Explorer 8×16 Lean-to Shed


The Explorer storage shed provides 128 sq. ft. of floor space and can be utilized in a variety of functions. The windowless design and rugged double doors, make this a very secure shed.

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The 8’x16’ Explorer storage shed’s plan utilizes a step by step blueprint that contains instructions for the construction of the shed. A detailed material list is included, which displays the hardware, nails, screws, surface bolts, and building materials. The plan is designed for those with some carpentry experience, but it’s easy enough for the average homeowner and DIY enthusiast to construct. It contains 2D/3D images of each section being built that also displays the layout and measurements of the cut lumber. Each step carefully guides the builder with a series of smaller steps that contains the number of boards to cut and sizes as well as useful tips on tools to use and keeping the framework square. The Explorer’s plan is easy to read and understand and is engineered for those who have never built a shed before.


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Steps Count 10 21
Illustrations for Each Step
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Step By Step Instructions
Full Materials and Cuttings List
Additional Illustrations
Additional Blueprints
Tools List
Fastening Elements List
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8x16 lean to storage shed

Shed overview


The 8’x16’ Explorer storage shed provides 128 sq. ft. of floor space and can be utilized in a variety of functions. The windowless design and rugged double doors, make this a very secure shed. It can be used as a tiny home, man cave, hunting camp, roadside store or an outdoor family entertainment center. It’s framed with pressure-treated lumber and covered with plywood, wood siding, and asphalt shingles. The Explorer offers three walls for shelving, tool hangers, peg boards, workbenches, and standing closets to maximize storage space. The floor is built on solid concrete and brick footing and it can support heavy machinery like snowmobiles, ATVs, and riding lawnmowers. It can be built in any weather climate. The Explorer also offers the builder options for different asphalt shingles and choice of color by painting or staining it.


8x16 lean to storage shed plan

Premium 8×16 shed plan features


Siding blueprints


Optimal layout for plywood

No special skills needed

Asphalt shingle applications

Door ramp instructions

Doors instructions

Print ready design


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Storage shed

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Door type

Double door

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Free, Premium


1. Do I need a permit?

A: In most local townships and municipalities, if a shed is less than 100sqft, you do not need a permit. For sheds more than 100sqft, it’s always best to go to your local town office and inquire about a building permit. 

2. How much it would cost me to build?

A: According to most building cost estimator programs, the average cost for materials to build a shed is about $22.85 per square foot. For example, an 8’x10’ shed equals 80sqft x $22.85 = $1,828.00.  

3. How much time will I need to build it?

A: The size of the shed plays a role in how long it will take to build it. An average 8’x10’ shed can be built in 3 to 4 days from start to finish.  

4. Do I need expensive tools or large equipment?

A: You do not need expensive tools, a typical miter and table saw will work just fine. You will also need basic hand tools, corded drill or cordless screw gun, standard 7 1/4’ skill saw, and a variety of garden tools for the foundation. 

5. Can I move my shed to another location?

A: You can move your shed to another location; however, a new foundation will need to be installed. Additionally, interior bracing, heavy-duty straps, and a small crane or front-end loader may be required to safely lift the structure to put it on a trailer or move it to another location on the property.