As summer approaches, we begin to fill our garages and storage rooms with new equipment and tools to help revamp our outdoor spaces. After time, cramming all of your outdoor clutter to the back of your garage may no longer be a viable option. It’s time to create more space, but you don’t have time to invest in any large scale projects. Luckily for you, we’re here to guide you through building a shed over the course of a long weekend to help clear up more space and de-clutter your outdoor life.
Establish the location where you wish to build your shed. Are you hoping to build a narrow shed along the side of your house? Or are you hoping for a large scale shed in an open area of your yard? Once you establish location and clear out any unnecessary landscaping, you can begin to tackle the more difficult decisions.
Collect all of the necessary materials, which might vary depending on the size and shape of the shed you wish to build. Make sure to consult online databases that will help you understand the best dimensions for your shed. Gather your paint brushes and rollers, a hammer drill, approximately 80 lbs bags of 5000 psi concrete, sandpaper, exterior paint, a screwdriver, a level, and the appropriate amount of shingles.
Depending on how long clearing out the location of the shed takes you, you can begin building the frame in day one as well. Use a simple wooden frame and nails to establish the appropriate base for your shed. Using a nail gun for this part will help save time, rather than hammering each nail individually. Set the frame in place, use your level to make sure all of the sides are correctly placed.
With your frame set in place and your materials handy, it’s time to establish the foundation. By using white stones as a first layer, pour as many bags as needed within the wooden frame. Once the rocks are rested and evenly distributed, pull out your supply of concrete and cement mixer (which you can rent from your local home improvement store.) We recommend using a reinforcing wire mesh over the white stones to establish a stronger foundation before pouring any cement. Spread the cement quickly, using your smoothing tools to make sure the cement is level and, for the most part, free of bubbles. Let the concrete dry completely. Occasionally, you may want to spray the cement with water to prevent it from cracking while it dries. Let the concrete sit for at least 24 hours (preferably 48 if you can swing it), and remove the wooden frame.
Using the proper dimensions, begin building the framing for the walls. Use the proper siding panels to create a solid wall structure. Consider painting the walls with exterior paint before attaching to the frame for simplicity’s sake. Since we’re trying to accomplish this project within a certain time frame, you may even consider investing in a power spray painter to help achieve the best results in a timely matter.
Keeping the wall vertical in your yard before attaching, you can add your chosen trim to the four walls. Keep in mind, your front and back walls may have framing cut out for any necessary windows and doors. Using a hammer drill, anchor all of the walls into the concrete frame. This is also when you’ll install the window units.
Use roof rafters to establish the frame of the roof. With the rafters in place, the roof can then be attached. (Optional: You can waterproof your roof by using roofing felt.) Place shingles on roof, and any optional gutter system you wish to add. Add trim around any windows you’ve installed, the door, and any spot you may have missed when adding the trimming to the walls before. Touch up your paint and you’re finished!
While this project may be time consuming and require materials and skill, building a shed in a long weekend is extremely feasible. For any extra help you may need with this or any other exterior project, call J-Tech today for a free estimate on your exterior needs!
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