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Factors to Consider for DIY Shed Plans

Jul 7, 2008
DIY shed plans are widely available at your local home improvement store, in books and magazines and online. You can buy the shed plans you need on the Internet and actually download free plans so you can have an idea of what is involved in this type of do-it-yourself project. You will get a good idea of what materials you need, how much space you need and most important of all, how much it will cost you to build a shed. You do have to decide what type of shed you want to build because there are many different kinds to choose from.

Look at your budget and figure out how much money you have to spend on this project. You can go with the option of choosing a shed plan that comes with all the materials you need or you can just buy the plans. Then you can purchase the material when you need it so you don't have to spend a lot of money at one time. If money is an issue, you can sort through the various plans to find one that is not expensive and will give you the extra space you need.

The foundation of the shed is an important factor. It does need to be solid and there are many different types of foundations you can choose from. These include:
- Patio stones. This is the simplest method if you are planning on having a wood floor in your shed. They are great for a shed that is not too large and for areas where the ground is relatively level.
- Cinder Blocks. This is another way of providing a foundation, but are not very good for areas where the ground is soft, they area heavy and provide support, but will sink into soft ground, thereby making your shed to look uneven.
- Super Spikes. If you want to build your shed in an area where one part of the ground needs to be raised, super spikes will save you a lot of work. However, they should not be used in areas that receive frost.
- Concrete Footings. These are the perfect solution in areas where the ground is uneven or where you need a building permit to build a shed on your property. They should be at least 10 inches in diameter and drilled well below the frost line.
- Concrete Pads. These provide a base from which you can mount your shed walls. If you intend to store heavy loads in the shed, this is the choice you should make.

Always make sure the shed plan you choose has a picture of the finished product. This will help you in your decision because you want something that will look great and match the exterior of your home. You may even be able to find a set of plans that matches your home perfectly.

Now take a look at the level of difficulty of the plans. If you have never built anything like this, you should opt for a simple plan or one that has all the instructions spelled out for you. Check the plans to see how much work will be involved and make a decision about whether or not you think you will be able to do it on your own.
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