12 x 6 She Shed Plan

Introduction

This garden shed's front elevation raises the bar for garden sheds for the backyard. With its French doors as the entry, framed on both sides with more divided lights, the shed looks more like a summer cottage than the functional and adaptable space it is. Its 12 feet of expanse lets you store virtually anything inside it, from the tallest extension ladder to a bank of cabinets and counters to turn the garden shed into a hobby, office or workshop space. It's wide enough to accommodate most any piece of furniture or tool. There's room in the walls for wiring and plumbing, along with batt insulation. By day, the shed will be bright and sunny, and by night, you'll be able to watch the stars go by.

Materials you’ll need

  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Pressure-Treated Lumber
  • Pressure-Treated Board
  • Plywood
  • Building paper
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood siding boards
  • Door hinges
  • Door Pulls
  • Surface Bolts
  • Galvanized nails
  • Wood screws
  • Glass

Step 1 – Foundation Preparation

1.1 Clear the area where you want to build the shed and layout for the foundation. Use the below illustration as a guide.

1.2 For the foundation, dig the trenches at least 1 foot wide and 1 foot deep.

1.3 Fill the trenches to ground level with concrete and let cure, or harden. Since curing times vary between brands, read the packaging for recommended curing times.

1.4 Once the concrete has cured, use standard-sized bricks and lay them across the foundation. You will need roughly 100 bricks for this step.
12x6 lean to she shed foundation preparation

Step 2 – Framing The Floor

2.1 Assemble the frame using 1 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated lumber. You will need two boards cut to 12′ that will be the rim joist and two boards cut to 5′-9″ that will be the joist.

2.2 Secure the beams with 8×5″ wood screws.

2.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
12x6 lean to she shed floor framing

Step 3 – Assemble Front Wall Frame

3.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct front wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need seven boards cut to 1′-7″ that will be the cripple studs, one board cut to 4′-8″ and two boards cut to 3′-1″ that will be the door headers, four boards cut to 8′ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 3′-1″ and one board cut to 4′-8″ that will be the top beams.

3.2 Connect the beams with 2×4″ and 2×5″wood screws.

3.3 Using 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated board provide front wall top plates. Cut two boards 12′ long and connect them with 8×2″ wood screws from both sides of the top beams.

3.4 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
12x6 lean to she shed front wall framing

Step 4 – Assemble Back Wall Frame

4.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct back wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need ten boards cut to 6′-7″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 12′ that will be the top and bottom plates.

4.2 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.

4.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
12x6 lean to she shed back wall framing

Step 5 – Assemble Side Walls Frames

5.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct side wall frames using the drawing below as a reference. You will need four boards cut to 9″ that will be the cripple studs, four boards cut to 4′-7″ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 3′-3″ that will be the window header and rough sill, four boards cut to 6′-7″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 5′-5″ that will be the top and bottom plates.

5.2 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.

5.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
12x6 lean to she shed side walls framing

Step 6 – Assemble The Roof Frame

6.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut eight rafters 7′-6 3/4″ long according to the dimensions in drawing below. Cut the recesses in each beam for splicing connection with wall frames.

6.2 Connect the beams with a top frame with the help of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ corner braces and 1″ wood screws.
12x6 lean to she shed roof framing

Step 7 – Double Door Installation for the Front Wall

It is necessary to prepare two identical halves of the door.

7.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated lumber, assemble the frame for the window as shown in the drawings below. You will need two boards cut to 6′-7 1/2″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 2′-3 3/4″ that will be the top and bottom girts. Cut the recesses for splicing connection.

7.2 Additionally, add three horizontal supports 2′-3 3/4″ long using 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ lumber and cut the recesses for the glass.

7.3 Connect the beams with 1″ wood screws.

7.4 Cut the recesses for the 4″ x 1″ hinges in both halves.

7.5 Mill the recess for the locking clamp in the inactive door and recess for the lock with handles in the active door according to the door lock set documentation that you have to buy.

7.6 Install four hinges (4″) with 1″ wood screws and assemble the doors. Install 4″ surface bolts on the inner side of the inactive door. Install door lock set.

7.7 Prepare and install glass and fasten it by window beading from four sides. Use 1/2″ galvanized nails.
12x6 lean to she shed door

Step 8 – Window Installation for Side Walls

It is necessary to prepare 2 windows.

8.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, assemble the frame for the window as shown in the drawing below. You will need two boards cut to 1′ that will be the vertical girts and two boards cut to 3′-3″ that will be the horizontal girts. Cut the recesses in each beam for splicing connection and mill a recess for the glass.

8.2 Prepare and install glass into inner frame groove and fasten it by window beading from four sides. Use 1/2″ galvanized nails.

8.3 Insert window into side wall openings and connect them with 8×2″ wood screws to the wall beams.
12x6 lean to she shed window installation

Step 9 – Roof Sheathing Installation

9.1 You will need 110 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing.

9.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.

9.3 Cover the plywood with building paper.

9.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler.
12x6 lean to she shed roof sheathing

Step 10 – Decorate the Shed

Now that you’ve finished the shed, you are ready to paint it or finish with a wood stain or preservative.

12x6 lean to she shed

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