Plans For Building A Shed
Not Being “That” Guy
There are very good reasons for seeking out advice and expert opinion on any plans for building a shed you have before starting in on it as a major project. Foremost, put simply, the goals of every handyman – or handywoman – should include to some degree not becoming the subject of the family story told every holiday that always gets a chuckle.
Every family has at least one of these stories, and often entire chapters: the one about an overzealous Uncle accidentally catching Grandma’s kitchen on fire while trying to help with Thanksgiving dinner, or the now-funny one about the boasting sibling who managed to actually cut himself with a butter knife, likely during the same cursed dinner, and nearly required stitches. A classic favorite in many families is the story of the time Dad knew, just knew, he could find a way to house all his tools and made plans for building a shed that turned into a fiasco.
Beginning to sound familiar? To avoid embarrassment that will, as happens in families, haunt and follow any mishaps of a major project undertaken without proper research, consider the following guidelines when making your own plans for building a shed.
Finding Plans For Building A Shed
To begin your shed project, ask yourself the following questions:
• Should you be looking for help instead of scheming plans for building a shed on your own in the first place?
• More precisely, is this a project that is within the realm of possibility when honestly judging your skill and experience?
• Might you instead want to search for something ready-made and practice your techniques a dollhouse or other, smaller, project?
• What spurred you to make plans for building a shed to begin with?
Assuming your ego has sufficiently avoided being bruised and/or you are stubborn enough to proceed with your plans for building a shed, more questions are raised:
• What exactly do you need, in terms of size and complexity?
• Do you and/or a reliable friend/family member have the time to put into this project it will require?
• What are you allowed to have? It’s all well and good to want and make plans for building a shed that’s essentially a small barn, however, your neighbors – and more importantly, your zoning laws – may not be as enthused.
Check local zoning laws on a city and neighborhood level, and be sure to ask for any permits you may need. For those renting, usually a quick check through the lease answers these sorts of questions; however, it is still advisable to discuss with your landlord any plans for building a shed you may have. Worst cases, your plans for building a shed are nixed from the start. On the upside, there is a remote chance said landlord may forgo a month’s rent in exchange for the structure staying after you move on.
Now that determination has set in, and the city is not going to interfere with your plans for building a shed, the actual project can begin in earnest. Just a bit more refining of your plans for building a shed, and they can manifest.
While working on the final on-paper stages, there are a few key factors to be aware of – you know, so you do not end up in the family funny book.
- Your overall cost. You’ll never hear the end of it if you end up doing all the work and spending more building than the bought equivalent would take. Be sure to factor in labor.
- Weather. This may seem like an obvious one, but you would be amazing at the number of times I have heard tell of someone making plans for building a shed, down to the last nail, and not realize the forecast was rain for a week.
- Family input. Even if they’ve never held a hammer, the people who are going to be using your finished project should get at least some input. This does not mean you have to go with their ideas.
- Specialty knowledge and the time it takes to acquire such. If you’ve never wired a building before, but your plans for building a shed include powering it, you’re either going to have to find someone who knows how or learn to do it yourself – and both of these things take time. (Note, depending on where you live, you might not even be allowed to do it yourself.)
- Particular materials and the transporting/storage of them: Once all is said and done, you still need to decide what your materials are – type of wood, etc – and where your project is going to house itself till finished. Here’s a tip: Spouses generally are not fond of 2x4s in the kitchen unless you’re planning on adding redoing the cabinets to the plans for building a shed.
With any luck and a bit of common sense, your home will soon be plus one building – and your plans for building a shed won’t become the new story everyone tells this Christmas.
If you find yourself in way over your head and no longer having fun – well, check out the site below for different plans for building a shed (it’s helped thousands of “ordinary” people build professional looking sheds):