How to Build a 8×16 Shed with Porch

This step by step woodworking project is about free 8×16 shed with porch plans. If you want to build a storage space for your tools, but you also have an ATV or a motorbike, you can fulfill both needs with one project: a shed with porch. Make sure you read the local building codes when choosing the location for the shed, so you can comply with the legal requirements.  See my other DIY projects HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

 

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How to Build a 8×16 Shed with Porch

Building a shed with porch

Building a shed with porch

 

Materials

  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 93″ long FLOOR FRAME
  • C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 11 pieces – 81″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • E – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 4 pieces – 81″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 75″ long FRONT WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 81″ long BACK WALL
  • F – 12 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 48″x85 1/2″ long SIDING
  • G – 3 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 131 1/4″ long POSTS
  • G – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long SUPPORT BEAMS

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Time

  • One Day

 

 

8×16 shed with porch plans

Assembling the floor frame

Assembling the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 8×16 shed. Drill pilot holes through the 2×6 rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Place the joists every 16″ on center and make sure the corners are right angled.

Attacking the skids

Attacking the skids

Lay the skids on the ground and attach the frame on top. Align the edges flush, making sure you place the skids equally-spaced. Use rafter ties and screws to secure the skids to the floor frame.

Side wall - Frame

Side wall – Frame

Build the side wall frames for the shed from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center and make sure the corners are square. Align the edges flush and make sure joints are rigid.

 

Front wall - Frame

Front wall – Frame

Frame the front wall for the 8×16 shed from 2×4 lumber and 2×6 lumber for the double header. As you can easily notice in the plans, the door opening is large enough for an easy access to the interior. In this manner, you can store large items in the shed.

Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Take accurate measurements for a professional result. Fit 1/2″ plywood between the double headers and lock them together with 2 1/2″ screws.

Back wall - Frame

Back wall – Frame

Last but not least, you need to frame the back wall for the garden shed, in the same manner described above. Use the right techniques for assembling the wall frame properly.

Assembling the shed wall frame

Assembling the shed wall frame

Fit the wall frames to the top of the shed floor. Align the edges flush and use a spirit level to plumb them. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws.

Siding - Side walls

Siding – Side walls

Fit T1-11 siding to the side walls of the shed. Cut the panels to the dimensions indicated in the diagram and align the edges with attention. Use 6-8d nails to secure the panels to the framing and leave no gaps between the sheets. Insert the nails every 8″ along the framing.

Fitting the siding sheets to the back wall

Fitting the siding sheets to the back wall

Fit the sheets to the back of the shed, as well. Use the same techniques described above to lock the siding panels into place.

Fitting the siding to the front wall

Fitting the siding to the front wall

Cut the siding panels for the front of the shed at the size and shape shown in the diagram. Use a circular saw to make the cuts and then attach the panels into place tightly. Use 6-8d nails to lock them into place.

Building the posts

Building the posts

Use 6×6 lumber for the deck posts. Make notches to the top of the posts, so you can fit the support beams. Make 1 1/2″ deep parallel cuts to the marked areas and then remove the excess with a damp cloth. Smooth the area with sandpaper for a professional result.

You need to secure the posts 3′ into the ground. Dig the holes after aligning their location and fit the posts into place. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts and then fit temporarily braces to lock them vertically while pouring the concrete.

Fitting the posts for the deck

Fitting the posts for the deck

 

After the concrete sets, you have to fit the 2×6 support beams to the top of the posts. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the top of the posts. Insert 6″ carriage bolts and lock everything together tightly.

Shed with Porch Plans

Shed with Porch Plans

Make sure you check PART 2 of the project to learn how to build the porch for the shed. In addition, in PART 3, you will see how to build the double doors.

Shed with Porch Plans - Side view

Shed with Porch Plans – Side view

This storage shed is large enough for storing a lot of tools and other items, while having a nice porch under which you can shelter bikes, ATVs or other small vehicles.

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