DIY Shed Plans
|Click here to view the shed plans (I highly recommend these). You can read my story below to find out more.|
Woodworking has been a serious hobby of mine for many years now. People come and ask me for advice and I have to remind them that I just do this for fun and I am not exactly a professional... but they continue to ask me for advice because they see some of the different projects I have worked on and they want to do the same.
Recently I've built my own shed and many of my friends started asking how I did it. The truth is that being a great carpenter or woodworker or whatever you want to call it has very little to do with it. The actual process of building a shed is not difficult but it is difficult if you don't have the right type of shed plans to guide you through the process.
It's like lego, it's not hard to put it together if you got the instructions but it sure looks complicated if you don't and once finished it looks like it was a lot more difficult to do then it actually was.
Anyways, the point I am obviously making is that with any woodworking project you absolutely need the right plans. So when it came to my shed I did what I always do when starting a woodworking project, I went out and searched for the best plans I could find.
I spent a lot of time making sure I found plans that where accurate, detailed and easy to follow. Getting this part right saves you time, money and reduces any potential disasters that could happen down the road.
After a long week of looking through websites, magazines and forums I came across some highly recommended shed plans... actually over 12,000 shed plans ranging from storage sheds, to garden sheds to tool sheds to every other type of shed. They looked good at first glance so I decided to go ahead and get them. Well once I dove into them I was even more impressed, not only where they extremely detailed with full do-it-yourself instructions but they also came with amazing diagrams, pictures and full material lists and to top it off they came at a fraction of the cost of other plans I researched.
Here is just a tiny sample of what you can expect:
And here is the shed I built using the plans I found:
If you're thinking of building your own shed then don't even think about starting without the right plans. Check out these plans, I highly recommend them.
Building A Shed Has Many Advantages
When you own a home, you are always looking for new ways to reduce the clutter in your garage and your yard. There is nothing more unattractive than a corner filled with all of your gardening equipment, your outdoor cleaning supplies, and your other miscellaneous accessories. If you are looking for a way to get rid of all the clutter without throwing away your valuable equipment it may be time to consider the advantages of building a storage shed somewhere around your property. Review all of the storage shed advantages and make an investment that will pay for itself in the future.
Hiding the Eye Sores in Your Yard
One of the biggest advantages of building a shed is that you can hide all of the eye sores that are laying around your yard behind closed doors. Storage sheds are the number one storage solution for outdoor equipment and gardening soils. The structure can hold everything from your plow to your lawnmower so you never have to leave the items out so they compromise the curb appeal of your home even though it is manicured.
Organize All of Your Materials So You Can Find Them Easily
Have you ever misplaced something you were looking for when you really needed it? If you answered yes, then storage sheds can be the answer. When you have a professional shed or a shed kit installed, the structures have different areas for different types of equipment. There are hanging hooks so you can hang your shovels and rakes or shelves where you can put plant food and soil. When you stay organized, you will know exactly where your accessories are when you need them.
Extend the Life of Your Machinery and Equipment
Lawnmowers and weed wackers were designed to live under tough conditions. If you leave the items out in the rain, chances are you will need to replace them in a shorter amount of time. When an item has a motor, it is best to put the item under shelter so it will not freeze or get damaged by the rain. Dramatic changes in temperature can affect your gardening equipment if they are not protected by the moisture or the hot sun. Extend the life of your machinery and equipment and keep it safe under the structure of a storage shed.
Add to the Value of Your Home
You might be thinking that you cannot afford paying for a new shed. When you consider the long-term, you can add value to your property when you add a storage shed. Not only will you add curb appeal, you will also increase the number on your next appraisal.
These are just some of the many advantages of having a storage shed installed on your property. Stop throwing everything you own in the garage when you do not want to deal with it and create a designated space for all of your outdoor items. Choose the right plans and you will be on your way to de-cluttering your home.
Once You Build A Shed Learn To Organize It
Most sheds are used to store garden tools, lawn mowers, pots, bags of soil mixes, and other items necessary to maintain the lawn and garden. In colder climates, homeowners may also be storing a snow blower, snow shovels, and bags of salt. Organizing a shed to ensure easy access to the items being stored can be difficult for people in temperate zones, especially if they have a small unit.
Organizing a Small Shed
Organizing a shed, especially smaller units, requires some forethought. Before setting up any shelving or peg boards, consider how you will be using the shed. Most homeowners need more space for lawn and garden necessities than for winter equipment. The ideal solution is to devote one-third of the shed to winter equipment and two-thirds to lawn and garden accouterments.
Create a space on one side to hold the snow blower, but to make full use of that side of the shed, build shelving just above the blower. The shelves can hold bags of salt, snow shoes, winter bird seed, and any other items needed only for winter use.
With the rest of the space allotted to lawn and garden equipment, you could give yourself a potting table to work on. Assign some space to work that is large enough to hold a potting bench with shelving above. The lawn mower can be tucked underneath the table. Most lawnmowers allow the handle bar to drop for easy storage.
Even small aluminum sheds measuring 4 feet by 6 feet is enough room as long as all the space is used. The shelves can be filled with bags of lawn seed, buckets of rose food, seed packets, garden wire, gloves and other items in constant use.
The back of the shed can be fitted with hooks to hold garden spades, forks, hoes, clippers and small electrical tools, like hedge trimmers. When organizing a shed, everything should have a place. Shelving and wall hooks are key.
If you have a riding lawn mower, you will not have room for a potting table, and you will not likely be able to actually work inside the shed. You can still add shelving down each side for storage, and keep your garden tools on hooks at the back of the shed.
Organizing a Large Shed
If you are organizing a larger shed, you can do it in much the same way as a smaller shed. The difference is that you will have more space to work. The equipment, like snow blowers and riding lawn mowers, can take up one side of the shed. Garden tools can be placed on hooks. Change up the placement of the riding mower and snow blower as the seasons change to ensure you have easy access.
Many people are turning their larger garden sheds into funky garden houses, keeping them only for lawn and garden necessities. They are becoming places of quiet contemplation, decorated with painted antique furniture upholstered in flowery fabric, and walls filled with flower prints. They are not organized sheds, but decorated garden houses that continue to hold the tools of their favorite pastime.
Organizing a shed is not a difficult process, once you know how you will use it. If it is already in disarray, you may want to pull it all out and rethink how to make it work better for your needs before putting it all back into the unit.