A shed for a cottage with your own hands — step-by-step instructions for beginners (100 photos of the best ideas)
Anyone who has ever been on the site of a dacha under construction probably paid attention to a small dull structure standing somewhere in the farthest corner of the dacha plot. Such a utility room appears on the site immediately and no dacha undertaking can do without it. It's called a barn.
The word is borrowed from Oriental languages and has several meanings. The main ones are a house or even a palace. Probably that's why such an unsightly structure was named that way, because each of us in the future wants to live, if not in his own palace, then at least in a cozy and well-built house.
A wide variety of photos of a shed for a cottage are presented in large numbers on the Internet. After the completion of construction work, which in fact never ends, the shed acquires another important significance. It becomes the main economic multifunctional building and helps to solve a lot of problems.
Where to put unnecessary furniture, which is a pity to throw away, where to place a workbench. Over time, a lot of necessary things appear on the farm, and they need to be stored somewhere.
No suburban area can do without a utility room. Sometimes there are several of them and they are divided according to the functional principle. A utility room for garden tools, for construction tools, for unnecessary things that are difficult to part with.
A common shed can combine all these functions together. In this case, a room of sufficient area is being built to fit everything you need with a reserve and for the future. After all, your farm will certainly only expand.
You will definitely want to build a shed with your own hands. The task is quite within the power of each of us, however, if you are planning a large enough structure, you cannot do without specialists.
It will be necessary to make all the necessary calculations and perform construction work in accordance with all norms and requirements. Otherwise, unsolvable problems may arise in the future and the building will have to be redone, or even built anew.
We build it ourselves
The answer to the question of how to build a shed yourself can be found on the Internet. There are many options for buildings that an unprepared builder can handle. Besides, it's always nice to build something yourself. In the case of a residential building, it is better not to take risks if you do not have sufficient experience and qualifications.
As for the shed, there is an opportunity to experiment without fear of negative consequences. After all, if after some time the utility room is askew or becomes unusable due to your miscalculations during construction, it can always be corrected.
Independently, it is better to erect small buildings and simple structures. The simplest option is a shed based on a frame.
The simplest and most common design is a frame shed. It is quite easy to manufacture and allows you to experiment with building materials. In addition to ready-made structures, you can supplement the construction with your own solutions and even add decorative elements to your shed.
Such a building is easy to erect both from wood and metal. You can combine these two most common materials. Let's say the frame is made of wood, and sheathed with metal or synthetic elements. Externally, this finish looks quite modern and will last a long time.
You can do the opposite. Make a strong metal frame, and the exterior finish is made of wood. This will give additional reliability to the design and will look very nice.
How to make the building the most durable
If you need to achieve maximum reliability, then you can't do without metal here. And you will have to build a metal shed that will last long enough. The frame is made entirely of metal, where it is best to use welding to connect the structural elements.
Externally, it is most optimal to make the lining of corrugated metal sheets with an anticorrosive coating. But in this case, it is definitely impossible to do without specialists and not everyone can do such construction.
In any building to beauty
If a completely metal structure appears on your site, then your building will acquire a light urban or even industrial shade. On a country plot, it is still better to build a shed made of wood. It's simple, beautiful, and quite modern. And from the point of view of ecology — an absolutely acceptable option.
A wooden shed can be built from a solid array of wood: logs, timber. You can even use the lower part of the trunk with a root system. Then a small cute "hut on chicken legs" will appear on your garden plot.
Such a construction can be done independently. You just need to go to the forest and choose the necessary log. It is most simple to build frame structures made of wood. But here you need to stock up on a good saw and patience.
Frame buildings usually require more time for construction. In this case, it is not necessary to invite specialists.
Design features of outbuildings on the site
Special attention should be paid to the material from which you will build the walls of the barn. This is important for how you will use the utility room. In the shed, you can provide an additional room for uninvited guests if there is not enough space in the house. Therefore, special attention should be paid to the construction of walls.
First of all, the walls should have reliable thermal insulation if you sometimes want to spend the night among old, but expensive things, neatly laid out on the shelves. Usually, the thermal insulation of utility rooms is not paid close attention and makes them as simple as possible, since the main task is to save the country property from rain, snow and strong wind.
But this is only if you do not plan on a cold winter evening, for example, to make or repair something with your own hands instead of lying by the TV. In this case, the walls of your shed should be initially insulated for such cases.
Heating can also be provided. This must be done if you plan to place a workshop in the shed, and even more so if you plan to spend at least one cold night a year. If the structure is frame, then it is enough just to put an additional heat insulator in the walls.
Do not save money, such foresight will not be superfluous. If the choice fell on the construction of solid wood, then this will be quite enough even with weak heating. In most cases, it is only necessary to maintain a positive temperature in such rooms. Logs and beams have the most optimal heat transfer.
A reliable door will never be superfluous
Usually there are no problems when choosing a door for a shed. We all know that a good door is only good for any building. This will save us from many problems, namely, from those who like to "borrow" someone else's garden tools or expensive tools.
It's always somehow calmer when there is a reliable door. Many of us prefer to make it iron. A wooden one will also do, but there will be a lot of problems with it over time.
The tree crumbles or swells from constant moisture and such a door in the spring is hard to open. With an iron door, this never happens, even if your building is askew from time to time. A good metal door will withstand all additional loads and cope with any vagaries of the weather.
Photo of a cottage shed