The Shed – Day 2

Day 2

I had originally planned on using pressure treated plywood for the floor but the wood we ordered was far too thin and full of knots. It also was maybe a little over kill. I went and bought some new 3/4 inch plywood that was not pressure treated but much better quality.

Floor Complete

The Shed – Day1

Day 1

I used 12 foot 4x4 pressure treated lumber for the skids that will make up my foundation on the leveled gravel base. The frame and joists are made up of 2x6 pressure treated lumber. I used 4 long lug bolts to attach the outside floor frame to the outer most skids. I then toenailed the joist to the skids in the middle.


Nailing joist for the floor

Floor Complete

The Shed

Seven months after we purchased our 5 bedroom, 2000 square foot house on just over half an acre I have started to build a shed to store more stuff. We don’t have an issue with hoarding or anything like that. There just isn’t very much storage space in our home. Each of the 5 bedrooms only has about 5 to 6 square feet of closet space. With minimal closet space like that and large boxes of holiday decorations or seasonal clothing the struggle for more storage is very real.

There are plenty of prebuilt or simple do it yourself sheds out there that you can scoop up for anything from a couple hundred to couple thousand dollars. I wanted something a little more than what these mass produced sheds could offer. With over half an acre to mow and maintain I recently purchased a riding lawnmower, which needs a place to be stored that is not in the elements. I also need a space that I can work on small projects like woodworking.

I decided that the only way I could get everything I wanted in a shed without spending an obscene amount of money was to build my own. Here is the list of requirements for my shed.

  • Must be large but under the county limit before inspections are required. 10 x 12 is what I went with.
  • Must have an indoor ceiling height of 9 feet.
  • Must have natural daylight (windows)
  • Craftsman Style
  • The main entry must be wide enough for a riding lawn mower.

Shed Floor Plan Top View

It was easy enough to determine the foot print for this thing. I cleared a large bush that sat behind the garage and ordered two and half tons of 3/4 inch bluestone to make my foundation.

Side View of Shed Plans

The Sun arcs along the the peak of the house from side to side and slightly more on the front than in the back. Since the shed is behind the garage I want to have the roof slant in one direction away from the house. This will accomplish two things. One, the rain will run away from the house. Two, I can build the peak of the roof slightly higher than the bottom of the garage’s roof allowing daylight to shine in through a couple of high mounted windows.