This year has been the year of DIYing some big projects, ones we still don’t feel qualified to do. But even with some bumps along the way, we did them and they turned out well (if I say so myself). One of these big DIY projects was building a shed from the ground up. And because this is a big project, I will be breaking the process into multiple posts. This post will talk about how to create a shed blueprint or in other words creating a shed plan.
Please remember, we are NOT pros but with some trial and error, we were able to build our own shed plus I know you could too. But we are not responsible for the outcome of your project, good or bad.
Also, one of the biggest obstacles we came across while building this shed was building it right next to another structure. It made things a little difficult so if you have a choice I would suggest NOT building it right next to another structure.
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First, you will need a plan (aka: size & design) for the shed. Please remember we are building a lean-to shed so these plans will be for that. The size of our shed is approximately 6ft x 10ft and 8ft at the tallest peak (it’s all the room we had in our space). We also wanted to include some old wooden windows we had on hand (we have been saving them for years). Here is the diagram for the front of our shed.
But let’s stop talking about ours and talk about a shed for you! Here are some questions you need to answer to create a plan:
- What is the size of the space you have? Or maybe you want a certain size, what is that? Once you have your size write it down.
- How tall do you want it at the tallest peak and lowest? For example, we wanted to be able to add a door so the tallest peak would be 8 ft and the lowest 7 ft
- What size of a door do you want?
- How long of a roof overhang do you want? All sides should have an overhang but the lean-to part should be at least 12″. Our lean-to part only has one overhang because the other side is covered. But that overhang is 12.5″ then the other sides have only a couple of inches overhang (7″).
- Something else to note: we used metal for the roof. If you decide to use metal roofing the metal comes in 3ft x 8ft or 10ft or 12ft (plus longer).
- Do you want any windows and the sizes? This could add an additional cost to the project but you could find some used windows to cut the cost.
- All of our windows are approximately 14″ x 29.5″
- Do you want to use sheathing on the walls? Sheathing is a plywood applied to the outer studs to strengthen the structure and to serve as a surface to apply other materials (siding). For a house, you would use this but with a shed it is not always needed (depends on the siding). For example:
- So we should now ask, what siding will you be using?
- I would recommend LP Smartsiding. It cuts with a regular saw blade and it’s easy to install. Plus it’s what we used!
- What type of roofing do you want? Shingles or metal? If you do not have a good slope on the roof and it snow/rain in your area, I would recommend metal.
- Last, how far do you want the shed door off the ground? 4.75″ or 6.75″?
- We used 6″ treated lumber for the base of the shed with a 3/4″ plywood for the floor.
You should now have a pretty good idea of what you want in your shed. It’s time to create a sketch of that shed.
To help you with this, I have created some printables. You will have to subscribe to my email to receive the FREE PDF.
Print off the pages you need (read the instructions on the second page) and start filling in all the measurements on page 4. Plus add where you want doors and windows. To help you keep everything organized put North, East, South, and West on the side it applies to.
TAKE THE SKETCH A LITTLE FARTHER
Now let’s take that sketch further and add in the studs.
SIDE NOTE: Doors and windows need extra bracing (the 2×4’s around the opening).
TIP: You will be building one wall at a time.
You will notice that on page 4 of the shed printables it gives you some examples, be sure to look over that before doing your sketch.
THINGS TO NOTE:
- You will have a top and bottom plate with wood between (called the stud). The top and bottom will be the length of that wall. Already drawn on printable.
- The walls with the low and high points will have studs for the other wall on that side (they wrap around) see pictures.
- Studs should be 16″ on center. This means the distance from one 2×4 center to the next is 16″, sometimes it will be less to finish a wall.
- Once the shorter walls are built, there are some 2×4 double plates that will brace the walls together. See sketches for the double plate!
Here is an examples of another one of our sketches.
CREATE A SHED BLUEPRINT
Once you have your blueprint created you should now have a very good idea of what materials you need (at least for the wood!). All the other posts that I will be sharing will have a material list so you can see exactly what we used creating our shed.
I hope this shed blueprint (aka: plan) will help you feel more prepared when it comes to creating your own shed! But sure to follow along for the whole process because next is building the floor and wall of the shed!
Did you miss another step of this build?
- How to create a shed blueprint (THIS POST!)
- Building the floor & wall of a shed
- Building a Lean-to roof for a shed
- Installing siding and trim for a shed
- Build a simple cedar door for a shed
- Build storage shelves for shed or garage
- How much does it cost to build a shed?