Shortcuts to a Shed
Time-saving tips about planning, materials, and construction that will get any outbuilding up in a hurry.
Synopsis: A shed can be a perfect complement to a house, providing storage space for lawn equipment and yard gear. By using basic techniques and taking advantage of the power of a construction calculator, contributing editor Rick Arnold has a plan for building a simple shed in a weekend. This article includes a sidebar about the Redi-Footing, a plastic pier that can replace a traditional concrete foundation.
Magazine extra: Watch a video where Rick demonstrates how he uses a construction calculator to figure out the angle and length of the rake wall studs for this shed.
I’ve always enjoyed projects that let me step back and see a completed, weathertight structure in just a short period of time. Building a shed like the one shown here is just this type of project. From foundation to roof, it involves nearly all the framing components of a house, yet it can be…