When people think of outdoor storage sheds to store all of their outdoor equipment, usually what they tend to do is to pick the simplest and easiest method, like constructing a ready to assemble shed kit, but they really do not consider the other alternatives available to them. What a lot of people do not realize is that building and designing your own shed is not as difficult as it may seem on the surface.
One of the great things about creating your own 10 X 12 shed a part from all the work involved is that you are able to control your material costs which is a big bonus, but more than that you get what you really want at the end of the day, which is not possible with ready to assemble shed kits. The only real difference to constructing your own shed is that pre-made shed kits come with all the material required for the job. Having said that, the material can be less robust than if you source the material yourself. This is primarily due to the manufacturer trying to cut costs to increase their profit margins.
So if you have made the decision to build your own 10 X 12 storage shipped then the first thing you will need to do is to look for shed plans. You can find a number of these type of plans scattered all over the internet, and you can also find them at you local hardware store. Try and collate as many of these types of plans as possible to give you an idea of what is not only possible, but realistic. Hopefully from this type of research it will help you to decide on a direction as far as design goes.
Now once you have decided on what design you are going with, the next thing to do is to take into account your neighbors. You will be making a lot of noise and in some cases this could be a problem where neighbors are concerned. So just let them know what you are going to be doing and tell them it will only be in the short-term. In some cases, depending on how big you want to make your shed, you will need to talk with local building regulators and city council to ensure your design is going to fit in with legal guidelines and building regulations in your area.
The next thing to consider is how much material will be needed to complete the project. You also need to take into account the standard sizes the timber is pre-cut to. Ask any builder and they know exactly what the standard length of a 2 by 4 plank of wood would be. Meaning, there are standard cuts that the building industry like to adhere to. This is not a big deal, however it can save on wood waste if you knew what the standards sizes were. You can get this information from your local hardware store. You can also source your building materials there too, however try to source your building materials from larger timber suppliers, because they often deal in larger qualities of timber and as a result can offer a more competitive price than your local hardware store in many cases.
Once you have gotten these preliminary tasks out-of-the-way, you can get on with the fun part of constructing your own 10 X 12 storage shed.