No yard is complete without a storage shed, a free standing building that can house your garden equipment and tools as well as pool supplies, outdoor furniture and home tools. Sheds are made from wood, wood composite, aluminum or polymer and can be constructed in as little as two hours. There is some other work that needs to be done before you build your shed including the following.
Sheds come in a variety of sizes from dollhouse up to garage size. The typical garden shed measures approximately 6 feet by 5 feet and may be all that you need.
You need to consider what you want to place in your shed before determining its size. Measure the length, width and height of your storage items and allow for enough room to maneuver between each item.
Various laws that might restrict you include the height of the shed, its foundation and the setback from neighboring properties. You may need to obtain a variance from the town or written permission from a neighbor to place your shed within a setback. Be aware that your town might also charge you a fee to pour a foundation or to put up the shed.
Sheds can be built on a temporary or on a permanent foundation. A temporary foundation includes bricks or a movable floor while a permanent foundation would describe poured concrete and a fixed location. As mentioned in the previous step, your town may have some say about a permanent structure.
If you plan to lay a foundation, be aware that weather conditions can be a factor. The air should be dry and temperatures no lower than 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The ground should also be dry, level and thawed out. You can use portable heaters to warm up the ground, if necessary. Use insulating blankets to keep the concrete warm as it cures — blankets should be kept in place at least 48 hours and then another 72 hours should elapse before the concrete is cured.
Once your concrete has cured, you are now ready to frame the shed. You will need a tape measure, chalk, a pencil a circular saw, a sill plate, hammer, nails and lumber to accomplish this task.
Take measurements and use a chalk line to mark the outside line of your shed. Follow the rest of the instructions that come with your kit to build your storage shed.
Once the frame of your shed is in place, hang the doors. If window spaces are provided, enclose the same. Tighten the roof and paint or stain the shed as desired.
Keep in mind that as you build your shed that it is subject to damage from wind. It can also be damaged by flood waters therefore the cement slab should be three to six inches above grade.
If water is still a problem, you can install a drainage system around the outside of the shed. Dig a foot deep trench, pitching it away from the shed. Place within the trench PVC piping to capture rain water and move it away from the shed.
Shed prices vary greatly and depend in large part on the materials used as well as the footprint of the shed. The standard 6×5 foot steel shed long used in backyards will cost you from $300 with no foundation. Choose a shed large enough to hold a pickup truck, an ATV and offer a work area and your cost can approach $25,000 with electrical connections and plumbing installed.
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