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Garden Shed Plans

Written By: Bob - Feb• 23•12

Which Garden Shed Plans to Choose?

Bob's Shed PlansGarden shed plans come in as many shapes and forms as there are sheds in gardens. If it is your first woodworking project, it can be very difficult to know where to begin. Some DIYers choose to use plans that are free, and others prefer to pay for plans they believe might be more detailed, and of better quality. Whichever route you choose, you’ll want to build a shed that compliments your house, adding beauty to your garden, and value to your home.

It is important to find a quality set of plans including detailed instruction, blueprints and diagrams. And if you’re new to woodworking, you’ll want step-by-step instruction. This will save you time and money by eliminating guesswork and costly mistakes.

Know What You Want

There are many designs to choose from, available online or in books. It will help to know what you want from your garden shed ahead of time, especially asking with regards to size, placement, and building materials. People tend to choose garden shed plans that promise to be useful and easy to follow, and will enhance the aesthetics of their backyard. It is important to take time and care when thinking about how you will put together a useful and attractive garden shed.

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Deciding on Materials

After deciding on the shape and design of your shed, it’s time to think about building materials. This means asking yourself how you want the finishing and exterior to look, as well as considering issues of durability, and that will depend largely on the climate you live in. Maybe you prefer the look and warmth of a wooden structure, or perhaps the added durability and faster assembly speed of a metal enclosure. Some may prefer to build with brick, especially if it will match the house. And your decision will of course depend on the intended purpose of the structure you are building. Perhaps you’re building something as small as a dog house for your pet. Shed building options are endless and you should have a clear picture in mind before you begin.

Consider the Flooring

When you’ve settled on materials to use for the exterior enclosure, you’ll need to think about the flooring. If you are trying to stay within budget, then dirt floors are probably your best decision because they are cheaper. However, this isn’t always the best alternative because dirt holds onto moisture which will corrode your metal tools, if you intend to store them in your new shed. A concrete foundation is often a great start and some people will later add another flooring finish over the top of the concrete later. Looking through garden shed plans will help provide you with clear ideas for your woodworking project.

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Placement of Your Shed

Often, where you place your shed can dictate the building’s size. If you have limited space in your backyard, this will limit some of your options, but that’s not a problem. You will need to know the zoning laws in your community, because some Councils only allow certain dimensions and require your shed to be built a specific distance from your property’s border. A permit may be required to build the shed, and you should contact your local council to find out before you begin. If you live in the country or a rural area, you probably won’t need to seek permission. All these factors should be considered carefully when choosing your garden shed plans. And then it’s time to start the building!

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