8 x 8 Garden Shed Plan

Introduction

An 8'x8' garden shed at the end of the path or tucked beside a tree might be all you need to have a quiet and private space of your own. Then again, it might be just the spot to store your garden tools to free up space in the garage. It's so convenient to have the tools you need close at hand when it's time to work in the garden. This shed features a ramp and double-doors for easy loading and unloading. It has two windows and vents in the gable ends for year-round fresh air ventilation.

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

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′ wide and 1′ 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 110 bricks for this step.

8x8 garden 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 seven boards cut to 7′-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°.

8x8 garden 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 three boards cut to 11″ that will be the cripple studs, one board cut to 5′-4″ that will be the door header, six boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 1′-4″ that will be the bottom plates and one board cut to 8′ that will be the top plate.

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

3.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.

8x8 garden 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 eight boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 8′ 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°.

8x8 garden shed back wall framing

Step 5 – Assemble Left and Right Wall 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 5 1/2″ that will be the cripple studs, four boards cut to 2′-10 1/2″ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 3′-4″ that will be the window header and rough sill, six boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 7′-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°.

8x8 garden shed side walls framing

Step 6 – Assemble the Roof Frame

6.1 Assemble the beams using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber. You will need two boards cut to 8′ and two boards cut to 7′-5″.

6.2 Connect the beams with 8×4″ wood screws.

6.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.

8x8 garden shed roof framing

Step 7 – Assemble and Install Shed Doors

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 door by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 6″ door pulls.

8x8 garden shed door

Step 8 – Roof Sheathing Installation

8.1 You will need 115 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.

8x8 garden shed roof sheathing

Step 9 – Window Installation for Left and Right Walls

9.1 It is necessary to prepare 2 windows.

9.2 Using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, assemble the outer frame for the window as shown in the drawing below. You will need two boards cut to 3′-1″ that will be the vertical girts and two boards cut to 3′-4″ that will be the horizontal girts. Additionally, add vertical 2′-11 1/2″ long and horizontal 3′-1″ long supports using 3/4″ x 1″ lumber and cut the recesses for the window hinges.

9.3 Use 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pressure-treated material to make the inner frame and secure with 3″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 2′-9 3/4″ that will be the vertical girts and two boards cut to 3′-3/4″ that will be the horizontal girts. Mill a recess for the glass panes and for the hinges.

9.4 Use 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ pressure-treated material to make the inner frame supports and secure with 3″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 2′-9 3/4″ and mill a recess for interconnection.

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

9.6 Install two hinges (3″) with 6×1″ wood screws and assemble the window. Install a lock on the inner side of the window.

8x8 garden shed window

Step 10 – Assemble and Install Window Shutters

10.1 It is necessary to prepare 4 windows shutters.

10.2 Assemble frames using 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber and secure with 3″ wood screws. You will need one board cut to 1′-4 3/4″ two boards cut to 3′-3/4″ that will be the vertical girts and two boards cut to 1′-7 3/4″ that will be the horizontal girts.

10.3 Mill a recess along the vertical girts for the jalousies.

10.4 Use 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber for the jalousies. You will need twenty-two boards cut to 1′-5 3/4″.

10.5 Install two 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws.

8x8 garden shed window shutters

Step 11 – Assemble and Install Roof Drainage System

11.1 Assemble roof drainage system on the front fascia board. You will need 5″ half round gutter 6′ long, two end pieces with the outlet, six 45° elbows, two 3″ pipes 6′ long, two joint connectors and two end caps.

11.2 Fasten the round gutter to the fascia with seven round fits of hunger.

11.3 Fasten the vertical pipe section with the four wall fasteners.

8x8 garden shed roof drainage system

Step 12 – Assemble and Install Door Ramp

12.1 Assemble five 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″.

12.2 Connect and secure all frames using one 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ board 5′-9″ long and 3″ wood screws.

12.3 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.

12.4 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.

8x8 garden shed door ramp

Step 13 – Decorate the Shed

Now that your shed is all done, you are ready to decorate it any way you want using your favorite paint, stain, or preservative.
8x8 garden shed

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