How To Build A Storage Shed Attached To Your Home

shed foundationshed foundationGetting Started

It all started like this. When you build a storage shed, you need to make sure that the area that your home is located doesn’t have any kind of restrictions or regulations of any kind. You may need a building permit, especially if you’re thinking about attaching a shed to your home.  You also may be required to have building inspections along the way.

For this particular woodworking project, the county required the homeowner to pour a slab of cement no larger than 200 square feet. Once all the permits, inspections and plans were good to go, I started with the exterior walls.

The shed had to be built as a separate structure to satisfy the code.

shed-framing-center-and-cement-foundationshed-particleboard-centerBuilding the Walls

We were able to get the exterior walls built, with a few alterations to the plan. This included two 2 x 8 x 16 boards attached to each other to make a beam to support the rafters, since it wasn’t going to be attached to the home.

shed-siding-right-anglecomplete-storage-shed-with-framing-trim-and-sidingAdding the Roof and Siding

The next step to completing the framing of the shed is to focus on the roof. I was able to measure and cut each 2 x 6 rafter and have the bottom of the board rest on each stud for additional support. After the rafters are in, you then mark the bottoms and cut the ends or tails off evenly.

We screwed in the osb sheet material to the framing accordingly in preparation for the lap siding and roofing. Before I cut and nailed in the lap siding, I did the trim work on all sides of the shed. Now that the trim work is cut and ready, we now begin to nail in the lap siding starting at the bottom. To ensure optimum proximity, make sure to check angles with a level as you are nailing. After a few days of framing, trim and siding, this storage shed is nearly to it’s completion. All it needs now is calking and paint. Happy day to the homeowner of this 10 x 16 foot detached shed.

custom shed doorFinishing Up

One of the last things to do on this project is to build a sturdy door. It was made to blend with the rest of the lap siding and trim. We also build shelving for the inside of the shed.

Once this shed was completed. The next project- we moved on to building a composite deck.