16×20 Gambrel Shed Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 16×20 gambrel shed plans. This is a large barn shed with 8′ tall walls. This shed features a double front door for easy access inside and two side windows, so you can have natural light inside. Make sure you check the local codes and make adjustments to the plans, if required. 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.

 

 

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16×20 Gambrel Shed Plans

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Building-a-16×20-barn-shed

 

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  • A – 5 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 240″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×8 lumber – 240″ long, 16 pieces – 189″long FLOOR
  • C – 8 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x48″ long FLOORING
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 55″ long, 1 piece – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 10 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 78 1/2″ long, 7 pieces – 9″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 75″ long FRONT WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 185″ long, 1 piece – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 91 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • F – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 20 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 240″ long SIDE WALL
  • G – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 20 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 8 pieces – 9″ long, 4 pieces – 30″ long, 8 pieces – 31 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 240″ long, 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 33″ long SIDE WALL
  • H – 14 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x91 3/4″ long SIDING 

Tools

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

Time

 One week

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Step 1: How to build a 16×20 gambrel shed floor

Assembling the floor frame

Assembling the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Use 2×8 lumber for the joists. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and then insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular beams.

Place the joists every 16″ on center, as in the diagram. Check if the corners are right angled and make adjustments, if necessary. Measure the diagonals and make sure they are perfectly equal.

Fitting the skids

Fitting the skids

Also, fit 4×4 skids under the floor frame. Align the edges and use rafter ties to secure the skids to the frame of the floor. Select the right location for the shed and then remove the vegetation layer. Compact a thick layer of gravel and make sure the surface is level.

Fitting the floor sheets

Fitting the floor sheets

Next, use 3/4″ plywood for the floor sheets. Take accurate measurements and use a circular saw to make the cuts. Fit the pieces of 3/4″ plywood to the floor frame. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the framing.

 

Step 2: Building the wall frames

Side-wall-frame-section

Side-wall-frame-section

Build the 2 section frames for the plain side wall from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and place the studs every 16″ on center. Place double studs at both ends of the wall frames, as shown in the diagram.

Assembling the side wall

Assembling the side wall

The next step of the project is to assemble the plain side wall, by joining the two section together tightly. Use 2 1/2″ screws to lock the adjacent walls together tightly. Fit the 2×4 plate to the top of the walls. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the double plate into place tightly.

Side-wall-with-window-section

Side-wall-with-window-section

Continue the shed project by building the 2 section wall frames for the opposite side wall. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to frame a 30″x30″ window to the 2 section frames, so you let enough light inside the barn shed. Use 2×6 lumber for the headers. Sandwhich a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the two 2×6 pieces.

Assembling the side wall with windows

Assembling the side wall with windows

Next, assemble the side wall by joining the 2 wall frames together. Attach the double plate to the top of the 2 section frames. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the side wall together tightly.

Building-the-back-wall

Building-the-back-wall

Build the back wall for the shed using the same techniques described above and the information from the diagram.

Front-wall-frame

Front-wall-frame

Build the front wall, making sure you frame the double doors.

 

Step 3: Fitting the shed wall frames

Assembling the shed frame

Assembling the shed frame

Fit the wall frames to the floor of the shed. Align the edges with attention and plumb the walls with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Lock the adjacent walls together tightly using 3 1/2″ screws. Use temporary braces for the side walls, as the front, till you install the front wall.

 

Step 4: Fitting the wall siding panels

Side wall with window sheets

Side wall with window sheets

Fit the T1-11 siding sheets to the side wall of the 16×20 barn shed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to cut out the holes for the window opening. Align the sheets to the top edge of the double plates and leave no gaps between them. Insert 6d nails to secure the sheets to the framing, every 8″.

Side wall sheets

Side wall sheets

Next, fit the sheets to the opposite side of the shed, using the same techniques described in the diagram.

Front wall sheets

Front wall sheets

Also, fit the sheets to the front of the large gambrel shed. Cut the sheets to the cut out the door opening. Leave 1 1/2″ from the top edge of the wall frame. Insert 6d nails to secure the sheets into place.

Back wall sheets

Back wall sheets

In addition, fit the siding sheets to the back of the gambrel shed, as well. Use the same techniques described above.

16x20 Gambrel Shed Plans

16×20 Gambrel Shed Plans

You should check out PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the gambrel shed roof. Check out PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build the double doors and how to fit the decorative trims.

16x20 Barn Shed Plans

16×20 Barn Shed Plans

 

Last but not least, I have lots of other shed projects on the site so I recommend you to browse through all alternatives before starting the building project. See all my shed projects HERE.

 


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12 Comments »

  1. RALPH WALTERS at - Reply

    You forgot the end wall with the door dimensions. Can you email that to me

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Thanks for letting me know. I have updated the shed plans with the missing diagram.

  2. Jason at - Reply

    I am having difficulty printing this plan. Do others have trouble or is it on my end?

  3. Robert at - Reply

    Where I’m at we need 2 x 6 framing for snow load and I was wanting to build a 16 x 24 gambrel shed. Is there any major changes I should know about?

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      No, same techniques to be used.

  4. Courtney Harris at - Reply

    What is the overall height of this?

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      About 16′

  5. Scott at - Reply

    Question: I’m planning on modifying the plan to extend the length of the building to 28feet. Is there anything I should know, or is it as straightforward as adding the appropriate number of joists/rafters/etc?

    Same thing for the height. For some reason, 2x4x8’s are difficult to come by in my area at the moment…but 2x4x10’s aren’t…means I could potentially extend the height of the 1st floor by 2 feet just by substituting the appropriate board(s).

    Your thoughts?

    Thanks

  6. John at - Reply

    Do you have premium plans for this 16×20 gambrel? I bought your 12×16 and found them to be very well planned.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Not at the moment.

  7. Eric at - Reply

    I want to place this shed on pier blocks, how many blocks should I use?
    How should I space them out?
    Would it be helpful to put the pier blocks on square concrete paving stones to help spread the load on the ground?


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