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.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Construct their very own shed from scratch knowing that it was built properly and will last for years to come.

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

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


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.

Section 2: Shed Site Preparation

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.


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.

Section 3: Building The Shed Floor

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.

3 questions

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

Section 4: Building The Shed Walls

Proper preparation makes the wall building process run smoothly.


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


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

3 questions

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

Section 5: How To Build A Shed Roof (Single Beam)

This lecture describes the building of your gables and beam.


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

Section 6: How To Build A Shed Roof (Free Floating Trusses)

This lecture deals with building the trusses and gables.


This lecture discusses the rest of the roof framing process.

3 questions

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

Section 7: Sheet And Weatherproof The Roof

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


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


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

3 questions

This quiz will test you on your roof weatherproofing knowledge.

Section 8: Installing Windows And Doors

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


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

Section 9: Cosmetic finishes

This lecture describes how to install soffits on your shed.


This lecture describes how to install fascia on your shed.


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

Section 10: Conclusion

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


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

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Instructor Biography

Duane Norland, 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.

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