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Just curious if anyone here has or knows where I can get some blueprints for a shed. It MUST be weather proof as we want to store everything from the lawn mower to clothes and everything in between. I found some but for a couple hundred bucks each. If thats the case I'll just design it myself but I'm looking for some ideas. 10x10 - 10x15 is the area I'm looking for. Thanks.

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Hi John,

Unless you have an important architectural statement to make, you just design build a shed. Any outbuilding I've ever built is shaped distinctly like the materials I had on hand.

I suggest building in increments of four feet. It's fastest, easiest and wastes the last amount of material with the least amount of cutting.

8:12 roofs tend to look better than 4:12 and they yield more storage. Rafter tails that are perpendicular to the roof plane rather than plumb look fine and save a lot of time if you're not going to install gutters.

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Outside of what Chad said, you can by a ready to build kit from the Big Box stores. Everything from the nails, lumber, roofing, are included. They even come with mini blueprints.

Also if you have a Tractor Supply Company http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/wcs ... 0551_10001 store (TSC) in your area they have plans for various barns, sheds and the likes.

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Originally posted by Chad Fabry

Hi John,

Unless you have an important architectural statement to make, you just design build a shed. Any outbuilding I've ever built is shaped distinctly like the materials I had on hand.

I suggest building in increments of four feet. It's fastest, easiest and wastes the last amount of material with the least amount of cutting.

8:12 roofs tend to look better than 4:12 and they yield more storage. Rafter tails that are perpendicular to the roof plane rather than plumb look fine and save a lot of time if you're not going to install gutters.

Things are much different in my area. You can't build a doghouse without plans and permit approval.

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Here're a few:

Shed article#1: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_jo ... 66661.html

Plans for shed #1: http://media.popularmechanics.com/docum ... 001new.pdf

Shed article #2:http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/home_improvement/1640761.html

Plans for shed #2: http://media.popularmechanics.com/docum ... hed001.pdf

shed article #3: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_jo ... 76631.html

shed article #4: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_jo ... 76536.html

shed article #5: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_jo ... 76231.html

shed article #6: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_jo ... 75876.html

shed article #7: Part1: http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18246

shed article #7: part2: http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18246/1/

Shed article #7: part3: http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18246/1/

These are online. I've got some here that I saved from various mags over the years. Some of them are pretty cool. I searched the online editions for the articles but they weren't there. If you're interested in some other possibilities, let me know and I'll scan them and email them to you as an attachment.

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Mike

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Things are much different in my area. You can't build a doghouse without plans and permit approval.

Hi Steven,

I'm sure it's very nice there but I'm just as sure that's why I live here.

I built a 600 square foot garage at my last house and I sketched the plan on a napkin while the AHJ was having a chicken dinner at his home. I paid him the four dollars in cash.

I think I remember using technical terms like "big honkin timber for a header over the garage door".

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Originally posted by sepefrio

Just curious if anyone here has or knows where I can get some blueprints for a shed. It MUST be weather proof as we want to store everything from the lawn mower to clothes and everything in between. I found some but for a couple hundred bucks each. If thats the case I'll just design it myself but I'm looking for some ideas. 10x10 - 10x15 is the area I'm looking for. Thanks.

Try this link to www.deplans.com. Dave offers free plans for various outdoor projects. I've built several of his picnic tables.

W.S. "Cye" Miles

APRE Inspections, Inc.

Maryville, TN

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Originally posted by Chad Fabry

I built a 600 square foot garage at my last house and I sketched the plan on a napkin while the AHJ was having a chicken dinner at his home. I paid him the four dollars in cash.

I think I remember using technical terms like "big honkin timber for a header over the garage door".

The most fun I ever had building anything was the addition to my shack and the barn. At the time, there was no zoning, and essentially no building code that anyone paid any attention to.

I sited the buildings where I wanted them, and built 'em. No humiliating "inspections" by AHJ's that can barely find donuts, let alone understand buildings.

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Originally posted by sepefrio

Just curious if anyone here has or knows where I can get some blueprints for a shed. It MUST be weather proof as we want to store everything from the lawn mower to clothes and everything in between. I found some but for a couple hundred bucks each. If thats the case I'll just design it myself but I'm looking for some ideas. 10x10 - 10x15 is the area I'm looking for. Thanks.

Just to piggyback on what Scott said, in addition to kit form you can try some of the truss manufacturers. I know of some that fabricate the trusses that include roof truss, sidewall stud, and floor joist as one unit. Then you tie the individual units together with a band/rim joist 2x. Roof sheathing, floor decking, siding, build doors, and there you have it. Just another option for you to consider. Wasn't life a lot simpler when there were fewer choices?

W.S. "Cye" Miles

APRE Inspections, Inc.

Maryville, TN

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I would stay away from the barn kits at the big orange or blue box.

I used to build these for a living. Frame the floor 1' on center and use treated materials for the flooring. Place it on 4X4 runners (4X6 if your yard is way out of level). Level the floor up with blocks and make sure it is square prior to fastening the flooring.

Rafters cuts for a gambrel roof are 22 1/2 degrees or a slight variation of that for a different look (21 1/2 and 23 1/2 degrees, etc.). Just make sure that the cuts for each roof area are the same and that the total for the 8 rafter cuts add up to 180.

Try to stay at 4' length measurements for efficient materials use. A 10X12 shed will waste a 4X2 piece of flooring, but you can use that for shelving.

Make sure that the bottom edge of siding and doors gets painted/sealed especially with LP smart panel. If you don't you will soon know why you should have [:-banghea.

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