You’ll never need to worry about cutting the wrong size, trying to figure out what goes where. If you’re going to invest your hard earn time, money and energy in building a shed yourself. Then make sure the plan you’re using has everything you need to get it done in:
Most inexpensive, and…
The fastest way possible.
To create the kind of shed, your neighbors and other woodworkers will secretly envy.
The Perfect Shed Plan Needs to Include:
Views Of All Angles & Details
See exactly how everything should look before you build them. You start building a part of your shed that looks like the drawing, but it isn’t. But you missed it because the plan didn’t show you each angle and sides. And the only way you find out, is at the end when you’ve wasted all that time, money and sweat and nothing fits together.
Step By Step “LEGO” Instructions
Detailed instructions should be so simple that a kid could do it. Just like LEGO instructions. So detailed that you know exactly what you’re doing every step of the way. No complicated instructions that will have you in the middle of your project scratching your head or confusing technical jargon. Many other plans assume you’re experienced enough to tell what to do before the next step is. When instructions are this clear, your shed almost builds itself. All the pieces just “Click” into place. When the steps are “LEGO clear”, building the perfect shed is more enjoyable ans like putting a bunch of “LEGO” blocks together.
Complete and Precise Materials
Complete “materials and cutting lists” that actually makes sense! When I say complete, I mean complete. Your shed is only as good as the materials you purchase to build them. It allows you to purchase exact amounts. And also what you don’t need to purchase right now. It saves time and cuts down waste. It saves money. Because you only purchase exactly what you need… and when you need it.
Most shed plans:
Don’t tell you everything you need.
Don’t tell you what a piece of material is going to be used for. (You end up with wood scattered all over your work space.
Don’t give you exact measurements to cut your lumber.
A perfect shed plan will never leave you guessing or scratching your head.
3 Dimensional Drawings
Other plans show you only 1-sided views. That is not enough. You’ll still be wondering if you put a “joint” or a “frame” together the right way because you didn’t view it in 3D.
CAD Designed Drawings
CAD designed drawings show you exact proportions. It’s unbelievable, but so many plans show completely wrong dimensions. Or even hand-drawn plans that are a joke.
“Used For” Labels
Your materials list should show what each item is used for. Just because a pile of 2 x 4’s are scattered across your backyard, doesn’t mean you’re going to use all of them right way. Some will sit around, occupying valuable space, all the way until the last step. And you say to yourself, “Man! I could have bought that separately, and had more work space this whole time. Why didn’t the plan say so!”