How To Build A Shed: Complete Guide For Beginners To Experts
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How To Build A Shed: Complete Guide For Beginners To Experts

Learn everything about building a shed properly from start to finsih including my closely guarded secrets.
4.2 (12 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,322 students enrolled
Created by Duane Norland
Last updated 4/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Construct their very own shed from scratch knowing that it was built properly and will last for years to come.
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  • In order to complete this course, you will need a pen and a few sheets of paper for taking notes. This course was designed with beginners as well as experts in mind.

This course will teach you how to build a shed the proper way. You will learn methods that professional carpenters use when building their own sheds along with some secret tips that I will share to make the building process run more smoothly.

I cover the entire process, including:

  • how to build a floor and foundation that will last
  • proper techniques for building strong walls
  • 2 different roof construction methods
  • valuable tips for beautifying your shed

Requirements For Taking This Course

There are no requirements apart from having a pen and some paper handy for note-taking

This course consists of 22 videos totaling over 90 minutes as well as a downloadable PDF that you can use for reference.

By the end of this course, you will know every step of the shed building process and be confident that you can build a shed on your own.

Who Was This Course Designed For?

This course was designed with the beginner in mind as well as being able to offer even a seasoned carpenter some useful tips.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is the slightest bit doubtful that they can construct a shed properly from start to finish will learn something of value from this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
2 Lectures 09:26

This video provides an overview of what will be discussed in future lectures

Preview 01:42

This lecture outlines the basic tools you will need in order to build your shed as well as some basic skillsets that you will find valuable.

Preview 07:44
Shed Site Preparation
2 Lectures 04:25

Before you decide what size of shed to build, you first have to determine what your needs are and what other circumstances need to be considered.

Preview 02:03

This lecture deals with the most important part of your shed. If the foundation is not done correctly, then the rest of the processes will suffer.

Preview 02:22
Building The Shed Floor
1 Lecture 03:56

This lecture deals with the best way to build your floor so that it will withstand the weight of all of the things that you intend to put in it.

Shed Floor

This will test your understanding of what you've learned so far about preparing your site and builing the foundation and floor.

Quiz 1: How Much Did You Retain From About Foundations And Floors
3 questions
Building The Shed Walls
3 Lectures 17:08

Proper preparation makes the wall building process run smoothly.

Prepare For Walls

Building the walls properly is the key to having a strong shed.

Build The Frame

Raising and bracing the walls safely is discussed in this lecture.

Sheet And Raise The Walls

Make sure that you understand this process thoroughly. Building the walls properly is crucial.

Quiz 2: Let's Test Your Knowledge About Building Walls
3 questions
How To Build A Shed Roof (Single Beam)
2 Lectures 07:25

This lecture describes the building of your gables and beam.

Build Gables And Beam

This lecture deals with installing the trusses, ladders and fascia.

Install Trusses Ladders And Fascia
How To Build A Shed Roof (Free Floating Trusses)
2 Lectures 11:15

This lecture deals with building the trusses and gables.

Build Trusses And Gables

This lecture discusses the rest of the roof framing process.

Complete Roof Framing

These questions are designed to test your knowledge about building a roof.

How Well Did You Learn The Material About Building A Shed Roof?
3 questions
Sheet And Weatherproof The Roof
3 Lectures 15:29

This lecture describes the sheeting, edging and felt paper application.

Install Sheeting Edging And Felt Paper

This lecture describes how to apply tin to your shed roof if you desire to use tin.

How To Install Tin

This lecture describes how to put shingles on your shed roof if you desire to use shingles.

How To Install Shingles

This quiz will test you on your roof weatherproofing knowledge.

How Much Did You Learn About Weatherproofing Your Shed?
3 questions
Installing Windows And Doors
2 Lectures 04:07

This lecture describes a quick method to build a shed door.

How To Build A Shed Door

This lecture describes the correct methods to install doors and windows in your shed.

Install Doors And Windows
Cosmetic finishes
3 Lectures 22:12

This lecture describes how to install soffits on your shed.

Installing Soffits

This lecture describes how to install fascia on your shed.

Installing Fascia

This lecture describes how to install siding on your shed should you decide to do so.

Installing Siding
2 Lectures 03:24

This lecture discusses 2 methods of securing the contents of your new shed.

Lock Up Your Investment

Wrap up to the course and details about how to join the Skype group.

About the Instructor
Duane Norland
3.5 Average rating
36 Reviews
2,296 Students
3 Courses
Journeyman carpenter, Licensed Contractor, Home Improvement

I have been a carpenter for over 30 years and still get fired up when I strap on my belt.

I have seen a lot of mistakes over the years and they all boil down to a lack of knowledge. I am here to share that knowledge.

Check out all of my Udemy courses to find the one that pertains to your new project.

I live in central Alberta, Canada with my beautiful wife and our 2 sons. I have been a carpenter for over 30 years and have done everything imaginable from building entire houses from the ground up to doing all types of renovations.

With all of the DIY information available today on the internet, far too many people are taking it upon themselves to do their own home improvements. Although there are a lot of small projects that could be satisfactorily completed after simply watching a Youtube video, there are far more that require expertise and knowledge in order to do the job properly and safely.

Even small projects can cause serious and expensive consequences if a single factor is overlooked. I have witnessed major mistakes over the years that ended up costing more money to repair than the original project would have cost if done properly by a professional. The home owners thought that they were going to save some money by tackling these jobs themselves, but they ended up spending way more to have their mistakes fixed.

Don't fall into this trap. Always know exactly how to complete a job before attempting any home improvement project, no matter how small or how easy it seems.

I was bitten by the carpenter bug early in life

My father left my family when I was only 8 years old. As I grew and tried to build things as young boys do, I found it difficult. I was definitely lacking some basic skills that normally get passed down by your father. I couldn't help wondering about the possibilities that would be available if I had that knowledge.

Luckily, my dad's older brother Marvin was the head of the carpenters' union in Sarnia, Ontario. I joined when I was 18 and began the apprenticeship program. My first job was with a company called RKR Construction in London, Ontario. We were building a 48 unit apartment complex. At first I was completely overwhelmed. There were about 20 carpenters on site and at any given time, there were 5-10 separate projects all going on at once. I still remember my first day. I showed up with a hammer, a square, a tape measure and a pencil. I didn't even have a tool belt.

Due to my lack of experience, I was given mostly labour jobs at first. As time went on and I started learning things though, I was given more and more responsibility and really grew to love carpentry.

RKR went on to other projects, mostly building houses. The process was basically always the same. Build the foundation, put on the first floor, build the walls, build the roof, and finally install the windows and doors. That was all we did. We left the rest to individual specialists. We got good and we got fast. A crew of 4 could put up a house in a month. As time went on, I found a higher paying job with Robert Syndvic Contracting back in Sarnia. I worked with him until the end of my journeyman training, also taking on small projects on my own (garages, sheds, fences, minor renovations).

When I was 26 I moved to High Prairie, Alberta and started my own company. Since then, my career has taken off. We handle residential construction, mostly building new houses. We also handle garages, decks, roof repairs, siding, renovations of all types, fences and even the odd tool shed and ice fishing hut. Over the years I have also picked up quite a bit of knowledge about wiring, plumbing and heating.

My main skills involve framing, shingling, siding, drywall and drywall mudding. It's been over 30 years since I first joined the carpenters' union and got my first real taste of what was to become my lifelong journey. I haven't regretted it for a minute.