How to Build A Shed By Yourself (12 x 16)

How to build a 12 x 16 shed by yourself. I built a backyard shed this summer and filmed most of the process as a fun way to document the project with my son. Hope you enjoy and learn a thing or two (even if from my mistakes). There are several time-lapses throughout to speed things up a during the shed build. Here is the general breakdown of the various build steps in case anyone wants to skip ahead:

Shed total cost was ~,600

Intro and Plan – 0 – 5:06
Foundation – 5:06 – 9:43
Floor (Skids, Joists, Tongue & Groove) – 9:43 – 25:53
Windowless Wall Framing – 25:53 – 35:16
Windows & Door Wall Framing – 35:16 – 46:43
Wall Sheeting – 46:43 – 51:49
Rafters & Roof Trusses & Roof Sheeting – 51:49 – 1:02:45
Paint & Trim – 1:02:45 – 1:08:36
Roof Tar Paper & Rain Drip – 1:08:36 – 1:12:19
Shingles & Ridge Cap – 1:12:19 – 1:21:52
Building Double Doors & Window Flashing – 1:21:52 – 1:35:09
Shelves and Finishing Up – 1:35:09 – 1:37:18
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20 Replies to “How to Build A Shed By Yourself (12 x 16)”

  1. I want to add that these types of wood for floors are prone to absorbing moisture underneath faster than plywood. If you apply some protection like paint or oil coating to prevent moisture from absorbing into the wood so it will not rot down the road. Also the gap below the shed is the perfect hiding place for rats, mice, skunks etc. to live.

  2. I finally realized how you built this shed. You borrowed all your tools. If you build projects like this BUY TOOLS! Hey can I borrow your nice lawn tractor for a week so I don't have to buy one??

  3. Hey, thanks for making this video! I recognize those mountains, you must not live too far from me. I am planning on building a shed this summer and you've given me some great ideas. I was rather intimidated trying to figure out how I was going to do my doors until I saw yours. Just curious, about how long did it take you to complete? Was this an every weekend throughout the summer ordeal, or did you work on it in the evenings during the week too? I was going to build a smaller shed – 8' x 12' or something, but the more I research it, the more I want to build a 12' x 16' like yours. Maybe even turn it into a little workshop of sorts. I'm just debating on whether or not to do a barn style roof so the loft can be a kid playhouse area…

  4. The restore, sells windows cheap, I think $5, for most used windows, doors start at about $15-20, not bad, and helps habitat for humans!

  5. The siding you used, does not last long here in a few areas, what other matereal would you use, it fits here in a few years, vinyl siding would be a bit spendy for a shed, I considered 1/4" ply, trimed to look like board and battin!

  6. Looks like you're out west where no snow, or not wet and heavy snow like here in the Northeast. Anyone building that in snow country I would suggest collar ties down lower on the rafters, or even some ceiling joists, which could also be used as overhead shelving. Sometimes we can get 20" of snow, and then a rain…then you have several tons wet snow on the roof. Those ridge gussets would not be adequate and the rafters could deflect the walls outward. Something to think about…and could be easily added later. Your wall error was no biggie. Just start the plywood on a 16 oc stud and cut off the small waste/error beyond the outside corner. Should squeeze gutter seal into those drip edge corners from the back side. Looks good. Nice video !

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