How To Build a Dream Shed

Welcome to Our Dream Shed Project & Videos

We have 15 videos in our shed building series and all full videos are free to watch! In addition, Shed Plans and eBook are available for 8′ x 10′ and 10′ x 12′ Sheds. Links are available below:

6 Comments

  1. Hi there;

    Thanks for the videos. I have two questions. Do you have a approximate total cost for the shed you build in the video, and did you choose 8×10 because it was more material-efficient than 8×12?

    Here in Ottawa we can go up to 108 sq. ft. without a permit so 8×12 would be ok.

    Thanks

    • Henry Reinders on

      Hi Mike,

      Glad you like the videos… The cost for the shed complete was about $1800 (with a good deal on the door). However, do note that we live in one of the most expensive areas of North America for building materials and we did not skimp on quality, hence the cedar fascia boards, quality paint, caulking and glue etc.

      We choose the 8×10 based on search volume on the Internet (via Google Research Tools) for various shed sizes and the 8×10 was the most searched size by a large margin to other sizes. An 8×12 shed would also make efficient use of materials. Also, an 8×10 shed is a good mid range size that we felt would appeal to a large number of people.

      If you plan to put the door or windows on the long side, be sure to use headers and check your soffit overhang does not interfere with the door opening (if opening out that is). Be sure to allow for venting, we did not cover this in the videos, but afterwards, felt we should have (we may still do a video on this).

      All The Best,
      Henry

  2. Great Videos!! Have 1 question though, if I get your plans and decided to add a window to the shed do I install it after nailing the sidings or before? I’m wondering because it would be kind of hard to cut the siding around the window if I installed the window first. Thanks

    • Henry Reinders on

      Good question Jason,

      Normally, say in house construction, you would frame, then apply sheathing, house wrap and then your windows (and then a few mods to the house wrap). However for the shed, we are trying to save money and steps so the siding panels are applied directly to the framing which makes windows a little trickier.

      I would put the window in first, then a drip cap and then the siding panels. I would then put 1×4 trim around the window and caulk along the top and around the window as well as the joints on the trim as you install (if exposed to the weather). By using the 1×4 trim afterwards you do not need to be as precise cutting the LP Smart Panels and it will finish off the window nicely. If you live in a dry area, the caulking may not be as critical.

      By the way, if you put the window on the side of the shed remember to use double 2×6 header (or bigger depending on the span) since the side walls are the bearing walls. I think I cover the header for a window in the framing video.

      Hope that helps,
      Best regards
      Henry

  3. Colbert Silvas on

    I really interested in the plan and ebook, but I wonder if these apply (materials need, layouts, etc) to a size smaller that the one shown in the video

    Thanks

    Colbert

    • Henry Reinders on

      Hi Colbert

      The plans are for an 8’x 10′ shed. They are not really designed for a smaller shed, however, you could make the shed shorter buy you would have to make adjustments to the measurements shown on the plans.

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