DIY Guide to Building a New Shed
By Holly Welles
Steps to Building a New Shed
1. Define your purpose and goals
Before building a new shed for your farm or homestead, identify what purpose the shed will serve, as well as your main goals for the project. This will help you determine what features you need and how complicated your DIY shed project will be.
Then, pick out a specific design and blueprint. You can browse different shed plans for specific features or look elsewhere online for more basic setups. Your shed will hopefully become a permanent fixture, so now’s your chance to customize the project to your liking.
2. Choose a site
Once you have determined what kind of shed you want to build, you’ll need to figure out where to put it.
The placement of your shed will depend on a number of factors. Is the new location easily accessible? Is it close to the areas you will be working in? Is the surface level? Are there any special circumstances that play into your decision?
3. Check for permits
4. Lay a foundation
5. Raise the frame
Whether you are constructing a shed from scratch or following a plan, you will want to make sure your frame is square before continuing on to the next step.
Building a frame requires a diverse set of tools, so make sure you have everything ready to go before you begin!
6. Add the roof
7. Install windows and doors
8. Assemble additional features
9. Use it!
With your new shed ready to go, it’s time to get started on filling it with whatever materials you want. Whether it is going to function as a farm office or simply for storage, the possibilities for your new shed are endless.
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