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DIY Tips On Building A Shed

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Most families would like to spend time together under a shed especially during the summer season. You can always build one yourself without the help of a handyman. We have some tips that will help you build the perfect shed for your home. This DIY tips will help you even if you decide to build your shed from scratch or decide to hire a professional to do it

Get Permission to Build

You will need to get permission from local authorities for a building permit. Even though you may think it is just a shed, you still need a permit to build one on your property. A building inspector will want to look over your plans to see that it meets with the required building standards in your area. Also some areas may require you also get consent from the health department. You need to do your research to know all the permits you have to get so you don’t get into trouble with the law.

Finding The Perfect Spot

While you get all the necessary approvals to go ahead with building your shed. You will need to determine where exactly you want your shed to sit. This task should not be overlooked because if you choose a wrong place for your shed, it may end up being unusable. When building a shed, avoid placing it at the bottom of a hill or in a place that is low and where water collects. Your shed will be damaged by the moisture and the wood will rot. It will also cause mold on anything you place under the shed. You should also avoid placing your shed far into the woods especially in a place surrounded by trees. Your shed won’t get enough sunlight there and it will constantly be dark. You will also need to do a lot of cleaning because of the leaves and branches that will always be falling down from the trees.

Get The Right Tools

It is easy to build a shed and this can be done using the right tools. You will need to buy a complete set of carpentry tools. You need to know all the tools you need to complete the work, so you don’t end up interrupting the project to buy more tools. The handy carpentry tools you will need for your shed are a hammer, handsaw, combination square, tape measure, framing square, , 2-ft. and 4-ft. level, flat pry bar and chalk reel. You will also need power tools like a cordless drill, an impact driver for drilling holes and driving screws.

Build a Solid Foundation

If you want a long lasting shed, you will need to build with a strong foundation. Most sheds are supported by an on-grade foundation made out of concrete blocks or pressure-treated wood timbers firmly planted on the ground. Even if you plan on buying a fabricated shed, it doesn’t come with a foundation. You will still need to build one.


When building a shed, you need to do a bit of research on the different types of designs. Products like Ryan Shed Plans can help you with the woodworking technicalities so you get a clear map on how it’s done. But even with these tips, you should bear in mind that getting quality materials for your shed will allow you enjoy using it for a long time.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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