Although the basic footprint will remain the same as a plain shed, building a cute shed requires choosing a style of roof, doors, and windows that appeal to you and match your home or neighborhood. You can view 16 different style sheds in the resource section. You may also look at sheds displayed by home and garden centers. If you buy a kit, it will have all the parts, but since they are shipped in boxes, you won't get full-length studs and may choose to augment your kit with lumber that is solid rather than braced together.
Things You'll Need
- Set of blueprints
- Cement stepping stones for foundation
- Framing square
- Work bench
- Circular saw
- Shed kit, lumber according to blueprint or following materials list
- Item Number Dimension
- Front and back Floor joists 2 2 x 6 x 8 ft.
- Outer floor joists 2 2 x 6 x 6 ft.
- Inner floor joists 4 2 x 6 x 5 ft. 9 in.
- Joist holders 8
- Studs 46 2 x 4 x 8 ft.
- Top & bottom plates,
- 6-foot ends 6 2 x 4 x 6 ft.
- Plywood for Flooring 2 4 x 8 x 1 in.
- Roof trusses 6 2 x 6 x 8 ft.
- Plywood for roofing
- and sheathing 11 sheets 4 x 8 x 1/2 in.
- Shingles 3 Bundles
- Door 1 36" wide
- Windows 2 ft. x 3 ft.
- Flower box
- Nails 1-1/2 d
- Roofing Felt 64 sq. feet
- Roofing Nails
- Aluminum drip
Choose your design and method of building
Choose your design and decide whether you will use a kit, a blueprint or these instructions. If you use a blueprint, purchase all the materials on the list.
Prepare the site. Make a 6-foot x 8-foot frame of scrap plywood or lumber to mark the exact dimensions of the footprint of the shed. Mark it off with stakes and twine. Level the site inside the twine, removing any large rocks or high areas that would get in the way of the floor.
Place the first foundation block in one of the corners. Make sure it is at least six inches higher than the ground around the shed, so the shed will have a bit of elevation. Use a level to make sure it is level in both directions.
Place a second foundation block in the second corner. Place a 2-inch x 4-inch piece of lumber between the two blocks and put a level on top of the board to make sure the second block is level with the first. Repeat for the other two corners.
Build the floor. Make a frame for the floor with 2-inch x 6-inch lumber, stretching out the 8-foot end joists between the foundation blocks and adding the cross joists every 16 inches. The 6-foot joists go on the end of the 8-foot joists and the other joists need to be trimmed three inches so they will fit between the side joists.
Nail flooring plywood to the flooring frame, since the first piece of plywood is only 4-feet wide, it will be easy to tell where to set the nails so they enter cross joists. They will then serve as a guide when you nail down the other 2-foot wide section of flooring.
Build wall framing for first wall. Lay the 2-inch x 4-inch x 8-foot studs down on the floor on the narrow side and attach to an 8-foot-long 2 inch x 4 inch bottom plate. At each corner, join two studs together, and space the remaining seven studs equally at intervals of 13 inches using 9 studs for the 8 foot wall. Add a top plate.
Square the framing and add 1/2-inch plywood sheathing to hold the wall square. Use 6 d nails and space them every six inches. Raise the wall up on the flooring and use braces to hold it in place.
Build the three remaining wall frameworks, but don't put on the sheathing just yet. If you are using blueprints or a kit, place the wall and door where indicated. Otherwise, choose where you want the door and windows (if any) and make a frame in the wall frameworks the size that exactly fits the door and windows you have purchased. Mark the the doors and windows on the sheathing and cut out the door and window spaces in the sheathing. Then, stand the walls up and nail each corner to the wall next to it. Add a second top plate all around. Add the remaining sheathing.
Cut the rafters. Mark and cut the 2 x 6 inch boards using the framing square and a 5-inch pitch. Cut six 1/2 inch plywood gussets to hold the two pieces of rafter together. Add a 2 inch x 6 inch board upright on the wall plates as a base for the rafters. Cut a bird's mouth angle out of each rafter where it is to sit on the rafter base. Toe nail the rafters in place on every 12 inches.
Cover with plywood sheathing and nail down onto rafters. Add roofing felt, and aluminum drip to the edges of the eaves. Add shingles.
Add siding over sheathing. Alternately, use heavy-duty siding as sheathing. Stain or paint the siding.
Add the windows and doors. Add trim to windows and doors. Add any architectural trim, such as shutters, window boxes, gable turnings to create the cute look you have in mind. Paint trim.
Tips & Warnings
- Measure twice, cut once.
- If you are not experienced in building, a kit would be the easiest way to go. However, it would be worth your while to purchase full length studs in place of piecing shorter pieces of lumber together.
- Since sheds are shipped in boxes, the longer pieces of lumber are cut to fit the carton, rather than being left the full length.
- It will be nearly impossible for you to build and put up a roof by yourself. This is a time to get friends or neighbors over to help.
- Photo Credit colonial garden shed image by Kristina Cilia from Fotolia.com Stepping Stones to Oblivion. image by Tony Walker from Fotolia.com a level boy image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com