FAQ: Do you have any tips for insulating and dry walling my shed?

Question:

Do you have any tips for insulating and dry walling my shed?

Answer:

Insulating the floor is a good idea but a lot of extra work. Build the floor frame “upside down” without attaching the skids, then cover the floor with pressure treated 1/2 plywood. This will seal the bottom and keep the critters out. Then attach your skids to the plywood. Now for the hard part… Flip the floor over. A 12×20 floor will take a lot of guys to flip over so make sure you have enough manpower before you do it. Now you can block and level the floor. Then install your insulation and sheet the floor as normal.

If you will be insulating and attaching the dry wall to the trusses directly then I would run a router inside the truss to remove the 1/2 osb webbing so that the drywall will fit without notching around the webbing. To make the joints a little stronger you might use 1/2 inch plywood instead of OSB since you will be cutting out the webbing and losing a little strength.

You might even want want to use 2×6’s for the trusses for extra insulation capacity. Depending how cold it is there. This will complicate the drywall joint at the bottom of the truss a little. Or simply use 2×6’s throughout the shed? The only adjustment will be to make the top and bottom plates 2 inches shorter on either end.

I would suggest an insulated steel house door and not a shed door.

If you are installing a loft then build it after the insulation and drywall are installed. Nail a ledger to the wall on top of the finished drywall then attach the loft joists to the ledger. This will make the insulation and drywall cleaner and more efficient.

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