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Need help building a shed

Hi. I want to build a 8 wide x 6 depth x 6 tall shed.


1. Is there a site where I can download blueprints? I found some for different sizes but if there is one that is 8x6 that would be great. Any links to instructions with pictures/videos would be appreciated.


2. How should I allow for ventilation? I want to allow air to flow through without creating a vacuum.


3. What should I consider for protection from water leaks?


4. What do you call the material that is applied like siding but it looks like wood and has a foam texture?


5. What kind of hardware such as nails, brackets, etc should I use?


6. What tools will I need and can I rent them if its not too expensive?


Any answers to these questions would be appreciated. I am searching the net for this information but Home Depot specific answers would be appreciated.


Thank you.



edit: can I use this composite panelling as walls or do i have to use plywood also?

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Posted 2011-12-29T02:42:58+0000  by norcim norcim

Hi Norcim, this is Mike The Home Depot Answer Man


Home offers several books and CD’s on shed construction. One I like is “The Big Hammer Do-It-Yourself Project Planner-Sheds How-To-Software


This CD offers 16 different shed plans. It offers advice on shed size and construction based on your needs and location. In addition it suggests optional features you can add to customize the shed to suit your taste or match your homes architectural style.


It also allows you to modify the plan to use a wood or concrete floor and eliminate features you don’t want or need.


Once you make your choices the plans are recalculated to give you a specific materials list for your shed.


Each plan includes a complete list of dimensions, materials and tools needed to construct the shed.


I also have included a link with a shed kit we sell on Home It is an all-inclusive kit with all of the components precut and ready to assemble. All the hardware is included. All you have to add is a floor kit if you’re not using a concrete slab.


I hope this information is useful to you.




Posted 2011-12-29T17:54:43+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

Hi. Thank you for the response. I found a sample blueprint that I adjusted the size to fit a 8x6.  Here is the image.


I can't find a kit with this size that is 6 feet tall.

What do you think about the material I linked in the first post for walls?


Posted 2011-12-29T18:49:04+0000  by norcim


Posted 2011-12-29T19:16:12+0000  by norcim

Hi Norcim, the Smartside panels will work, however I personally prefer wood such as ceder siding.


Ceder is an excellent outdoor wood, it's insect resistant and weathers well. The Smartside panels are not UV protected and the sun tends to cause them to warp. 


The smartside panels have received mixed reviews on our website.


Good luck with your project.






Posted 2011-12-29T23:59:28+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

I was told to use treated wood. Can you recommend anything that doesn't have to be painted?


Also, how should I allow for ventilation.

Posted 2011-12-30T00:49:44+0000  by norcim

Hi Norcim, Ceder can be used and does not require painting. However painting it will prolong it's life.


Pressure treated wood should be used for the sill plate and any pieces that touch or are near the ground.


As for ventilation, use can use attic vents just like those in your house.



Posted 2011-12-30T01:23:26+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

Can you give me a link please.

Posted 2011-12-30T01:32:08+0000  by norcim

Hi Norcim, Soffit vents or attic vents will work fine. 6 inch round or 16 x 4 inch rectangular will work.









Posted 2011-12-30T02:02:19+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

Thank you. Do you have links for the siding?

Posted 2011-12-30T02:42:49+0000  by norcim

Hey norcim.


Here is a link to siding products at


You will find 2 SKUs for cedar siding, and both are available only through your local stores.  There are also other cedar products available either in-stock or special order through the stores.  Stop by and see one of our Pro Sales specialists to go over options for your shed.


BTW, even though this is a relatively small building, if you are not going to skin the exterior with plywood, you will need to add diagonal support braces in each corner.  Something needs to brace the corners so the building does not twist.  Most sheds simply use the plywood sheathing to accomplish this, but cheaper garages often use the 1x diagonals instead.


I would not shy away from priming and painting whatever wood material use decide to use.  Doing so will greatly extend the life and enhance the look of your work.


Please let us know if you have any further questions about this or any other projects you may be working on.

We are here to help,


Posted 2011-12-30T13:57:18+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI
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