Build Your Own Shed From Scratch – 22 Plans and Ideas

by craftmin | December 24, 2017

Build your own shed from scratch with these plans and ideas for a typical tool shed or something with more storage space. Sheds nowadays have the attention to become the extension of the den, a workspace, more playroom or simply the “manspace”.

Build Your Own Shed – Tips

  1. Most importantly you need to check the building codes and local laws regarding building and construction in your area.  You might not need a construction permit for anything smaller than 5 by 10 foot-buildings, but anything bigger and you will need to go to city hall for building requirements.
  2. Always check your work site so you know whether levelling work or excavation is needed.  Also consider whether the foundation laying is affected.
  3. Choose well-drained ground and something somewhat close to your garden or backyard. If the shed is meant for storage, then build it near your house.

Build Your Own Shed – Trends and Ideas

(1) Savvy Budget-Friendly Shed

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These plans may be a bit more complex, especially because of the detailed-filled facade and custom doors – but this is one very cheap shed.  With cheap materials and a modular design, the shed costs a little over $500, but it looks like it was made for $2,500.

Source: Beautiful but Budget-Friendly Shed

(2) Simple and Useful

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Simple and definitely useful, check out these plans for a basic garden shed.  But don’t let the simplicity fool you. The decorative elements you can add will make this shed the focal point of your garden. Check out more backyard ideas you can do as diy projects to make full use of your new garden shed.

Source: DIY Easy Garden Shed

(3) Gable Sensation

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A perfect storage space or garden shed, this 10′ x 10′ gable shed was a good project for a newish beginner like Mike who had never undertaken a woodworking project as big as building his own shed from scratch. The plans for the gable shed range from an 8′ x 8′  shed to something a fairly big 12′ x 10′ project.

Source: How to Build Your Own Gable Shed

(4) Gambrel Storage Shed

Do you need a portable shed? Then this is the one for you – an 8′ x 8′ shed built on a skid foundation.

Source: Build Your Own Portable Shed

(5) Build Your Own Shed – Schoolhouse Style

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Definitely a complex build, but one that will easily pay off in terms of aesthetics and space.  The front doors are really wide but there is also an in-built service door meant for daily use.  Carpentry experience is definitely required by this project and it will also require a concrete foundation.

This complex project has all of the mod-cons. Drawing air from the rear wall vents, the louvered sides serve as a However, despite their appearence, the cement siding and the composite columns and trim are low-maintenance.

Source: Schoolhouse Storage Shed

(6) Your Garden Closet

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This garden closet shed design is meant to be attached to the back of the house, for when your backyard cannot accomodate a freestanding shed. Although it has a fairly hefty $400 price tag, pull it down using treated lumber and pine instead of cedar.

Source: Build Your Own Shed for the Garden

(7) Fresh Garden Shed

This is another garden shed tto meet all your needs. Backyard tools in the corner, planting tools hanging by the door.  With 40 feet of floor space, the shed is sturdy enough to last a lifetime.

Source: Simple Garden Shed

(8) Cedar Beauty

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When woodworking guru Ana received a call of help from her friend, she got to work. Her friend wanted a cedar shed but the prices were just too much, so Ana did what she usually does and came up with this amazing tool shed that still uses cedar wood – all for the sum of $255. One of her budget workarounds? Using picket fence wood cedar for the sides of the shed. The total time her friend spent on building this shed was less than eight hours, all from scratch.

You can buy cheap sets of heavy duty door hinges for your sheds, which is worthwhile for all the work they are expected to do.  Ana also recommends to always check the boards for straightness.  Pre-drilling holes before screwing stuff and applying glue as well as finishing nails will give a better hold.

Making the doors tight might be a bit difficult since they are paneled, especially if you are new to woodworking.  Ana’s solution was to use pipe clamp but you could also get someone hold the boards together while you are nailing them. Just remember to nail the end board first before working on the other boards.

Source: How to build your own shed made of cedar

(9) Build Your Own Basic Shed

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A shed built for storage needs to have adequate space for power tools that can be easily organized, and more accessible space for the handy tools. This basic shed designs offers both.

Source: Basic Shed Plans

(10) A Backyard’s Narrow Fit

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This shed works for a smaller backyard or for someone who just wants adequate and secure storage without the extra square footage. It’s a mere 7′ x 4′ and can easily work pushed against the perimeter fence but the double doors give easy access and lots of hanging space if needed.

Source: Narrow Shed

(11) Going Colonial

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At 10′ x 16′ this is one big garden shed which has gone beyond storage with its looks and Colonial styling. The plans even include internal dividers so the shed can also do multiple duty serving your backyard needs and garden ideas, for storage and, yes, a children’s play area or a private den.

With all that extra room, you’ll need some ideas for diy outdoor furniture.

Source: Big Colonial Shed

(12) Gorgeous Garden Shed

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The plan is originally for a modest 6′ x 8′ shed but it can easily expand to 8′ x 12′ because of its straightforward design. This gorgeous garden shed will definitely suit your storage needs without overpowering your garden and backyard. It uses standard framing and, because of its size, will not need a complicated foundation – just four corner blocks.  Check for leveling because some excavation and other site work may be required.

Tip: For the floor joists, get pressure-treated lumber which will save you from future problems. For lighting, we will be relying on natural light, so we are using barn sash style- windows measuring 24″ x 32″.

Source: Build your own shed how-to plan

(13) Everything Simple

Simple and small but it has everything you need for a storage shed: enough space for both horizontal and vertical storage and an easy-to-follow plan.

Source: B&D Build Your Own Storage Shed

(14) Daddy Shed

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This is a huge shed that screams workshop, private den and everything else. It can even do double duty as a spare guest room, garage and all-around whatever you need it to be and has double doors that can fit a sit-on lawn mower.

Source: Build Your Own Shed – Large Plan

(15) Totally Tudor

We had a Colonial plan above, but we also have a Tudor-inspired shed for you. Quaint and maybe a bit whimsical but totally utilitarian.

Source: Tudor Shed

(16) Drive-through Shed

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Anybody who has driven a mower knows how hard it is to find storage for their equipment. One solution? Build a drive-through shed.

Source: Pole-barn Drive-through Shed

(17) Gable Portable Shed

This is a portable 8′ x 8′ shed that keeps its clean gabled lines.

Source: Skid Gable Shed

(18) Medium Storage

With a 10′ x 8′ floor plan, this basic shed has adequate storage without taking too much space in your backyard.

Source: Build Your Own Shed – Basic Plan

(19) First-time Shed

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A great basic plan for a first-time builder. With its 8′ x 10′ floorspace, it’s a great storage shed built on skids.

Source: Basic DIY Shed

(20) Small and Steady

Its sturdy frame and batten-siding make this an accommodating project that, with its 7′ x 8′ floor area, is small but certainly holds a great deal. It has double doors and is even portable.

Source: How to Build a Small Shed

(21) Ideal Gables

With its gabled style, this 8′ x 10′ garden shed includes a potting area, and has a large window and big workbench which make it a great alternative to a separate workshop.

Source: Gable Shed

(22) Shed modified to a Smokehouse

It may seem like an outdoor closet but this is really a small shed that has been modified to use as a smokehouse.  The maker lives in Alaska and modified the plan to smoke the salmon they catch in abundance. A lot of scrap wood was used, leftover building material for a cabin which was built earlier. Tongue and groove wood was used, but the plans have also been optimized for use with whole sheets of plywood.

Source: Build your own small outdoor shed converted to smoke house