Yes there are lots of different shed building guides out there. And many of them are good. But we believe our guide is the best. This series of articles will explain everything you need to know to build a quality shed that will last a lifetime! You probably are looking at this article because you are in need of more storage. But there are also other benefits to building your own shed. Below is a list of a few of them:

  • Increase your home value.
  • Save money by building it yourself
  • Increase your knowledge of building and using tools
  • Have fun!

This manual will make your goal of building a shed a reality as long as you follow the instructions carefully. This manual is designed to be accompanied by a shed plan or blueprint. There are many plans available for purchase at a low cost at Additionally, there are extensive resources of articles, building tips, and illustrations. You can trust that this information is accurate, and is done to the best of our knowledge. If you find something wrong or missing, let us know and we will fix or add it!

Essential Information

It can be very frustrating to come back from the hardware store to find you forgot something essential. Below is a detailed list that will explain all the the major material types you will need to build the best shed from start to finish. See link

List of Tools needed to build a shed

List of Materials needed to build a shed


Shed Function and Type

I suggest first ask yourself why do you need a shed? Will will it??s function be. Will it be to store tools, supplies, or boxes? Or will it be a backyard office or studio. We have organized the different shed styles into over 20 categories. See link for shed styles

Size and Budget

Once you have an idea of what type of shed you want to build, you need to determine what size you will build it.

Keep in mind there are general principles to shed sizes. Most sheet material sold in the US is sold in increments of 4 feet. So building a shed 8X12 would be more much cheaper to build than say a 7X14 even though they are similar in square footage. So using that fact will help you save money in the long run.

Deed Restrictions

Many communities and subdivisions have specific Setbacks and rules covering how and where you can put your shed. These are better known as covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCR). If you are a part of one of these organizations, you must get approval first of your shed location before commencing building.

Weather Climate Factors

Remember that there are other important factors to consider your shed location. That includes how well your land drains, to keep your shed dry. If your shed will impeed plant growth because of shading, it may be a good idea to relocate the plant or shed.

Selecting a good location and a Good Site

consult building department for restrictions on placement, height, setbacks, square footage. Convient location to access from your home. Be aware of trees with roots, Block sunlight during winter

The best shed site should be level, dry, and easy to get to.. Avoid low area that collects water. Also avoid heavily shaded areas. Excess moisture can rot wood, eat hinges, peel paint, and promote the growth of mold and mildew. Locations with a good bed of gravel will reduce the chance of moisture buildup.

Give it space

When preparing the site of your shed, Remember not to place it too and planning too close to fences or trees, as you will be blocking sunlight and wind. This will create an environment where the shed will remain wet. A good rule of thumb is too maintain at least five feet from any structure. And if you ever need to repair or paint the shed, you will have the room to do so.

Ask The Inspector: Local Code

Your local city inspector can be a valuable resource when building a shed. Have him or her review your plans and visit the future site. An inspector will generally suggest the best building materials and tell you where to find them.. They can also answer any questions you might have a make suggestions that could save you money and time.. Lastly, the inspector will verify that everything is built to code, so you’ll avoid the headache of making corrections.

Public Utilities

Once you have your plans and know where you are going to place your new shed contact your local public utilities. Theywill inform you about any pipes or cables that are buried in the ground in the area where you want to build. This is usually a FREE service. It can help avoid costly disruptions in the event that you cause damage to their lines. Know or find out exactly where your property lines are.


Contact your local building department and inquire about the required distance needed for side and rear yard set backs ifany and about any building permits that you may require.

Price it Out

It??s a good building practice to take the material list that comes with our plans to your local supplier and review the in stock availability of the materials needed. Use our included material sheet to calculate the exact cost of your shed.