This step by step diy project is about 12×12 she shed front porch plans. This is PART 2 of the shed project, where I show you how to build the front porch with roof. This she shed is ideal for the lady in your life, because it’s a beautiful retreat area ideal for creative hobbies or relaxation. The shed has a gable roof and features double 5′ doors on the front and two side windows. Moreover, I have designed shed with many sizes so check them out, as well. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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12×12 She Shed Porch – Free DIY Plans
- K – 300 sq ft of tar paper, 300 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- L – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 97″ long, 2 pieces – 164″ long, 2 pieces – 61″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long TRIMS
- M – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long, 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8 ft DECK
- N – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 8″ long STEP
- O – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 92 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 93″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long PORCH FRAME
- P – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24″ long BRACES
- R – 11 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8 ft BOARDS
- H – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long PORCH RAFTERS
- J – 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x4′ long, 2 pieces – 1’x4′ long PORCH ROOF
- S – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 80″ long, 1 piece – 71″ long, 4 pieces – 50″ long, 4 pieces – 39″ long, 4 pieces – 95 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 94 1/4″ long TRIMS
- T – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 36″ long, 2 pieces – 5 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 34 1/2″ long 2xPLANTER BOX
- T – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 7 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 5 3/4″ long 4xSUPPORTS
- 300 sq ft of tar paper, 300 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 10 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 14 ft
- 6 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 11 pieces of 1×6 decking – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 15 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 8 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 11 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 8d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- 4 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- shed anchors
- rafter ties
- nails for the plates / ties
- structural screws for plates / ties
- strong tie plate
- 5 ft double doors
- 32″x50″ window
- 6″ lag screws
- PART 1: 12×12 She Shed Plans
- PART 2: 12×12 She Shed Porch Plans
How to build a 12×12 shed porch
First, we need to build the frame for the porch deck. Therefore, cut the joists from 2×6 lumber and assemble the frame as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws. Attach the 4×4 skids under the frame. Use rafter ties to secure them together tightly. Center the frame to the front of the shed and lock it into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Attach the 4×4 posts to the deck frame. Plumb the posts with a spirit level and drive 3 1/2″ lag screws through the frame into the posts.
Attach the 1×6 boards to the deck frame. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the boards into place.
Use 2×4 lumber for the step. Assemble the frame with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square. Attach the frame to the front of the she shed. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock it to the skid. I recommend you to use pressure treated lumber for the frame, because it’s exposed to the elements.
Fit the 1×6 boards to the front step. Use 1 5/8″ screws to attach the boards to the frame.
Use 4×4 lumber for the top porch plates. Use a circular saw to make notches to the plates, as shown in diagram. Make parallel cuts inside the marked areas and then use a hammer to remove the excess. Clean the recess with a chisel.
Fit the plates to the top of the posts. Make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 4 1/2″ screws to lock the plate to the posts. Attach the 4×4 plate to the front of the shed with 6″ lag screws, after drilling pilot holes. Use a spirit level to make sure the plate is perfectly horizontal.
Fit the plates to the side of the porch roof. Use 3 1/2″ screws to lock them to the front and back plates.
Use 4×4 lumber for the braces. Make 45 degree cuts at both ends and then attach them to the frame of the porch with 3 1/2″ screws.
Build the rafters for the gable porch using 2x4s. Make the cuts to the rafters, as shown in the diagram. Use a miter saw for quick repetitive angle cuts.
Lay the rafters on a level surface and then lock them together by attaching the 1/2″ plywood gussets. You can also install a metal plate, as well.
Fit the trusses to the porch of the shed, every 16″ on center. Plumb the trusses vertically with a spirit level. Use rafter ties to attach the trusses to the plates.
Attach the 1/2″ plywood sheets to the top of the shed porch. Align the edges flush and leave no gaps between them. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the sheets into place tightly.
Use 1×6 lumber for the roof trims. Make the 25 degree angle cuts.
Fit the trims to the front and back of the shed, as well as to the porch. Use 6d nails to lock the trims into place.
Fit the 1×6 trims to the sides of the shed. Use 6d nails to lock them into place.
Cover the roof with tar paper and then install the asphalt shingles. Make sure you also install the appropriate drip edges, so you can seal the shed roof. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for a tight fit.
Fit the 1×4 trims to the corners of the she shed. Use 6d nails to lock the trims into place.
Install the double doors to the shed and then attach the 1×4 decorative trims.
Fit the windows to the side of the she shed and then attach the 1×4 trims.
Any she shed needs some cute window boxes, so I will show you how to make them in a few steps with 1x6s. Cut the components as shown in the plans. Use 6d nails and glue to assemble the boxes. Align the edges flush.
Attach the bottom to the boxes. Insert 6d nails through the box into the bottom piece. Caulk the interior seams and drill a few drainage holes. You can also staple landscape fabric to the interior of the boxes.
Last but not least, we’ll be making the supports for the window boxes. Cut the components from 2x2s and then assemble them together with 2 1/2″ screws.
This she shed is easy to build and extra sturdy. You can easily fit insulation between the studs and then attach drywall sheets to the interior of the shed. In addition, you can notice the front porch. I will show you how to build the rest of the she shed in PART 1.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Apply a few coats of paint over the exterior of the shed, to protect the components from the elements and to enhance the look of the structure and make it match the design of your house.
Make sure you check out the rest of the project, so you learn how to frame the roof and how to attach the door and the trims to the shed. In addition, I have lots of other shed projects on the site so I recommend you to browse through all alternatives before starting the building project.
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