For homeowners that desperately need more storage space, a garden shed may be the perfect solution. These sheds can be built or purchased to nearly any specification and they make an attractive addition to any backyard. In this article we are going to discuss garden shed DIY plans.
The Pitfalls Of Garden Shed DIY Plans
There are many good reasons to build your own shed. However, there a few excellent reasons why you should not. To begin with, building a garden shed takes time and even a bit of skill. We are not talking about a weekend project here. On average, with good garden shed DIY plans, it may take you seven to ten days to complete the project on your own. If you have a helper, you may be able to cut it down to four or five days.
But remember, we’re not talking about assembling a chest of drawers from IKEA. Building a storage shed actually does entail building. You must procure all the materials and equipment, build a foundation, a floor, walls and a roof. Essentially, we’re talking about a mini house here, without the wallpaper.
If you decide against building, the best option is a prefabricated model. These sheds are available at most home and garden centers and they cost anywhere from fifteen hundred to three-thousand dollars. It is important to note that these models must be assembled, which will likely take an hour or two.
The Pitfalls Of Purchasing A Prefabricated Shed
There are a few obvious drawbacks of the prefab shed. To begin with, the builders often use inferior materials in order to save a few dollars. The one material that you should watch out for is untreated lumber. When untreated wood is used, the shed becomes more susceptible to the elements and maintenance and repairs, which are presumably what you are trying to avoid, will be nearly inevitable after a few years.
Don’t Make This Disastrous Mistake
Now, let us turn our attention back to garden shed DIY plans. As we mentioned, it’s a big job. So, in the remainder of this article we are going to focus on one important part of the shed, the door. As amazing as it sounds, many builders give little thought to the door or doors of the shed until the job is done. But this can be disastrous, or at the very least a terrible inconvenience if you are thinking about storing larger items, especially landscaping equipment.
For example, let’s just say that you want to store a large lawn tractor or a wheelbarrow in your shed because there isn’t enough room in the garage anymore. Well, the easiest thing to do is to measure the machine and make certain the shed can accommodate it. This may mean putting in a pair of double doors and possible even a small ramp.
Generally speaking, there are two types of doors that can be installed in a shed-sliding and hinged. Sliding are much easier to install, but they require extra wall space. Hinged doors, on the other hand, take up less space but are a bit harder to put in. A word of warning: if you install hinged doors, make certain you take them into account, since the doors will not open as wide as the actual doorway.