Step 1: How To Build A Shed Foundation

The main function of your sheds foundation is to transfer the weight of your shed and its contents to the ground..

But it also serves several other important functions.

  • It provides a way to level your shed if necessary
  • It protects your sheds floor against moisture
  • And it protects your shed against termites
  • When necessary can protect your shed from movement resulting from frost heave, water or wind.

4 General Types Of Shed Foundations

  • Simple skid foundation on earth, gravel or concrete blocks
  • Wood and concrete pier foundation
  • Concrete slab which serves as both a foundation and floor
  • Floor-less foundation when you want to build a shed without a floor

Simple Skid Foundation

skid-foundation
A simple skid foundation consists of two pressure treated runners laid parallel on the ground.

This is a lot cheaper than a concrete slab and has the added benefit of keeping your shed portable should you ever want to move it in the future.

pressure treated woodPressure treated means that the skids are rated for long term ground contact and are resistant to water rot and termite damage.

Pressure treated wood is usually some shade of green as a result of it’s chemical treatment and is labeled with a tag to identify it as being pressure treated.

See Table 2 and Figure 2

Cut your skids to length using measurement “B” From Table 2 in your shed plans. Don’t trust the factory cuts because large pieces of dimensional lumber are usually ¼ to ½ inches longer than stated.

Select a location with adequate drainage then clear and level the building area.

You can lay the skids directly on the ground, on concrete blocks, or on a bed of gravel.

Their spacing will differ depending on the width of the shed you’re building. The measurement for the skid spacing is measurement “D” in Table 2, and is shown on Figure 2: Floor Dimensions and Layout.

If your site is fairly level you can lay the skids directly on the ground.

concrete blocks under pressure treated skidsIf your site is not level then place concrete blocks under each skid every 4 feet or less and build the low points up with more blocks and wedges until the skids are approximately level.
how to level your shedDig the ground out to provide a stable base for the blocks or skids where necessary.

Don’t worry about getting the skids perfectly level at this point because you’ll make the final level when the floor frame is complete.

gravel shed foundationIf drainage is a problem you can dig a trench under each skid about 12 inches wide and 12 inches longer than the length of your shed, fill it with gravel and place your skids on top.

Connecting the skids together

As long as you support the joints well you don’t need to connect the skids together because they are not structural. Their only purpose is to transfer the weight of the shed to the ground. But if you want to connect them together you have 2 options.

  • You can use pressure treated 2×4 splices about 48 inches long on either side of the joint, nailed with 16d nails or screws or bolts.
  • Instead of using 4×4’s you can sandwiched two 2×4’s or 2×6’s together and offset the joint 48 inches and tie them together with 16d nails or screws or bolts.

The second option is better and easier if you want the extra strength.

Shed Tie Downs

If you expect to have a problem with your shed moving from frost heave, water or wind, or if it’s required by building codes in your area you can tie your shed down.

I’ve already covered shed tie downs in these other posts…

If you need to then just skip over to my shed tie down posts to see what you need to do before you begin the next step, which is building the floor.

Wood And Concrete Pier Foundation

The location, number, size and depth of the piers might be dictated by building codes. It will also be a function of the weather in your area. You might need to dig down below the frost line to get the best results.

In the absence of building codes and with moderate weather you should have a pier at each corner, about 12 inches in diameter and going down 24 to 36 inches into the ground. In addition you will need a concrete block support every 4 feet or less in between the piers.

Dig Holes

pier-foundationLay your skids out, level and square them as above. But don’t put a support block at the end of the skids where you will place the piers. Mark the ground where you will dig your holes about 6 to 8 inches from the end of the skids.

Move the skids out of the way, dig your holes and put the skids back in place. Measure from the bottom of the skid to the bottom of each hole and cut a pressure treated 4×4 pier 4 inches less than this measurement. This will allow enough room for concrete to flow under the bottom end of the pier to prevent wood to earth contact. Just an extra precaution.

Install Piers

pier-shed-foundationPlace the 4×4 piers into their holes and secure them to the skids. You can use a metal mending plate on each side, or a metal strap going over the top of the skid attached to either side of the 4×4 pier. Or you can use a specializes metal Simpson tie if they are avaliable in your local store.

With the 4×4 piers hanging down in the empty holes, re square and re level the skids. When they are correctly positioned then fill the holes with concrete up to ground level and let them dry for a day or two.

Finished Foundation

wood-concrete-pier-foundationNow you have a solid foundation to build your floor on.

Before you sheet your floor you can add some metal straps or H25’s to tie the skids to the floor joists for extra security.

Foundation for floor less shed

You don’t necessary need a floor in your shed as long as you have a suitable foundation. Here are 2 foundation options if you want to build without a floor.

  • Pressure treated wood with post and concrete piers
  • Concrete stem wall

It’s important that you build the foundation tall enough to keep the siding away from the ground where moisture and termites will damage your shed. I recommend at least 4 inches of distance between the ground and any untreated wood. Like the bottom edge of the siding.

One way to accomplish this is by increasing the stud length. This will reduce the lower siding overhang and make your walls taller. I recommend a minimum of 1 inch lower siding overhang to prevent water from seeping under the bottom plate.

This means your foundation needs to be at least 5 inches above ground level.

How deep you go will depend on building codes, frost level and if you will have animals trying to dig under your foundation to get in or to escape.

Pressure treated wood with post and concrete piers

Layout perimeter

pressure treated shed floor frameLay out pressure treated 4×6’s to make a wooden perimeter frame the same size as the shed. Turn them so they are 6″ tall. Pull a tape measure diagonally across to make sure the frame is square.

This is an example of a foundation frame for a 12×16 shed.

Install post and piers

complete concrete pier postMark where you want your post and piers to be. Remove the pressure treated wood perimeter frame and install the piers every 4 to 6 ft, as described previously.

And make sure it’s level and square then secure the wood perimeter frame to the uprights with galvanized metal straps.

Don’t worry about tying the individual perimeter pieces together because once you tie the shed in, that will tie all the foundation pieces together.

Attach shed

concrete pier post cutawayAttach the shed walls to this perimeter frame with 3 inch nails or screws through the bottom plate and galvanized 8d nails every 8 inches through the siding overhang.

This graphic shows a 5 1/2 inch tall frame with 1 inch siding overhang and 4 inch gap from ground level.

Got animals?

As an option you can install more pressure treated wood below ground level to keep animals from digging under the walls.

Concrete stem wall

Another option is to build a concrete stem wall.

stem-wall-completeThis can be a footer with a concrete block stem wall or a mono pour with the footer and stem wall made at the same time.

Build the outside of the stem wall the same size as your shed.

Attach with j-bolts

stem wall cross sectionAttach the shed walls to the stem wall with j-bolts embedded in the concrete 12 inches off each corner then 48 inches on center.

The top of the stem wall should be 5 inches above ground level minimum, which makes a 4 inch gap from the ground to the bottom of the siding when using a 1 inch siding overhang.

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  • 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 ft widths
  • Single and double doors
  • Floor studs 12 inch O.C.
  • Wall studs 16 inch O.C.
  • Roof trusses 16 inch O.C.
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  • Single and double doors
  • Floor studs 12 inch O.C.
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Includes Dimensions For All These Sizes

4×4 – 4×20
6×4 – 6×20
8×4 – 8×20 8×4 – 8×16 8×4 – 8×16 8×4 – 8×16
10×4 – 10×20 10×8 – 10×20 10×8 – 10×20 10×8 – 10×20
12×4 – 12×20 12×8 – 12×20 12×8 – 12×20 12×8 – 12×20
14×16 – 14×32 14×16 – 14×32
16×16 – 16×32 16×16 – 16×32

Features Of These Sheds

Similarities:
  • Floor covering: 3/4 inch plywood
  • Foundation: Pressure treated skids, concrete slab or floor less foundation
  • Wall materials: 4×8 sheets of hardboard siding or T-111
  • Door style: Out swinging shed door
  • Door location: Can be located any where on any wall
  • Door options: Single door, double door, wider or narrower door
  • Door options: Frame for pre-hung doors and windows
Differences:
  • Roof line: Single slope lean-to style
  • Roof pitch: 1.5/12
  • Roof covering: Rolled or metal
  • Overhang: 1-6 inch or 12 inch
  • Roof structure: 2×4 or 2×6 rafters
  • Floor joists: (8 wide) 2×4 at 16 inch O.C. (10/12 wide) 2×6 at 16 inch O.C.
  • Wall stud spacing: 2×4 at 16 inch O.C.
  • Wall framing: Single top and bottom plates with double corner studs
  • Roof line: Gable
  • Roof pitch: 3/12, 4/12, 5/12
  • Roof covering: Asphalt shingles
  • Roof structure: 2×4 trusses
  • Overhang: 2, 3 1/2, 5 1/2 inch
  • Floor joists: (8 wide) 2×4 at 16 inch O.C. (10/12 wide) 2×6 at 16 inch O.C.
  • Wall stud spacing: 2×4 at 24 inch O.C.
  • Wall framing: Single top and bottom plates with double corner studs
  • Roof line: Gable
  • Roof pitch: 6/12 or 12/12
  • Roof covering: Asphalt shingles
  • Roof structure: 2×4 trusses
  • Overhang: About 12 inchs
  • Floor joists: 2×6 at 12 inch O.C.
  • Wall stud spacing: 2×4 at 16 inch O.C.
  • Wall framing: Double top and single bottom plates with double corner studs
  • Roof line: Gambrel (barn style)
  • Roof pitch: Combination of 29/12 lower section, 4/12 upper section
  • Roof covering: Asphalt shingles
  • Roof structure: 2×4 trusses
  • Overhang: About 12 inches
  • Floor joists: 2×6 at 12 inch O.C.
  • Wall stud spacing: 2×4 at 16 inch O.C.
  • Wall framing: Double top and single bottom plates with double corner studs
General notes:

The biggest difference between these shed plans is the roof line. All sheds can be built with roof trusses and wall studs 16 or 24 inch O.C. and floor joists 12 or 16 inch O.C. and use 2 to 5 skids in the foundation. All of the sheds can be built taller or shorter and doors installed anywhere you like.

These are the most versatile plans because they offer so many size and height options.

And it has a low profile with no complicated trusses to build.

This is one of the easiest sheds to build because it uses a simple truss design and small but easy to build overhang options.

These sheds look great!

And the higher roof pitches offer additional overhead storage in an easy to build loft area.

The barn style shed is very tall and might block yours or your neighbors views.

However if you can manage the barn style shed looks great and provides lots of additional storage if you build the optional loft.

Dimensions

Overall outside height at peak, not including foundation. For foundation add 4″ for skids and 2″ to 4″ for concrete blocks.
Lowest profile option

  • 60 inches or less

Medium height option

  • All widths: 8′

Tall option

  • 6 ft wide: 9′ 2″
  • 8 ft wide: 9′ 5″
  • 10 ft wide: 9′ 10″
  • 12 ft wide: 10′ 1″

Extra tall option

  • Up to 12′ with 10′ minimum wall height
Standard 3/12 pitch

  • 8 ft wide: 8′
  • 10 ft wide: 8′ 3″
  • 12 ft wide: 8′ 6″

Standard 7ft sidewall height

  • 8 ft wide: 9′
  • 10 ft wide: 9′ 3″
  • 12 ft wide: 9′ 6″

Optional 8ft sidewall height
You can make this shed shorter if necessary by removing the same amount from all vertical cut dimensions.

12/12 pitch

  • 8 ft wide: 12′
  • 10 ft wide: 13′
  • 12 ft wide: 14′
  • 14 ft wide: 15′
  • 16 ft wide: 16′

6/12 pitch

  • 8 ft wide: 10′
  • 10 ft wide: 10.5′
  • 12 ft wide: 11′
  • 14 ft wide: 11.5′
  • 16 ft wide: 12′

These dimensions are for standard 8ft side wall height using optimal stud length.

  • 8 ft wide: 12′
  • 10 ft wide: 13′
  • 12 ft wide: 14′

These dimensions are for standard 8ft side wall height using optimal stud length.

Minimum inside wall height (headroom) under end of truss or rafter
Lowest profile option

  • 46 inches

Medium height option

  • 4 ft wide: 82-86″ *
  • 6 ft wide: 79-83″ *
  • 8 ft wide: 76-80″ *
  • 10 ft wide: 69-75″ *
  • 12 ft wide: 66-72″ *

* Depending on overhang option

Tall option

  • 4, 6 & 8 ft wide: 92″
  • 10 & 12 wide: 90″

Extra tall option

  • All widths: 9′ 4″ or more

Add 3 to 5 inches if you build on a concrete slab.

  • 76 1/2″ for standard 7ft side wall height
  • 88 1/2″ for optional 8ft side wall height

Add 3 to 5 inches if you build on a concrete slab.

  • 90″ for optimal side wall height
  • 95″ for maximum side wall height

Add 3 to 5 inches if you build on a concrete slab.

  • 90″ for optimal side wall height
  • 95″ for maximum side wall height

Add 3 to 5 inches if you build on a concrete slab.

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Table of contents

Step by step instructions
  • General notes
  • Step 1: Foundation
  • Step 2: Floor, wood
  • Step 2a: Floor, concrete
  • Step 3: Sloped walls
  • Step 4: Tall and short walls
  • Step 5a: Prehung doors and windows
  • Step 5b: Single shed door
  • Step 5c: Double shed door
  • Step 5d: Open the shed door
  • Step 6: Frame and sheet the roof
  • Step 7: Trim
  • Step 8: Roof covering
  • Step 9: Paint and maintenance
  • Build a porch
  • Build a ramp
  • Bike sheds
  • How to contact me
  • Videos
  • Getting Started
  • Step 1: Foundation
  • Step 2: Floor
  • Step 3: Trusses
  • Step 4: Frame Walls
  • Step 5: Frame Door
  • Step 6: Raise Walls
  • Step 7: Finish Door
  • Step 8: Frame Roof
  • Step 9: Trim
  • Step 10: Shingle Roof
  • Maintenance
  • Build a ramp
  • How To Contact Me
  • General notes
  • Step 1: Foundation
  • Step 2: Floor, wood
  • Step 2a: Floor, concrete
  • Step 3: Trusses
  • Step 4: Walls
  • Step 5a: Prehung doors and windows
  • Step 5b: Single shed door
  • Step 5c: Double shed door
  • Step 5d: Open the shed door
  • Step 6: Frame and sheet the roof
  • Step 7: Trim
  • Step 8: Shingle the Roof
  • Step 9: Paint and maintenance
  • Build a loft
  • Build a ramp
  • How to contact me
  • General notes
  • Step 1: Foundation
  • Step 2: Floor, wood
  • Step 2a: Floor, concrete
  • Step 3: Trusses
  • Step 3a: Adding overhang
  • Step 3b: Adding a crows beak
  • Step 4: Walls
  • Step 5a: Prehung doors and windows
  • Step 5b: Single shed door
  • Step 5c: Double shed door
  • Step 5d: Open the shed door
  • Step 6: Frame and sheet the roof
  • Step 7: Trim
  • Step 8: Shingle the Roof
  • Step 9: Paint and maintenance
  • Build a loft
  • Build a ramp
  • How to contact me
Dimensions and Quantities Tables
  • Table 1: Materials list and cost estimate worksheet
  • Table 1: Notes
  • Table 2a: Dimensions that vary with the length and width of the shed
  • Table 2a: Notes
  • Table 2b: Dimensions that vary with the height and overhang
  • Table 2b: Notes
  • Table 3: Number of pieces to cut
  • Table 4: Nailing Schedule
  • Table 5: Fraction to decimal converter
  • Table 1: Materials list and cost estimate worksheet
  • Table 2: Dimensions that vary with the length and width of the shed
  • Table 3: Number of pieces to cut
  • Table 1: Materials list and cost estimate worksheet for 8×4 through 12×20
  • Table 1a: Materials list and cost estimate worksheet for 14×16 through 16×32
  • Table 1: Notes
  • Table 1a: Notes
  • Table 2: Dimensions that vary with the length and width of the shed
  • Table 2: Notes
  • Table 3: Number of pieces to cut
  • Table 4: Nailing Schedule
  • Table 5: Truss dimensions 6/12 & 12/12 pitch
  • Table 5: Notes
  • Table 1: Materials list and cost estimate worksheet
  • Table 2: Dimensions that vary with the length and width of the shed
  • Table 3: Number of pieces to cut
  • Table 4: Nailing Schedule
Building Details and Figures
  • Figure 1.1, Skid spacing
  • Figure 1.2, Concrete block spacing
  • Figure 2.1, Floor dimensions
  • Figure 2.2, Rim joist splice for floor over 20ft
  • Figure 2.3, Floor frame complete
  • Figure 3.1, Sloped wall dimensions
  • Figure 3.2, Tall wall dimensions
  • Figure 3.3, Short wall dimensions
  • Figure 3.4, Rafter cut template
  • Figure 3.5, Wall framing diagram
  • Figure 3.6, Sloped wall framing layout for 6 & 10 ft wide sheds
  • Figure 3.7, Sloped wall framing layout for 4, 8 & 12 ft wide sheds
  • Figure 4.1, Tall and short wall framing layout for 6, 10, 14 & 18 ft length sheds
  • Figure 4.2, Tall and short wall framing layout for 4, 8, 12, 16 & 20 ft length sheds
  • Figure 4.3, Top plate spacing detail for tall and short walls
  • Figure 4.4, Blocking required for sheds that are 8 ft or more at the short wall
  • Figure 5a, Frame for prehung doors and windows
  • Figure 5b.1, Outer door frame
  • Figure 5b.2, Inner door frame
  • Figure 5b.3, Complete single door frame
  • Figure 5b.4, Nailing sequence
  • Figure 5b.5, Chalk lines, cut lines
  • Figure 5b.6, Inner door trim
  • Figure 5b.7, Complete door trim showing 7/16 inch gap between inner and outer trim
  • Figure 5c.1, Inner door uprights, siding breaks, and cripple stud spacing
  • Figure 5c.2, Inner door spacers and uprights
  • Figure 5c.3, Door trim spacing and underlying cut lines
  • Figure 5c.4, Complete door trim
  • Figure 6.1, 1-6 inch overhang combinations
  • Figure 6.2, Full overhang combinations
  • Figure 6.3, 1-6 inch overhang detail before trim boards
  • Figure 6.4, Side view 1-2 inch overhang details
  • Figure 6.5, Side view 4-6 inch overhang with trim boards
  • Figure 6.6, Full overhang detail
  • Figure 6.7, Full overhang showing bird boards between rafters
  • Figure 6.8, Full overhang top view
  • Figure 6.9, Full overhang showing rafter support cut-outs and spacing
  • Figure 7.1, Porch side view
  • Figure 7.2, Porch components
  • Figure 7.3, Porch front view
  • Figure 8.1, Compact vertical bike shed
  • Figure 8.2, Interior dimensions of my original compact bike shed
  • Figure 8.3, Free standing 4×8 vertical bike shed
  • Figure 8.4, Flush fit 4×8 vertical bike shed
  • Figure 8.5, Interior dimensions for a 4×8 vertical bike shed
  • Figure 8.6, Top view showing clearance and fit for large bikes
  • Figure 8.7, 4×8 Gable roof vertical bike shed
  • Figure 8.8, Low profile bike shed
  • Figure 8.9, End view and trim details
  • Figure 8.10, Small door framing details
  • Figure 8.11, Interior dimensions for 96 inch long low profile bike shed
  • Figure 8.12, Interior dimensions for 72 inch long low profile bike shed
  • Figure 1: Detailed view of framing
  • Figure 2: Floor dimensions and layout
  • Figure 3: Simple jig, truss components
  • Figure 4a: Gable end wall layout showing stud spacing and bottom siding overhang
  • Figure 4b: Front cross section showing 14 degree angle on sidewall studs
  • Figure 4c: sidewall stud spacer detail
  • Figure 4d: Sidewall layout showing stud spacing and siding overhang
  • Figure 5a: Outer door frame including sandwiched header
  • Figure 5b: Inner door frame
  • Figure 5c: Nailing sequence
  • Figure 5d: Chalk lines
  • Figure 5e: Complete door trim showing 7/16 inch gap between inner and outer door trim
  • Figure 6: Wall dimensions and layout
  • Figure 7: First router cut
  • Figure 8: Sidewall cross section with truss layout
  • Figure 8a: Sidewall cross section with optional overhang
  • Figure 9: Trim
  • Figure 1.1, Skid spacing
  • Figure 1.2, Concrete block spacing
  • Figure 2.1, Floor dimensions
  • Figure 2.2, Rim joist splice for floor over 20ft
  • Figure 2.3, Floor frame complete
  • Figure 3.1, Truss dimensions
  • Figure 3.2, Truss jig
  • Figure 3.3, Extra braces for 14 & 16 wide trusses
  • Figure 3.4, Finished truss comparison… 6/12 vs 12/12 pitch
  • Figure 3.5, Gable end blocking
  • Figure 3.6, Frame a loft door into the gable end
  • Figure 3.7, Template for 6/12 pitch
  • Figure 4.1, Wall dimensions
  • Figure 4.2, Wall layout
  • Figure 4.3, End wall framing
  • Figure 4.4, Side wall framing
  • Figure 5a, Frame for prehung doors and windows
  • Figure 5b.1, Outer door frame
  • Figure 5b.2, Inner door frame
  • Figure 5b.3, Complete single door frame
  • Figure 5b.4, Nailing sequence
  • Figure 5b.5, Chalk lines, cut lines
  • Figure 5b.6, Inner door trim
  • Figure 5b.7, Complete door trim showing 7/16 inch gap between inner and outer trim
  • Figure 5c.1, Inner door uprights, siding breaks, and cripple stud spacing
  • Figure 5c.2, Inner door spacers and uprights
  • Figure 5c.3, Door trim spacing and underlying cut lines
  • Figure 5c.4, Complete door trim
  • Figure 8.1, Roof framing details
  • Figure 1.1, Skid spacing
  • Figure 1.2, Concrete block spacing
  • Figure 2.1, Floor dimensions
  • Figure 2.2, Rim joist splice for floor over 20ft
  • Figure 2.3, Floor frame complete
  • Figure 3.1, Truss dimensions
  • Figure 3.2, Truss jig
  • Figure 3.3, Gambrel end framing
  • Figure 3.4, Overhang details
  • Figure 3.5, Truss comparison
  • Figure 3.6, Crows beak dimensions
  • Figure 3.7, Crows beak framing detail
  • Figure 3.8, Crows beak sheeting detail
  • Figure 4.1, Wall dimensions
  • Figure 4.2, Wall layout
  • Figure 4.3, End wall framing
  • Figure 4.4, Side wall framing
  • Figure 5a, Frame for prehung doors and windows
  • Figure 5b.1, Outer door frame
  • Figure 5b.2, Inner door frame
  • Figure 5b.3, Complete single door frame
  • Figure 5b.4, Nailing sequence
  • Figure 5b.5, Chalk lines, cut lines
  • Figure 5b.6, Inner door trim
  • Figure 5b.7, Complete door trim showing 7/16 inch gap between inner and outer trim
  • Figure 5c.1, Inner door uprights, siding breaks, and cripple stud spacing
  • Figure 5c.2, Inner door spacers and uprights
  • Figure 5c.3, Door trim spacing and underlying cut lines
  • Figure 5c.4, Complete door trim
  • Figure 8.1, Roof framing details
Detailed Dimensions Diagrams
  • 4 ft wide, 60 inch (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 4 ft wide, 72 inch (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 4 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 4 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, full overhang
  • 6 ft wide, 72 inch (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 6 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 6 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, full overhang
  • 6 ft wide, 8 ft (short) wall height, full overhang
  • 8 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 8 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, full overhang
  • 8 ft wide, 8 ft (short) wall height, full overhang
  • 10 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 10 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, full overhang
  • 10 ft wide, 8 ft (short) wall height, full overhang
  • 10 ft wide, 10 ft (short) wall height, full overhang
  • 12 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, 1-6 inch overhang
  • 12 ft wide, 8 ft (tall) wall height, full overhang
  • 12 ft wide, 8 ft (short) wall height, full overhang
  • 12 ft wide, 10 ft (short) wall height, full overhang
Options
  • Foundation for building a shed without a floor
  • Build on a concrete slab
  • Single or double shed doors
  • Frame for pre hung doors and windows
  • Attached porch
  • Customize your overhang dimensions
  • Screened eave ventilation
  • Foundation for building a shed without a floor
  • Build on a concrete slab
  • Single and double doors
  • 3/12, 4/12 and 5/12 roof pitch
  • 7 or 8ft side wall height
  • 2, 3 1/2 or 5 1/2 inch overhang
  • Foundation for building a shed without a floor
  • Build on a concrete slab
  • Single or double shed doors
  • Frame for pre hung doors and windows
  • 4 ft wide loft
  • 6/12 or 12/12 roof pitch
  • Customize your overhang dimensions
  • Screened eave ventilation
  • Foundation for building a shed without a floor
  • Build on a concrete slab
  • 12 Inch (custom) overhang on all 4 sides
  • (Decorative) Crows Beak
  • Single or double shed doors
  • Frame for pre hung doors and windows
  • Full width loft
  • Screened eave ventilation
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Which Plans Should You Buy For Your New Shed Project?

Are you thinking about buying some shed plans but are confused and don’t know which ones to buy?

I will explain the similarities and difference between my 4 shed plans to help you in deciding which one is best for your new shed project.

The Main Differences Between These Plans Are

  • Roof line
  • Roof pitch
  • Roofing materials used
  • Eave overhang
  • Maximum length & width
  • And the degree of difficulty to build

Roof Line

The most obvious difference in these plans is the roof lines. 2 of the plans are gable style roof, 1 is barn style or gambrel roof line and one is the single slope, lean-to style or flat roof.

Roof Pitch

The regular gable shed plans have 3 roof pitch options; 3:12, 4:12 and 5:12. The deluxe shed plans also have 3 roof pitch options of 3:12, 6:12 and 12:12. So the deluxe plans are good if you need a steep pitch for snow or leave fall off.

The barn roof pitch is fixed for the upper and lower half of the roof. The lean style roof is fixed at 1.5:12. So it’s good in low clearance situations or where the overall heigh is an issue.

Roof Materials

All the shed plans except the lean to style use shingles on the roof. The advantage of shingles is that they’re relatively easy to install, economical and come in a wide variety of colors and textures and have a lifespan of up to 30 years. And you can easily match the roof on your home if necessary.

The lean to style sheds have too shallow of a roof pitch for shingles so they use either rolled mineral roofing or metal. Metal is a little more expensive but it’s fast and easy to install and has a life span of 50+ years.

Eave Overhang

There are 2 types of eave overhangs available in these plans. The simple 2-6 inch overhang and the full 12+ inch overhang. The 2 inch overhang is just the trim and a small overhang on the OSB. The 4 to 6 inch version is a 2×4 or 2×6 turned on edge.

The regular gable roof plans only offer the simple 2-6 inch overhang but the lean to and barn plans can be build with the either the 2-6 inch overhang or a full 12 inch overhang. The deluxe shed plans only offer the full 12 inch overhang.

Maximum Length

With the regular gable and the lean to style plans the longest shed you can build is 20 ft. This is because they use a single top plate and 20 feet is the longest 2×4 you can buy. And with the single top plate it can’t be spliced to make longer. If you want a shed thats over 20 ft long then you can use either the tall barn style plans or the deluxe plans. Both of these can go up to 32 ft in length. But you can make it as long as you like.

Maximum Width

The gable roof and lean to style plans are limited to 12 ft in width because they use a simple truss or rafter design. If you want to build over 12 ft wide then the tall barn and deluxe plans go up to 16 ft in width because they use a stronger but more complicated truss design.

Degree Of Difficulty To Build

The regular gable roof shed plans are the easiest and most economical to build because the walls are symmetrical and there are no complicated trusses to build or fancy overhang options. Trusses and overhang can are very time consuming in the shed building process.

The lean to sheds aren’t symmetrical but the rafters are strait without any cut outs and you can build it with either the simple 2-6 inch overhang or the more complicated full 12+ inch overhang.

Barn style trusses are easy to build but the added difficulty is working on the roof because of the increased pitch and greater overall working height. But you can build it with either overhang option.

The Deluxe shed is the most difficult to build because it doesn’t offer the simple overhang option, only the full 12 inch overhang. And the the trusses are more complicated because of the increased pitch and the 14 and 16 ft width options. And like the tall barn style shed, working on the deluxe roof is more difficult because of the steeper pitch and greater overall working height.

What They Have In Common

Now lets talk about what the plans have in common.

  • Floor
  • Wall Stud And Truss Spacing
  • Doors
  • Ramp
  • Estimate Cost To Build
  • Instant Download

Floor

All of the sheds can be built on either a wood floor or concrete slab. For wood floors I have recommend 2×4’s at 16 inch on center for floors up to 8 ft wide, and 2×6’s 16 inch on center for floor over 8 ft wide. But you can make a stronger floor by using 12 inch centers and or 2×8’s floor joists.

Wall Stud And Truss Spacing

I recommend 2×4’s at 16 inch on center in the walls but you can use 24 inch centers for smaller sheds. I recommend trusses and rafters to be placed at 24 inch on center for sheds up to 12 ft wide, and 16 inch centers for sheds over 12 ft wide.

Doors

All sheds include instructions to frame for prehung doors and windows, or to build your own single or double door in any width or height and in any location, or build multiple doors.

Ramp

All plans include instructions to build a ramp.

Estimate Cost To Build

All plans come with a materials list so you can calculate the cost to build it before you make that final commitment and start buying materials.

Instant Download

All plans are available in PDF format by instant download. When you click on the buy-now link you’ll be taken to a payment page. After paying you will almost instantly receive a download link in the email address associated with your paypal account or your credit card.

How Does The Download Process Work?

  • Within seconds of your purchase a download link will be sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account.
  • When you click on that link it will take you to a very simple page that says to “click here to download shed plans”.
  • When you click on the link it will open a download window. The window will give you the option to save or to open the file.
  • Click the save option and download the plans to your hard drive.
  • Then open the file with an PDF viewer. If you need a free PDF viewer you can find one here.

Sometimes your email and your browsers will not work properly together so you will have to cut the link from the email and paste it into a browser. That solves most of the issues.

But remember where you download the plans otherwise you will not be able to find them on your computer when you need them. Most people use the default download folder.

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