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Building your own small potting shed will be a definite bonus to your gardening, and will help you to house things such as fertilizer in places that are not accessible to children and pets.

To begin your shed you will want to make sure that the location is convenient for all of you, so that you aren’t making a five mile trek to get to the potting shed.

The location doesn’t have to be flat, simply convenient. The site being less than flat will be compensated for while the building is taking place.
When it is completed the bottom of it will be about 6-8 inches above the ground to provide that nothing you have stored inside will be subject to wet from water drainage.

Potting sheds have some definite advantages over trying to pot your flowers in the open, and this set of free plans, developed by Georgia Pacific and include their siding to be utilized on the outer face of the garden shed..

The materials list that you are going to need are listed for you below, and the blueprints and directions are located here for your convenience.
They are easily printable so that you can carry them with you to the store to purchase materials.

Your Materials List

• 5—4 x 4 pressure treated
• or cedar posts @ 12 ft.
• Floor and rim joists:
• 8—2 x 8 @ 8

Flooring:
• 3—23/32 thick Plytanium™ Sturd-I-Floor®
• or Plytanium™ Sanded Project Panels 4 x 8
• Stud walls, sole plates, double cap plates:
• 8—2 x 4 @ 14 sidewall studs
• 18—2 x 4 @ 10 front and rear wall studs
• 13—2 x 4 @ 16 plates, headers, jacks, etc.
• Door rails and stiles:
• 3—2 x 4 @ 8

Rafters:
• 6—2 x 6 @ 14
• Ridge Beam:
• 1—2 x 8 @ 8

Roof Deck:
• 5—15/32  @ 4 x 8 Plytanium™ Sheathing
• Interior wall sheathing:
• 11—11/32  @ 4 x 8 Plytanium™ Ply-Bead® Panels
• Perforated hardboard @ 4 x 8

Ceiling:
• 4—11/32  @ 4 x 8 Plytanium Ply-Bead Panels
• Concrete and Gravel
• 12—80 lb. bags of concrete mix=2 bags per hole

Gravel: enough to cover ground under shed. (optional)
• Hardware

Door hinges:
• 3 pairs—strap style, black

Door latches:
• 2—with hasp and lock, black

Joist hangers:
• 16—to fit 2 x 8 joists
• 14—to fit 2 x 4 joists

Nails:
• 25 lbs.—16 penny hot dipped galvanized (HDG) sinkers
• 10 lbs.—1 1/4 HDG roofing nails
• 10 lbs.—8 penny HDG finish nails for trim
• 10 lbs.—8 penny HDG spiral siding nails
• 5 lbs.—joist hanger nails HDG
• Trim
• GP PrimeTrim® engineered wood trim in the following

Dimensions:
• Overdoor, cornerboards and sub-fascia:
• 8—1 x 6 @ 16
• Door and window casing and trim, hutch corner
Boards, baseboards:
• 7—1 x 4 @ 16

Skirt on shed:
• 2—5/4 x 10 @ 16

Fascia on shed and band:
• 6—5/4 x 8 @ 16

Fascia on recycling hutch:
• 1—5/4 x [email protected] 16

Skirts and band on hutch:
• 2—5/4 x 4 @ 16
• Siding
• ¹⁹⁄₃₂ x 4 x 8 Plytanium™ Siding with 4 on
• center grooves

Front and rear facades:
4—4 x 8 Panels

Side facades and door:
• 7—4 x 8 Panels
• Moulding and Flashing

Cove moulding under fascia edge:
• 96 linear feet—3/4 or 1 cove profile
• Optional trim on window in door: 1—casing @ 8

Drip edge on the top of fascia @ eave and rake:
• 5—drip edge @ 10
• 2 x 2 flashing @ overdoor and window; 10 linear feet
• 3 x 3 flashing @ hutch roof and shed sidewall:
• 10 linear feet
• Z flashing: 36 linear feet—aluminum flashing
• Ramp
• Top Choice pressure-treated lumber joists:
• 1—2 x 6 pressure-treated @ 12 (length will vary to
• accommodate each site)
• Decking: 3—5/4 x 6
• pressure-treated @ 12

Optional footholds:
• number varies with length of ramp, spaced every 12
• 1 x 2 @ 14 long each
• Windows

Rear window:
• prefabricated 24 x 24 wood octagonal venting
• window with clear glass
• Optional: insect screen
• Optional window on door: plexiglas or glass custom
• cut to fit
• Roof
• Felt: 1 roll GP-15 lb. residential roofing felt
• Shingles: 4 bundles GP Summit® Series

Ridge cap:
• 1 bundle—GP hip and ridge shingles to match
• desired Summit® shingle color

Roll ridge vent:
• 8 linear feet
• Optional Furnishings

Shelves:
• 2—1 x 10 pine shelves @ 16

Cabinets:
• 2—prefabricated 6 running feet, 36 high

Countertop:
• 25 deep—3/4 G-P MDF, cut to fit approx. 6
• Trellis
• Framing: 4—2 x 2 @ 12
• Vinyl coated electrical wire hooks and screw eyes for
• mounting
• Paint and Caulk
• Approximately 2 gallons of exterior acrylic latex
• primer and wall paint, non-hardening caulk

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