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Want To Build A Saltbox Shed? Consider These 2 Factors

Gorry Terry

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In this article I am going to give you 2 keys that you can't ignore if you are thinking of building a saltbox shed. Because the design and construction of a saltbox shed is slightly trickier than a normal flat roof or pitch or ‘A’ roof design.

1. Roof

Clearly the roof of a saltbox shed is quite different from your conventional flat or pitched roof. The saltbox style emanated from New England and is a good example of colonial architecture.

It is basically a structure which has 2 stories to the front and 1 to the back. The shape is therefore assymetrical which means that the front part of the roof is short and steep with the back part long and sloping, to accommodate the single story aspect at the back.

This roof construction can be quite tricky and a good set of drawings and plans are essential for building a saltbox shed, although your shed is likely to be smaller than the traditional colonial saltbox house that originated in New England.

2. Saltbox shed plans

Because of the unconventional shape of the roof any help you get from friends or neighbours, whilst welcome, is unlikely to have experienced this type of roof design before.

And the measuring and quantifying of materials can be a tricky business because of this. However the extra effort and planning is worth it because you will have a shed with real character.

Clearly the most important thing to do when embarking on your project is to plan out your job very carefully and avoid driving to and fro to the building supplies store. . . especially at the weekend.

Illustrations, step by step instructions and a good set of saltbox shed plans are essential.

Armed with these you will succeed and avoid a lofty ambition turning into a DIY disaster and you will build a shed of distinction that will be the envy of your neighbours. . . and provide good, functional storage space for you.

Building your own shed is not a particularly complex task, particularly if you are blessed with good diy experience or skills.

Another job you might look at to enhance the value and appearance of your property would be a good fencing job to ensure you keep unwanted visitors out and keep livestock or children and pets in.

There is a wide range of such fencing on the market and you should do some research on the internet to see what fencing options would suit your property and pocket book best.

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