There are many different home projects which can improve the value of a property, and one of those is building a storage shed. Building a shed from scratch is also a popular project among many handymen because this is a project that takes a lot of planning, a lot of skill, and building a good shed is one way of confirming just how skillful and individual really is. While there are many different types of sheds and various designs and plans to choose from, if you’re planning on setting up your first diy shed, there are several things you need to consider before getting started with the ground breaking of an actual project.
Type of shed
One of the major early decisions to make is what type of a shed you want to build. Do you want a permanent structure that involves creating a concrete base or are you okay with having a shed that stands on a couple of stilts or a wooden base? This decision early on changes which shed designs will work for you and which won’t. In addition, there are basic storage sheds, garden sheds, lean to sheds, and designs that use all wood while others have basic metal roofs. Making the design decision early on will determine how to start the project.
There are several different options when it comes to creating a roof for the shed. Three major types of roofs can be used and each requires a different type of material for the roof design. The first is using wood boards in a traditional roofing set up. This is an especially popular with the full wood or “cabin-style” of outside shed. Another method is to apply plywood as a roof and attach shingles to it on both sides. Finally, the third option is to go with metal sheet roofing, which is a low cost alternative to create a nice roof while under a tight budget.
Local licenses & permits
If you live out in the country you don’t have to worry about things like licenses and getting building permits from the local government authorities, but if you live in a town or city then these are things that you need to consider. Checking in with the town government is important to make sure that you don’t need any type of building permit. The requirements may change depending on whether you are creating a permanent or a temporary structure.
This also might help influence your decision of what type of base to use. If a permanent structure with a concrete base means a $2,000 building permit while a shed built on a couple wood stilts as a base might not require any type of a permit at all. This is obviously a huge difference and can be a deal breaker for an individual who is looking to build a shed from scratch for the first time.
Looking for help
If you don’t have a lot of experience with your own at home or construction projects, then it might be a really good idea to find some friends who have much more experience than you do. This is especially a good idea if you want a light in the shed and say have no electrical experience. Deciding early on to get some help from friends and neighbors who have the experience to help with such a project isn’t anything to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s a very smart move to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Building a shed from scratch doesn’t have to be a difficult undertaking. With a good amount of planning and some help from experienced hands, you will be well on your way to setting up an excellent storage shed that fits all of your needs.