Do a Google search - they're all over the place.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
If you stop and think about it, the most economical design of a garden
shed is dictated by std lumber sizes, especially 4x8 sheets of plywood.
Can you build a shed in your area that is 96" high to the eave?
If you can, it makes things simple.
Are you going to keep it portable so footers are not required and the
gov't in your area has a much more limited control of your options?
What are you going to keep in this shed?
How big does the floor area need to be?
It is pretty straight forward if you first define your needs.
Thanks for the replies. I forgot to mention, the reason that I am thinking
of building a shed is; I have got a stack of old fencing 6ft x 4"x1" that I
want to find a use for? I will be making a garden bench out of some of the
wood and was hoping to build a shed maybe about 7ft x 6ft with the rest?
Something not to hard as I'm 60+ yrs.
Other have mentioned some important points you need to consider and I'll add
a couple. It depends on where you live (tornado alley or the northeast) but
some local codes require that hurricane straps and/or tie-downs be used in
the design to keep the shed from blowing away - good idea.
Although I live in upstate NY and the local code does not require these
items, I included them when I built mine. The materials probably cost an
extra $50 and a bit more labor but I believe it saved me a whole lot of
grief. The year after I built it, we had a freak storm go thru this area
(Syracuse, NY) on Sept 4 that killed several people at the Fairgrounds and
we had wind gusts in excess of 100 mph. That wind was broadside to the shed
and if it had not been secured, I'm sure it would have landed about in the
middle of our dining room.
Two other wooden sheds in the immediate neighborhood were turned to rubble
which were about the same size, so I have no doubt in my mind that the
hurricane straps (wall to roof joists) and the tie-downs (two cables run
thru the base and secured into two cement pilings anchored 3' down) saved
the day. The shed frame was put together using coated screws - not nails -
so when the wind did try to lift the roof, it was not about to pull some
nails out of headers and let it fly.
Overkill? I don't think so but others may disagree.
Here's one that I used for "inspiration":
They have some other's on their website as well.
ps. Been to Glasgow a few times and you're right....rain, rain, rain!
That link seems like a good place to start. I built mine following
similar steps. It was my first real construction undertaking. Your
confidence will build as you go along. I took my time and really had
fun with it. Here is the evolution...
Hi Mark, I had a look at you Web-Site and was very impressed, I can see you
have put a lot of work into it. Unfortunately I couldn't look at all of the
photos for some reason? Some of the pages only showed me your comments and
an X was where the photo should have been? Mark I think I have been
misleading in my post. I want to try and build a Garden HUT not the big
beautiful SHED that you have built, I'm a bit to old for that kind of work
and anyway I don't have the expertise for a project as grand as yours, not
to mention the workshop or the tools. Mark your furniture project's were
first-class and if you do a bit of advertising you would get a lot of work
and repeat orders. All the best.
Ps, The family photos were lovely.
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