In the past there were only two ways to get the shed you wanted and needed: build it yourself or hire someone else to build it for you. Now there’s a much easier way to get the perfect shed, without the added expense or hassle. Build it using a pre-fab kit.
Shed kits make it possible to construct the perfect shed using all factory-cut components for a simple and inexpensive solution. All you need to provide are basic tools and some beginner level carpentry skills.
The typical shed kit comes with everything you need except the cement foundation, roof shingles and, fasteners. The kits will also, usually include building plans, so you can get the necessary building permit.
Shed kits purchased from a reputable dealer will be structurally sound and easy to build with the detailed instructions provided in the kit. It’s like building a large jigsaw puzzle, except you’ll have the directions.
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Impressive Shed Additions
This isn’t your father’s shed. People are getting very creative with what they use their sheds for. Some of the more interesting uses for today’s sheds include workshops, planting buildings and offices.
There are also several interesting, helpful and attractive additions to consider for your new shed. Here are only a few of the upgrades you can add to your shed:
Gutters are a great idea to ensure your shed provides you with many years of service. They may seem like a novelty, but when you think about it, gutters protect your shed the same way they protect your home. As they are intended, gutters pull the rain water away from your shed to prevent damage to the structure. Over time this damage will add up to weaken the structure and shorten the life of your shed.
Window shutters may also seem like an unnecessary novelty, however, since sheds are being used for much more than just storing the lawn maintenance equipment. While making your shed more attractive, shutters can also help to protect the windows in your shed from damage during heavy storms.
Yeah, this one is all about adding an attractive touch. Flower boxes, built of water resistant wood can add an attractive touch to your new shed, especially if it’s being used as a planting area.
As I already stated, your shed kit won’t come with a foundation. However, I’m sure you already figured that out. Can you imagine the shipping charges if it was included? The foundation you choose for your structure is pretty much up to you. It doesn’t really need to be anything fancy, it just needs to serve the purpose.
Your specific shed kit instructions will pretty much dictate the construction and the steps involved. However, some time and labour saving tips include:
For convenience assemble the roof trusses, the pre-cut rafters and ceiling joists joined together with plywood gusset plates. These should be glued and nailed across the joints. Next, place the trusses on top of the sidewalls. Finally, Install the front wall, which will include the shed’s double walls, last.
Constructing the shed in this order will eliminate the back breaking job of having to lift the heavy trusses up and over the walls.
Building a shed from a kit isn’t a completely “do it yourself” project. This is a time when friends come in really handy, especially friends who owe you a favour. This will become pretty obvious when you consider you can’t lift the roof into place by yourself.
However, all you really need, for most shed sizes, is an extra pair of hands. Even taking this into consideration buying a shed kit is the simplest, most economical way to get the shed you want at a price you can afford.