Are you looking to add more room to your wooden shed? Well, this comes as no surprise given an old saying that items increase to fill the available room. As such, over time, a shed that could initially house backyard items and leave extra room for more soon becomes cramped, creating a need for expansion.
Your interests could also have changed over the years, and you may be looking to add something extra to the wooden shed such as a greenhouse or a more prominent workspace. Such changes call for modifications to the shed, and there are many options available to you, depending on your requirements.
As always as is the case with all constructions, some factors must be taken into consideration when embarking on making an addition. First off is the cost factor. Depending on the amount you are willing to spend, you will need to create a breakdown of the costs as well as your budget to figure out the way forward.
Time also comes into play. If you are looking to expand soon, think about how your design can affect how fast you finish the job and make changes accordingly. Regulations also come in when making additions and you should make sure that your plan is in line with the local policies.
Materials should ideally match those in the existing shed, particularly on the exterior, for aesthetic purposes. If you do decide to do a mix and match job, look into whether the materials complement each other and if not, it is a great idea to give the design a second thought.
With all these factors in mind, you can now get started on the project.
Creating an addition
In a case where you wish to create an extra room by expanding the shed, there are a few critical steps which will get you there. The good thing about the steps I have listed below is that they are quite simple and you can complete the job on your own, without the need for outside help. Let’s get started.
Step Number 1
In this kind of expansion, you will require getting rid of one side of the shed, depending on where you wish to expand. While doing the siding removal, take caution not to damage the existing shed. Also, handle the side with care as you can use this material at the latter stages which will translate to reductions in costs.
Having completed the removal, get started on the making of new walls for the extra room. If the doorway is quite extensive, you can frame it by bracing the roof on a temporary basis as well as cutting studs using a reciprocal saw.
Next, nail a two by 6-inch header board between the suds over the framed doorway and ensure that you secure it with studs starting from the header all the way to the floor.
Leave the doorway open and move on to the next step.
Step Number 2
With the first step out of the way, things are now getting serious, and preparation of the new room can begin. Carve out a perimeter for the floor in the additional space and excavate dirt up to eight inches deep.
Create a two by four frame around the floor perimeter. To ensure that the structure is secure, make use of stakes. Start by pouring gravel at least one inch deep into the excavation pit. Compact the gravel using a hand tamper and follow this process with spilling four inches of concrete over the gravel.
Use a longboard to level the concrete and smooth it over using a trowel. Give the concrete time to cure as you set upon other works on the shed.
Step Number 3
It is now time to frame the addition. Do this by making walls with bases that measure two by four inches. Also, add top plates as well as straight studs in between at intervals measuring sixteen inches.
You can now put up the walls and make sure that the bottom plates get fastened to the floor through the use of concrete nails. Concrete screws work just as well should you wish to use them. With the walls firmly secured to the base, you can tie them together using cap boards which overlap the wall joints.
Ensure that you put a cap between the edges on the shed’s side where you began the expansion. Take care of the drainage by using a double two by four or a two by four with a one by four over it. With these in place, a slope will get created to ensure that there will be no water lagging in the shed in the future.
It is now time to get to hammering. Nail the end walls as well as the cap board to the studs in the existing shed. After doing this, go on and nail two by four rafters across the expansion. While doing this, ensure that they lie flat on their thick side facing down. They should rest twenty-four inches apart.
Step Number 4
Almost there! We are only a few simple steps away from successful completion. Complete the job by adding a side to match, and you can use the siding you removed earlier where possible. If you were able to remove the siding without causing significant damage, you could use it. Otherwise, opt for another siding.
Nail in new corner trim boards to the corners and follow this by using metal flashing where they connect with the roof. Slide the metal flashing at least four inches under the shingles on the original roof. It should also be at least four inches down the new roof.
When installing a roof for the addition, be sure to use roofing material similar to that on the existing roof for aesthetic purposes.
As you can observe from the steps detailed above, creating additional room for your wooden shed is a walk in the park, and you should get done in a matter of days. What’s more, you will have lots of fun in the outdoors as you create a haven for yourself.