Before You Build Your Shed, Ask These 7 Questions
Plus Get Free Woodworking Plans & Project Ideas!
A wife sent her husband on some trip for a weekend and organized the rest of us into a crew for her Dad to use to build it in a couple days. Her Dad had drawn up woodworking plans for his own shed and then just shared them for this one.
I gotta say, that was a fun frickin’ weekend. It’s too bad for the husband that got the shed because he was out of town ha ha. It was basically a weekend beer and bbq party while we messed around with tools and wood. Both nights we had outdoor fires and more beer while we worked until midnight in the summer. It sort of reminded me of one of those awesome high school memories we have.
Building a shed is not something I was familiar with so it’s important to make sure you know what you’re doing at least a little bit. It involves getting a nice, straight, and true foundation, framing, roofing. But it is fun as hell.
I don’t know, I really, really like looking at something when it’s done knowing that I built that. And when you are done with a project like this, you’ll realize how easy it is and how capable you truly are. You’ll want to be building your next house guaranteed.
Free Woodworking Plans
I have only bought plans once, and they are for log cabin homes. Giddy up. They’re all marked up and sorted by preference and features. Found this site/offer here that seems to be a pretty good source for projects, plans, and instructions.
If you click through on one of the links, they offer a set of free woodworking plans.
Click here to get your set of free woodworking plans.
It looks like a pretty cool site. 12,000 plans for woodworking projects which include a materials list – no more wasting money by overspending.
They also have a huge variety, not just storage shed plans. If you click over you’ll see you can find anything from a cool planter to covered bbq pits. Hello next project!
So let’s pretend you clicked over and downloaded your free woodworking plans (you get free shed plans for a 12’x8′ right then as a pdf.)
Is this the shed you want? Does it serve your needs? How about we get to the 7 questions you should ask yourself before building a shed. Why is this important?
For any builder it’s important that you have everything in place before you start any woodworking project. The best way to do this is to have a plan. Plans:
- save you money.
- make the work more efficient.
- take the guesswork out of it.
- provide visuals.
Before Building A Shed
To store only yard or garden equipment? Think this part through. Is it going to end up being a more of a family use shed? Are the kids going to want to store their sports equipment in there? Or is the wife going to find a new place for the Christmas decorations in your kickace shed?
Before choosing which wood shed might work for you, be decisive yet flexible in its use.
2. How big do you want it to be?
Since you now know what it’s going to be used for, this should provide you with a rough idea of the size you want. But wait, plan ahead. Maybe you don’t have kids now but can see them in the near future? To have a place to put their outdoor toys maybe take that into consideration NOW so you don’t have to build a new shed in a couple years.
Or if you’re a new homeowner that maybe doesn’t have all the outdoor tools just yet – a mower, trimmer, edger, whatever. You are probably going to need more room later if you think you are going to be outside.
The free woodworking plans they give you at their site is for a 12’x8′ shed.
You need to determine the best place for it. It has to be some place accessible. Preferably tucked away so it does not interfere with your landscaping. Or maybe a cool garden shed would add to it? Hmmm. Again, use your crystal ball and look into the future, you don’t want to have to move it.
Is the area you have picked and the size of the shed you want compatible? If not then there has to be a compromise, either in the space or the size.
4. Does in need to be insulated, waterproof, open?
If you are in a four season, wide ranging climate then you need to decide what seasons you need the shed to be able to withstand the most and build for the worst, probably either hot summer or freezing winters.
This too might come down to the purpose of the shed. Maybe you want an open type for a horse shed. Or if it’s only going to be used below the deck for pool equipment – maybe waterproof it.
5. Do you require a building permit?
Know what your local by-laws are for building a shed. It would be so not cool to finish up building and then have city officials come along and tell you to take it down. Normally you won’t need a building permit if you stay within a specific size, but if you have determined to go larger than what’s allowed, you will have to submit building plans for approval.
6. What is your budget?
Self explanatory yeah? How much are you going to put into this shed? Having a budget along with a materials list ahead of time saves on time and cost.
I never have the patience to make a materials list and guess what? I end up making like 15 trips to Lowe’s. But that doesn’t happen to you right? Ha ha.
7. Where to get plans for building a shed?
For this you need to check out what resources are available to you. Your local home hardware and building center might have like monthly weekend seminars. Obviously the library will have books on woodworking projects. Maybe home planners? Of course the internet.
There you go. Pretty helpful 7 question check off list for you to use should you decide to build a shed this summer.
Picture it, early evening, sunset, you a a friend or two (maybe your wife?), barbeque smoldering, beers in hand, the smell of grill smoke and fresh cut wood. That is what I’m talking about Willis.
If you have dreamed about having a summer like this, you might want to check out what woodworking plans they have over there. Use the link below and you can see a huge list of stuff they have plans for.
At the very least, you can get a set of free shed plans from them. Nice right? But that’s how they get you!