Sunday, November 1, 2009

Choosing The Right Plans For Wooden Sheds

By Dan Reiling

Wooden sheds have been around for a long time and are very versatile in the way you can use them. If you are the type of person who chooses to do things yourself, then building your own wooden shed is a great project. Although they are relatively easy to build, a wooden shed can still be challenging enough to keep the interest of a seasoned handyman.

Before you purchase your own set of plans, keep in mind a few of the following important considerations.

A good starting point is to figure out how you'll be using your wooden shed. For example, maybe you just put in a pool and now you need a place to store all those new pool toys and chemicals. Or, you simply want it to store all those tools you have piling up in your garage.

Knowing how you will be using your new wooden shed is an important first step in choosing the right plans. Since you know its intended purpose, you should know approximately how large of a space you will need to fulfill its purpose. When researching plans, you will need to look for plans that fit the size requirements of your needs.

Since you will most likely be searching online for your shed plans, the first thing you will notice is a either a photo of the actual shed or a three-dimensional drawing of it. Personal taste as to the style of the shed is another big factor in picking out your plans. If you know where you will be placing your shed (which you should), be aware of where the windows are placed and where the door will be located.

Take extra care to read the description of what is included in the set of shed plans. The best plans will make it easier to construct by including exploded diagrams of intricate areas. They will include plenty of reference illustrations or photographs of the wooden shed in progress. And, to make it easy to go shopping for the materials, every set of plans will include a complete materials list.

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