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How To Build A Shed
We are pleased to offer a complete video series on DIY building a shed. We offer very detailed video instructions. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to register in the forums and ask your questions there.
Overall this shed went together pretty well and even with the extra time shooting the videos it still only took about 3 days to complete. I would expect that most DIYers could expect to build it in 4-5 days and someone with a little more experience could do it faster.
In the end the total costs for materials was about $1,700 for this 6’ x8’ shed. I have included a materials list for this exact project and some other information in case you wanted to give it a try.
You will see in the photo to the right, the completed shed. We used pressure treated wood for the floor, wood studs and OSB (oriented strand board) for the walls, a sheet metal roof, vinyl siding, and a metal roll-up door. We have videos covering every part of the project, scroll down for more details.
First, start by checking out our PDF copy of the Shed Plan.
Shed Materials List
The shed shown in the DIY shed building series is 8 feet by 6 feet in size. This is the materials list needed to build the shed shown:
Aluminum J channel
Outside corner trim
Vinyl J channel
Vinyl drip cap
Vinyl starter strip
Metal door jamb
Metal roof sheets
Metal ridge cap
Eave edge trim
Metal roof screws
Roll up door
Misc. nails /screws
|Pressure treated 4x4x8'
Pressure treated 2x4x8'
Pressure treated 2x4x12'
Pressure treated plywood 4'x8'x 3/4"
Aluminum 16"x 12'
Custom bend aluminum to fit wall thickness
6 large profile , 6 small profile
1-1/2" wood screw
48" x 6'8"
Framing , soffit, sheathing, siding , ect.
2@84", 1@ 54"
Shed Building Videos
So I finally completed and posted the five-part “how to build a shed” video series, and it has been well liked and received many great comments from viewers. If you like what you see, stop by the forum here and let us know, or comment on the videos directly on YouTube if you have an account there.
Part 1 - Building The Base/Floor
It all starts with the first video, “building the floor”. I talk about leveling and assembling the floor, using pressure treated lumber, I like pressure treated lumber for this as the floor is the one part of your new garden /storage shed that can be constantly subject to moisture over the years and if your floor rots out, then what is holding your shed up? You can’t have a shed without a good solid floor.
Part 2 - Framing And Erecting The Walls
Next I moved on to the next video, the walls. I show you how to frame the walls 16" on center (O.C.), square them up, install the OSB sheathing and stand and attach them to the floor. The walls could have been framed at 24" O.C but I like things to be extra sturdy. The opening for the roll up door was also framed to size (48" wide x 78" high) at this time and a header was installed across the top of that opening.
For more specific wood stud wall framing instructions, see our video on wood stud wall framing.
After installation of the walls, house wrap was installed. Since we already have a video pertaining to that, we didn't include it in our shed series. Watch our house wrap installation video for more details on that step.
Part 3 - Constructing And Installing The Rafters
Next you will find the "building and installing rafters" video. The pitch or slope of the roof in this project was 6/12 and I get right into figuring out the rafter angles and lengths here and show you the math on how to get it all figured out.
I’m including a link to a good construction calculator site right here, it also has a roof design section that is really good to help you along in case I lost you in the math! So I figure out the rafters and cut and install them in the video. One thing I forgot to show was adding some O.S.B. gussets to the rafters at the top where they attach to the ridge board, this helps hold them together better. I did however show them in the very last video when I wrapped things up so go there for a look.
Following this video, vinyl siding was installed to the shed. We didn't cover that subject in our shed video series since we already have a detailed instructional video on that. So if you are installing vinyl siding, check out our vinyl siding installation video.
Part 4 - Metal (Tin) Roof Installation
This shed has a metal roof instead of shingles and that was the subject of the fourth video. Metal roofs have a long life span and are great on sheds, they are also pretty easy and quick to install. There are some special trim pieces needed to finish it off so be sure to watch the video for those and screws with rubber washers hold it all on secure. Our roof was white metal but it can be bought in all different colors.
Part 5 - Steel Roll-Up Door Installation
The second last video deals with “installing a metal roll up door”. These doors are getting very popular and are very secure and look nice as well. They can add some extra cost to the shed budget but at about $360 , it is quick and easy to install. They come pre-finished as well so you never need to paint it. I show you the basic assembly needed and how to install it to the framing of the opening.
Part 6 - Final Wrap-up
The final video in the series gives a quick wrap up and final look at the completed shed. You will notice as you watch all the other videos that certain other steps get completed off camera: house wrap, soffit and fascia, and vinyl siding. Here in the final video I touch on each of them and mention that we did not really show those steps because we already have other videos on our channel for you that cover these areas, so please check them out as well.
I hope you watch all the videos and find it helpful for your shed building project. Good luck!