anyone have a link to some good (free) plans for garden sheds? SWMBO thinks
the 20 year old gable shed is ugly and wants a new one.
I lost all of my links I gathered through the years from the WRECK. sorry.
This is just the first of a bunch of links that came up with a simple google
search on "free shed plans"...
I have to ask though - why plans? Why not just build it?
As someone who "just built it", I think I could have saved on materials and
time by using plans. Plans tend to consider dimensions of lumber and
material better than I did. They also tend to answer lots of design
decisions that take more time than you would think. Mine was built to look
like my house and raised tons of questions (window framing?).
Drop by the book store or supermarket magazine shelf and look at the house
plan magazines. Many of these have shed and garage plans in the back and
include web site addresses. Also Google for house plans - You will get
Do you have any local wind code rules (earthquake etc).
If so the building department may have a code compliant shed plan for
free. Lee County Florida does this to avoid problems with
non-compliant structures when your neighbor rats you out to code
enforcement (or simply to have a structure that wil survive your local
brand of nature's fury). They probably have a web site where you can
get a PDF.
Always, and I mean always, do a "Google" and you'll find plenty.
For inexpensive, paid plans, look at "Family Handyman" magazine.
For the last 3/4 years, every July/August issue they've run
a set of plans for different size sheds. In some cities,
your local library will have the magazine. Easy to get
a copy and photocopy it. Or, just pony up $10 or so and
get the plans.
I also found that the "u-build" series of plans has
a good set of shed plans. Used one some years ago and
it came out good.
Good luck. Build it bigger then you think you need -
usually most municipalities don't have a problem with
10x12 sheds. But check first, if you don't have a lot
of space between you and your neighbor.
Good luck. There's a lot of good stuff out there!
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