Sunday, October 18, 2009

How To Build Low Budget Wooden Sheds

By Bill Richardson

You don't have to have a lot of extra money to build wooden sheds in your backyard. The process is simple and, in the end, is definitely worth the extra effort. If you have just a little bit of experience with basic carpentry tools, then an inexpensive wooden shed is well within reach.

We should start by assessing your needs. Will you be using your shed as a backyard retreat that you will decorate and furnish? Or perhaps you'll be storing that riding mower that's made its home in your garage.

Size is another important consideration. It much easier to determine the size shed that will work best once you've decided how you will be using it.

Once you've decided how you will use your shed, you are now ready to do online research. A good starting point is to search for wooden shed images. This will give you a better idea of what will suit your needs. Once you've narrowed down your options, search for a set of wooden shed plans that are downloadable. There is a wide selection of plans available online for around $5.00US. You should even be able to find some that are free.

Wood pallets make a great option for material since we are talking about a limited budget. By using the boards from the pallets, complete sheds have been built. About $4.00US will get you a decent pallet. If you do some research, you should be able to find them free of charge. A lot of companies recycle their barely used pallets. I found a company that was happy to let me have as many as I needed. All I had to do was ask.

Of course, by using the wood from pallets, you'll have to modify how you use the plans but its a great place to start. And, almost everything from the door to the floor and walls can be made by using the wood from the pallets.

It is possible that the only things you will have to purchase are the shingles or other roofing material, paint and hardware. But even the shingles can be found at a greatly reduced price if, for instance, someone overestimated the amount of shingles needed for a larger project and they have some extra left over.

With a little resourcefulness and basic carpentry skills, a "new" shed is just a weekend away.

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