Here’s how to build your own garden shed with these free shed plans and save a lot of money A garden shed is a useful addition to any garden, even the smallest backyard. Garden sheds provide storage for tools and bits and pieces you don’t want to keep in the house but want to have in a handy spot. It can also be used as a potting up place and for starting seeds off if you haven’t got a greenhouse, and for storing plants such as dahlias over winter. You can buy garden sheds from high street retailers or online but you can also build your own garden shed using shed plans such as these. You can save a lot of money by building your own garden shed. What’s more you’re not restricted to someone else’s design and plans. All you need is a good set of shed building plans and some basic carpentry skills. If you don’t have the carpentry bit you can get someone to build it for you and you supply the labor. You might not save quite as much but you will get the style and design you want and have fun doing it. Watch this video to find our how to easily and quickly build your own shed from scratch. There’s lots of different shed designs to choose from. Each shed plan come complete with lists of tools, timber and other requirements, all the instructions you need and lots of pictures and advice to help you build your ideal shed. Here’s some things to consider when choosing which garden shed plan is right for you.

Garden sheds- what to look for A good garden shed needs to be sturdy and well made and to keep the weather out. So when looking at garden sheds go for one that has a solid frame and is clad with sturdy overlapping boards that don’t bend and are knot free. Make sure your garden shed has a weather tight roof with a heavy duty covering and generous overlaps. Thin coverings tear easily and do not last very long. Softwood garden sheds need regular external protection from weather using a wood stain or varnish or paint. Cedar wood garden sheds need protecting occasionally with a specialist cedar wood product. Metal garden sheds need less maintenance and plastic one are virtually maintenance free. Choose a garden shed plan in keeping with the size of your garden or backyard. Too big and your garden shed will dominate the space, too small and it won’t be large enough to store very much. Where to site your garden shed Site your garden shed close to the house if you want to put services such as electrics and water in it. This saves on costs of pipes and cables. Garden sheds can be hidden behind trellis covered with climbers or you can make a feature of it by painting it an interesting colour and placing an arbor, a seat and some plants in front of it. To find out more about free shed plans click here.

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Norman Lam is the author of ‘Sleepless Days’. He is the managing editor of Loud Er Arts, a site designed for home improvement ideas. Carlo received numerous journalism awards throughout his career as a writer. He believes that journalism is the key to knowing the world’s truth.