Are you thinking about building a shed for your garden? Don’t know where to begin? Follow this quick, simple guide to help understand the basics of building a shed and adding a unique touch.
STEP ONE – MATERIALS & TOOLS:
Unless working with a massive budget, the chances are this shed will consist of wood more than any other building material. Cheap plastic shed windows materials can also be purchased for affordable prices online that can be used for sturdy, safe windows.
Tools that will be required to build your shed are:
- Power drill or an electric screwdriver
- Spirit level
- Retractable knife
- Tape measure
- Builder’s square
- Rule or straight edge - to help cut any roof felt
- Work platform
STEP TWO – THE BASE:
It is very important for a shed to have a stable foundation (made out of either plastic, timber, concrete or a paved slab). This prevents water collecting around its floor. Ensure that you have building permission before doing so.
STEP THREE - PLACEMENT:
Centre the shed floor on top of your base and measure the edges with a pencil.
Lift the back panel in to place – make sure you have assistance when doing so. Once placed, lift a side panel onto the shed floor. Ensure that the last panel you place is the one with the door.
STEP FOUR – SCREWS:
Screw the panels together along the framing battens where they meet. From here, drill pilot holes and fit 3 screws at the top, middle and bottom. Fit the other panels the same way.
Next, fit the final panel (this should be the one with the door). Unless your instructions explain otherwise, do not fit the frame to the floor just yet.
STEP FIVE – SUPPORT:
Fit the roof support beam across the top of the shed, slotting it into the pre-existing grooves. Make sure that the base is sat firmly and the door opens easily.
Fix the beam to each gable end through an L-shaped metal bracket (included with the shed kit) using the screws provided.
STEP SIX – THE ROOF:
Lift the roof panels into position; be careful to make sure that everything is level and aligned.
Secure the roof panels to the shed and along the support beam. If necessary, use a work platform to avoid injuries.
Make sure that everything is how you wish for it to be before screwing in the panels.
STEP SEVEN – THE WINDOWS:
To add a unique touch to your shed, a great idea is to use coloured plastic material that is reliable and shatterproof. Cut My Plastic has just the answer and plenty of colours to chose from. The majority of shed windows are simply screwed on or slotted in to place, which makes this process very simple.
A great benefit to using plastic shed windows is the fact that it will keep your shed warm, meaning you can enjoy your new space all year round. This little extra feature will really go the extra mile.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your new shed!
Note: this is a partnered post and consideration was received for its publication. CC-licensed image by Fabrice Florin.