Rob’s Building a Shed Project

Here is Rob’s journey of building a shed for the first time.
First, before Rob started he asked himself these questions!

    • How much space do I need?
    • How much room do I have?
    • How much money can I afford to spend?

Next, he found some plans close to what he wanted and modified them to match his needs. Here is a picture of the plans that Rob used.

He then applied for a permit from his local building department. Now, he was ready to get started.
cleared the area where the shed is going

Rob cleared the land area of bushes, etc. and marked the four corners and set some strings in place.
set strings in place for footers, walls, etc.
With the strings in place, he configured the location of the footers, walls, etc.
concrete footers have been poured
He poured the footers and got them level and plumb. Rob also covered the ground with gravel.
If adding electricity at a later date, run the conduit before you start building. That is what has been done in these two pictures below.

Materials as delivered. This is the large items. The smaller ones will be picked up as needed.

Rob used pressure treated lumber for the basic framework of the floor.
cross floor have been added

Here the cross floor joists have been added.
cover the floor joist with plastic and plywood
The basic floor joist has been covered with plastic and then with plywood.
walls are being built
The walls are starting to get built.
end walls
He built the end walls and set aside.
Standing the walls in place.
In the two pictures below, the front wall was added and he made sure everything was square.

added front walladded front wall

 


 

Rob’s Building a Shed

The roof trusses have been installed in the three pictures below.

roof trusses installed

roof trusses installedroof trusses installed

Rob started covering the walls with plywood sheathing in the two pictures below.

covering shed with plywoodcovering shed with plywood

The roof is being covered with sheathing.

cover shed with plastic tarps
The shed has been covered with plastic tarps as the weekend is over and it was suppose to rain.

It is the weekend again and Rob is once again building a shed. Next in the two pictures below, the shed has been wrapped with “house wrap” to keep the moisture out.
h clips are used between the sheets of plywood/particle boardh clips are used between the sheets of plywood/particle board

When installing roof sheathing, Rob used “h clips” between the sheets. The h clips keep the plywood from flexing.
h clips are used between the sheets of plywood/particle board to keep them from flexing

Rob’s Building a Shed
installing tarpaper starting at the bottom
Install tarpaper, starting at the bottom as shown below.
More tarpaper all the way to the ridge.
That’s our son, Rob with the role of tarpaper!
more tarpaper all the way to the ridgeRob on the roof of the shed

Install metal drip edge around perimeter.

first row of roof shingles added to roof
Install 1″ row of shingles starting at the bottom.
Install roof jacks for safety.

install roof jacks for safetyinstall roof jacks for safety
one side of the completed shed roof

One side of the shed roof is completed.
installed ridge cap on shed roof
After the other side of the shed roof is shingled, install the ridge cap.

completed shed roof

The roof on this building a shed project is finished. Sunday night stopping point.

facia and soffit vents installed
Here Rob has put on the facia and soffit vents. He is going for low maintenance. Next will be the siding. Rob took this weekend off from his building a shed project to help a friend put up a fence.

Rob’s Building A Shed
Installing siding
Rob is installed the siding by starting with the outside corners. Use aluminum nails which are designed for siding.
This is a picture of a small piece of siding against the wall (for demonstration purposes). It shows that the nails are NOT driven tight.

Be sure to keep the siding loose so that it can expand and contract with the change in weather. You should be able to slide a credit card between the siding and the wall.
Next, Rob installed the starter strips at the bottom to begin putting on the siding. Always start at the bottom and work your way up.

He Intalled the bottom row of siding. it hooks into the starter strip. Nail spacing as specified by the manufacturer. The ends slip into grooves of the outside corners.

Here he is adding another row of siding. Make sure to stagger the overlapping from one row to the next so the ends of the siding are not at the same point.
Another row of siding. It goes up quickly.
siding continuing to go up quickly
The siding is still going up.

Taking siding all the way to the roof

Taking the siding all the way to the roof.

metallic tape is used to seal doors and windows

The doors and windows are next. Here Rob sealed the house wrap around the door with metallic tape. This keeps leak and drafts to a minimum.

installing outside corner edges around the door

Here he has installed the outside corner edges around the door.


used sealing tape around the window

Rob installed the window and sealed around the edges with sealing tape. This window is especially for vinyl siding and has the channel molded in.

 

Now to finish the siding on this side.


cut the wood for the door

Here is the wood for one of the doors. He is going to have a double door and he using tongue and groove.


gluing the back bracing on the door

Next, glue the back bracing and secure with screws.


finished door from the inside

Here is the finished doors from the inside.


finished door from the outside

Here is the finished doors from the outside.


Building The Ramp For The Shed

Preparation of the ground in front of the ramp.


basic framework of ramp

Basic framework around the ramp.


basic framwork with filler rocks in place

The basic framework with the filler rocks in place.

Here the support framework is in place.


the ramp deck boards are in place

The ramp deck boards are in place.


picture of ramp from a distance

Here is a picture of the ramp from a distance.


Final Building a Shed Pictures

workbench Rob put in shed

Rob’s workbench.


final trim in the front of shed

The final trim in front of the shed.


 

The final trim in the rear of the shed.

Fitting the final plastic lattice around the foundation of the shed.

Final front view of shed.


Final rear view of shed.


We hope we have helped you with your building a shed project.

Rob’s Shed Building Project

Do you have a question about this shed. Maybe you want to share something about your shed building experience. If so, here is the place!

Dave Altman
 

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