When the home handyman starts thinking about how to build a lean to shed for the back yard, a country property, for a road-side shelter, or for other purposes, one might consider the purchase of lean to shed plans. Plans are available from many sources. Many of the urban building supply outlets, such as Lowe’s, Menard’s or Home Depot, have a stock of publications for all kinds of do-it-yourself projects including those for lean to sheds. Building tips and guides are also available on-line. (Note that when searchnig on-line, one might also try the following spelling: building a lean too shed.)
When building a lean to shed one can choose from a multitude of materials. The most basic shed plan would likely use conventional materials such as “two by fours,” sheets of exterior grade plywood, and a few roofing shingles.
But one can easily modify the basic shed plan. The structure is so simple that one can easily incorporate materials that can make the end result appear more imaginative and creative. The use of used materials can often lend a great deal of charm to the structure. Weathered boards rather than plywood can make lean to sheds pleasantly rustic for country settings. Adding molding to the edge of the roof or walls can give the lean to shed a distinctive or personalized look. Although they are not usually necessary for light, the addition of small windows can provide another distinctive feature.
For the home handyman building a lean to shed should be a relaxing and trouble-free effort. But for many the challenge of how to build a lean to roof might be a bit more daunting. But since the roof is just a sloping plane and not double pitched requiring the use of complicated rafters, the builder should have no real problem.
The direction of the roof slope is one decision the builder must make. For the basic free-standing lean to shed, one can slope the roof away from the open fourth side, or towards the open side. When the roof slopes to the back, the entrance is higher and more open. When roof slopes toward the front, the entrance is lower but the interior of the shed is more protected. The choice depends on the climate, purpose of the shed, and personal needs. Remember, if the lean to shed is to be attached to another larger building, make the roof slope away from the larger structure.
The choice of pitch or slope of the roof requires another decision for builder of lean to sheds. Again, this can be a personal choice for the builder, but it is rarely a good idea to simply make it flat. The dispersion of rain water is vital for the protection of the interior.
Rather than use the conventional method of plywood with shingles, the use of corrugated metal or fiberglass panels can be an ideal solution. The fiberglass panels can provide additional light for the interior of the finished structure. Make sure that the roof is somewhat larger than the floor. This will compensate for the pitch of the roof and provide for eves. The eves are especially necessary in area of heavy rainfall.
Lean to sheds continue to be an easily constructed structure for a multitude of purposes and are an ideal project for the do-it-yourself builder or home handyman.