I bought some plans for a shed. I was a little disappointed to be honest,
but anyway I have a question. Please.
It says to use 2x4 for the rim joist and for the the "bottome sid of wooden
floor" use 2x4 treated floor beams. The deck is 2x6 material.
so, and excuse my terms, the "box" or the rim and the other three outside
parts of the floor "box" are all 2x4 and the joists are all 2x4. Didn't
sound that, well, sound. They do suggest a concrete slab, so maybe that's
They plans are for 12x8 or 12x12 or 12x16. It say just to adjust the 2x4
Every other set of plans seem to use something more sturdy for the floor
like 2x6 or 2x10. I wanted to get your thoughts. I'm not sure I like the
plans. I found free ones that looked better and were easier to follow.
are you supporting my original hypothesis that plans aren't ALWAYS the
best way to go? :)
Under the floor of my shed (T&G Studifloor - 1 1/4" thick), I've got PT
2x6's. The walls are 2x4, just like in a house. The roof is built
pretty much like a house also. The walls have a sole plate, and above
the studs are TWO layers of 2x4's, which are cut at each wall end, so as
to overlap with the adjacent wall. That makes for very sturdy
construction. I've walked all over the roof and nothing budges (215+ lbs).
I didn't mention it, but I've got a bunch of concrete pavers imbedded
and leveled, under the 2x6's. Sand/cement was shoveled around them and
then watered. Been stable for more than 5 years. But don't forget, I'm
in CA where if it gets below freezing, it only stays there a few hours.
2x4 under the floor sounds kinda cheesy, IMHO.
You are wise to be suspicious of those plans you've got in front of you.
The plans are only a start, in my opinion. I built my shed
the same way Bay Area Dave did - PT 2x6, 4x6 PT timbers as
the skeds. No concrete - not needed. The walls were 2x4 with
plywood sheathing. VERY stable, very solid. The only other
thing I did, was to dig a deep area and layered it with
stone and drainage pipe, as where I built it was wet and
water would run down underneath it and stay there if I
didn't figure out a way to handle it. Your plans will
Plans help you to work through some of the details of things
like roofs, etc. But walls and foundations, are always
the same. It is up to you, depending on your situation what
you need to do. In most municipalities, you can build a
free standing building of less then 120sqft without a permit.
Some places you might need one. Also you got to respect
your setbacks, otherwise a nasty neighbor might yell
to the permits dept. I can recall in the town I was in, a
person running for the council had a old shed, that wasn't
legal, in her backyard. Someone complained when she announced
her candidacy. All she needed to do was to get it permitted.
Wasn't a big deal. Don't sweat it. If you every sell your
house, you will have to disclose the fact you never got
a permit, if you needed one, otherwise, it was a legit
Have fun. This is good training ground for learning things. I
know I had fun.
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