In this article I will share a little bit about how to get 8×10 shed plans, and how to build a DIY 8×10 outdoor shed for recreational or storage purposes. You may want to design and build your own 8×10 shed to store the toys and tools you will not be using during the winter, you may simply use it to keep that extra dryer in, or it may be your outdoor workshop. Whatever your intended purpose may be, you need it to be solidly constructed, waterproof, and have decent value over time. I have built many sheds, some smaller and some larger, and in this article, I want to outline the basic steps you need to go through to get your plans in order so that your shed project can be a success!
Step One: What Is Your Pain?
I had a college professor who would preach “No pain, no sale.” The idea was that you couldn’t sell a product or service until you knew what the customer’s pain was. The same thing goes with your shed; you need to know what you want and how you intend to use the shed. Are you storing a riding lawnmower in the shed? You will need a wider door than if you are simply storing bags of mulch and shovels in the shed. The first thing you need to do is think about your intended use and the pain you are trying to solve. Don’t go looking for the cheapest, lowest-grade material around if you are trying to construct a shed that adds aesthetic appeal and curb value.
Step Two: What Is Your Budget?
You can build an 8×10 shed on your own for $500 to $800, but you can also pour over $3000 into a structure of the same size. If you are working with a tight budget, you simply can’t spend your money on decorative wooden shakes, the nicest door hardware, and fifty-year architectural shingles. You might have to settle for simple vinyl siding, a standard doorknob, and twenty-five year 3-tab shingles. Know your budget, do your research, and figure out what you can spend per item.
Step Three: What Is Your Building Method?
Will you use stick and frame construction or are you building a post-frame structure? Post-frame construction requires digging holes, installing treated lumber or steel posts, and building your framework on that post structure. Stick and frame for a shed will probably involve using treated lumber posts as footers and laying them on the ground, then building a wall consisting of studs, a bottom plate, and a top plate, and fastening that to the footer, then building the roof on top. Do your research and figure out how you intend to build. If you would like to use steel siding or roofing, post-frame construction is probably your best bet. If you are on dry, level ground, stick and frame construction is a pretty good option. Learn the alternatives and make a decision.
These are just a couple questions you need to ask early on in the process of learning how to get 8×10 shed plans together and how to accomplish your project on your own. Continue digging around online to find more resources and get a solid game plan together before you dive right into the construction process.