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DIY Guides to Construct a Shed That Looks Professional

by harry (follow)
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Many people like to get down and dirty when it comes to doing small constructions for their homes and shed designs fall amongst them. Some might think that building a shed is a challenging and daunting task, but if you get the steps and measurements right, it can be a walk in the park.



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Tips for the placement of the shed:

The turning cycle: Here you have to ensure that the shed designs are such that there is enough room for vehicles to easily enter and exit.

Slope: Steep slopes will need concrete slabs and footings and the steeper the slope, the higher the cost of construction. Keep this in mind when you make your shed designs.

Access angles: The door height needs to be increased in the case of a level slab and if the driveway is steep (lower or higher). Remember that if the angle change is too much, it will cause damage by making the vehicle scrape on the ground and this holds, especially true for low clearance cars.

The view: You need to take an outsider’s approach to this and see how your shed designs will look from the outside, from a distance, and from all angles, in order to turn out the best possible shed designs in your arsenal.

Council permits and regulations: You need to be aware of council zoning, their requirements, as well as required distance to boundaries and regulations associated with bushfires and other exemptions.

Access to property: The last on this list is also the most important, as you have to ensure there is an adequate space for a crane to access, a scissor lift, as well as a generator, and a room around the shed for scaffolding purposes. If the shed designs you make end up looking cramped and ill-designed, it serves no purpose to anybody.

Tools needed for building a shed:

For your shed designs, you will need the following tools:

1. Safety glasses for everybody concerned in the shed designs
2. Tape measure
3. Circular Saw
4. A speed square
5. Hammers
6. 4’ level
7. Sawhorses(2 nos)
8. Drill
9. A 6-foot ladder
10. Extension ladder
11. A nail punch

Some people prefer using a framing nailer because nails will frequently be used and there is a risk of injury with every blow if you are not careful, especially if there is inexperience to counter.
If using pneumatic air tools, then you must have an air compressor available at hand at all times. The extension ladder helps in scaling up to the roof of the shed to make adjustments. When you cut out the frames for the doors and windows, you’ll find a saw very handy. Circular saws are also handy when going in for rounded cuts.



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Saving on shed designs:

OSB Sidings: Using oriented strand boards will cut down costs by as much as $500 if used instead of cedar.

Wooden foundation: A concrete foundation will set you back by about $1000. However, by using wooden floors, you can save as much as $500.

Custom doors: You’ll be surprised to know materials for this cost about $140 each. Whereas, a pre-hung one may cross the $1000 mark.

Arch top windows: These are expensive and even the ones that do not operate can cost you about $400. If you scout a lumberyard, you’ll come across much material to construct your own arch top windows at a fraction of the price, about $60 each.

Composite trims: This saves a lot of time and money as the composite does not have any knots or defects of other kinds associated with normal wood. It is also primed beforehand and you can paint it straightaway.

Hence, you can create a shed design on your own.

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Nice post. I was just thinking about designing my own shed so these tips come very handy. Thanks for sharing
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