diy-building-toolsBuilding a shed is a fun project that will also enhance the beauty of your property. Whether you need a shed for storage purposes or simply for an extra room for office or play space, a shed is a great alternative to building onto a current structure. The good news about erecting a shed on your property is that you can build your own shed or you can buy one that requires minimal assembly.

When you make the choice to build your own shed there are a few tips you should follow to make sure you have a sturdy and reliable backyard shed. According to, it’s wise to research, learn and “measure twice” before you cut, so here’s my take on top tips you should follow before you start your DIY shed project:

Measure The Land

measuringBefore you start selecting shed plans and buying up materials you want to make sure you have enough space in your yard to build the shed. But you need more than the space the actual structure requires, you will also need a few feet of additional space all around to keep your materials safe.

This will allow you to choose the perfect spot with just enough sun and minimal moisture, while also building a shed that fits your design aesthetic.

Research Materials

You can build a shed using several different materials, each has their own positives and negatives. There are several factors that go into choosing the right shed materials, but you should do your research to find out which material is best for you.

The weather in your region is one factor that you must consider before deciding on whether your shed will be made of vinyl, wood or metal. Each material has good points and bad points, but only you can decide if the drawbacks are minimal enough so you can enjoy your shed.

Check Permits

One of the things you will have to do before you even think about building a shed is talk to your local building inspector. Most jurisdictions require a building permit to build structures of a certain size on your property so you should check with the local building authority to see what the size limitations are before you choose a design and buy shed plans.

You might also find a building inspector a good source of information on the best shed materials for your region as well as solid building techniques.

Windows & Shelves

When you choose a sshed-windowhed to build you want don’t have to choose a set of plans that has everything you want; you can also build add-ons after the fact. The point here is that you don’t need to be married to one shed plan. If you find the plans you want but they don’t include essentials like windows or shelves, you can add those elements once the shed has been built.

Depending on what you’ll need the shed for, you might find windows add more light so electricity is unimportant or that shelves will help you keep your space organized.

Space Is Essential

You wouldn’t like it if your home was built mere inches from your neighbors so you shouldn’t build your shed too close to trees, bushes or shrubs and fences. Allow several feet of space all around so you can ensure your shed has sun when needed and is constantly free of mold-causing dampness.

The extra space will make it easy when you need to paint or wash your shed.