Welcome to my site about building storage. We'll be adding a
lot of useful info for how to decide on what type of storage to
choose along with deciding on the plan.
One small detail we'll cover is also the difficulty level of
doing such a project.
Storage building plans come in difficulty levels of novice
to professional. Getting in over your head is a sure fire way
After a few years battling about the storage
shed with my wife, I finally got down to business.
I had already decided on not using a kit,
(it tends to be quite a bit more expensive) but to get some
great storage building plans and go at it from scratch.
Now, some of these plans are quite costly, so I spent a
considerable amount of time researching plans online.
I was looking for storage
building plans that were:
1. Easy to follow and
2. Had lists of supplies and photos/videos showing the
3. Contained a variety of storage building plans, not just ONE
that you just plunked down $200 for.
4.Gave me the option to modify my plan once I saw the
blueprints. (Some plans are just not worth the time needed to
While I' have done some other projects, so
am not toallty foreign to building, I didn't feel like
building a master piece either.
After looking all over the net, not being able to decide on a
plan, especially not one that would cost several hundred
dollars, I got a large selection of plans for about
Click here to see what I got. Really good plans with
detailed step by step layout of the entire project. A nice
detail was the supplies list which made it easy to price the
project before getting started.
What We Learned Building A
Here are some of the things we
learned as we went along. Some of them we should have
thought of ahead of time... well, live and learn!
with your local authorities whether you need to
have a permit.. If you do, you just need to get it.
It is usually not expensive. (While cutting into
electrical lines or water lines may cost you a
bundle...) My neighbor was charged over $2000 for
cutting the television cable when he made his paved
drive-way... Chances are nobody will ever know
about your storage building, but it is so easy to
get a permit it isn't worth the potential problems
if you don't.
Where is the storage building going to be?
Will it be easy to access? Will it obstruct the
view of the mountains? (Sometimes the most obvious
gets overlooked....) Is it too close to the
property line? (this is where that permit comes in)
In wet weather, will water run towards the shed?
Will it sit in water?...
Foundation. What type of ground will the storage
building be sitting on? Cliff? Boggy and wet?
Sandy? The type of substrate beneath the shed will
determine what type of foundation you will need..
(The plans we got helped us to determine what type
of foundation we had to use.)
What will the cost be in materials, and or, labor?
The plans that we got had a handy materials list,
so we just brought it to our local hardware
store and had our project priced in no time.
and Design. What is the purpose of the storage
building? What are you going to be storing in it?
Will you be storing tools, lawn equipment,
generators, gas grills in it? Do you need the
contents to be secured? What type and design
will suit your needs and the design of the other
structures on your property.
Footage. Don't make the mistake of building a
storage building that you will find is too
small after the first summer. Go as large as you
can and as large as space permits.
Do you have the tools you need? Skimping on power
tools can make the project a huge headache. Scout
out the cost of renting your tools and plan things
in order to minimize the time you will need the
tools. Our plans helped us to see when and
more or less how long we needed to for the rentals.
Having an extra set of hands, and an extra set of
muscles can speed things up considerably. Not doing
the listing on your own can also save you from
injuries. Hire someone for the day, have a "work
for food" party for your friends. (No beer
until after you are done!)
Here's a great little video of 2
guys building a storage building a breakneck speed! They surely
had some really great blueprints to do this!
OK, that pretty much sums up the
pre planning. Pre planning correctly can make your project into
an easy and successful thing, or it can be a total nightmare...
Get those great plans now :)
If you feel slightly overwhelmed to build your own
shed, remember, getting good plans will make or break
your project. Whether you want wood shed plans, or
storage shed plans, planning the project ahead of time
is the most important detail. Make sure to have enough time, or
"How to build a storage shed" can end in disaster.
This should be a fun project!
Whether a large shed or a 10X12 shed...Plans need
to be investigated with equal care.