8x12 Shed

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Project by BenDupre posted 01-29-2017 03:53 PM 1080 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So couple years ago I built this 12×8 shed when the bikes and mowers and shovels and rakes had taken over the garage and there wasn’t any room for TOOLS! much less CARS! It was the first construction project from foundation to shingles for me. I had done interior work adding a bedroom and bathroom in our basement. This project (and a lot of youtube and google) taught me:

How to make a pier foundation
How to tie it down so it doesn’t get sucked away to OZ
How to frame and sheet a wall on the deck and cut out openings when you can’t see your framing.
How heavy a wall is laying on the deck and how important it is to have a buddy you can call
How to interlace the double top plate so your walls join together
How to lay out and cut rafters (honestly this was the part I struggled with most)
How to flash a window and a door
How to shingle a roof
How to cut and hang vinyl siding
How much I hate hammering and how much I love nail gunning!
How many regulations, codes, and stipulations you can have if your neighborhood has an association
How the building inspector can be a resource to a novice builder

I wanted to just build a kit but the homeowners association doesn’t allow anything but a stick built structure with exactly the same exterior details as the main house. In the end I was glad to have built a better unit. Learned a lot and had fun. I honestly feel like I could build a house if I only didn’t have a full time job already and I had a few more friends with nail guns.






Let me know what you think!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 04:27 PM

Great looking shed! I had similar trouble with our sub association and county. I’m not sure where you live but here in Florida they make you jump through hoop’s before they let you build anything. My footers alone were a huge task! I guess it’s because we do have the threat of hurricanes in this state.
Here’s a peek at my shed.
Good job on your shed it’s a great learning experience in the end.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 05:20 PM

Looks great, roomy, now you have room for some lumber storage

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#3 posted 01-29-2017 08:13 PM

This is something on my ToDoList. Care to divulge the price tag of all material? I bet still 50% cheaper than pre-built ones sitting out front of Home Depots

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 08:35 PM

This is a very nice utility shed. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 10:52 PM

This is something on my ToDoList. Care to divulge the price tag of all material? I bet still 50% cheaper than pre-built ones sitting out front of Home Depots

- Holbs

I tallied about $1500 including a $100 permit. Ordered everything at and had them drop it in the driveway. I also learned the cheaper shed kits (under $1000) are 2×3 construction with framing on 24 inch centers. Which is basically a plywood box with stiffeners to keep it from folding up. They also do not include any floor or shingles. The only value add is they probably precut all your studs. Any kit actually worth building you can do yourself with a hammer and a skillsaw. Plans you can find online or you can brain it out on your own. The only number you need to know is 16. I drew mine all out before hand because that was the only way I could figure out what to buy. Good luck when you get started.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#6 posted 01-29-2017 11:01 PM

very nice looking shed …....GREAT JOB :<))

A nail gun makes it very nice …the shed we built at deer camp 12 X 16 i shot a whole box of nails …LMAO :<))


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#7 posted 01-31-2017 01:14 PM

Fine sturdy looking shed. Can’t believe you need to buy a permit & get permission to build a shed in your own back yard. That’s mad.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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