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Charles Castle
3rd February 2002, 06:29 PM
I need to build a shed for my boat and my woodworking. Money, as always, is a prime factor. Does anuone have any sites or ideas where I can get plans to build a shed 20 feet by 10-12 feet, preferably wooden. I think if I have a set of plans or drawings I can probably make it myself, but designing it would be outside my capabilities.

Sir Stinkalot
3rd February 2002, 10:56 PM
I find that the design would be the easy part. Well after 6 years of Architecture study at uni it should be http://ubb.ubeaut.com.au/ubb/smile.gif.
The only thing that comes to mind is however you will most likely need council approval prior to the construction of your shed so you will need plans drafted specific to the site. But hey I could be wrong as I still haven't done anything in the real world yet.
I am happy to have a look if you like however http://ubb.ubeaut.com.au/ubb/smile.gif

May the stink be with you :)

4th February 2002, 07:59 AM
How about a discreet trip to a manufacturers showroom with a tape measure and protractor and camera.
And, in Melbourne anyway, if the value is under $5K you do not need a permit.

4th February 2002, 01:08 PM
How about a Super Shed?

Barry G. Sumpter
Proud Tritoneer

9th February 2002, 03:39 PM
Charles - give wood the flick. Once you've built out of steel you'll never go back. Just finished a 8m x 4m shed using 25mm/50mm RHS and 61 topspan (to take the cladding) - Cheap, light and Strong.

As for architect's its like any profession some of them are jobwise and others haven't got a clue. We had one, after 12 months of searching, draw up our house plans and I reckon its the best money I've ever spent. I must admit though the thing that attracted me to him in the first place was that he'd just finished building his own house - himself http://ubb.ubeaut.com.au/ubb/smile.gif

Sir Stinkalot
10th February 2002, 07:09 PM
Ohhh cut to the bone ....
Sure you don't need us .... we are only in it for the money http://ubb.ubeaut.com.au/ubb/smile.gif

11th February 2002, 01:11 PM
RE: Architects

Like the rest of the building industry there are good and bad practitioners.
Bad ones that would not know a ceiling joist from a universal beam and the same people wonder why the cost of the job should increase for carpenters who don't want to walk the top plate on the third storey (ie when the architect forgets to include a scaffold in the job cost).

"They get paid danger money under the EBA don't they" is an actual quote I have heard from a suposedly 'educated architect'.

To be any good you've not only have to know your trade but you must know how it implicates others essential to the jobs overall success.

There- my two cents worth.


[This message has been edited by Eastie (edited 11 February 2002).]

18th February 2002, 08:04 PM

In "The Owner Builder" magazine edition 103 from Feb/March 2001. They have a design for a shed approx 20 x 30 foot with an upstairs section to it, looks quite nice.
check it out.



26th February 2002, 02:31 PM
Have a look in you local trading post as there is usualy a couple for sale and if you dismantle it yourself you get to see how it goes together and can number everything as you go to help you erect it again.If you get one cheap enough you could aford to get some 2nd hand timber cladding instead of the tin.
One with timber wall plates (TOP PLATE MIDDLE PLATE AND BOTTOM PLATE) would make it easy to fix studs to if horazontal cladding is to be used or you can directly nail verticle cladding strait to the plates.

12th July 2006, 09:19 PM
I have spent a whole week surfing the net for timber garden shed plans. No luck getting one for free, but a few web sites came up charging around $20 to $40 for a set of plans.I used Yahoo and typed in " shed plans "