Building a shed by yourself. How to build and make your own garden shed man cave tiny house by yourself diy. This is how I built my 8 x 12 shed by myself just using regular materials. Pallets may be cheap but this will last. I built this shed in 4 short days. I used steel roofing and siding for low maintenance. You could build this as a pole barn too and make it permanent. I chose to put it on skids so I can move it if necessary down the road if I want to have it in a different location. I did a 8/12 pitch roof to give more room for storing stuff in the attic. You could easily go bigger if you wanted and live in it for a tiny house if it was insulated well. here is where you can find this shears for your drill. Its a great tool to have if you do much with steel at all. here you can find the Dewalt Cordless Framing Nailer if you decide you gotta have one. 🙂 here you can find some great Milwaukee 18v tool kits. If you don't have any tools these make the job easier. here you can find that 3 in1 lube for the nailer if you need it.

Here’s roughly what I came up with for lumber List that I used.
65 – 2x4x8 wall studs, trusses, roof nailers etc
7 – 2x6x8 treated for floor joists
2 – 4x6x12 treated support beams for floor.
3 – 3/4 plywood treated for floor.
Also some small plywood scraps for the gussets on the trusses.

I would recommend measuring up your roof and siding after you are framed up so you can figure it closer.

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  1. I live in North East USA so prices may vary based on where you live.
    65 – 2x4x8 – 3.12 each $202.8

    7 – 2x6x8 PT – 6.47 each $45.29 Total

    2 – 4x6x12 PT – 23.57 each $47.14
    3 – 3/4 plywood PT – 38.57 each $115.71

    With out the roofing, nailers or other hardware and door
    410.94 tax rate is 7% here so $438.70 OTD

    These prices were taken from homedepot’s website 3/20/19

    You would have to account for the hardware and other stuff
    I am not sure how many lbs you would need of each.
    Also depending on your foundation the grade and leveling you may have to add
    concrete posts pads or gravel that might offset your cost as well.

    1. @MSW I also can fix meals, wash the car, work on the car, mow the lawn, garden, fish, cut wood,feed the chickens, take care of the Orchard and berries, shovel and plow the snow, clean the house and upkeep and most importantly, have no debt.

  2. My dad built one like it but a little bigger, back in 71. Nosy neighbor called the city and the city came out and said , it’s a NO. NO , MUST HAVE A 32″ DEEP FOUNDATION,
    My dad in turn made a drop axle and put two wheels on it and told the city it wasn’t a permanent Bldg it was portable. The Nosy neighbor again complained to the city , so my dad moved it in front of her kitchen window.
    Just to Tee her off.

    1. My idiot neighbor did the same thing to me. I was building a 8X12 shed in my backyard. He kept calling the HOA. They told me to stop working and to file a plan and provide paint and roofing samples. I did and they approved it. Work continued. He called yet agin. The HOA came out and inspected my shed and they approved it. Once again he calls them. Happily that told him to STFU.

  3. Nicely shed. It would be nice to know the total costs this project took, but thanks for the lumber list. Gives me an idea… Curious, why did you put the rafter access on the back and not the front? Cosmetics?

    1. Thanks. Yeah I didn’t keep track the best on the overall total but the lumber list gives an idea. Then you can price out whatever you want for siding and roofing. Yes you’re correct I put the rafter access on the back for cosmetic reasons. It’s really not very noticeable besides the wingnut sticking out but I still like it on the back.

  4. I like the way you did the roof. Trace and cut outs is so much easier than trying to actually do the math involved. Not being snarky that’s for real

  5. This is some great info! It’s nice to see people still doing hard work by hand! You are an artist and it seems almost like a lost art! You got yourself a new sub sir!!

  6. Very cool. If I build one I’d like the door/s to open outward. I know I’d fill my shed up and an inward swing door could cause issues. But hey, you can’t beat a free door. Appreciate the video, I will definitely refer to it when building mine.

    1. Yeah thanks for the comment. I know I like the free door and it was extra big but I do wish it would swing out. I could turn it around but the hinges would be exposed I’d have to figure out a way to do that so I would not have it be vulnerable to break-ins. If I built my own I would make them swing out

    1. Hi there I think I mentioned in the video but I was using 2 1/2 inch nails for nailing the trusses together but I should’ve had 2 inch nails. It would’ve been easier to nail the first side on without sticking through. Are use galvanized ring shank 2 1/2 inch nails for the floor. The nailer is a DeWalt cordless framing nailer. They’re the same exact nailer as the new Bostitch ones at Lowe’s.

    1. Yes it could. The main thing I would do differently for a tiny house is sheath the roof put underlayment then the steel, and sheath the sides and house wrap it. Since you would be insulating it. The main thing is to get your base square and plumb then plumb the walls and brace them on the inside so they can’t move while you finish the rest of it. Thanks

    1. Yeah for sure! If you want to live in it I would recommend sheeting the roof with plywood or osb doing underlayment for condensation and then the steel, and sheeting the sides with plywood or osb doing housewrap and then the siding as well.

  7. Awesome build, I would have had the door swing outwards but only because I always pack my sheds so damn tight I would always have stuff for the door to run into.

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