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Here, we will be talking about creating your very first professional looking, solid and highly economical 10×10 gable shed. The plan is simple to follow and even if you have no experience in building sheds, you will be able follow this plan easily and build your 10×10 gable shed like a pro.
Step #1: Figuring out the Requirements:
Before you start building your shed, there are a few things you might want to consider first. For instance, does your town require you to obtain a building permit? Where do you want to build the shed? Is building a shed allowed on your property? You should make a list of the equipment, furniture, fixtures, and goods to be stored in the shed, as this will determine what type of shed you need. How large should the size of the shed be? There are several things that you need to take care of before starting with the building phase. The following breakdown will help you get through this phase:
- Legal Permits: Get in touch with your local planning, building or construction department to find out if you need permits for DIY building. Complete this step before jumping to the next one.
- Shed Stores: Visit a local shed store to get acquainted with the different types of sheds, their usages, and their looks. You want to know in advance how the shed will look and feel once it is completed.
- Jot Down Your Requirements: Why do you want the shed? What do you want to store in it? What size should it be? And so on.
Step #2: Let us Go Shopping!
By now, you either have one of our FREE or PREMIUM plans with you. All our plans come with a complete list of materials. With this list, we take the guess work out of the equation.
When you are following our plans, we provide you with each and every material you need in the exact quantity, so you don’t waste your hard-earned cash overbuying materials you don’t need.
Step #3: Laying the Foundation and Floor Frame of the Shed
Now that you have the materials and plan on hand, let us start with laying a solid foundation and floor frame for the shed. Remember, your foundation needs to be strong and resilient if you want the shed to survive for many years. This is the base of your shed. The entire structure will be dependent upon the frame and foundation.
- Use pressure-treated timber to ensure the shed is resistant to rot, damp, and infestation.
- Choose the spot where you want the shed to be placed. Try to build the shed on the highest possible point of your garden to ensure water clogging is not an issue.
- Clear rocks, bushes, or vegetation from the spot. You need the area to be clean for the foundation to rest properly.
- Start building the floor frame. Note: This will be the outline of your shed so make it accurate to the plan.
- Cut the 8 2x6s to make bands and joints. Once cut, fit them together and nail them in the frame to provide ample support and keep everything in place.
- Put the skids in place below the frame. Remember, we always recommend using 3 skids for additional support, unlike most plans that use only 2 skids. With this step, your foundation is in place and it is time to move to building the floor.
- As mentioned in our 10×10 Gable Shed plan, use Tongue and Groove Plywood for the foundation, since it is highly durable and resilient. Cut the plywood in shapes mentioned in the plan and make sure they fit perfectly in the foundation.
Step #4: Setting Up the Front and Back Wall and Door:
Now that the foundation and floor is prepared, let us move to setting up the front and back wall and door. This is an exciting step. Once set up, you will have a feeling of accomplishment, as you will be able to see half of your shed upright and standing.
- Start by building the front wall and door by putting together frame for the front wall with a selection of 2x4s and other materials as mentioned in the material list.
- You can either build the door yourself, use an old door or purchase a new one.
- Make space for the door to be integrated in the wall. Make sure you are cutting it appropriately. A good trick is to measure the door size properly before cutting the wall.
- All accurate measurements are present in the plan to follow. There is no need for any guess work. We have covered it for you.
- Once you have set up the front wall and door, follow the same procedure for the back wall and door too.
- Use T1-11 once the walls are set up. Make sure the T1-11 does not overlap from the edges.
Step #5: Setting up the Side Walls and Window:
Considering the front and back walls are up and ready, let us add side walls and windows to the structure.
- Decide whether you want to place the window in the right-side wall or the left side wall. Whichever one you go for will be the first one we will be building since it will be trickier than the plain wall.
- Like cutting an opening for the door, start making an opening for the window. Follow the measurements in the plan accurately.
- If you are experienced with fitting windows, you can build your own or use an old one. However, if this is your first experience with building a shed, it is recommended to buy a new window, as it will come with an installation guide to make your job easier.
- Once the window is fitted in the wall, prepare the other wall as well.
- Now, both the walls are ready, and it is time to lift them and fix them in place.
- Nail top plate corners into the front and back wall.
- Use galvanized nails to attach the structures together. Install T1-11 once the walls are built.
- It is recommended to have assistance when raising the walls, since they will be quite heavy to be lifted by a single person.
Step #6: Adding the Roof:
Now that the walls, doors, and windows are in place, time to add the cherry to the cake. Yep… your shed is almost ready. The only thing left is the roof, which we will be adding now.
- First off, build 6 roof rafters with each having over a 3-inch overhang. It is important to make sure all truss is equal in size to have an even roof.
- Once the rafters are completed, start installing the gussets on both the sides of each rafter. Note that each side truss will have gussets only on one side.
- With the gussets fixed on the side truss, all you need to do is to nail the rafters on the top plate of the walls to get the skeleton of your roof ready. Make sure each rafter is 2 inches apart.
- Start installing the decking and rafter overhang. Add trim to the roof that matches the trim you used for the doorframe and window.
- Install T1-11 on the two outer most rafters with galvanized nails.
Step #7: Embellishing the Roof with Shingles:
Now that the skeleton of your roof is ready, it is almost finished. You will be adding roof felt and shingles to make your roof robust, resilient, and good looking. Metal roof sheets, fiberglass and felt are some of the basic options you have. Feel free to use any material you like for the roofing. However, we recommend using felt since it is easier to work with and install and is highly weather and water resistant.
- Start adding the shingles to the roof
- Roofing is a tough job so follow the instructions in the plan precisely
- Use a roofing stapler to secure the roofing felt in place
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to put the pattern of shingles in place
- Use roofing tar to prevent tracks from rusting
That is it! This is how simple we have made building a 10×10 Gable Shed all on your own! If you still have questions, get one of our FREE or PREMIUM shed plans to have precise measurements and pro techniques for each step. We promise – this is the moment when you can start building your shed in no time!