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Jul 24 2012

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Building a Backyard Shed: Getting Started – The Garage Plan Shop

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Shed Plan 047S-0010At some point in time, most home owners decide they need or want a backyard storage shed of some sort. Sheds often prove to be a valuable addition to most homes and properties. They are useful for storing lawn and garden tools and equipment, they work well for workspace for hobbies and even provide storage when space inside the home is limited. Many home owners opt to build their own backyard storage shed using shed plans. However, the ultimate outcome will depend on his or her DIY and carpentry skills and how complex or difficult the shed plan is to build. There are several steps you can take to get started building your shed and ensure a successful outcome.

 

First, determine the purpose of your future storage shed. Do you plan to store tools, lawn and garden supplies, outdoor furniture during the winter months, the family bikes and outdoor games/toys? How will the shed be used?

 

Next, contact your local building department to find out if you need to obtain building permits to build your shed. If so, find out what is required to obtain the permits and if there are any regulations such as size or height. Some cities/municipalities have very strict zoning regulations that will establish what size shed you can build, where it can be positioned on the property, etc. Note: There have been occasions when homeowners have built a backyard shed and have been fined or forced to take the building down for not obtaining permits or following local building laws and regulations.

 

After your building department has established the regulations for size, location, etc., for your new shed, you can begin considering the best size shed to accommodate your needs and the best location on your property to build the shed plan that are within the established guidelines. Choose a shed plan that will accommodate your needs, satisfy building regulations and fit on your lot in the determined space.

 

Next, clear your lot if necessary. Typically shrubs and trees are cleared away and the lot is leveled. Check with utility companies before you begin digging to make sure your building site will not interfere with utilities such as water and electrical lines. Furthermore, you do not want to risk the chance of digging them up or damaging them. If necessary, ask the utility companies to come out to your property and mark the location of utility lines. If you plan to run utilities to your shed such as electrical lines for your power tools, consult with your electrician or other utility professional. 

Once the above steps have been taken, you can begin building your new backyard shed plan

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May 09 2012

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Featured Barn-Style Storage Shed Plan – The Garage Plan Shop

Shed Plan 047S-0005Are you thinking about adding a lawn and garden shed or a storage shed to your backyard this spring? If so, this shed plan has plenty to offer. The design features a gambrel roof giving it the looks or a miniature barn. Double doors allow easy storage of large or bulky items such as the riding lawn mower, the family bikes or plywood and lumber for craft projects. The side entry door adds convenience. Whether you need to store lawn and garden items like the leaf blower, rakes and potting soil or you are looking for a place to organize outdoor toys and sporting equipment for the kids, this backyard storage shed plan will help keep your yard tidy. Woodworkers, mechanics and tinkerers may find this shed plan handy for safe, dry storage of tools, auto parts and crafting supplies. This plan is available in five different sizes ensuring you’ll find just the right one to satisfy your needs and fit neatly into the corner of your backyard. Choose from the following sizes: 8′x12′, 10′x12′, 10′x14′, 10′x16′ and 12′x16′.

 

For more designs like this one, check out our entire shed plan collection.

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Jan 12 2011

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Solve your Storage Problems, Build with Shed Plans

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050S-0002 Shed PlanIt happens all the time. People who live in a house or own their own home get to a point where there just isn’t enough storage space for all their stuff. When the closets and garage are filled to capacity and the basement and attic are overflowing, it is time to take action. “What kind of action?” you ask. Build a backyard storage shed. There is a wide variety of shed plans available featuring various sizes, styles and rooflines. They work great for a multitude of storage needs, fit well in backyards and on small pieces of property, and keep your things dry, safe and secure. With a good set of shed plans and the right tools and materials, a storage shed can usually be built in just a couple of weekends. Furthermore, many of them feature an economical design that won’t break the bank.

 

So what can a backyard storage shed do for you?

 

·         Add value, efficiency and practicality to your home

·         Provide a storage space for lawn mowers and other lawn and garden tools and supplies

·         Offer a secure place to store power tools and other items that may be harmful to children

·         Serve as seasonal storage for holiday décor

·         Provide room to store furniture for outdoor living areas throughout the winter months

·         Deliver storage space for pool toys, chemicals and supplies during the cold season

·         Work well as a craft or hobby room

·         Offer a great place for a workshop for crafters, tinkers and the family handyman

·         Provide storage space for mechanic’s tools and auto parts

·         Serve as storage for the kids’ bikes, skate boards and other outdoor toys and sporting equipment

·         Work well as a gardening or potting shed

·         Help free up space in the garage so you can actually park the car inside

 

These are just a few of the things you can do with storage shed plans. The Garage Plan Shop recommends building a shed plan in your backyard to add functionality to your home and property right away, not to mention storage space.

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