The 14’x16’ Lean-To Storage Shed plan is a simple step by step application for building a sizable structure. It includes a complete material list with everything from the lumber to all of the nails, screws, drip edge, asphalt shingles, plywood, siding, hardware, bricks, and concrete for the site preparation. This plan is a simple construction design that most DIY enthusiasts should have no problem building at all.
The plan utilizes carefully drawn illustrations that provide accurate pictures of the finished sections of the shed as well as easy to follow step-by-step instructions. The plan is designed with a wooden louvered vent that allows for an exchange of fresh air that protects the contents and can be used to vent a variety of heaters or portable generators for weekend projects it covers the entire process from the groundwork to the finishing touches. It also offers options for different colors or roofing materials like architectural shingles.
The 14’x16’ Lean-To Storage Shed offers an interior ceiling height of 8-feet and 224sqft of open floor space. Multiple recreational vehicles can be stored at the same time as well as a riding lawn mower and smaller garden machinery. The interior walls are ideal for shelving or storage racks to organize and create an affordable all-in-one storage solution. Pressure treated lumber and plywood combined together, provide a strong and dependable construction that will last for years.
The shed is a very basic design that can be built by the average homeowner in just a matter of days. The construction design is acceptable for all types of weather and outperforms prefabricated metal sheds that usually tend to buckle under stress or roof designs that cave with heavy snow. This is a solid structure that will stand the test of time and provide an abundance of storage solutions.
Materials you’ll need
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 230 bricks for this step.
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 16′ that will be the rim joist and two boards cut to 13′-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°.
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 ten boards cut to 7′-3″ that will be studs, two boards cut to 5′-4″ that will be the bottom plates, one board cut to 16′ that will be the top plate, one board cut to 5′-4″ that will be the door header, three boards cut to 1′-1″ that will be cripple studs.
3.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ and 2×5″wood screws.
3.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
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 thirteen boards cut to 8′-3″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 16′ that will be the top and bottom plates.
4.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ wood screws.
4.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
Step 5 – Assemble Side Wall Frames
5.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct side wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need eleven boards cut to 7′-3″ that will be
the studs and two boards cut to 13′-5″ that will be the top and bottom plates.
5.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ wood screws.
5.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
Step 6 – Assemble The Roof Frame
6.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut thirteen rafters 15′-3 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 3″ wood screws.
Step 7 – Assemble and Install Shed’s Door
7.1 Build the door frames for the shed using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber and secure with 5″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 5′-11 3/4″ that will be the vertical girts and two boards cut to 2′-3/4″ that will be the horizontal girts.
7.2 Prepare the 9/16″ plywood sheet with dimensions 2′-7 3/4″ x 5′-11 3/4″ for the doors according to the drawing.
7.3 Use 2 1/2″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber for the door trim and fasten with 2″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 2′-2 3/4″ and two boards cut to 5′-11 3/4″.
7.4 Using 1/4″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber, cut and install a starter course 2′-2 3/4″ long.
7.5 For the exterior siding on the door, use 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards and the illustration below as a reference.
7.6 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.
7.7 Install three 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the installation of the doors by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 6″ door pulls.
Step 8 – Roof Sheathing Installation
8.1 You will need 270 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing.
8.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.
8.3 Cover the plywood with building paper.
8.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler.
Step 9 – Install Door Ramp
9.1 Assemble the 5 door ramp frames from pressure-treated lumber and secure with 3″ and 5″ wood screws. For each frame you will need one 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ board cut to 1′-8″; one 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ board cut to 3′-3/4″ and one 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ board cut to 6 1/4″.
9.2 Connect and secure all frames using one 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ board 5′-9″ long and 3″ wood screws.
9.3 Cut the 9/16″ plywood sheet with dimensions 3′-3/4″ x 5′-9″ for the top plane and two sheets with dimensions 9 1/4″ x 2′-9 1/2″ for the sides.
9.4 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.
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.
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