If you’ve already got experience constructing houses, then building a shed will be a simple project for you. For those with no construction experience, never fear. Sheds still are simple enough for the average layperson to build.

You only need to know a few simple rules and you will find that putting your own shed together is a  breeze.

Check out these seven useful tips to help you get started:

  1. Plan the shed specifications.

Before you start building your shed, you need to know exactly what you are going to build. You need to determine the length, width, height, the number of windows and other features you plan to include in your shed.

  1. Plot the location.

Where exactly is the shed going to be built?

You can’t just say to yourself, “I’m going to build it in my backyard.” You need to plot the area of land in your backyard where the shed is going to be constructed. If you know the length and width of your shed, then plotting the location on the land should not be a problem.

  1. Choose your materials.

As steel shed is highly durable and will last the longest. Even though metal panels are more expensive than lumber and shingles, they will ensure that your shed will be last for at least 30 years.

  1. Plan your foundation.

Your first thought might be to use a concrete foundation for your shed since that is what typically is used in houses.

However, you may get more life out of your foundation if you use pressure-treated lumber for the foundation material. Use gravel to help fill in the gaps and then place cement pavers on top.

  1. Pick your siding.

Rather than using wooden siding for your shed, consider fibre cement siding instead. Fibre cement uses a combination of regular cement and cellulose fibres. This will make the shed more resistant to bad weather, fire, rot, termites and heavy impact.

  1. Include windows.

Remember that you are not turning your shed into another windowless garage where you store items. Sheds should have windows for a couple of reasons.

First, you’ll want fresh air to be able to get into the shed so that it doesn’t turn humid or hot like your garage. Also, if you are spending time in the shed, you’ll appreciate having the windows to look outside.

  1. Build on elevated land.

If you live in a location with a lot of flatlands or basins and heavy rains, you need to build your shed on an elevated area of land. Otherwise, your shed will be susceptible to flooding from the rainwater.

You might even need to use stilts on the bottom if you can’t find a naturally elevated area.

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